What do you do when you have a mobile lifestyle but you like to grow your own food? For Meaghan Minogue, the answer was to take the garden around with her.
Minogue, a yoga instructor, formerly lived in New London and Stonington and now resides in Stowe, Vt. She recently stopped to visit friends at , bringing along the newly constructed “Meaghan’s Mobile Garden.”
The garden is set up on a small trailer towed behind Minogue’s vehicle. She is taking it on its first trip, heading from Vermont to a yoga conference in Virginia.
“It’s becoming more educational, I think, as well as a source of food,” said Minogue.
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The vegetables in the garden have been growing since May 10 and include romaine lettuce, arugula, spinach, kale, tomatoes, cucumbers, edible flowers, and herbs. Minogue got the trailer in March and spent some time constructing it, putting in PVC piping for drainage and a greenhouse frame. Chalkboard paint side panels allow messages to be added to the setup.
Due to the small size of the garden, the greenhouse heats up quickly and Minogue opens it up at stops to air it out. She said the crop is growing nicely.
“A lot of it is going to be ready this week,” she said.
One of the garden’s stops was at a school in Turners Falls, Mass., where one of Minogue’s friends teaches. The teacher liked the idea and offered to incorporate it into a class lesson on both gardening and pursuing one’s ideas and dreams.
Minogue said the mobile garden has been getting thumbs-up signals from drivers on the freeway and enthusiastic comments from visitors at stops.
“People are really excited about it, more excited than I ever could have imagined,” said Minogue.
For more information on the construction of the garden and where it will be next, visit Minogue’s website.