735: Your First Garden Is Your Worst Garden.
A Garden Chat with Emily Rockey.
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In This Garden Chat:
Are you starting your first garden? Take heart!! Your First Garden is Your Worst Garden, and that means yes, you can experience a variety of challenges, set backs, excitement, and successes too. Let’s talk about these and what comes next. Join Emily Rockey and Farmer Greg as they explore the pitfalls of starting a garden anew.
Emily studied plant sciences at the University of Arizona focusing on controlled environment agriculture to optimize food production in indoor greenhouse systems. Then the incredible power of the rich real soil drew her back outdoors and she worked on organic farms in Italy and the US. During the nineteen years Emily has lived in Tucson, she has worked for a variety of nonprofits and businesses focusing on sustainability, gardening and promotion of compost and soil health. Prior to her current role at Mission Garden, she worked at Tanks Green Stuff, a local organic compost and soils company.
– Mesquite bean milling event, June 2023 at Mission Garden in Tucson, AZ.
– Greg’s miserable success (aka failure)
– The dirt on healthy soil
– Ants are good.
– Building the foundation of your garden: dirt, air space, moisture, organic matter
– Know where your food comes from; know where your garden’s food comes from
– Symbiotic relationships between the plants and the community living in the soil
– Invest in good soil and allow it time to grow.
– Growing in clay soil
– Find good quality compost US Composting Council
– Observe your new space – sun, shade, wind, cold spots, water flow
– Determinate vs indeterminate tomatoes
– Start with what grows well locally; find locally grown seeds.
– Understand the pests and their role in your garden
– Don’t forget to plant for the pollinators.
– Interpreting the “organic” label
– Creosote cuttings in the compost pile?
– Should plants be shaded in Maricopa, AZ
– Stay with it! Do not give up.
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