Monday, April 23, 2012

Our Fruit Garden Is Built!

In the original plans for the Ladner Community Garden we had designed a fruit garden. We knew we couldn't grow plants such as blueberries and raspberries in our 4'x10' foot beds without losing valuable vegetable growing space so this was the solution.

We had to remove three existing allotment beds in order to repair a very boggy area in the garden. Yes, we need some fill to fix this area so we can replace the three beds and get back to business. The three empty beds were moved to the fruit garden space where Jim leveled and measured to get them just right.

 My mouth just waters thinking about all the fruit we can harvest for our community meals this summer. We have five blueberry plants, some strawberries and a thornless blackberry plant waiting to call this home.

By the end of the day, this bed was planted up with British Sovereign strawberries. One of the neighbours kindly donated plants that he had been growing for fifty years. I just researched this strawberry and it was introduced in to BC in 1923. I can't wait to try this berry out. Hmmm, strawberry pie anyone?

Thanks to all the volunteers who came out to help yesterday. Not only did we move six yards of soil, we built three beds in the fruit garden and potted up almost 200 hundred plants. We also had a lesson from Don on growing vegetables year round. Thanks Don!
Don't you love our community garden? I love the sharing of ideas, new friends and of course, the harvests.

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