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RE: community_garden digest, Vol 1 #2105 - 1 msg

  • Subject: [cg] RE: community_garden digest, Vol 1 #2105 - 1 msg
  • From: "Diane Dodge" dianefaydodge@hotmail.com
  • Date: Sun, 10 Apr 2005 12:34:23 -0500

Judy,
Why not do both? Use the Bobcat, then do a lasangna garden "experiment" on part of the space. Good teaching tool, as well as a good way to compare cultural methods.

Happy Gardening,
Diane Dodge

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1. advice please on vacant lot garden development (grow19@aol.com)

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From: Grow19@aol.com
Date: Sun, 10 Apr 2005 11:11:44 EDT
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Subject: [cg] advice please on vacant lot garden development

Hi Friends,

I'm advised the startup of a new community garden in Washington DC on a
60'x70' vacant lot and I am in need of your advice regarding management of the
soil. To 'lasagna' (build up beds on top of existing soil) or to use a
rototiller/bobcat one time only.

The question arises because altho' the lot is flat, has good sun exposure
and soil appears to be in pretty good condition (soil test is enroute to UMass),
there are MANY small weed tree/shrub stumps and roots. And lots of glass
and small rocks.

On the one hand, it would seem good to 'build' soil on top (newspaper,
straw, soil/compost mix, etc). But I assume that just covering them will not
kill the weed trees and that they should all be pulled out first? I don't think
this community group has the gumption to pull out all the weed trees with
pick axes and shovels. And they are worried about the amount of glass and
rocks in the soil. They are drawn to the idea of ripping out everything with a
one-time bobcat visit and then building up soil and adopting a no-till future.


Permaculture vs. practicality? Advice? Thanks!!

Judy Tiger, Washington DC





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