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Building a Garden Bed Using the Double-Digging Method

  • Sep 7, 2013 · 11:00 AM
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We will be preparing two planter beds in Annie's garden using the double-digging method of garden bed preparation developed by John Jeavons. We will begin by applying compost and fertilizer as needed on top of the beds, then digging down through the top 12 inches of soil in 1 foot sections, and further loosening the next 12 inches using a spading fork. Check out the YouTube video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUp8XOsA2q4. If you can, please bring a shovel, spade, and spading fork for this exercise.

The Urban Farmers coop events are working/learning sessions where we all pitch into a project at the hosts location.

Here is what we do:

  • We meet to help out a fellow host farmer

  • We do some work, exchange ideas and learn something at the same time.

  • We bring food from our gardens so we can share with each other the wonderful foods we are raising.

  • After the meeting we all take home something that we did not bring.

If possible please bring any of these items:

  • Bag for collecting harvested food

  • Gardening tools, e.g., shovel, trowel, gloves

  • Food items from your yard to exchange with other member (if you have any)

  • Potluck item that either contains something that you have picked from your yard/urban farm-- OR--something that you would like in the future to come from your yard/urban farm."

  • If you do not have any of the above then it is OK--just bring yourself and some good positive energy.

AGENDA

1) A bit of work

As people arrive we will demonstrate the Grow Biointensive double-digging method developed by John Jeavons, Director of Ecology Action's Mini-farming program. Then we will do some digging, spading, and more digging as time and energy permit. We will apply compost and fertilizer as needed at the beginning of the process.

2) Instruction

During the work portion we will have a short break-out period to discuss the philosphy behind the double-digging method for creating and optimizing proper soil structure.

3) Pot Luck and Socializing

Finally we will all spend some time to socialize and eat the wonderful food from our gardens.

During the pot luck we will discuss the following:

  • Q & A about gardening/ farming. Anyone can ask anything about a gardening or farming topic for others in the group to give their insights.

  • News and updates from our members: each member share progress on urban farming projects.

  • Ongoing discussion on our Urban Farmers coop group.

  • Crop Sharing-- Everyone that has harvested something from your yard please bring it and exchange it. Take what you DID NOT bring.

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  • Tom L.

    Loved it!

    1 · September 7, 2013

  • Kay

    I am painting my house, have to deal with some issues. Sorry I can not make it today and miss the great opportunity to learn this. Wish you all have a good one.

    September 7, 2013

    • Annie

      We look forward to seeing you next time.

      September 7, 2013

  • Tina

    Hi All, we were talking about square foot gardening and I mentioned this guy is a crack up. But he knows so much! It's under the youtube page http://www.youtube.com/user/growingyourgreens

    September 7, 2013

    • Tina

      Thank you Annie for hosting such a lovely day!

      1 · September 7, 2013

    • Annie

      Thanks for coming and all your hard work. Good to see you!

      September 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm so sorry I'm now unable to come. I'm suddenly feeling very sick. Hopefully fall equinox will find me better.

    September 7, 2013

    • Annie

      Feel better soon. See you next time.

      September 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Urgent issues at work. Need to spend the weekend in them. Will make it next time.

    September 7, 2013

    • Annie

      Thanks for letting us know. We look forward to seeing you next time.

      September 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd love to do this when the weather cools down, below 75. Forecast is[masked] this weekend. :( Enjoy!

    September 6, 2013

    • Annie

      Sounds like a wise decision. See you another time.

      1 · September 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, Annie. Hope your day is good :)

      September 7, 2013

  • Annie

    The temperature tomorrow is expected to reach 90 degrees. The area where we will be digging faces west and will mostly be shaded or in filtered sunlight until about 1:00 p.m. If we work efficiently, we should be done by 12:30 pm so we can avoid working during the hot part of the day in direct sunlight.

    September 6, 2013

  • Jean C.

    annie, your garden looks wonderful! great job! I may not be able to come tomorrow due to a sudden conflict that arose. Looks like I will miss out on great company and learning this time, but I am planning to see everybody at the next one at Indu's place. Have a great event!

    September 6, 2013

  • Barbara Haerther Du M.

    I'm not sure if I can attend. I may be in Sacramento visiting with my daughter.
    I want to share this with all of you thinking about raising chickens and those who already have chickens: http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=EADC17C55558EC771C29B1DCA1C1EC92

    1 · August 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      That is too funny! Thank you for sharing! lol!

      August 25, 2013

    • Maisy

      OMG! so funny. I caught myself giggling out loud.

      August 30, 2013

  • Moria M.

    I can't attend that day but sounds like a great program.

    August 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Indy & I would love to attend

    August 18, 2013

  • Tom L.

    When I first learned of this method in the 1970s I was surprised and it appeared to make a lot of sense to me. I have since started seven gardens that use this method and have been quite happy with the results.

    3 · July 25, 2013

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