The Public Health Garden at the University of Maryland, College Park, is a student teaching and community garden demonstrating sustainable agriculture and environmental best practices in support of public, environmental and community health. This blog will follow our adventures designing, implementing, maintaining, & enjoying the garden.
While our new garden planner, Phil Capon, was planning and planting plots on the hillside, our new garden manager, Nathan Lim, harvested about 70 heads of garlic from the half-built bed on the terrace. The cloves were planted during the First Annual Harvest Festival in October 2011 and despite the less-than-ideal soil and nutrients available at the start, months of careful nurturing with soil amendments (like composted lobster shells and organic fish fertilizer) appear to have paid off.
Want to see what happens next? How garlic is cured? Stored? Used in cooking? Follow the story of our garlic on Allie and Deb's new website Compost2theMoon.com - scheduled to go live next week!