Floyd County 4-H Fairgrounds Raised Beds
2818 Green Valley Rd, New Albany, IN
Master Gardeners developed and maintain raised demonstration beds at the 4-H Fairgrounds. In 2015, six raised beds were constructed. Several varieties of tomatoes and green beans were planted and harvested at the 4-H Fair.
The next year, three concrete block beds were constructed. Different varieties of tomatoes and peppers were planted; data was collected to compare varieties and to determine differences on growth in cedar beds versa concrete block beds. The raised beds reduce soil compaction, are easier to weed and control pests, provide higher yield per square foot, and potentially extend the growing season by covering the beds with hoops and fabric.
In 2017 we successfully planted and harvested 100 lbs. of spring and fall vegetables, donated to Hope Southern Indiana’s food pantry. In 2018 we are adding a pollinator garden and have assumed the maintenance of the newly constructed rain garden at the 4H Fairgrounds.