|Signs indicate where donors can leave materials. Chris tills the ground with greenhouse in the background.|
|Sam and Becky Bowman, with Chris.|
|Volunteers plant tomatoes amidst straw -mulch paths.|
|Amy, Cindy and Adri sort donated pots and flats.|
So, though we welcome more volunteer participation in the garden, and are grateful to those who have already been coming out in support, you can see, we are being well embraced by the community.
Other Sharing Garden news:
As many people know, we are no longer gardening at the Alpine site. Building the greenhouse in Monroe has meant we must go there at least once a day for watering and we felt it would spread us too thin to manage and maintain both sites. The fence is still up and it appears some local residents are carrying on with the gardening, which is wonderful.
|OSU students help us mulch and plant in April.|
|Volunteer, Jennifer Rivais and Llyn wheel a cart-load of starts for Jen's garden.|
|"When Picks Fly" Joe, Kathy, Shep and Warren (l to r) Toe tapping fun at the Sharing Gardens!|
We have used up the last of the straw that was previously donated and still have need of several tons more. We use a deep-mulch method that feeds the soil as the worms digest the organic matter from below. The 4-8 inches of mulch also block weeds from growing and moderate the temperature and moisture levels of the soil minimizing our need to water and giving the plants a stable environment in which to grow.
If you are a rancher, or have horses and need to get rid of last year's hay to make way for the new, please bring it to us. We can provide a tax-receipt for your donation and you will know you are contributing to a worthwhile cause.
|OSU students apply deep mulch in the paths. The garden uses literally tons of hay, straw and other organic materials each year.|