Nourish Wellness visited Merritt College Landscape Horticulture Department today. We cultivated and planted one of their in-ground food security beds.
Department staff and students harvest the vegetables grown in the Land Hort food security beds. The food is donated to the Mercy Brown Bag program, who provides supplemental nutrition to seniors.
The in-ground bed that we replanted today, had sunk due to organic material breaking down over time. This caused the bed to be level with the pathways. We followed the steps below to raise up the bed, and plant.
1. Weed the bed. (This step had already been done.)
2. Pull back irrigation lines.
3. Add a layer of compost on the bed, or sprinkle granular fish fertilizer instead.
4. Add 2-3 inches of soil. This will raise the level of the bed, so that it's higher than the pathway.
5. Re-lay irrigation lines.
6. Figure out spacing for plants.
8. Place mulch, (straw), around plants.
9. Sprinkle Sluggo around plants. (Sluggo is a non-toxic product that helps protect plants from slugs and snails, and can be used in organic gardens.) OPTIONAL
10. Water in the tree collards.
11. Wet down the mulch.
We recently shared Renee's Garden and Cornucopia seeds with Denise Pittman, from the Bellot Idovia Foundation. The Bellot Idovia Foundation is a local nonprofit that helps Haitian people gain access to clean water, grow their own food, and fosters work towards island reforestation and sustainability. http://www.bellotidovia.org/
We donated a container chock full of seed packets, (courtesy Botanical Interests), to Alexa. (San Lorenzo Unified School District). These seeds will be added to their seed library in the making.
Nourish Wellness is having our 3rd annual seed share. Not only do we donate seeds to school and community gardens, we give seeds to food banks as well. :)
Thank you to Renee's Garden Seeds, and Cornucopia, for helping to make this seed share possible.
Nourish Wellness redistributed seeds and plant starts at the 11th Annual Life is Living Festival today. Thank you to Renee's Garden Seeds for the donated seeds, and to Merritt Landscape Horticulture Department for the donated plant starts.
We had many people visit our booth. Among them were: families, teachers, backyard gardeners and beginner gardeners. Here are few photos of our booth, NW president, her daughter & NW vice-president, and folks who dropped by:
Nourish Wellness has seeds to share with nonprofit organizations, and programs that serve people with low or no income. School and community gardens are eligible to receive veggie, ornamental flower, and herb seed donations as well. If interested, fill out a donation request below.
Nourish Wellness was invited to City of Dreams' symposium, in San Francisco. We were asked to help judge the greens cook-off, share seeds and planting info.
When Nourish Wellness has a surplus of red worms, we donate them to school and community gardens. Below is a pic of red worms that we donated to Howard Elementary School, along with our vermicomposting brochure.
Photo courtesy: Howard Elementary School garden coordinator, Matt.
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