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    Just point the camera on your smartphone at the QR code, or get a QR code reading app from your app store.

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    WHAT:   "What is Hugelkultur?"

    Hugelkultur is no-dig raised beds with a difference. They hold moisture, build fertility, maximize surface volume, and are great spaces for growing fruit, vegetables, and herbs.

    WHO:

    Community partners

    Permaculture magazine permaculture.co.uk

     


    WHAT:    "What are living willow structures?"

    Willow is a most amazing plant. You can cut off a length, stick it in the ground, and it will grow. You can stick it in the ground horizontally and it will root downward and shoot upward. You can even stick it in the ground upside down and it will take! It grows incredibly quickly, making it a prime candidate for student-centered creative building on school grounds. It also loves water and therefore can be planted in very wet ground, where other plants would not thrive.

    A living willow dome in summer

    CLICK HERE FOR A COOL VIDEO

    WHO:

    Community partners and CR faculty/staff

     


    WHAT:    "How do you grow asparagus?"

    Asparagus plants take 3 years to really fill in and mature, but it's worth the wait. Once they start hitting their stride, you will have months' worth of asparagus spears every spring.  Later in the season, the foliage matures into an airy, fern-like cloud which changes to a golden color in the fall. Because asparagus takes up a permanent place in the garden but can be an attractive plant, many people with space limitations use asparagus as a border or hedge plant.

    Growing asparagus

    CLICK HERE FOR SOME INFORMATION FROM OUR PARTNERS AT USDA

    WHO:

    Community partners and CR faculty/staff

     


     

    WHAT:    "NO MOW ZONES"

    A No-Mow Zone is a designated area that is allowed (or designed) to grow out into grassland or meadow, and even progress through succession, eventually developing into a forest by simply reducing the amount of mowed area starting with developing gardens for wildlife.

    NoMowZone

    CLICK HERE FOR SOME INFORMATION FROM OUR PARTNERS AT CHESAPEAKE BAY PROGRAM

    WHO:

    Community partners and CR chief custodians