Preparing a new garden

What we did at the Community Garden at Holy Nativity:

  • Removed lawn.
  • Waited for regrowth.
  • Dug out regrowth. (We did rototill after regrowth removal.)
  • Marked the footpaths and defined growing spaces. We have variously used wood, plastic edging, and rocks, depending upon what was available.
  • Composted (using material from a clean source) into the growing spaces only. Hand-tilled, and avoided walking on them thereafter.
  • Added beneficial microbes (We used Root Zone Beneficial Microbes from Bountiful Gardens)
  • Added worm castings (fresh, from vendor at farmers’ market
  • Used legume inoculant (nitrogen-fixing bacteria) for several growing seasons
Next section: “Rocks and bones”