Spring has sprung in our garden! After a short and mild winter (Victoria did not see one flake of snow last winter), the gardening season started in March with a volunteer meeting. We took stock of what seeds we had and what was needed, our shelter needs, financial matters, and irrigation situation. Volunteers split up seeds to start growing seedlings in their homes.
We still had a number of items growing in the garden that overwintered: purple sprouting broccoli, collards, and kale, so the volunteers had an opportunity to raid the garden.
Our purple sprouting broccoli, and our garlic is looking healthy.
Our first actual work day occurred on March 31st. Volunteers started weeding, hauling down water hoses, and building garden beds. One poor person spent hours weed-wacking the large grassy area surrounding the garden. On April 2nd we had 27 people working in the garden. We planted radishes, potatoes, strawberries, peas, and carrots. We built more beds and spread compost. Of course weeding was a huge job. The following week we started to clear out the pathways in anticipation of a new layer of bark mulch. We planted beets. And, of course, we weeded! On April 9th we had our largest work crew ever: 29 people!
The weather was perfect with nary a cloud in the sky.
Sarah and Michelle provided the volunteers a bit of an orientation prior to working, but people were just chomping at the bit to get into the garden.
All in all, this is looking to be a very productive garden season.
Writing and photography courtesy of dedicated garden volunteer Sharon Bristow.