On January 25, 2014, TPRFG welcomed local gardeners who came to the garden and joined us for hands-on pruning. We all worked and learned together getting our Apple, Almond and Nectarine trees in shape for Spring. We also had the good fortune having Greg Ellis of ONE COOL EARTH join us to identify the varieties, growth habits and how to cut back our Hedge Row of California native plants. We're looking forward to him joining us again in the Spring to explore the use of more natives in our garden. Water conservation is our driving force these days.
We will be having another pruning session with the public when we cut back the grapes. One of our guests has experience and will be showing us what he knows. This has been a lot of fun for all.
See the Links page for some pruning resources.
January 25, 2014 @ 10am-12pm (Saturday)
Get some hands-on practice with TPRFG and One Cool Earth at The Lawns to Food Demonstration Garden. We’ll be working on trees, shrubs, vines and natives. Please bring Pruning clippers, hats, gloves, and water. Event Flyer
January 22, 2014 @ 7:30pm (Wednesday)
The Water-Wise Landscape & Making the Switch
Keith Larson, City of Paso Robles Water Conservation Manager, will give a free talk on the benefits of and how, to make the switch to a water-wise garden. Don’t miss this important event! Workshop Flyer
The event will located at Paso Robles City Hall, in the Community Room at 1000 Spring St, Paso Robles.
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.