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Whistle As You Work

The sequel from last year’s polar vortex has taken over the entire nation over this week (but at least we aren’t in Buffalo!). So, there has not been much activity in the garden this week. But, many students ventured out to Loy Farms this past Saturday to help environmental professor Steve Moore with research by shoveling LOTS of soil.

Digging up those holes

Digging up those holes

This project will take a lot of hours, hands and effort. It’s a fact of life that most gardening tasks take a lot of work. Especially for overschedule college students, this isn’t always ideal (unless you’re procrastinating on homework). Here are some timesaving gardening tips!

  1. Be a Water Wizard

Soaker hoses are the preferred tools of the trade. Regular hoses and watering cans will have you standing out there for a while to ensure all your crops are well watered.

All materials can be found at a local hardware store

All materials can be found at a local hardware store

2. Plan, Plan and Plan Some More

Many Elon students have planners to help accomplish their daily, semester and yearlong goals. Plan out what and where you want to grow your crops before planting season. Throughout the year, plan out the tasks to completed each work session. If you have other workers involved, make sure you talk to them ahead of time to take their plans into account as well!

  1. Wack the Weeds

There are few tasks more dreaded than weeding. It’s Monotonous, menial and uncomfortable, but a necessary activity (just like math class) Instead of picking each week out of the soil individually, use a sharp spade to slice beneath weeds, then turn them over to completely bury the leaves. As a bonus, the weeds will add nutrients to the soil!

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Lastly, the number one thing that will make gardening easy and fast is enjoying it! Blast some music and invite friends to help. Set rewards for finishing tasks. Don’t forget your gardening passion during this cold weather. If you want to experience one of these amazingly fun garden work sessions, contact ahren@elon.edu to get involved!

Winter Is Coming

An amazing, wonderful and fantastic thing happened at the Elon Community Garden this weekend: the garden shed was organized!!

Look at the beautifulness!

Look at the beautifulness!

You can see the floor!

You can see the floor!

BIG thank you to garden intern Kathryn Robling who not only organized and cleaned the shed, but completed a full inventory as well! Having a systemized shed is a crucial factor for every gardener. Where we would be if we didn’t know where our shovels were? Or how many wheelbarrows we have in order to haul smelly compost? This is especially important at Elon University, where there are many students who go into the shed to use gardening tools almost every day.

Other students helped out this weekend by painting the new benches that intern Dustin Pfaehler built. Now the benches are colorful and interesting to look out. Thanks to everyone who contributed despite the risk of getting covered in paint!

Neat designs!

Neat designs!

Now students have a place to relax by the garden pond.

Now students have a place to relax by the garden pond

A cold front will be occurring for the rest of the week. Say goodbye to the remaining tomatoes and okra, we’ll see them next year! Check out next post to see how the crops survive their first real winter frost.

One last tip from Elon's Community Garden!

One last tip from Elon’s Community Garden!