On Saturday, October 22nd, our Garden hosted volunteers from Americorp and from ROTC on Make A Difference Day. We had teams of 3 to 5 mulching, weeding, hauling, mixing, shoveling, weed whacking and helping in every possible way.
Thank you to all our volunteers. You have made a difference.
Thanks to Dillon Flowers and Scout Troop 144, we have a garden shed!
Dillon proposed the shed project to our Board in the Spring as part of his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project. He followed through on each subsequent step, including fund raising and organizing the plans and the build. Thank you Dillon.
With this 10’x12′ shed and wide doors, we will be able to store tools, have our Garden message board, and generally have a clean and dry place for all manner of garden things. Of course our shed will be disability accessible too.
We have a new composting effort. Our new compost steward is Elaine (plot #26). If you do not see Elaine often (she comes to the garden very early), you can comment here or send questions to me, since Elaine does not have email.
Here is what you need to know:
We do need coffee grounds. A small garbage can has been designated for this purpose. All Star Bucks are supposed to have a ‘Grounds for Gardeners’ program and will be happy to give you bags and bags of coffee grounds if they have them. The Star Bucks at the corner of Sylvan and Auburn Boulevard will hold coffee grounds for us if someone agrees to pick them up regularly. This could be a great resource. Worms love their morning coffee grounds and newspaper.
We also need newspaper. Not the shiny advertising pages, but all the other newsprint pages are great. We will need newspaper for composting and for weed abatement elsewhere. There are designated bins for newspaper, but we may need more.
Are we putting weeds into the compost?
Yes we are. And yes usually noxious weeds like the Bermuda and star thistle and bind weed would not go into compost, but we are confident that a heavy layer of newspaper on top, followed by wood-chips, will prevent these weeds from spreading.
Why don’t we ‘turn’ the compost?
We could. Turning compost does speed up decomposition, but it is hard work. The ‘Lasagna method’ more resembles Mother Nature: just thin layers and layers of organic matter, slowly breaking down into rich humus with the aide of soil micro-organisms and worms. Gotta love those worms.
What if I am not strong enough to pile on some clay soil?
Do the best you can. Elaine will be monitoring the situation. Remember, just a thin layer of clay soil is enough.
What can I do to help the composting effort?
Will we ever produce compost for the beds?
I believe that unless we truck in huge amounts of green matter (and who knows, maybe that will happen) we will always be dependent on Allied Waste for compost. We simply are not generating enough volume of compost on our own.