A plot of our own

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Dan tilling the garden with a rototiller on loan from the Working Centre

Dan tilling the garden with a rototiller on loan from the Working Centre

Inspired by the fantastic weather and by other gardens popping up around town, yesterday 807 staff and volunteers got our own garden ready for the year! We took plots we’ve gardened in the past but have grown a bit neglected and made them over into ready-to-plant beauties.

Matt and Raymond shovelling manure to work into the soil

Matt and Raymond shoveling manure to work into the soil

Since the gardens are shaped oddly, they aren’t really conducive to individual plots. Plus, it’s hard to grow many vegetables because we have a groundhog living right next to the garden who loves eating fresh vegetables.  Instead of planting vegetables, we are thinking of putting in nice perennials and herbs for everyone to share. The idea would be that everyone in the area can come by and snip a few herbs for their dinner. We’d have some markers indicating which herbs are which, and a display inside explaining good uses for them.

Here are some before and after shots of our garden plots. Look at the difference!

Our first plot before we touched it:

Our first plot, before we did anything to it.

Our first plot, before we did anything to it.

And after some hard work…

Our first plot after a morning of hard work.

Our first plot after a morning of hard work.

And our second plot by our custom built composter:

Our second plot before we did any work.

Our second plot before we did any work.

Tada! our second plot after weeding and tilling!

Our second plot after wedding and tilling.

Our second plot after weeding and tilling.

The next step for us now is planting! We are looking for donations of plants and seeds, so if you have any seedlings leftover from your planting or know someone who would like to donate, please email us at hampers@houseoffriendship.org or call 519-742-0662. We are looking for perennials and herbs in particular.

Thanks to the Working Centre for loaning us their fancy rototiller for the day, to Dennis Martin (our volunteer and House of Friendship board member) for bringing manure over from his farm, and to our volunteer Dan for coming and tilling the ground!

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