Last season at the Gardens many conversions were heard about revitalizing a compost program we once had. We identified the barriers to a successful program and started a renewed interest. Thanks to Steve, Don, Willie and Kerry for the ideas, we decided to apply for a grant with Rotary International to help us out with materials. This past week, Don and Mary, representing MCG, accepted the Rotary International donation.
Both cold (materials in bins) and hot ( barrel method) composting process will be done. Our resident gardeners who have composting experience and Howard Lee, from the Master Composter Program will instruct us.
We are so pleased to have been awarded the grant - Thank you Rotary International Members.
Adding organic materials to the sandy soils at the garden has helped keep moisture levels more even. The soils now support lush gardens but, as we soon learned, all of these measures also invite moles, voles and their many litters. Various remedies to get rid of them have failed. Advice from the experts at DNR suggested inviting hawks in by providing them a tall pole to hunt from. Chuck, a MCG gardener, contacted Xcel Energy about possibly getting telephone poles from them. We are please to announce, Xcel Energy offered to help us with this Pole Project. In late April, 2018, poles will be delivered and installed.
Thank you Xcel Energy.... and to Chuck Brenner who worked with Robert Schultz of Xcel Energy for making all the arrangements. Scott Ray's talents readied the poles with cross bars. Judy Kay's early arrival with her camera documented the activities.