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Community Plots are Shaping Up (& Rototiller is a huge help!)


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Community Plots are Shaping Up (& Rototiller is a huge help!)

By Sustainability Interns | February 18, 2015

Main Idea? Community R’Garden will have community plots available very soon, plus we have a new tool.
Why Should Students Care? If you are interested in a community plot, make sure to apply.

The community plots are really taking shape, quite literally! We are excited as we prepare for their assignment and debut this coming spring. We have already received over 200 applicants!

The plots finally bloomed with the cover crop we planted in them, a combination of vetch and rye. These plants will help instill important nutrients such as nitrogen into the soil, to allow vegetables and other crops to grow sufficiently and healthy.

You can see the cover crop, spotting the community key hole plots (circles) we’ve designed. To define the paths that set against the plots, we have covered the paths with some wood chips, which help keep the weeds down.

Finally, we recently purchased and received a personal sized Rototiller. We are all really excited about it at the R’Garden. The Rototiller is going to save us serious manual labor hours. It’s amazing that the Rototiller has many purposes, but mostly it will be used to loosen the soil to prepare for planting or weeding. A job that sounds easier said than done, since Riverside’s dirt is hard.

The Rototiller will also come in handy when it’s time to replace crops. Rather than letting the row go to waste and waiting until the end of the season to use the larger industrial sized rototiller, we now can replant easily and quickly with the personal sized rototiller without destroying any of the other rows.

-Tracey

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