4-H Sustainable Living Club Invites the Public to Learn to Build an EarthBed©
Thursday, March 21st, 5pm, the 4-H Sustainable Living Club invites you to learn how to build an EarthBed© in your “Garden for Sustainable Living.”
No special skills are needed. This is a learn-by-doing experience. With a Sustainable EarthBed© it is possible to have a garden with:
50% less Cost
80% Less Space
90% Less Water
95% Less Seed
98% Less Work
100% More Harvest
We encourage anyone from 10 to 110 to join us Thursday, March 21st at our garden site next to the Toledo Skate Park and behind Pacific Spruce Federal Credit Union for this year’s first session held from 5:00pm – 6:30pm. As parking is difficult around the skate park please park on A Street and walk to the garden.
EarthBeds© work through capillary wicking action – the same force you observe when you dip a piece of paper towel partially into a glass of water and watch the water climb the paper. Therefore EarthBeds©:
* Can be built on top of poor soil, concrete or asphalt
* Warms up quicker in the spring and stay warmer into the fall.
* Great for people with less mobility and strength to avoid hauling heavy water containers.
* Prevents evaporation, which occurs when bed are watered from the top.
* Nutrients are not lost to the subsoil.
* EarthBeds© only have to be watered once every 7- 10 days.
* Ideal for heavy feeders\quick climbers: gourds, corn, pumpkins, and cucumbers.
* Watering can be automated with a hose with float valve.
* Can be heated to provide fresh vegetables all year long.
The Secret – Wicking Soil
Heavy clay, even with lots of organic material, will compact. Lightweight medium will drain freely and allow the water to be drawn up from the “water pan.” Never use Potting Soil as this will compress too much, negatively affecting root aeration.
EarthBeds© must be in an area of either full or moderate sun. Cover it with a cloche (mini-greenhouse) “Cloche” (pronounced klõsh) is a French word for a bell jar or dish set over delicate plants to protect them from cold weather. The definition has expanded, however, to include many types of mini-greenhouses.
Our coastal Mediterranean type climate with cool springs and cooler summers mean lower heat units for growing crops and vegetables. A cloche extends the growing season. The purpose of an OSU YA4-H Garden for the Sustainable Living is to demonstrate to the community the availability of a sustainable locally fresh and healthy organically grown produce.
A PowerPoint and video presentations are available to any organization upon request.
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