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The first weekend of classes may mean homework, professors and back to the usual hectic Elon lifestyle, but it also means it’s time for gardening to being again! But during and after winter, gardens of any kind do not look their best.

Unhealthy looking beds of lettuce at Loy Farms

Unhealthy looking beds of lettuce at Loy Farms

There is a lot of work that goes into renovating and helping a garden come alive again. Here are a few strategies when it comes to tackling your garden after a dormant season.

1. Weed and clean up beds

2. Pull up dead or dying plants

3. Aerate out beds

4. Add new, fresh soil

To kick off the first weekend workday of the spring semester, students from various disciplines worked in the Loy Farms greenhouse to remove many, many unwanted weeds.

Elon students, led by Garden TA Andrea, weeding in the Loy Farms Greenhouse

Elon students, led by Garden TA Andrea, weeding in the Loy Farms Greenhouse

So many weeds!

So many weeds!

With lots of helpers, we were able to defeat the weeds and drive the majority of them out of the greenhouse. Weeds and dead plants were collected to start a new cycle of composting for the season.

Weeds headed to composting bins

Weeds headed to composting bins

Outside the greenhouse, Elon University professor Steve Moore began the battle of cleaning out beds with dead crops and laying down fresh soil. A solid base of healthy soil will be useful for a strong spring growing season.

New and old beds at Loy Farms

New and old beds at Loy Farms

A productive day with enthusiastic workers is a sign that the Elon gardening community is off to a great start for the spring! Check back every week this semester to see if the spring is as successful we hope it will be.

 

 

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