Out of my gourd

  • Location
    Buena Bista, Colorado
  • Status
  • Age Level
    Any Age

The Problem

Erosion control

Our Plan

Planting the perimeter of a rock retaining berm with pumpkin.

Themes Addressed

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    Community Enhancement
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    Food Choices
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The Benefit

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Here is how the project went:

Our plantings went well, despite a mid-summer drought that required much hand-watering of our plants and soil. Things started to grow and bloom, but were quickly discovered by our local deer population. We had constructed fencing, but the deer were smart and hungry, managing to chew off all the pumpkin and squash fruiting bodies. We were left thinking that replanting next season with non-edible cactus might be the preferred route.

Through this project I/we learned:

Trial and error, show and tell, think and rethink, explore the unknown.

What I/we might change:

Deer-resistant vegetation.

My/our favorite part of this project was:

Seeing the joy on the faces of volunteers, and the dirt on the hands of all.

Some tips, tricks or fun facts about the project:

Similar to the relatively slow progression of soil erosion on our hill berm, we need to practice resiliency in terms of putting dirt, rock, heart and soul into place.

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