January 22, 2013 @ 7:30pm
Converting to a Water-Wise Landscape
Keith Larson, from the Public Works Department will speak about Converting to a Water-Wise Landscape.
Transition Paso Robles Food Group Check List for the Garden
- Clean-up & winterize garden for Winter & Spring
- Prepare soil with compost, mulch, and check irrigation
- Plant native shrubs & perennials
- Prune & Plant in January - February bare root fruit, nut trees and shrubs
- Plan and plant winter & early spring veggies
This is the City of Paso Robles' first "community garden." Founded in 2009, the garden's goal was to demonstrate a better use for lawn area and to practice water conservation. Volunteers of Transition Paso Robles Food Group (TPRFG) partnered with the City of Paso Robles who generously contributed the land and water. The planting design was the concept of a food "forest" with layers of edible trees, shrubs, and ground covers planted in order to produce food. The food produced was to be shared with the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County.
The lawn was converted without digging it up by layering various materials to smother the grass which became part of the nutrients to feed the new garden. No toxic chemicals have been used to control pests or weeds and all natural composts were used to fertilize the garden. We were able to produce hundreds of pounds of tomatoes, squashes, vegetables, fruits and nuts which we then donated to the Food Bank and shared with volunteers.
Time Are Changing and So Are We!
Our first stage is completed and many people in our community have adopted the "no digging" method of grass removal and have added vegetables and fruit trees to their own gardens. Many of our neighbors and volunteers, tell us how much they have enjoyed viewing the garden and how they have converted their lawns and planted vegetables, fruit and nut trees in their own landscapes.
In order to continue to improve and develop, we envision native plants and drought tolerant landscape elements be added to our garden on a larger scale. We invite community groups to give talks and workshops on water conservation, composting, winter and summer pruning and the use of native, drought tolerant plants into our gardens, etc.