Breaking Ground

Construction of the TJ Demo Garden is well underway, and we are excited to share this progress report with you! To start, we outlined the garden beds with stakes and string, taking care to adhere to the plan that was drawn up by superstar LArch students Chelsea and Erica.

Outline of the Peanut Gallery.

Next, we created beds in the Crop Room, the Peanut Gallery, the Marshmallow Alcove, and down the central axis of the garden.  Each mounded bed and pathway was dug by hand using shovels and, when necessary, a pick axe (and sheer brawn!). So far, we have been able to make use of the garden’s existing soil by relocating it from pathway to bed. Rich compost has been turned into each bed, and we hope that it will encourage the plants to thrive.

Rachael digs a pathway.

Lily uses a rake to level out one of the beds.

Jim conquers grass with a pick axe.

In other exciting news, the calendula and onion seedlings that we started way back in late January are ready to be planted! Actually, they have been ready for a few weeks now but were waiting for their new home to be built. This weekend, we will also plant heartsease (Viola tricolor), and direct sow salsify (Tragopogon porrifolius) and nutmeg plant (Nigella sativa).

Heartsease and calendula await planting day in our unheated greenhouse.

Of course there is still much to be done–digging in more compost, finishing and mulching the pathways, building raised beds and seating … the list goes on! We will also soon begin building the terraced beds in the garden’s north corner, which will house tansy, milkweed, pleurisy, and soapwort.

A big thank you to all of the volunteers who have helped with the garden thus far. If you would like to pitch in, please join us for our next workday on April 9th, from 10-2.

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