By Leslie Wustrack
Special to The PREVIEW
The Pagosa Springs Community Gardeners present Ron Chacey, the region’s foremost organic gardener, discussing “Organically Developing Soil for a Raised Bed: Compost, Minerals and Microbes” at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 8, in the River Pointe Coffee House meeting room in downtown Pagosa Springs.
Free and open to the public, the popular weekly series of gardening talks features local experts discussing topics of relevance to the difficult-to-garden Pagosa Springs gardening region.
Chacey, a regional organic gardener for over 20 years, is commonly known as the go-to pundit. His gardens will once again be showcased on the upcoming Mountain High Garden Club Vegetable Tour.
Chacey espouses that, with proper techniques, most crops can be grown successively in the area. As most gardeners will attest, improper soil can be the bane of crop production. Chacey will present the nuts and bolts of how to organically develop soil for a raised bed. He’ll discuss best practices of using the proper compost, minerals, and microbes to help bring crops to full production.
Chacey was one of the original founders of the Pagosa Springs Community Garden, which is located at the end of 5th Street on the San Juan River. Chacey and other volunteer gardeners turned a small patch of land into a prolific vegetable and flower garden. The almost decade-old gardening space holds historical value for residents and tourists alike. The garden was recently revitalized with generous donations from Pagosa Springs businesses and the work of a group of dedicated volunteers, now known as the Pagosa Springs Community Gardeners, The group includes several CSU Master Gardeners.
Chacey’s presentation on Tuesday, Aug. 8, will begin promptly at 4:45. p.m and will be followed by a question-and-answer period.
Free and open to the public, a full schedule of upcoming talks is available by emailing PagosaSpringsCommunityGarden@gmail.com or by visiting facebook.com/PagosaSpringsCommunityGarden.
The next Free Gardening Talk in the summer-long schedule will be on Tuesday, Aug. 15. Kelle Bruno, formerly with Seeds of Change, will discuss the best practices and benefits of seed-saving.