Friday, May 29, 2009

OWM Plots Established and Planted

Fourteen different market garden plots were established in the last two weeks at the San Juan Basin Research Center. Organic Weed Management techniques include biofilm, black plastic, corn gluten meal, flaming, horticultural vinegar, glasier wheel hoe, ecover, planters paper, shredded paper mulch, reusable weed barriers, weed mat, garden mat and a control.

Within each plots, beans, beets, corn, broccoli and cabbage were planted in four replications.

OWM Mini Workshops on June 4

The San Juan Basin Research Center organic weed management learning center will be hosting two mini workshops on Thursday, June 4th. A Soil Analyses workshop will be held from 8 to 10 am followed by an Organic Weed Management Methodology workshop from 10-12.
Soil analyses hands on topics will include taking soil samples, using a pentrometer (measures soil compaction), infiltrometer (measures water percolation) and soil pH.
Methodology topics will include working with different options for market gardens including barrier methods (black plastic, biodegradable options, weed barriers, mechanic al tools) and alternative treatments (corn gluten meal, flaming, horticultural vinegar).
To register for these seminars, send an email to or leave a message at 970-385-4574. You may register for one or both workshops. We will be offering these workshops again in June.
Please wear appropriate shoes and clothing to be outside during these hands-on activities. Snacks and drinks will be provided.
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