2 November 2012

posted Nov 7, 2012, 8:49 AM by Andrea Feige   [ updated Sep 18, 2017, 10:47 AM by Tish Ivie ]
Today we winterized the garden.  We had around 10 volunteers from all age groups.  Even the younger students that were out for recess decided to join us in laying paper, compost, and cardboard.

This winter, we decided to try a new method of “winterizing” a garden that had relatively low requirements for effort and the maintenance over the winter was minimal as well.  What we did was pretty slick:

1) Cut down/tear out any dead plants and lay them on top of the dirt
2) Pick out any visible rocks
3) Lay down paper that was in the recycling bin
4) Lay what was in our compost bin at the time on top of the paper (mostly grass clippings, a few coffee beans, and some leaves)
5) Cover the compost mixture with cardboard
6) Water the cardboard down and saturate the raised garden bed.

This is known as lasagna gardening.....the baby sister to no-till farming.  
More information on this HERE.

The students really seemed to enjoy doing the work and it was wonderful to watch some of the older students start teaching the younger students who were asking what we were doing.

The gardening group meets every Friday from 1:30-2:30.  The “adults” involved are Lyn and Loren (both awesome students from MSU who have offered to help this semester) and Miss Feige (the music teacher).  We couldn’t have been able to organize this without the wonderful help of Ms. Knaub.  We also owe thanks to Jen MacFarlane and her husband, who ran the garden last year and installed the composting system we have today.  Finally, thank you to all of the staff and administration of Monforton School for their continued support with this endeavor!