The Student Garden: Life after (a lot of) Snow

Have you ever wondered what happens to a garden during the winter? Sure, it is buried beneath snow for a good five, six months (at least, in Iowa it is), but what do the gardeners do to prepare for the spring?

At the UIEC Student Garden, students are prepping for the planting season, by getting started planting seedlings at The University of Iowa Biology Building East (BBE) greenhouse. The past two weeks, members of the garden have met planted onions, cabbage, kale and broccoli, all of which are spring crops in Iowa. All of this is done to ensure as soon as the ground thaws, they will have baby plants to put into the ground.

The next two months will be busy, and UIEC Student Garden is always looking for volunteers and new members. There are 3 Earth Month events during April, as well as work days in conjunction with the Environmental Sciences’ Service Learning Project (but anyone can attend!).
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Are you interested in clearing the student garden from winter debris? Do you enjoy getting a little dirty, removing weeds, and tending to plants? If so, here are garden workdays and events to put on your schedule:
Sunday, March 27: 1-4pm – Spring cleaning – help remove debris and get equipment organized for the spring!
Friday, April 1: 4-7pm – Workday – weeding, planting, watering, you get the idea.
Friday, April 8: 1-4pm – Workday
Sunday, April 17: 1-4pm – Greenhouse Pull, Day of Caring, Family&Community Day, and Open House – surely to be a fantastic day to get out to the garden and meet with students and community members.
Friday, April 29: 1-4pm – Workday
Sunday, May 1: 1-4pm – Workday

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