Our new Weld County Extension Demo Garden

There is excitement around the extension office  We have received funds to renovate the garden in front of the exhibition building where the extension office is located.  The Colorado Garden Foundation and the City of Greeley are funding the renovation.  To read all about the new garden please read the About The Weld County Extension Demo Garden page.  It contains all the information on why we’re renovating, what the new garden will contain and how it will benefit our community.

The new garden will be a demonstration garden that will include plants that are water-wise and are selected to grow in our climate and soil conditions.  It will be an educational garden to share information and help gardeners in our community be successful.  It will be use for Master Gardener training, 4-H programs, hands-on classes and there will be kiosks with information on gardening in our community.  It will beautify the area and bring attention to the extension office located in the building.

There are two areas we will renovate.  The area to the left of the sidewalk when entering the exhibition building, and the area along the front sidewalk to the right.

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To say the least this is a huge project.  We’ve created this blog so you can follow along through all of the steps we will take to renovate the existing garden into a whole new creation.  As we do our garden you can follow along to see all the steps so you can be a successful gardener too.  The Weld County Master Gardeners have already started on the project.

We had a meeting for any interested master gardeners that would like to work on the new demo garden.  There is a lot to do so we broke out into teams according to our skills and what we would like to do.

Tasks include:

Soil testing

Calling to locate electrical and gas lines

Mark irrigation lines and come up with an irrigation plan

Clear the land of brush, weeds and stump removal

Garden Design – measuring the space and coming up with a design and presenting it for approval by Island Grove

apply pre-emergent and amend soil

purchase plants

mulch

signage

plant garden, install benches, and informational kiosks

Plan an opening ribbon cutting event

Create a blog and photograph processes and track progress

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Three master gardeners volunteered to be project managers.  They will oversee all the teams and projects.

We decided if we would like to be on the design, installation, maintenance, or advertising team.  Most everyone is on more than one team.

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As you can see there is a lot to be done.

We’re just getting started.  If you would like to follow us on our adventure of how to create a garden you can follow this blog by clicking on the follow button on the right and you will receive a notification by e-mail whenever there is a new article published.

Watch our garden grow!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About pbodwell

Master Gardener; Nat'l Award Winning Photographer; Garden Writer; Artist - art books, print maker, hot glass, wire jewelry designer; sometime quilter; new homesteader; bee keeper; very crafty; Baseball fan, enthusiast, and researcher; all things vintage
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