Monday, May 9, 2016

Tending Soil

If you stopped by the garden last week, you may have noticed that the topsoil in the raised beds was looking a bit dry. After heavy Mid-April rains liquified the top layers of soil, the blazing sun came in and created a crisp white crust.

This weekend, one of our volunteer gardeners remedied the issue by breaking up the crust, turning the soil and folding in a composted mix of mushrooms, food scraps and manure. The beds were then deeply watered and covered with straw mulch. The organic matter and the mulch will assist in retaining moisture as we begin to transition to summer. This is especially important for our raised beds, which rely solely on harvested rainwater for hydration.

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