Madison FarmWorks 2012 Spring Projects

Now that the summer season is upon us the FarmWorks staff can take a breath and take stock of the projects we worked on this past season! 

Due to the popularity of the American Family employee garden, they decided to more than double the size and add 62 more 10'x10' plots.  Jake, our assistant farm manager, tilled the new ground and planted cover crop to prepare the site.  After it was retilled a few weeks later, we laid out all of the new plots and put down cardboard and woodchips on the aisles.  This new expansion also includes a community plot which is being stewarded by a handful of gardeners who would like more space to grow larger amounts of certain crops like summer and winter squash.

           View of the community gardens                              The community "patch"

Panorama of the gardens


The Capitol Garden is back again for the third year in a row.  This year we decided to spice it up a bit by creating four theme gardens around the outer ring of the garden.  When you visit you'll see a Kids' Garden, Spring/Fall Garden, Pizza Garden and Edible Herbs and Flowers Garden.  We have also added another educational component this year with numbered signs that correspond to a key on the mailbox that explains the different things that are happening in the garden each month.


We worked on a fun front yard garden on the Isthmus where we ripped out the existing plants and landscape timbers and replaced it with a stone wall and vegetable garden.  Thanks to Heartwood Tree Company for the stone work!

                   Before garden install                  After rebuilding wall and installing garden beds

Summer garden

We also installed a few raised bed gardens this spring and early summer.  Our cedar raised beds are made with wood purchased from a local company and handcrafted by a carpenter.

         Before raised bed installation                          After raised bed installation 

We have a new customer that lives next to Token Creek on 80 acres of family land.  The owner has many fond memories of her mother gardening at that site until the age of 101 and asked us to rebuild, plant and maintain the garden.  It's one of the bigger gardens we work on and the view out to the prairie next to the garden can't be beat!


After installing beds and paths and planting seeds and plants

July garden

Keep in mind that it's not too late to install a garden for 2012.  There are a handful of things that you can plant through early September for harvest this season.  Give us a call to set up your free site assessment!

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