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Campus Crops is a student run urban gardening initiative at McGill University's downtown campus. We want to grow food on campus, by students, for students. We have been running garden behind the School of Environment building at 3534 University since 2007. In 2009 we started a terrace garden behind the James Administration building. We're really excited to keep improving these two spaces, and need lots of helping hands for the summer ahead! Get in touch and get gardening!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Epic opening up of massive cropness

The garden opening up was truly massive, with so many people showing up to help last Saturday! Thanks a bunch!

Everything came together flawlessly; the seedlings were purchased, the bucketfuls of compost procured, the knotweed patch was cleared, the lower garden was cleaned-up, the terrace garden planters were weeded and setup, compost was spread everywhere and raked into the top layer of the soil, bordering stones were rearranged, and all the seeds and seedlings were sowed and planted. A long day, but lots of things got done. Whew!
Here are few more photos of what went on during this great day of the Campus Crops garden opening...

The seedlings! A mixed bag of different varieties of tomatoes, peppers, chard, kale, and lots of other herbs.

Weeding that knotweed patch was a full day's chore... It's now clear, but for how much longer?

The A-frame was set up in the terrace garden with tomatoes and basil growing in the self watering bins. M. and A. are in the process of twining up the frame to support the (hopefully) soon-to-be rampantly growing tomatoes.

The lower garden was organized into keyhole beds. With permaculture philosophies in mind, we minimized soil turning to preserve existing mycelial networks in the soil. Leaf litter was also simply raked into the rows between the beds to mulch and further nourish the soil.

The garden may look a bit bare at this stage but is now happily manicured and ready to erupt into greenary. In a few months we expect it to look gorgeous in its superb tasty garden-ness. Stay tuned!

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