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  • Ken Ilgunas

From dead garden to vegetable kingdom

One year ago, we bought our first home. I always imagined myself living in the wild or in some rural area with lots of land. But I found myself living in a Scottish village with a very tiny garden.

The setting wasn't ideal, but I also found the challenge energizing. How best could I rewild and reawaken this tiny bit of land? The goal was to produce as much food as I could while also welcoming birds, insects, and other living things.

I'm no professional gardener, but my guiding principal was to start with the soil. I aimed to revitalize old soil and bring in healthy new soil. Most fertilizers were hand-gathered, and what other fertilizers I used were organic. I wanted to create a vast network of earthworms and microorganisms to do a lot of gardening work for me.

There's still much work to be done, but this video shows our first year of progress.


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