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Become a Gardener at Tracy Gardens
Help with the work, learn & take home healthy vegetables.
Do you want to garden with us?
Two lots in the Troost Plateau Neighborhood (5630 Tracy) of the 49/63 Neighborhood Coalition are learning/community
garden spaces for neighbors and others to learn Carbon Smart Gardening. Carbon Smart Gardening includes
being organic, using no chemicals for pest or weed control. It also promotes no-till methods of using
mulches, cover crops and timely easy weeding practices. We also promote the building of healthy soil
for growing the healthiest vegetables. Our cover crops help by keeping roots in the ground as much
as possible. The living roots are constantly feeding the microbes that deliver minerals and water
to roots, improving the health of the plants. We are even treating our soil probiotically. We have
multiple worm bins from which we brew worm casting tea which is rich in healthy microbes for the
soil. In the spring we will start growing mycorrhizal fungi to inoculate roots so they can more easily
absorb minerals and water, increasing production. All of these methods are Earth friendly with an
eye to keeping carbon in the soil instead of it being in the atmosphere as CO2 and heating up the
Earth. The most direct practice of putting carbon in the soil at Tracy Garden is the making of biochar
or charcoal. We use wood chips and small sticks (what some call yard waste) to make biochar, then
mix with compost and add to the soil. Charcoal lasts much longer in the soil than compost and is
at least as good for the soil. It prevents the loss of Nitrogen from the soil and houses microbes.
Gardeners will receive hands on learning opportunities through the season in all these methods as well
as more root-a-mentry garden practices. We will grow a large variety of vegetables and some fruits.
Gardeners will work in groups or individually on tasks as necessity presents. Food grown in the garden
will be shared with gardeners according to the time they work.
We will do outreach to individuals and organizations to share our methods. Gardeners will not be expected
to present to these groups.
Interested? See the
contact form below.