Tracy Wandling

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Tracy is an artist, graphic designer, musician, gardener and permaculture addict. She has recently moved to the Sunshine Coast, British Columbia, and is enjoying getting to know a new area.
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Thanks, Lynda! I'm glad you like them. I've had lots of fun doing the illustrations for this book.
1 week ago
I think that there are varying degrees of polyculture. The “toss the seeds all mixed together” method might work for some people and situations, but not for most.

Since polycultures are about diversity, I believe we can get the same benefits by planting our usual beds, but incorporating more herbs and flowers. Companion planting works great to increase diversity, attract beneficial insects, and hide veggies from voracious pests.

I would plant your beds the way you usually plant them, and then incorporate other plants into the beds according to what grows well with, and helps, the main crop: Sweet Allysum with lettuces, dill with Brassicas, green onions with carrots, etc. You can find a gazillion companion planting guides online.

I believe the most important factor is getting a diversity of things growing in the garden, and this will help with pest management and healthy soil building.

Happy gardening!

Tracy

PS You have a lovely and productive looking garden!

T
Thanks, Greg, glad you like them. Lots more where those came from! :)
1 month ago
Oh, I think you'll like it. So tasty. And I love it because I can eat it all winter here. And claytonia is a great one for getting a perennial greens garden going. Add in some chickweed, wild arugula, and sorrel, and you've got a ready made salad! :)
Here is a sneak peek of a few of the drawings I've done for the book.

Enjoy!

Cheers
Tracy

1 month ago
Another thing to consider when choosing which vegetable varieties to plant is: What are the limiting factors in your garden? For instance, I just built a garden that will have quite a bit of shade. It will get sun, but not all day sun. This will make some plants grow a little slower, so I have chosen varieties with short days to maturity, as well as varieties that like some shade, and varieties that like growing in the cool seasons.

There are a couple of sunny spots in the garden, and there is also a sunny greenhouse, so I can plant peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers, as well as some of the sun loving herbs.

Other limiting factors could be a shortage of water, soil, or time.

If water is an issue, choose varieties that are drought resistant.

If soil is an issue, choose varieties that grow well in your soil type, until you get your soil healthy and ready to grow other varieties.

If time is an issue, plant things that don’t need lots of attention - potatoes are a good choice, or long season things like squash, or peas and beans for drying.

I have been having lots of fun going through the seed catalogs looking for veggies, herbs, and flowers that will grow well in this new garden. As this is a new garden, I’m going to try lots of different things, to see which will do the best. Then I’ll know what to plant next year. Plus, I always plant lots of support species like flowers and herbs that will reseed.

Beans
Broccoli
Broccoli Raab (rapini)
Leeks
Green onion
Arugula
Oregano
Thyme
Peas
Maché
Claytonia
Calendula
Beets
Celery
Lettuce
New Zealand Spinach
Lemon Balm
Lovage
Liquorice
Savory
Chervil
Parsley
Carrots
Turnips
Kale
Radish
Spinach
Purslane
Mustards
Cilantro
Sweet Alyssum
Cosmos
Wildflower mixes
Zucchini
Basil
Yarrow
Borage
Dill
Chives
Garlic chives
Sorrel
Chard

Greenhouse

Peppers
Tomatoes
Cucumber

Happy gardening everyone!
I grew up in northern British Columbia, and Saskatoons were our main berry. I love them. Pie, jam, syrup, fresh from the bush. Yum.
1 month ago
I have written 17 pages, and am starting to organize it into coherent chapters, hopping back and forth between them as the thoughts come gushing out. I love writing.
1 month ago
This is a printable pdf of a botanical drawing of the flax plant, 8.5x11"

This was created as a reward for the Homegrown Linen kickstarter.


1 month ago
That is beautiful! Can't wait to see the rugs.
1 month ago