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.

Planet Under Pressure. New Knowledge Towards Solutions: Dispatch from Colorado

Among the goals of the international conference, Planet under Pressure one was to provide scientific leadership for the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development – Rio +20. During the conference’s four days of sessions, there were many examples of successful solutions from the local level to the national to move towards a sustainable future.


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