Friday, April 12, 2019

Spring in the VegHeadz Garden

The beautiful spring weather has produced a burst of progress in the VegHeadz garden.  New beds are under construction, plans are being made, and the edible forest garden is almost complete.  Make plans to visit on any Wednesday morning or during the Spring Open House on May 11.  2019.  Look for our new clumping bamboo, Hugelkultur sweet potatoes, mini rotation beds, berms and swales to control flow of water in our sloped garden, edible perennials and fruit trees and much more in our forest garden. 
Howard, Peggy, Evelyn, and bamboo
farmer Tracy Cato
Perhaps you shuddered when you saw the word "bamboo."  Not to worry.  A VegHeadz field trip to Thigpen Trail Bamboo Farm near Moultrie provided lots of information and research and we were able to choose from many varieties of non-invasive clumping bamboo for our garden.  Not only are they planted to show that not all bamboo is hard to manage, but to provide material for trellises and other garden structures.  We might even try a few bamboo shoots. 
Amidst all the activity, we have had some regular visitors to the garden who we have thoroughly enjoyed.  Kids in the garden make it all worthwhile. 
Cathi and grandchildren, Ella Rose, Cullen,
and Liam

Howard, our premier weeder, is
showing June and Tommy how to pull
weeds - an essential gardening skill

Jeanne and granddaughter June. 
Gardening provides fun and great learning
experiences.  June and her brother
Tommy have become enthusiastic regulars in the garden.
Finally, a progress report on the first of 12 new garden beds in graduated sizes. 
After several years of planning,
we are finally under way
Many thanks to our faithful construction
volunteers, Mike, Glenn, Buddy and Howard
Not without a few mishaps.  We now know where
the water line runs
Carole, Cathy and Peggy spent
hours painting the new storage area,
requiring agility in places
Peggy McDonald, our new garden coordinator, plants the first seedlings in the first new bed. 
Instead of filling completely with garden soil, we first added several whole banana trees we
had cut, lots of cuttings and twigs from non-invasive trees, wood chips, and chopped
mustard plants.  This saves on garden soil, since the plants usually use only the first
six to eight inches.  As the underlayer decomposes, it will help retain moisture and
provide nutrients for the crops

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