Polyculture Victory Garden!
Grow a massive amount of food in one riotous plot - join our agroecology experiment!
It's a food jungle. It's a produce department in your own yard. It's something completely different…
We’ve been quietly venturing into a few non-meadow seeds for a while now, and this incredible polyculture seed mix is our first public offering.
Based on traditional first nation people’s agriculture from across North America and Mesoamerica, this multi-species garden seed mix functions on the basic ecological principle that plants grow best in a community of other plants, not in barren rows surrounded by parched soil.
Think of the classic “three sisters” garden model of corn, beans, and squash, but in this case, it’s more like “forty sisters,” consisting of numerous food crops, plus a few fast growing, flowering insectary plants to feed beneficial insects. With a bit of care and regular tending, this mix can probably produce hundreds of pounds of food per year in a normal backyard garden, especially for gardeners ambitious enough to take advantage of everything it contains.
To grow this, you don’t plant it in rows and waste your time with weeding. Rather you scatter it as one massive mix, on cleared ground (we recommend raking the seed it into the soil), and give it a little regular water until things start to take off.
The mix is designed to be picked throughout the growing season. It will grow as a solid living mass of fresh healthy leafy greens, root crops, squash, beans, herbs, and even grains.
As a solid polyculture, the plants will naturally do a lot of weed suppression for you, as well as conserve soil together and provide food and shelter for pollinators and beneficial insects. At the end of the year, you can chop down the thicket of vegetation, scavenge any remaining turnips or beets from the soil, and have a clean planting space for next year that requires minimal tillage.
THIS MIX INCLUDES:
Swiss chard, parsnip, beets, pumpkin (3 varieties!), purple top turnips, sunflowers, buckwheat, spineless okra, squash (crooknecks, buttercup, spaghetti, butternut, straightneck), Imperial melon, radish (2 varieties), daikon radish, watermelon, cornflower, chia, marigolds, cucumber, calendula, nasturtium, black beans (2 varieties), green beans, cowpeas, annual sweetclover, mung beans, drying peas, chickpeas, oats, millet, collard greens, arugula, and zucchini.
Note, this is our first season of offering this mix, and we would love your feedback. We want to know what works well for you and what doesn’t. With your help, we’ll continue refining this into something that gets better year after year.
Enough to plant 500 to 800 square feet (8-ounces).
This mix will reconnect you with the experience of wild foraging -- something we were all meant to do!