In our main vegetable garden, our intention is to grow as much food necessary to feed ourselves, our volunteers, and our Bed & Breakfast guests all year long. In this vein, we grow as many different varieties of food crops as possible. For our annuals in the main garden, we grow lettuce, peas, radish, carrots, beets, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, onions, garlic, arugula, potatoes, winter and summer squash, corn, tomatoes, fresh and dried beans, peppers, radicchio, kale, Swiss chard, Brussels Sprouts, rutabaga, kohlrabi, basil, and a variety of culinary and medicinal herbs. As for perennials, we grow artichoke, asparagus, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, loganberries, hops, grapes. We sell garlic and excess of anything to the local co-ops in Coos Bay and Bandon.
As well, we sow a cover crop of oats, field peas, fava beans, buckwheat, and winter rye to enhance our soil tilth and health. In addition to our edibles in spring and summer, you will find beneficial pollinator plants such as calendula, marigold, rose, borage, and comfrey.
During the quickly growing spring and summer, we make our own compost with material and organic matter that we have on our land. Included in the mix is goat manure and barn cleanings, chicken manure, grass clippings, leaves, wood chips, weeds, and food scraps. Many worms happily live and feed in our compost, which ends up breaking down and warming even further.
We are currently re-imagining our gardens within the scope of permaculture. We are experimenting with hugelkultur (growing your food on a mound of decaying wood and organic matter to make use of water storage and nutrients), lasagna gardening, and keyhole garden design. We have installed the first section of our new garden using these concepts and we will continue to install more beds throughout our garden.
All of the vegetables and fruit that end up in our meals are from our very garden, more-than-organically hand grown. We enjoy being creative with all the fresh food that we grow.
We additionally have numerous flower gardens surrounding the main house. We are currently renovating and redesigning these gardens to include more hardy perennial flowers, medicinal and culinary plants and herbs, and usable and edible plants. As well, we continue to grow many of the original plants and flowers that were planted here by the previous family that lived at the farm for 30 years.