March is a busy month for Green Corn Project. In addition to our Dig-ins (garden installations and refurbishments) and dig-in leader training (more on that to come), we also offer a hands-on gardening workshop for people interested in learning how to install their own GCP-style bio-intensive garden and grow their own organic vegetables.
The first picture shows participating digging their first trench, the first step of the double digging process.
Here’s Amy answering a question on how many times you might need to double dig your own bed. Her answer: depends on the soil, maybe once every three to four years, maybe once every ten years.
What you don’t see is the participants breathing a huge sigh of relief. As those of you who have volunteered with us know, double digging is a labor-intensive process. But the good news is that it creates a lazy bed, one that grows better with less water and less weeding than a conventionally dug bed.
Max helps a participant review class materials. All students receive materials specific to Central Texas as well as a copy of The Sustainable Vegetable Garden: A Backyard Guide to Healthy Soil and Higher Yields by John Jeavons and Carol Cox.
In addition to double digging, participants learned about composting, companion planting, and planning a vegetable bed.
If you are interested in future GCP workshops, please check our website for updates.
Don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what one participant had to say:
“Loved it! This workshop provided the perfect amount of information and hands on experience to plan and put in a garden the next weekend. I highly recommend this workshop for anyone who wants to grow vegetables in Central Texas and doesn’t know what to do or how to start. Thanks!!! The Green Corn Project is a fabulous nonprofit. You can count on my support.”–Susan Frentz, March 2009 class
–Suzanne, GCP volunteer and board member