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Mulching - May 23

Once the plants are in the ground and watered, the next step is weed prevention and evaporation reduction. Mulching offers an organic solution to both challenges. Colorado's Front Range is very dry with minnimal humidity, little rain, and high water loss due to evaporation; on a hot summer day the ground will dry up and crack.  By combining drip irrigation with a 3 - 4" layer of wood chip mulch we can cut water loss due to evaporation by as much as 50 percent! Along with reducing water loss, mulching helps minnimize weeds by covering the soil.

Planting- May 16

Before planting many letters were sent out to various heirloom and organic seed banks asking for donations. We received a wide variety of seeds from many generous contributors, THANK YOU! Seeds were then sowed in small pots and placed in our greenhouse to sprout. As the days became longer, nights warmer, and seedlings grew taller - we picked our date to transplant into the beds. We based our dates for transfer from the greenhouse to the garden on average last frost dates, which for Colorado's front range generally lands around Mother's Day.

Beginning-May 11

After the initial plan for our garden plots we investigated the condition of the existing soil. The soil was found to have a very high clay content and in need of organic matter to improve soil fertility. The soil was turned 18" deep with a mole bore plow, which essentially flips the soil. Next we measured and marked out both the beds and the paths between them in order to only add compost in the areas for planting. The beds measure 5' x 20' making each bed 100 square feet - the three beds give us 300 square feet of total planting space.

DESIGN- Student Sustainable Garden

This project was created with an educational purpose to show students and people interested in gardening how to cultivate a wide variety of vegetables while maintaining beneficial relationships between plants. The Student Sustainable Garden (SSG) is located on CSU Campus and is a ten year old project managed and run by students. The garden is managed by Lea Pace and Robyn Goldenstein. This year the SSG partnered with the Student Sustainability Center (SSC) and SoGES to create a new system of planting based on Agro-Ecological Principles. The new plot was designed by Patricia Izquierdo and Josh Alley with guidance from the work of Gaspar Caballero.

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