Saturday, April 5, 2008

sign-up day at community gardens

Has it really been this long since I've posted? I'm a bad, bad blogger. If I'm feeling especially guilty, I'll get around to posting pics of the new starts later tonight, but before I get ahead of myself, I should share today's exciting adventure: sign-up for community garden plots!

The whole day was overcast and cold. Most folks showed up, signed up, and saddled up pretty quickly - we were two of the few who stayed to work. I admit, when it started snowing, I had plenty of thoughts of leaving but stuck it out till we met our goal of lining one plot and turning another.

Here's Stacy, community garden coordinator-extraordinaire.

And the Handyman tackles edging his plot. Before spending too much time thinking about it, I asked why they use grass when it's constantly creeping into the plots. Turns out, it makes a whole lot of sense - dirt would get muddy and gravel/rocks would still need weeding. I suppose it would be kind of expensive to put in pavers, so grass it is. The Handyman dug back the grass, put in a liner, and used the straw to buffer the liner inside the plot and on top of the edge outside the plot.

We're pretty excited because we're going to have good company out there this summer. Jenny, Jordan, Heather, and Martha all got plots. This is Martha with her sign-up sheet and "I-really-like-the-plot-I-just-picked-out" smile.

And here's a before/after for my plot in the corner. All those boards lying on the left of the before picture were piled up in various spots in the plot. I cleared out the dead stuff, broke down the broken-down raised bed, and, with the handyman's help, turned the soil once so we can get in there with the rototiller tomorrow. (By the way, anyone know of a deal on rototillers anywhere? Still looking... tomorrow's tiller is borrowed.)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well it looks like you are going to have a good group!