–By Ingrid Turner
We had the opening of our garden on March 14th, 2015. Gardeners met and went over the rules of the garden and we talked about what we hoped for the year. But even before and after that, there was a lot going on!
Here’s a run down –
February 14th – we battled the blackberries. An unusually warm February meant it was a nice day to work outside.
March 7th – Jay brought his dump truck and delivered 8 cubic yards of compost to the garden. We also took a load of odds and ends to the dump. Gardeners were busy spreading their compost.
March 14th – Gardener’s meeting
March 21 – Gardener’s retreat to Jan’s condo downtown Seattle. We spent several hours going over what we wanted for the future of the garden and what we needed to work on next. We had a good group with 8 gardeners and supporters in attendance. We finished up with a walk to the Sculpture Park.
March 28 – Again, we battled the blackberries. There is a corner of the orchard and garden that is quite overgrown with blackberries. They are invasive, so each year they have advanced a little bit. We are trying to cut them back and realized that we will have extra land to work with when we are done! Who-hoo! We are already thinking of what we can plant there – more fruit trees? Edible landscaping? Many thanks to Grace Stiller with Newcastle Weed Warriors for helping us with this huge task. At our second work party we were definitely starting to see progress. More work parties will be scheduled. Grace’s group has a website: http://www.newcastleweedwarriors.org/ and don’t miss the Earthday celebration that they sponsor on April 18th!