It was invigorating to see everyone out and ready to help! I also had recruited two friends to get their hands dirty with me - and they were in for a treat! We were assigned to one of the composting areas with three other people. Our tasks involved making three rows of debris into one [which would allow gardeners space to drop off new compost materials], garbage clean up, and making the ready-to-use compost pile into a more distinguishable pile for easy access.
Here are some shots from the morning's activities:
(the large compost area getting lots of attention; our finished compost area)
(one of the groups collecting litter along the Muddy River)
After the clean up ended, The Landsdowne Pub hosted a gathering for all gardeners involved in the clean up. After taking a break I returned to the garden to do some work on my own plot, wanting to take advantage of the weather! As luck would have it, a fresh, dry pile of wood chips were delivered! Everyone rushed to get their share!
- planted marigolds in each of the front corners of the SFG boxes
- planted a lavender bush
- hung a pot of pansies
- planted two dahlias
- built a SFG trellis for the middle box (Box 2); unfortunately the trellis netting was defective and the squares are not perfect; i know it is not a big deal for the growing veggies, but I hate that it doesn't look as perfect as the other two...
- took down a side of my potato box, allowing it to get more sun
- added a wheelbarrow of compost to the 'addition'
- planted grass seed in my future 'sitting area'
- added a wheelbarrow of wood chips to the 'addition,' creating a small walkway - this area is really starting to come together!
- weeded along my fence
- added 5 wheelbarrows of wood chips to the aisle
On Sunday, I returned just for two hours to work a little more. I accomplished what I wanted to do, but I was definitely low-energy!
- trimmed the wild rose bushes along the back fence (in & outside the plot)
- added yet more compost to the back raised bed
- sowed poppy seeds; hoping to eventually turn this area into a wildflower area
Here is how my plot is looking as the average last frost date approaches this week:
A final tip for people on a wait list at a community garden: VOLUNTEER! It is the best thing you can do in order to show your interest and dedication.