Spring projects...

Starting to sheet-mulch the upper tier of the garden in preparation for our perennial crops. Sheet-mulching is a method for improving soil, also commonly referred to as sheet-composting or the lasagna method, that involves laying down a "sheet" material such as cardboard and covering it with layers of seed-free organic material. We are fortunate to have access to a plentiful supply of aged horse manure (thank you to Beth and her friend!) and semi-composted leaves so that's what we used, plus we topped it off with a layer of straw mulch. For more information on how, why, and when to sheet-mulch see Gaia's Garden by Toby Hemenway, Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape Naturally by Robert Kourik, or do an internet search.

Unloading a trailer full of horse manure to be used in our sheet-mulch beds. It's handy to have a place to unload materials uphill from our work area so we can work with gravity, if only this trailer had a dump mechanism!

A clever idea one of our gardeners found for marking your rows. That's Popeye on the spoon—we all know what he likes to eat!

School Food Tour Visits RSCG!

Sara Salo of The School Food Tour stopped by the garden today to talk about her 5,000+ mile self-supported bicycle tour promoting healthy eating and cycling for both transportation and recreation. Sara ended her long tour last Friday (May 11) in Houghton and has been visiting schools and community gardens in the area to share her story and learn more about our local food network in the Keweenaw. Thanks for stopping by Sara! Learn more about Sara's work at http://schoolfoodtour.org/.