June 28, 2010

Caribou Trails Garden Project

We just uploaded pictures from our Caribou Trails Garden Project! Take a look. After contacting the Caribou Trails landlords, we found some families that wanted to commit to taking care of a garden for the summer. Besides the planning and purchasing of all supplies, the building took 2 days.

The first day, we built the raised beds (out of 2"x6" cedar boards). There are four 8'x4' beds, and one 4'x4' bed. Since it was on a slope, we had to use two boards to create the side of the garden frame on the lower part of the slope. To keep these together, we used 4"x4" in the corners and nailed them in. If you are building a garden that isn't on a slope, using corner brackets on the inside corners would be preferable. Newspapers were used as weed barriers to line the bottom of the gardens. We then used Mel's Mix to fill all of these gardens (1/3 peat moss, 1/3 compost, and 1/3 vermiculite). Everything was mixed in the back of a pick-up truck and then shoveled into the beds. This was enough work for the first day.

On Day 2, all seeds and plants were gathered for planting day. Many generous individuals and companies donated vegetable plants and seeds for our project. We spent a few hours moistening the soil, measuring 1 foot intervals around the garden frames and stapling in some string to create a square foot grid. Using this grid, we then planted our plants and seeds according to the amounts that can be grown within one square. All gardens had tomato and pepper plants that each require on square foot of space. Carrots, on the other hand, were seeded directly into the garden and 16 seeds were planted within a square.

All participants were given gardening instructions and an irrigation system was setup for convenience. At the end of the day, residents had their own gardens full of seeds and plants waiting to be cared for!

June 8, 2010

Gleaning Orientation is Tomorrow!

I just wanted to remind everyone that our Gleaning Orientation is tomorrow, Wednesday June 9th, from 6-7:30 at the Community Action building (424 2nd Ave. Okanogan, next to the Food Depot). If you're interested in gleaning this season, this is a good way to find out what to expect and to prepare for gleaning events. We will also be discussing the positions available on the Gleaning Committee for those interested in doing more.
See you tomorrow!