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 Gary. If you do not see Gary often (he comes to the garden very early), you can comment here or send questions to me. Gary is usually at the garden on the monthly work day, the 3rd Saturday of the month.
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?
No, we are not putting weeds in the compost.
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?
No need to do that, just put your garden waste on the boards on the west side of the compost area. Gary and his helpers will take care of it.
What can I do to help the composting effort?
Will we ever produce compost for the beds?
We are doing that now. Each spring compost is made available to add to your plots.