The garden at Real Life Church in Covington supports the church’s onsite food bank The Storehouse (the garden produced 4,000 pounds of food in 2017!). Maintained completely with volunteer efforts, the garden is sited along the South retaining wall of Hwy 18 where they espalier apple trees and take advantage of the residual heat from the concrete wall.
The garden has a large strawberry and raspberry patch and is developing an aquaponics system to grow starts for the garden in the greenhouse.
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The garden at Real Life Church uses the ‘Back to Eden’ of soil building. After importing yards of fill to create the beds, garden manager John Martinson, did some research and discovered that simply adding a layer of composted manure (the Covington area is thick with horse properties!) and a layer of wood chips each fall to winter over was all the amendments the garden soil needed.
In the spring, gardeners push away the top layer of chips to make a planting hole in the nutrient rich soil. Martinson and his team do not do any tilling, thereby leaving the important microbial life in the soil undisturbed.
Do you have a story of volunteering at Real Life Community Garden? Contact Melissa.Tatro@kingcd.org to share your story.
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