Fall Clean Up and Plans

Our seasons do not change greatly due to weather, but summer quarter tends to be much quieter and therefore less student labor to help out.  In fact this summer due to staff outreaches, travel and low student census, Amy was the lone gardener most of the time.  She did a great job keeping it all together!  When I returned I was able to replant our hanging baskets and freshen up the pallet gardens and gutter gardens.  We have 16 full compost bins from summer weeding and grass trimming!  The summer did bring more rain than usual so the weeds and grass grew like crazy.  We are keeping them watered and adding fish water weekly and soon there will be labor to start turning them again.  I also cleaned out the 2 gutter gardens.  They are 9 months old now and I was pleased to see how well the wicking method has been working.  The fish have managed to stay alive despite no oxygenation of the water.  Most of the plants were finished so I replanted and also added new starts to the wicking beds which are still working quite well.  We are excited for fall quarter to start and looking forward to scores of students and the projects and classes to begin again.  We are working on teachings regarding these topics

Korean Natural Farming – IMOS and sprays (nutrient inputs)

Composting

Hugelbeds

key hole gardening

natural insect control

mulching

natural herbal medicine

back yard chickens

worm composting

our fish/food pond

We are also studying natural bee keeping and trying new techniques to attract black soldier flies (as food for chickens and fish)

This quarter we also plan to work on more posters/teaching aides for visitors, replant the African key hole garden section with grains and continue to plant and develop the back area with various permaculture techniques.  So far we have an underground hugelbed, an above ground huglebed and an bund, along with moringa trees and banana trees.  We also sorely  need to re-mulch all the beds and new developed areas.  It’s going to be a great quarter!!

refreshed pallet

refreshed pallet

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cleaning out the gutter garden and replanting buckets

cleaning out the gutter garden and replanting buckets

gutter garden replanting

gutter garden replanting

wicking action working wonderfully!

wicking action working wonderfully!

lilikoi gone crazy

lilikoi gone crazy

cleaning out gutter garden

cleaning out gutter garden

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