Checking up on a property today, I was delighted to see the Little Acre raised beds teeming with life, vitality and organic produce. We filled the boxes with high quality organic soil and organic vegetable seedlings; the result has been gorgeous healthy organic produce.

It is exciting to be able to empower more, and more people to grow their own food. All the habitat gardens I design in the capital district focus on feeding the wildlife: songbirds, butterflies and pollinators. But we are animals too, as my friend Brenda Jenks reminds me often. Growing an edible garden optimized for human consumption is also a habitat garden- just not always a perennial one.

Companion planting strategy helps the beds do well organically. The Nasturtium in the front of this box keeps bad bugs away and attracts pollinators.