To get ready for opening day next week at the community garden we gathered for the Garden Basics Workshop taught by Brooke Frazer.
After comparing our dreams and visions for our gardens this year (tasty tomatoes, turning that frustrating garden patch into a productive patch, getting something/anything to grow, learning with other gardeners) we dove in to the most important thing we can do for our gardens, say it with me...growing health soil!
We also covered irrigation, where to get seeds, companion planting, and different ways of gardening (organic, permaculture, biodynamic, SPIN/Small Plot Intensive).
Here are some resources!
Tools you need to get growing:
- Stirrup Hoe (also called a hula hoe or scuffle hoe)
- Hori hori (or other sharp spade or digging knife)
- Harvest Knife
- Hand Hoe
TIP: Brooke recommends Johnny's Seeds as a great source for high quality tools.
Building Fertile Soil - USC Santa Cruz
Let Worms Make Your Compost - USC Santa Cruz
Choosing & Using Cover Crops in the Home Garden & Orchard - USC Santa Cruz
Vegetable Planting Guide - Colorado State University - Master Gardener GardenNotes
How to Grow More Vegetables Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine - John Jeavons (biointensive growing)
Carrots Love Tomatoes -
The New Organic Grower - Eliot Coleman
Cover Cropping for Soil Health - Animas Valley Grange Workshop Series - Presented by Mia Carrasco-Songer of The Garden Project
Wednesday, April 22nd at 6:30 at the Animas Valley Grange 7271 County Road 203 (FREE)
Arbor Day Celebration & Workday - Go celebrate the importance of trees and benefits of community gardens by helping plant the permaculture food forest.
Saturday, April 25th from 9am-1pm at the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden 564 E 30th St
FREE please RSVP so we know home much food to bring!