New raised bed CEN gardens
For over a decade I have been helping Restoring Our Watershed (www.ourwatershed.org) in Costa Rica to restore the environmental health and economic vitality of a 30,000 acre watershed on the Pacifica coast of Costa Rica. More local food production, including home and community gardens, is one of our programs. If we can help small land owners increase productivity of their land, using organic growing and permaculture principles we are also improving the watershed with better land use while improving livelihoods.
One of our local food system programs works with the Centro de Educacion y Nutricion to provide organic vegetables to young mothers and their children: http://www.ourwatershed.org/projects/cen-garden-program. Above is a photo of one CEN raised bed garden students installed this year. Mothers and their kids tend the gardens.
Unfortunately, the refrigerator where we store our seed failed during the rainy season and we lost all our saved seed two months ago. Planting for the ‘summer’ season begins Nov-Dec and we need to replace our seed stock.
DO YOU HAVE ANY SAVED SEED YOU CAN SPARE?
We need lettuce that grows well in the heat (85-90 degrees most days). Kale. chard, collards, arugula and basil also work for us. We also need disease resistant medium and cherry tomatoes you can recommend, plus tomatillos and peppers. Tomatoes and peppers that are good for processing are also needed. Larger cucumbers that thrive in the heat are needed plus large snap beans (like “Provider”). “Ticos’ also like pear-shaped chayote-type squash as well as watermelon. And, we need root crops (carrots, beets, radish), especially cultivars that perform in warm soil. Read the rest of this entry »