What a wonderful evening we had! Creation Sarah Swift Morgan shared the DUCC’s plan for sharing our harvests with each other and the Christian Neighbors Food Bank. She showed us her method of getting remarkable yields from tiny gardening containers, and many ideas for making them.
Compost Ken, our dear friend, came back to give us a crash course on making the best loamy, nutritious soil from our yard and food waste without a lot of effort or fuss. In particular we saw his invention — a good looking compost container for any yard — that is very easy to use and maintain. See pics of the bin below and email Ken if you’d like to buy or build one for your yard. Here’s a crib sheet of Ken’s best compost tips.
Together we watched this, which we recommend watching more than once:
And we explored all the kinds of plants and flowers and shrubs and trees we can be planting in our own yards to keep our bee populations healthy and strong. This is a world-wide effort underway, like a global victory-garden movement, if you know what we mean. And we encourage everyone with a pot to plant in or a yard or acreage to landscape to consider planting to bring back the bees.
Here are the slides from Sarah and Ken’s presentations. Please take the time to review them.
Growing is Giving Presentation
DIY Composting Workshop.EDIT
Planting for the Bees 2
Sarah also recommended this book, because Mason Bees are wildly good pollinators, and it’s easy to host homes for them, which can be easily made or purchased in gardening stores in real life and online:
And Ken wanted to point out the so-cool seed library at Herrick District Library in Holland:
And he asks that we find ways to support the Holland Area Beekeepers Association, and find ways to thank them:
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Happy planting, people.
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