About 25 new and returning community members came out to the garden on Sunday May 2nd and laboured through the morning's ominous rainclouds into the afternoon's sunny skies. We tackled a number of big projects and are ready for the educational and growing season. A HUGE thanks to everyone who came out and made this possible! Here's the recap of what went down:
1. We installed a roof on our pergola, which acts as class-room and picnic area, so that we have shade and/or rain protection other than our greenhouse-oven!
2. We turned over all the beds so they are officially ready to receive our seedlings;
3. We dug two brand new farm beds which increase our planting area in a big way;
4. We built 3 raised beds for the native pollinator garden;
5. With some extreme muscle power we levelled an area for our new and improved shed which will house gardening tools and program supplies;
6. We transplanted our prickly berry bushes to a larger, more detached area where they can thrive (yet be avoided when necessary);
7. We painted signage for our Shemitah bed, which has been divided into 7 sections with one lying fallow each year;
8. We lugged many buckets of water up from the river to keep our current plants happy and to prepare for all the transplanting in the weeks to come!
The excitement about the upcoming season was palpable, and we are so looking forward to getting our tomatoes, tomatillos, kale, kholrabi, cauliflower, ground-cherries, beans, and more into the soil!
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Looking forward to growing with all of you this season!
Kavanah Garden Assistant Director