After reaping the phenomenal bounty of an inaugural year that included, among other delicacies, a pineapple, Caleb Leech—BBG’s resident farmer and curator of the new Herb Garden—has big plans for this year’s plantings. This year the installations have taken on a more wild appearance and are intended to demonstrate the beneficial aspects of interplanting. If 2010’s display was an introduction to the new space, filled with beautiful, ordered beds of edible crops, this year’s garden is dedicated to the fluidity of natural cycles and the changing of the seasons.
The 2011 Herb Garden is blooming with living experiments designed to achieve a state of balance in the garden while educating visitors on basic organic practices. Caleb has already begun the first round of crop rotations, trading cool-season crops for heat-loving summer crops. A frequent visitor might notice that the lettuce has been replaced by okra and the bok choi by eggplant—deliberate choices based on nature’s timing that demonstrate how to maximize productivity and increase plant variety in a small space. Make sure to stop by this one-year-old garden to watch the harvest unfold!