Santa Rosa | A Food Garden Education Company
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Edible Garden.
- Pesticide Free.
- Self-Watering, Ergonomic Raised Beds.
Avalow is a new company offering proprietary raised beds and educational garden coaching focused on promoting food gardens for healthier eating. Avalow is a first time Eco-Friendly Garden Tour host.
Avalow’s garden is a large urban testing garden in the artsy South A Street (SOFA) neighborhood of Santa Rosa. They focus entirely on growing vegetables and edible flowers. The location used to be a gas station & greasy spoon restaurant back in the day when SOFA was an important intersection in Santa Rosa, prior to the freeway and mall construction.
The garden is fully self-watered (no drip systems) and serves as a testing area for plants and raised beds that are offered for sale. The raised beds are made of corrugated metal, aluminum, stainless steel and redwood and come with a reservoir-based self-watering system which sits at the bottom of the bed and lets the plants control their water usage through capillary action. This is a highly water wise system, using only 10% of the water of a drip irrigation system.
Come visit and see what is growing! You can find out more about Avalow at www.avalow.com or on Instagram @avalow.
A printable plant list is available to download for this garden. Plant list contains many food varieties.
Russian River Friendly Landscaping Principles and Practices
Nurture the Soil
Soil is a complex, dynamic combination of minerals, air, water and organic matter. And although organic matter is a small fraction of the soil, it is a vital component. It includes plant and animal debris in various stages of decay as well as many living organisms — one teaspoon of a healthy soil can contain billions of beneficial bacteria and fungi.
A cornerstone of Russian River-Friendly landscaping is creating and protecting conditions for a diversity of beneficial soil organisms. It is based on the principle of feeding the soil, not the plant, to encourage a thriving community — a foodweb — of microorganisms, worms and other beneficial creatures. Healthy soil is alive!
Living soil is teeming with bacteria, fungi, protozoa, beneficial nematodes, insects, worms and other beneficial organisms — amazing workhorses that will carry out the following valuable processes:
- Creating soil structure
- Storing and cycling nutrients
- Protecting plants from pests
- Improving water infiltration and storage
- Filtering out urban pollutants
Functions of a Healthy Living Soil
- Store water and nutrients
- Groundwater recharge and runoff reduction
- Neutralization of pollutants
- Resists pests