Improving the Garden and Preparing for the Growing Season
It’s time to start planning the 2012 garden! Last year was a lot of fun and, as always, when going into a new adventure, it was a learning experience. At least it was for me. We experienced our share of growing pains and challenges, but the purpose of the garden was to build community and what better way to do that than communicating and problem solving?
We would like to address a few of the issues that were a little pressing. Let’s start with water. We have begun building an irrigation system using the old hoses from last year. There will be a sprinkler head about every ten feet on each row. We will create a watering schedule with your input. This system will only take one of the four faucets, leaving the other three open for anyone who would like to do additional watering. We’re also considering a drip hose irrigation system that can be installed at an additional price. We have already installed an additional faucet across the way for the four beds in front of the tool shed.
The appearance of the garden was another issue and we plan to spread a heavy, hardwood mulch over the area in order to improve the visual aesthetic. We are also looking into muscadines and scuppernongs for the back fence line.
On March 24, we’ll be having our first workday in the garden. We’ll start at 2:00 and will be finished by 4:00. Below is a list of the things we hope to accomplish: