The grounds at St Stephen’s are used by The Open Door (a day center for the homeless), Innovation Youth and the church community.
These gardens are used as a teaching tool for our young gardeners. The soil is very hard and full of coal ash- there is also a drainage problem in the back as the whole garden bed is on a downward slope. Vegetables don’t grow well here, so we have needed to experiment- what do you do with ground that is seemingly unfertile? You become creative! We grow hearty, native plants that give nutrients back into the soil. These include:
- Mustard Greens
- Rasberries, wild blueberries, currants
- Wild mint
- Lemon balm
- Beans, radishes and beets
Our hope is that in two years time, with careful tending, good compost and a mix of wildflowers and nutrient-giving plants the ground will be replenished! In the meantime, the members of The Open Door will get teas and produce from the garden and the kids are learning about this very special way of caring for the earth.