Friday, November 30, 2012
One of my first tasks 'back to work' has been to schedule and organize the next Healthy Cooking class at CORE/El Centro - in partnership with the Art Institutes of Wisconsin International Culinary Arts program.
We will be holding the next class on Friday, December 14th at 3:30-5pm. The class only costs $5.00 for food, recipes, nutritional information and fun! We'll be making and sampling a soup, appetizer, two desserts and a spiced hot chocolate.
See my August Post for pictures from our last cooking class series, focused on Garden-to-Table recipes.
If you are interested in attending, please give me a call at 414-225-4267. We look forward to having you!
Sunday, November 4, 2012
|Volunteers make one final harvest before taking down the garden|
It's that time of year in Wisconsin - time to prepare and protect our soils for the coming winter season. The first step in winter preparations is to take out as much plant matter as you can. Any leaves or fruit that have disease on them should be thrown out, but non-diseased stems, leaves and veggies should be composted.
|Cutting your plant trimmings before adding to compost helps them break down more quickly|
Once you've 'cleared' the garden, it's time to rebuild the soil. Fall is the best time to add organic matter (i.e. compost) to your garden, as it will take the next 6 months or so to break down and release its nutrients into the earth. Then your garden will be ready to go in the spring!
|Beds are empty and ready to receive cover crop!|
Protection is the final - and arguably most important step - in winter preparations. There are basically two protection options: mulch and cover cropping. Mulch is a good way to protect the soil surface from rain, wind, and snow damage. It can also help protect any perennial herbs or plants you are overwintering. However, cover cropping can achieve the same protection while adding nutrients to the soil below the surface. Cover crops are usually cereal grains or legumes that are planted in the fall, allowed to germinate and then are killed or 'turned under' in the spring, creating green mulch and adding a fresh source of nitrogen before your first plantings.
|Water the garden until your cover crop has germinated - then you're free to rest until spring!|