Garden Update & Planting Day 23/04/14

phenology_garden_posters_crops_140414So whats new in the campus garden?

With spring moving on and the weather improving it’s time to plant crops in the new Campus Teaching Garden. The most popular experiment for this year was to contrast the growth of maize under conventional (i.e. with fertilisers) and intercropping (with nitrogen-fixing clover or alfalfa) management. We also be planting up some of the beds with a variety of vegetables which should be ready to harvest by the time you get back from the summer break. I’m planning that we’ll treat half of the veggie beds with biochar to see what effect (if any!) that has on our yields.

How you can get involved…

Teaching Garden Planting Day: Wednesday 23rd April 2014; 2pm – 5pm

This is a great opportunity for you to get involved in the Garden if you haven’t done so before. Students from UWS, the College and University of Glasgow are all welcome to come along. Volunteering in the garden is a great way to relieve exam stress and a worthwhile addition to your CV!

From next week on Wednesday afternoons (2pm – 5pm) will be set aside for Garden Volunteers. If that doesn’t suit you let me know, I can provide training for any helpers that want to work in the Garden at other times. There’s loads still left to do. We have a rabbit proof fence to erect, medicinal herbs to plant out and the phenology beds to develop.


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