W 56th St & Reed Rd Indianapolis
Join Reconnecting to Our Waterways (ROW)and Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District (MCSWCD) for a fun and informative workshop on all things dirt! In the Know with ROW: The Dirt on Dirt will cover the benefits of no-till gardening, conservation practices like crop rotation, cover cropping, mulching, and nutrient management, as well as how to find out if your soil has lead in it, and what that means for you and your garden. Come learn and see with the MCSWCD and Soil Health Specialist Kevin Allison as we tour the MCSWCD demonstration vegetable garden and native planting and discuss the benefits of soil health in growing good food. Attendees will also take home a free native plant from Indy Urban Acres.
Join us on Wednesday, May 24 from 6-7:00 PM at the Mayor’s Garden (W 56th St & Reed Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46254). Registration is required.
In the Know with ROW (ITKWR) are a series of educational events meant to bring together ROW’s collective experts with community members to talk about issues and efforts that can increase knowledge and care of our waterways. This event series is made possible through generous support from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.
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No-till gardening is gaining popularity and with good reason. From the backyard to the market farm, the approach of ditching the tiller and instead working with soil health to drive fertility is having a positive impact on both production and water quality. No garden comes without work, but this style of growing lets us share that load with the natural processes of ecology. With minimal soil disturbance and a soil protected with mulches and plants, the gardener allows for the biology in the soil to thrive. The conservation practices of strategic crop rotation, cover cropping, mulching, and nutrient management improve the organic matter, porosity, and structure of our soil, which leads to a better relationship with water. Improved water infiltration and conserved soil moisture means less need to water and more resilience to changes in climate and weather.