The Whidbey Chat Farm Tour for Your Ears has Gwen traipsing around Whidbey Island seeking out the farmer’s who make the island a world-class foodie location.   Many of those interviewed, to date, are farming acres – 3, 6, 8, 12.  And then there is Carolyn Gardener, of Fennel Forest Farm, who is growing produce in a 40×40 foot square area – just enough to keep her well rooted as a vendor at the Coupeville Farmer’s Market.

Click here to listen to Carolyn Gardener talk about her postage stamp garden – Fennel Forest Farm

Fennel Forest Farm Lettuce - PRETTY PERFECT!

Carolyn Gardener is deliberate, focused and organized – just the traits to have when you are trying to get enough produce yield to sell at market, out of a little bit of land.  Calling her farm Fennel Forest for herb that monopolizes much of her hill on the south-west side of Whidbey Island, Carolyn has carved out a sweet little fenced area – to protect her raised beds from deer and other creatures – growing the multitude of crops that end up delicious meals for her loyal Coupeville Farmer’s Market customers.

Carolyn Gardener uses slick tricks to keep her produce happy and healthy. Look closely at the edge of the raised beds here - COPPER flashing is wrapped around each bed at the top. Listen to her tell you why she does that. It's inexpensive and attractive!

Seriously committed to growing healthy and chemical free foods, Carolyn never uses anything toxic on her plants.  She does not fight bugs, pathogens, or creatures that slither though Fennel Forest Farm with anything but organic measures, hard work and slick tricks.

Carolyn warms her plants against the chill of the west side of this Pacific Northwest garden with simple practices. Find out what these are and how she uses them in this interview. Note one of her two BIG solar panels at the top left corner of this picture - looks small here - but it's a hefty boost against her carbon footprint. And Carolyn does not waste valuable water on an island that can be very dry in the summer by watering the paths between her beds. Preferring to suffer with a touch of brown grass in the dead of summer.

This interview will help anyone – gardening in a small area – triumph at harvest time.  Take advantage of Carolyn’s trials and errors, to learn some valuable lessons about growing, maintaining and protecting your produce.

It's recycled and "simply" works!

Acquiring many of her hardware materials at the recycling center, Carolyn uses ingenuity and recycling practices to turn common household items into simple solutions for any garden problem.  Too cold for your tomatoes?  Too many slugs to fight?  Are birds eating your seeds before they germinate?  Carolyn Gardener has a simple answer for what most of us think as the insurmountable problems, that might drive us to stay in bed and avoid looking at what maimed or ate our garden overnight.

Click here to listen to Carolyn Gardener talk about her postage stamp garden – Fennel Forest Farm

Mmmm - a perfect cabbage at Fennel Forest Farm - see any bug holes on there - NOPE!

If you’ve ever wondered how Carolyn Gardener of Fennel Forest Farm produces so much produce on such a small designated plot of land, or what the differences are between a gardener and a farmer – this interview will answer your questions.

THANK YOU – Carolyn for having KWPA and Gwen out to your sweet garden plot – Fennel Forest Farm!!!!

Click here to listen to Carolyn Gardener talk about her postage stamp garden – Fennel Forest Farm

Mmmmmm - Carrots, planted with a beet compliment, are coming on at Fennel Forest Farm!

Fennel Forest Farms beds - 6'x3' and 12'x3' - are planted, harvested and replanted often in the same season - companion planting and best use of space make for big results at Fennel Forest!