4 X 4 ft. Garden Plan

4 X 4 ft. Garden Plan

Gardening Basics

Power point presentation given on 2/21/16.   The outline is below.

Gardening for Beginners, St. Philip Community Garden   2/21/16

Things to Consider:

  • A Plan/Vision
  • Good Soil – fertile, well-drained soil
  • A sunny spot
  • Water
  • Good Tools
  • Commitment

Benefits to raised bed gardening:

  • Higher yields and less area to weed
  • Reduced soil compaction
  • Earlier planting – better runoff and drainage, warmer soil
  • Frost protection
  • Soil improvement
  • Architectural interest
  • Accessible gardening
  • 4 X 4 Ft. Plot can be built for less than $40

Colorado Climate:

  • Dry climate, need to water, mulch, shade
  • Clay soils, need amendment – compost, garden mix, organic matter
  • Frost dates – May 15, Sept. 20-Oct. 20
  • Cold Crops vs. Warm Season Crops
  • Pests – take a look at your plants, animals – rabbits, mice, dogs, deer; insects good ones and bad ones
  • Snow in the Spring, hot, dry summers

Winning Crops:

  • Cold Season Crops (plant before last frost March-mid-May) lettuces, spinach, onions, radishes, beets, peas, chard, kale, broccoli, scallions, cabbage, carrots, potatoes
  • Warm Season Crops (after last frost May 15-22) tomatoes, peppers, beans, herbs like parsley, basil, etc., eggplant, cucumber, squashes, zucchini, summer squash, melons, pumpkins,

Benefits of Community Gardening

  • Learn from others
  • Fresh air and exercise
  • Improving the community
  • Individual garden plots
  • Leadership, social and volunteer opportunities
  • Youth education
  • Low cost and grocery savings
  • Fresh local produce
  • Reduce carbon footprint

To reserve a garden plot, please email atolenti@aol.com.   Plots available April 1.


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