Thanks to a forgiving forecast, a generous supply of compost, woodchips and supplies from KIB, and a lot of very hard work on the part of our Broadway Community Gardeners, we laid over 2000 square feet of garden beds and paths on Saturday. Surprisingly, the holiday weekend (Easter) and threat of thunderstorms did not keep our neighbors away. (Although there were no KIB volunteers, they may be helping out at a future work party.) We had 14 or more very capable adults and too-many-to-count kids helping out. Before the event even begun, John had set up a tent and helped mark out the beds and Tyson made the quickly-becoming-tradition of Long’s donuts a reality by getting up bright and early to stand in line.Rachel and Josh joined in and brought their friend from Ft Wayne who was a total trouper – spending her vacation digging up sod and hauling dirt. Ms. Harris then joined in with her extended family – first with 2 of her sons and then several grandchildren! She not only was a hard worker but could be heard chuckling and, at one point, singing the tune to ‘Green Acres.’ Her grandkids helped Tyson install the sign. Xavier was completely unstoppable! I am not sure he even stopped for donuts or water. He not only hauled compost and woodchips but several kids in the wheelbarrow. When they weren’t in the wheelbarrow, heading back to the pile to help with another load, they were in John’s tractor heading over hill and dale – around the garden or the block. Shane, a neighbor and master gardener who tends a community plot on N Park, helped out with his daughter Mona.
In addition to the tools, compost and woodchips, Ginny Roberts came through with a couple flats of herbs – some perennial and some annual.Herb and Todd helped plant them after excavating the area by the sidewalk along with several other gardeners. Ginny also brought a paw paw and 2 persimmon trees. I am not sure the persimmon trees will end up on this lot but we will find them a good home in the neighborhood. These trees need full sun and 30-70 vertical feet to grow! This space is already spoken for by our other fruit trees and so we will stick to the paw paw (and hopefully a companion paw paw to pollinate it). We also have several other understory trees to plant in the shady area of the lot for the May 14th NeighborWoods planting. Hopefully we can work on the cistern stands at that time and lay the remaining garden beds.
It seemed like the time flew by and we made a lot of progress. We laid 7 beds and paths and a 30 foot diameter woodchipped common area which will ultimately have a firepit for socializing and food preparation. This is where we ultimately took a break for some pizza.Many had to take off but several die-hard gardeners carried on. John helped Bearly get some starts going in his plot. Several others marked their plots for a soon-to-be return visit.
I really look forward to seeing people spending time at the Broadway Community Garden. It is really shaping up to be a very nice place thanks to the help of so many last Saturday! Stay tuned for our next community garden work party. In the meantime, let me know if you are interested in a plot or have some news to share on your own plot. Happy gardening!