The area for the garden needed to be levelled. Enough area was graded to allow for more plots next year. (May 27)
Two elbow-shaped plots are staked (each to accommodate two plots) and the gravel delivered. (May 30)
The gravel is spread in the shape of the plots. An extra load was needed to ensure it t was 3-4" thick. This was to eliminate any possibility of capillary action of dissolved materials upwards. (June 1) Landscape cloth was laid down next. (June 2)
Some students stop by to help. (June 2)
One hundred straw bales were delivered. These will form the walls of the raised beds. (June 2)
The bales were secured with stakes and three lines of twine were tied around the outside to help stabilize the bales against the weight of the soil. (June 3)
Here you can see the landscape cloth than went down over the gravel.
Two truckloads of topsoil were needed to fill the two "elbows". (June 3)
So easy a child can do it!
We decided the soil was so rich that we would skip the compost this year. So, here we are. We're ready to plant! (June 3)
BBBS - June 30, 2010
SFDCY - June 30, 2010
LINK - June 30, 2010
REAL - June 30, 2010
"Veggies and You"
One August afternoon, the communal gardeners got together for some instruction on how to harvest, store and prepare some of the yummy things they'd grown in their gardens. Then they got cooking! Teams made salsa, tomato sauce, wilted Swiss chard and stuffed peppers. Everyone sampled the prepared foods and took home a sample. Thanks to the ladies at the Smiths Falls Community Health Centre for organizing the session: Mona Wynn, Jana Plaunt and Megan Burns. And thanks to Hollyhock Grange for supplying the fresh local produce.
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