Everyone can attain some measure of food security by growing a small garden. Gaining Ground takes the intimidation factor out of the equation with O Gardens!
We lead participants through a year of the entire process of growing one square meter of food.
Sign up by November 5th to participate at email@example.com or call 662-694-0124 for more information; you must hold current GGSIM membership to participate.
Map to Site 202 Hillside 39759By the end of the program you will understand:
By the end of the program you will have:
- worm bin
- compost tea brewer
- compost system
- a square meter raised bed
- three seasons of fresh, healthy, vegetables
- the ability to can, freeze, or blanch these vegetables
- food security!
- soil health
- natural weed and pest control
- food storage
- seasonal growing
- soil amending
| Date || Topic|| Materials Needed and Cost|
13|| Gather salvaged materials|| Shovel, garbage bags, gloves Boards, stakes, lots of cardboard from
behind furniture stores (it is big and flat), bags of leaves, grass
| December 4|| Build raised beds and lasagna gardens|| gloves, hammer and nails, or drill and screws, shovel, salvaged materials, and rake|
| January 8|| Soil amendments, and build a worm bin|| Rake, gloves, $25 for soil amendments (we will buy in bulk and divide), two plastic bins with lids, drill (if you have one), bag of shredded paper |
| February 5|| Attend Gaining Ground Conference in Raymond: Saving Dollars: Making Sense (or read Micro-Farming on 1/4 acre on your own)|| |
| March 4|| First planting (snow peas, radish, greens) and starting seedlings|| gloves, hand shovel, watering can, mulch, 3 inch deep aluminum baking tray, $5 for seeds (we will provide seeds bought in bulk)|
| April 1|| Build a compost tea brewer and Second planting (potato, lettuces, squash, cucumbers)|| gloves, hand shovel, watering can 5 gallon bucket, pair of used panty hose, $12 fish tank bubbler, molasses $5 for seeds|
| May 6|| Natural Pest Control and Third planting (tomatoes, basil, eggplant)|| $5 for seeds, 2 empty spray bottles, gloves, hand shovel, watering can, $5 for organic pest control ingredients|
| June 3|| Mulching and build a compost system||2 Garbage bags of grass clipping, gloves, bag of vegetable scraps, bag of leaves|
| July 1|| Harvest Party|| Bring a chair and a dish to share!|
| August 5|| Canning Class|| $10 for materials: bring your cukes and tomatoes |
| September 2|| Fall Gardening (greens, lettuce, garlic) || Bag of finished compost, $5 fall seeds, gloves, shovel, watering can, small hand shovel|
| October 7|| Blanching and Freezing || $ 5 for materials: bring your greens|
| November 4|| Winterizing the garden: Amending the soil || finished compost and bag of shredded leaves|