If you have submitted a plot registration request and a check, you may have noticed that the checks haven’t been cashed yet. We’ve been waiting until we had more horsepower and were closer to actually being able to plant. That time is coming up…we’ve received a donation that will cover a load of soil, and have built three beds, with the wood for a fourth sitting waiting for a drill. Once we cash the checks we’ll have funds for a few more beds, so our initial installation will be completed soon.
I’ll be in touching base with you this week!
There is nothing to compare with yard work for job satisfaction. My husband likes to mow the lawn, and sometimes we fight over it. I hate cleaning the house, because it seems as if the minute you finish, someone manages to deposit something in a place where it doesn’t belong and collects dust. Yard work is much more fun. Standing back and looking at the difference you’ve made in the landscape is the best feeling in the world.
And we certainly had our fill of it last weekend. Holy Cross is sparkling! Chris Holder and I worked with a chain saw for several hours (what fun – thanks to Nigel Smith for the loan) and chopped up the larger tree trimmings by the garden to use as a base for our hugulkulture bed. Mark Biggs brought his chipper up and dropped it off for us to mulch the smaller pieces. We had help from church and community members as well as some of our youth, and cleared a large area for community garden expansion.
The chipper blades needed to be sharpened, and we should have them back by next week, when a volunteer crew from Dallas Lutheran will hopefully make short work of the smaller branches. I like the idea of making our own mulch for the garden…it’s nice to have a closed loop.
We planned to plant the demonstration bed on the 12th but something told me it wasn’t a good idea; the plants ended up in my laundry room during this last bout of cold weather. They should be in the ground this week.
Next step: we hope to get a few beds assembled next week with the help of our Beyond My Front Door crew. Things are growing, and not just the mulch pile. We even have a peach on our tree – updates to follow!