Monday, 4 May 2015

Early Spring in The Garden!

April always seems to fly by! A month full of wild weather, cabbage, chives, peas, piles of compost, and the awe of a perennial bed waking up from winter. The garden is covered in various forms of decomposition and looks like it may never wake up; but comfrey raising from its own ashes, robins and blackbirds chirping the day away, and fruit flowers being fondled by bumble bees remind us that life is about to spring out from everywhere.
Trays of cabbages, kale, collards, leeks, and broccoli getting ready to be planted.


Spring is a great time to check up on your compost, give it a flip, and check on all the worms and hard work that has been going on deep in those piles. Last season we started to run a community incentive based compost system. Folks could bring there kitchen scrapes or yard waste in exchange for a garden voucher that they then could trade in for food from the garden! CAUSE FOOD MAKES FOOD. We all ready up and running this season! 
We have deep six foot bins that stay biologically active all winter and are also home to hundreds of thousands of our red wigglers for our vermicimposting system. The compost piles offer them a great home, food and warmth all winter making our jobs so much easier. If you would like worms or just want to talk compost please come visit! 

A beautiful cross section of work the worms have done to a pile of leaf compost.

Our Straw bale compost system allows us quick easy compost bins that can be stacked and build to any specification, lasts a few seasons and then the straw gets used in the fall for garlic and composted back into its self in the spring! One of our main goals is to constantly save as much food waste from the garbage as possible working with the food bank we were able to compost over a ton of mangoes that would have just ended up in the trash.

Giant Mullein, peppermint, and wild wood strawberry. 

Yarrow, Nettles, Comfrey, Chives, French Sorrels, Motherwort, Lovage, prairie smoke, and mountain mint/sage!
Cascade hops poking through some woodchips 

Mycelium covered woodchips that connect and transfer water and nutrients between every plant in the garden.

All of this work though can only happen with lots of help from everyone. 

learning to transplant and plant a fresh strawberry patch for the season
friends working on a hugukulture bed

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