At 10:00 this morning, we gathered at New Image’s Herban Farms, eager to plant our spring veggies. My friends Jodi and Jan from Keep Orlando Beautiful and Green-Up Orlando organized the event, tailoring it to teaching us the benefits of composting. The US Composting Council generously donated beautiful compost and helped us turn the soil, loosening the compaction that had taken hold of the bottom half of our beds. Leeanne, an expert from the Composting Council, gave a hands-on demonstration of vermicomposting…composting with worms. She left us with our own starter worm bin and 1,000 red wigglers. The kids thoroughly enjoyed her demonstration and her energy; they learned the ins and outs of what to feed their new pets, the benefits of nitrogen in the garden and how to maintain a comfortable home for the worms. Next, Kristin from Filtrexx helped us to plant 16 Gardensoxx with mustard greens, collards, radishes and mint; we are now keeping the mint contained. Woohoo! And lastly, we filled our beds with plants donated from Apenberry’s in College Park. Pretty impressive work for a Saturday morning, if I do say so myself.
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