We haven’t saved all the fun of gardening the OLC for ourselves though. St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Ohio has sent two work groups to assist Grow Ohio Valley and other local organizations in projects that need extra hands. We had them weeding, seeding, mulching, fertilizing, and picking up trash during their time with us. Most of the students did not have much experience with gardening prior to their service week but took to things very quickly, including broadforking the beds!
Well we’ve made it this far into our post, and you’re probably asking yourself what are we growing at the OLC? We have transplanted nightshades such as eggplants, tomatillos, and tomatoes into our beds. We also had chamomile growing previously and added some more herbs to encourage community members to pick whatever they’d like from the beds. The St. Xavier’s crew planted patty pan squash in our Hugelkutur bed, which is a raised garden bed that is built from the bottom up with logs, sticks and branches, wood chips, grass clippings, manure, leaves, food scraps, egg shells, coffee grounds… everything you would put into a compost heap. We are planning to add some cut flower varieties such as Zinnias and pollinators to beautify the space as well.
We are hoping to take our participant’s input and form the garden around their questions surrounding gardening. This is a project we are looking forward to providing to our participants and fine tuning to their needs. Stay tuned for our progression with the demo garden!