Who can teach you most about growing nutrient rich vegetables and fruit to give you the healthiest food possible? Someone who...
People usually believe that plants need fertiliser. The real story is that plants are fed by the soil organisms. Our job as gardeners is to feed the soil organisms and give them a good home. A huge population of worms in your garden tells you that you are doing a good job.
"Castelen" has many visitors including overseas students. We teach them that the first step in having a healthy garden is to get the soil minerals balanced and have lots of organic matter.
We teach how to avoid pests and disease so that even the strawberries are safe from slugs and birds and you don't have to cover them: no netting, no fences, no worries.
The harvest at Castelen provides a kaleidoscope of colours and textures.
Training groups come to Castelen regularly to get hand on experience in preparing new ground, weeding, planting, fertilizing and preparing seed boxes.
Birds, insects, caterpillars and diseases are nature's garbage disposal experts. Their job is to destroy food that is lacking in nutrients and therefore is unhealthy..
Having the whole family (and the dog) involved in harvesting turns a simple task into a celebration of the abundance of nature and strengthens the family unit.
Soil workforce comes in many different colours, shapes and sizes.
Giant sized potatoes, cabbages, cauliflowers and broccoli grow without chemical fertilizers. The secret is to have lots of organic matter, a balance of nutrients and a large workforce in the soil whose job is to feed the plants.