Hello, Soil. Pleased to Mulch You!

This morning, we were lucky to have a visit at the garden from Kevin Allison, urban soil specialist with the Marion County Soul and Water Conversation District. Kevin is a wealth of knowledge, and we are looking forward especially to doing some fun things with cover crops this fall at the garden, using his guidance and expertise.

Yes, we get excited about things like cover crops around here. Hey, they are really cool! Cover crops = happy soil = happy plants = less work for us = more delicious veggies.

Kevin also had a really great, really simple tip for our gardeners and anyone growing their own produce: add a light layer of straw to any exposed soil in your garden. As your seeds and seedlings go in the ground, the straw keeps moisture from wicking out of your soil and has a moderating effect on soil temperature. Both of these things limit stress on your plants, make your life easier, and help your plants focus their energy on growing awesome produce for you and your family. It also adds more organic matter to your soil.

And as temperatures broke 80 degrees here in Central Indiana, conserving water and protecting plants from heat will be increasingly important!

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Kevin will be leading a FREE educational workshop, “Healthy Soil, Healthy Garden,” for us in conjunction with the seed library at Glendale Public Library on Sunday, June 11 from 3-4pm. Please come geek out over soil health with us!

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Community Garden Work Day: Mulch Moving and Garden Prep, 3/12

The Keystone-Monon Community Garden’s first community-wide garden work day is this Saturday, March 12, from 10 am-2 pm, and we need your help!

WHAT: Mulch Moving Day! Learn how to cover sheets of cardboard with mulch throughout the garden area to suppress grass and weeds. Mulch will be located on the west side of the park at 46th and Haverford, and we need help moving mulch by wheelbarrow to the garden, located south of the picnic shelter.

WHEN: Saturday, March 12, 10 am-2 pm (or whenever the work is complete) – Join us for as long as you are able! If needed, we may finish up work on Sunday.

WHERE: Arsenal Park, located at 46th and Haverford, west side parking area

WHAT TO BRING: If you have a wheelbarrow, shovels, rakes, or pitchforks, please bring them. Otherwise, just bring yourself, comfortable work shoes, and a full water bottle. Dress for the weather.

WHO: YOU! Be a part of creating Indy’s newest community garden!

 

If you are able to attend, please let us know at KMCommunityGarden@gmail.com. Also, let us know if you have a wheelbarrow or tools you can bring!

Invite your neighbors and friends – we need YOU to put the “community” in “community garden.”

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