Back to the Basics! - Garden Basics Workshop

To get ready for opening day next week at the community garden we gathered for the Garden Basics Workshop taught by Brooke Frazer.

We hold this workshop at the beginning of the season every year due to it's popularity and this year it was the second in our 2015 garden workshop series

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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!

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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!

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- Stirrup Hoe (also called a hula hoe or scuffle hoe)

- Broadfork

- Garden Fork

- Hori hori (or other sharp spade or digging knife)

- Harvest Knife

- Felcos Hand Clippers

- Hand Hoe

TIP: Brooke recommends Johnny's Seeds as a great source for high quality tools.

Seed Sources:

High Mowing

Fedco

Johnny's Seeds

Southwest Seed Library

Handouts:

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

Books:

How to Grow More Vegetables Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine - John Jeavons (biointensive growing)

Carrots Love Tomatoes Louise Riotte (Companion Planting)

The New Organic Grower - Eliot Coleman


Upcoming Events

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!

Growing Tomatoes in SW Colorado Workshop
     Monday, May 11th from 5:30-7:30 at the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden 564 E 30th St
     RSVP to reserve your spot!

 

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