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KRBD’s Square Foot Garden Experiment

With a Little Help from Friends

Jeannie Blackmore, seen here with KRBD board member Kathy Rousso, stopped by on Saturday with new starts for the station’s garden. We now have a variety of lettuce, some kohlrabi , Napa cabbages, marigolds and celery.

 

The rainbow chard, beets and other lettuce plants were moved to give them space to expand. The bok choy left the garden as did some of the kale. It appears that we lost all the onions (who does that?), and only a few of the carrots we planted on Earth Day, April 22, made it to the surface.  Next year, we’ll probably wait a little longer to plant seeds outside. Patience is a virtue.

 

Meanwhile, inside the radio station, our little tomato that started the whole shebang has three more blossoms open. The basil plants, also inside, look like they’re struggling toward the sun, so it’s recommended that we add some soil to help them stand, and snip a few leaves to force them to branch out, making a smaller, compact, bushy plant. We have another round of carrot seeds under a grow light, as well as some Mesclun lettuce.

 

We had a great on-air conversation Monday morning about composting with Maura O’Dell and Jerry Holland. If you missed it, be sure to listen online here on our website. Interesting fact: Maura reported that her garbage volume fell significantly once her family began composting much of what they would have thrown away.

 

KRBD staff members are bringing in their cuttings of vegetables and fruits, mowed grass, leaves, etc., from home for the compost bin here. It’s not really a bin. More like a garbage can that is almost too full to move. Outside bins are in our future. Is anyone out there interested in helping with the construction? A couple of pallets, some nails, maybe some old fencing should be what’s needed. Give us a call at 225-9655.

 

Feel free to stop by the garden if you’re in the area. We have it enclosed with netting to stop any hungry deer that might stop by. So far, they seem to prefer what the library has to offer.

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