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Learn new water saving technique at garden workshop

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About The Ground Up

The Ground Up is a company that applies commercial compost tea to lawn, garden and landscape projects. The tea feeds the soil for healthier plants and ecosystems. Owners Shawn Bruckman and Sam Gervais believe that healthy soil is the foundation of healthy communities. They are committed to improving soil quality for increased food production, more lush landscapes and biodiversity. For more information, contact them at shawn.bruckman@gmail.com.

Nature knows what to do, but lately — especially when it comes to farming, gardening and landscaping — we’ve gotten away from following her lead.

On Saturday at 2 p.m., during the Eagle-Vail Community Garden’s workday, learn about a water conservation technique called hugelkultur that mimics nature. Hugelkultur is a permaculture technique. Permaculture shows us how to observe the dynamics of natural ecosystems and apply that knowledge to a vegetable gardens, ranches or farms.

“Hugelkultur is essentially a low maintenance, self fertilizing raised bed that also serves as a water conservation technique,” said Shawn Bruckman of The Ground Up. “It is constructed out of logs, woody debris and organic matter in the shape of a steep mound. And then you plant on top and on the sides of the mound.”

Bruckman and her partner, Sam Gervais, will lead the workshop on hugelkultur Saturday. They will teach about the many benefits a hugelkultur mound can provide while participants build and plant on it.

“Another cool benefit of hugelkultur is that it helps us utilize pine beetle kill and unwanted woody debris in a productive self-sustaining fashion that increases drought resistance and soil biodiversity,” said Bruckman, who is still looking to collect logs and untreated wood material of any shape and size for the workshop.

The hugelkultur workshop is part of a larger workday at the Eagle-Vail Garden starting at 9 a.m. The garden is building a new perennial area with money awarded from a Colorado Garden Show grant. The area will feature five themed gardens: “A Sensory Garden (Garden for Emotions),” a “Grand Entrance of Annuals” surrounding the gate, “Habitat Gardens” to attract pollinators, a “Colorado Native Plants Garden” and a “Beer and Wine garden,” growing hops and grapes. The garden welcomes the community to come and help build.

For more information, contact Eagle-Vail Community Garden president Cassie Pence at 970-401-3656. To donate wood, contact Shawn Bruckman at 970-331-2810.

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