What is a P.E.G?
P.E.Gs stand for Perpetual Edible Gardens – these are what Feed Avalon are selling & installing to raise funds for community food growing.
We grow the plants, make the compost & install the gardens ourselves, so overnight you have an instant edible garden that you can harvest from (depending on the time of year planted).
What is unique about an Instant Edible Perpetual Garden?
An Edible and Instant garden is a ‘perpetual’ edible ecosystem. It is established as a low maintenance alternative to traditional vegetable gardening – there is no weeding, rotavating, hoeing or digging necessary. Once established the only work required with this type of garden is some planting, harvesting and composting.
How much do they cost to install?
When you are paying for a P.E.G to be installed this includes the cost of labour to clear land, build raised beds, barrow soil, compost & materials and plant out seedlings. We are a social enterprise and aim to be as competitively priced as possible, while generating a surplus to allow us to work with community projects & families on low incomes.
- A 2.5m square P.E.G is an investment of £200
- A 4.5m square P.E.G is an investment of £600
Costs can be reduced if there is volunteer labour to do planting, such as in a community garden.
When can you install the garden?
We will be taking orders for P.E.Gs from October 1st 2013. At this stage of the year we can build beds, sow green manures and return to plant seedlings in the Spring.
Do you do bespoke gardens?
In addition to offering a standard P.E.G, we can also adapt this system or similar models to the site that you have. For example you may need a teaching space, disability access or have other aspects of your site we need to adapt to. You can see more information about other systems we can design and install here.
How do I place an order?
Please email email@example.com with your contact details and we will get in touch about next steps. As much information as you can give us about your site will help with our estimates.
How do you build an Instant Perpetual Edible Garden?
- After a site survey the first step to build an Instant Perpetual Edible Garden is ‘Soil Conditioning’. You create the soil by using composting methods, or green manures which are later cut and used as a mulch to fix nitrogen for next stage. Earthworks and water conservation methods may also be included and starter plants propagated.
- An instant garden is built using layers of hay, compost, blood and bone or plant fertiliser and manure and planting ready grown plants into this. Either in raised beds or using the heap method which is adaptable to any piece of land.
- The plants are planted together much more closely than traditional gardening to create a mini canopy that in turn creates a microclimate requiring very little human intervention.
- One of each type of plant is left to go to seed filling the bed with edible seed crops that grow the following year.
- All that is to be done is harvesting if a crop becomes too dominant and replacing dead plants with compost, into which space winter crops or new plants can be established.
- Eventually this system of growing is self perpetuating.
- Potatoes, squash, pumpkin and rhubarb are the only plants given special consideration due to their requirements and these are planted separately. They can be rotated using green manures in between planting. Rhubarb requires some isolation. You can also grow grains using this method as featured in natural sequence method.
How does an Instant Edible Perpetual Garden benefit the community?
The garden benefits the community in the following ways:-
- It is an ideal format for teaching the entire process of gardening in a short time from soil conditioning, plant recognition, water conservation to harvesting.
- It offers a low maintenance year round source of fresh vegetables to people who may no longer be able to garden in the traditional manner like the elderly, disabled or people.
- It creates a ‘green corridor’ offering a habitat to beneficial insects like bees and hoverflies.
- It increases the adaptive capacity of a community to climate change and disasters – or example if an oil strike or snowfall led to local shops being in short supply there would always be a year round source of food
- It is the foundational layer for establishing a ‘forest garden’ or food forest; the most sustainable way of producing food on the planet – some of the world’s food forests are over 2000 years old, still producing multiple crops with very little human input.
- It builds topsoil. In the last decade so much of the humus topsoil has disappeared on the Earth that it has become an urgent imperative to replace it within the next 30yrs.