These days the garden is looking pretty empty (and maybe a little messy), but there is SO MUCH going on! Under the surface of all those empty beds, lots of decomposers – fungus, bacteria, and insects – are working to break down the compost we put on top of the soil. This will help to enrich the beds to be at their best for growing healthy fruits and vegetables this spring and summer. A few beds have cover crops growing in them. These plants take nitrogen from the air and “fix” it into a form that can be used by the soil and other plants. But not all of our beds are just lying in wait! We’ve got spinach, beets, kale, Brussels sprouts, chard, carrots, and more doing their best to survive the cold of winter, to be harvested throughout the winter and into spring.
Just like the garden, the gardeners are taking their time to get ready for spring. We’re planning for the 2017 growing season. We’re working on the curriculum for our second year of the YMCA Preschool garden class. We’re beginning to strategize for another year of the Plant A Row campaign. Big things are in the works for 2017 – including our annual St. Patrick’s Day Potato Planting which will kick off our garden season once again! Be on the lookout for more things to come!