Monday, October 10, 2011

We Have Come a Long Way

Here it is October and I cant believe how the Ladner Community Garden has grown.Little did we dream back in January that our idea would grow and be so abundant. Lots of work has been done in the garden since the end of May and I would like to thank all the volunteers for helping to make this such a wonderful place.You guys rock. Its kind of sad to see the garden season winding down. I don't look forward to seeing the community garden bare this winter.

We have lots of plans for the spring. If you haven't been by the garden lately, check out the new rock wall garden that has been built. There will be another similar rock garden built across from it so that the front of the garden is a border of flowers as you walk by.
Next on the agenda is to build a shade structure so that you can walk over with a cup of coffee and relax. We hope to start building this in the spring of next year. We are also looking for the perfect arbor to complete our entrance. We know what we want so its just a mater of raising the funds to get it built.
So what did we accomplish this season? We had over forty inexperienced gardeners become successful growing food.We struggled with the weather but when July's heat came the gardens started to grow by leaps and bounds. Yesterday I was still seeing lots of cauliflower, brussel sprouts, broccoli and carrots growing and that's just a few of the vegetables still to be harvested.
We also have started a school program where classes can come and learn in the garden. Its was so much fun to have the students learn about the life cycle of a plant, plant tulips, fall rye and wallflowers.They observed the changes in the garden and we discussed them.Are you interested in having your class come to visit or do a field trip? Just leave a a comment below.
We also became a new community filled with conversation and lots of new friends. Now isn't that what community gardening is all about?

If you have had an allotment with us this year and wish to continue, please let Lynn or myself know by the end of November. If you are reading this story and are looking for space to grow vegetables or flowers, we can add you to our waiting list. This has been a great experience working with such amazing gardeners.
The Corporation of Delta made our start up so easy and have given us lots of guidance along the way, from watering to building issues, we always got a prompt response.It has been a pleasure working with you.
Many thanks go to our sponsors that believed in us in the beginning. We kept hearing that stuff would be stolen or wrecked but none of that happened. It shows that a place of beauty is rarely touched by vandals.
Thanks goes to Cellular Mobile Services, Open Space Yoga. West Coast Seeds, Bartlett Tree services,Delta Carpets,Starbucks, Cobblestone Cottage,Upstart Crow, Jemma Designs,Delta Parks and Recreation,West Coast Instant Lawns,Thomson Tree services, TDK Trading,Save On Foods, Jacquie Kenney,ABC Restaurant, Heritage House Interiors,Robertson Optical, London Drugs, Glacier Beer and Wine Makers, Chrystal Dickson, Mud Bay Installations, Your Garden Valet and Mike and Clarence Deboer. We couldn't have done it without your support.