Welcome to the Hesed House Garden! We would love for you to take a stroll and see all that is growing here in our no till garden. The Hesed House garden was constructed as an Eagle Scout project by Joshua Sangalli and a handful of volunteers. This garden used some wood chips and mostly leaves as the mulch. We have saved a LOT of cardboard boxes and over 200 bags of leaves from going to landfills by using them as mulch for our garden.
What exactly happens in a no till garden?
“A complex, symbiotic relationship exists between the soil surface and the underlying micro-organisms, which contributes to a natural, healthy soil structure. Digging into the bed can interfere with this process and disturb the natural growing environment. It can also cause soil compaction and erosion, and bring dormant weed seeds to the surface where they will sprout.
With ‘no-till’ gardening, once the bed is established the surface is never disturbed. Amendments such as compost, manure, peat, lime and fertilizer are ‘top dressed’, i.e added to the top of the bed where they will be pulled into the subsoil by watering and the activity of subsoil organisms. Weeding is largely replaced by the use of mulch. By adding material in layers, the underlying soil surface remains spongy, making it easy for the young roots of newly planted seedlings to work through the soil. This is similar to the way soil is formed in nature.”
You can find this information and more about no till gardening at https://learn.eartheasy.com/articles/no-till-gardening
You can also email or call us for information.
We hope you enjoy your visit to our garden!
We hope you enjoy this wonderful article all about herbs compliments of Pam Nash, a local Master Gardener and herb enthusiast. Pam has a wealth of knowledge and we are grateful that she has taken time to share it with all of us.
“I’m a native Texan, born and lived in Houston a good portion of my life there. I got interested in planting herbs back in the mid-1980’s when my husband decided to put in a small vegetable garden. Since that time, I always planted the “basic” herbs – basil, parsley, oregano and such no matter where we were. Then, in 2005, just after we moved to Wharton, I took the Texas A&M AgriLife Master Gardener class. Several months later, I started planting a huge garden filled with all types of herbs. And my interest in them, along with their uses, grew by huge leaps. One of the things I most enjoy is being able to walk out to my yard and pick fresh basil, borage, mint, lemon balm, and more for whatever I’m doing, be it cooking, soap-making, making teas / infusions, or just as a vase of fragrant herbs inside the house.” -Pamela Abbott Nash