The Huxley Palestine Lutheran Church’s youth group came and helped with the planting at the Iowa Gardening for Good Sunday afternoon.
Last year, members of the congregation came and helped by harvesting over 13,000 pounds of winter squash in about an hour. So this year, they came and planted a lot of winter squash, with the plan to come back this fall and harvest what they planted on Sunday.
The winter squash was planted into rows of plastic mulch by using a hand tool called a dibbler. Holes were made every three feet and the seed were planted into hills. The plastic mulch acts as both a weed barrier that reduces weeding and helps conserve moisture. Drip lines are used under the plastic to provide irrigation from a pond that is filled from tile drainage in the spring. The system makes it possible for groups like this to come out only for planting and harvesting, and yet produce thousands of pounds of produce for donation to the Food Bank of Iowa.
If you are interested in helping, check out our website for more information at https://www.iowagardeningforgood.com/.