Regent Park United Church “SugarThyme Hill”

Regular gardening hours at the hillside are 10am the first Sunday of the month This garden is very unique, featuring permaculture swales, a brand new geodome, and coldframes to extend the growing season.

Permaculture Swales – In May 2014, OCG and the community undertook an ambitious project to convert an unassuming hillside into an abundant foodspace, and more. We dug 5 swales, and started burying logs, brush, wood chips, grass clippings, leaves and other local, clean organics to create a kind of lasagna/terrace garden. This method is also known as “hugelkultur”, which translates to hill culture or hill mound.

The swales being built

The swales being built

There are many benefits to this type of garden – the slow decay of the wood and other materials provides nutrients to the plants for many years, while also warming the soil to extend the growing season. It also causes improved aeration and better water retention in the soil.

Geodome – Just built in April 2015, the geodome is a type of greenhouse that allows for a longer growing season and great light absorption, meaning higher yields of food. The geometric building pattern makes it more structurally sound than a rectangular-shaped greenhouse, and all that snow we get can slide right off the top!

Putting up the geodome

Putting up the geodome

The dome will soon be complete, with the addition of polycarbonate plastic, and of course, plants. Check back for an update!





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