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Soil Situations: Putting Garden Beds to Sleep

June 03, 2019

As the school year comes to a close, many ‘ĀINA garden beds are going dormant, giving them time to replenish soil nutrients and life. Ideally, schools use cover crops, shade cloths, other organic materials or a combination of all three to help keep the soil healthy until Fall when students plant again. Here’s a brief guide created by our ʻĀINA in Schools Program Coordinators on how and why maintaining gardens—even when resting—is crucial to soil and plant health.