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February 2019
 

Dear DOT Garden Friends,

We’ve just passed the cross-quarter (midpoint between the solstice and equinox) which marks the turning point into Spring. Longer daylight hours are also more noticeable, and we’ve moved out of our Persephone period (the time of year when we get less than 10 hours of daylight). This shift in light has a marked influence on our plants and you may notice an uptick in growth even though the temperatures are still quite cold. More light means more photosynthesizing and that makes all the difference in the world.

Our cover crops and garlic are wee sprouts in the moment, but they’ll soon fill in and create a lush, spring field. Better yet, all that plant growth means there’s nourishment for soil life too – delicious liquid carbon making its way through plant roots to feed the diversity of life below ground. Hey, did we mention that’s how you sequester carbon too? Pretty cool, right?!

If you want to learn more about soil health and the magic of regenerative growing, be sure to check out our calendar of events to find a class or workshop.

Cheers to the soil,
--The DOTG crew

lettuce sprouts

Garden tip

 
Want to get a head start on your spring garden? You can start seedlings for cool season crops like kale, chard, and lettuce indoors and they’ll be ready to plant out by the middle of next month.

Upcoming DOT Garden Events

Seed Starting Workshop

Sat, March 2, 9-11am

Part of the WaterSmart series we offer with the Water Authority. You'll learn how to start your own seedlings for transplanting, make potting mix, navigate seed catalogs, and plan for spring & summer. Visit 505outside.com/ events for more info.

Planting a Spring Garden Workshop

Sat, March 2, 9-11am

Part of the WaterSmart series. You'll learn how to amend your soil, transplant and direct seed cold hardy plants, and how to use row cover for season extension. Visit 505outside.com/events for more info.

Plant Sale & Local Garden Fest 

Saturday, April 27

Save the date for our annual fundraiser and community gathering to get your desert-adapted plant starts and other resources for your home gardens!
More details to follow.

COMING SOON

We’re expanding our CSA!


Love local produce? Want to support the garden? Sign up for one of our CSA shares to get garden grown goodies weekly throughout the growing season!

This year you’ll have two different CSA options to choose from:

  • 22 Weeks – Tuesday pick-ups from May 8 - Oct 2
  • 10 Weeks – Friday pick-ups from Aug 2 - Oct 4
For more information, contact Tiana Baca at bacat@aa.edu.
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We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events!

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The Desert Oasis Teaching Garden is a community education and experiential learning space at Albuquerque Academy where we explore sustainability and growing food in the arid southwest. We take the classroom into nature to investigate innovative ideas for cultivating dryland growing and we share this information across the middle Rio Grande region. The DOT Garden is a space where everyone is welcome to volunteer their time and knowledge to inspire others to fold sustainable living into their lives. We want to support all of Albuquerque becoming more adaptable and resilient.
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