With funding for materials from Fido/Evergreen and muscle from The Parkallen Diggers the Parkallen Sprouts had the opportunity to plant four children’s gardening beds at the heart of the Parkallen Community Garden this Spring. That opportunity was seized.
A big pile of fieldstones, a bit of road crush, and the soil structure that was put in place last fall was what we started with.
Hazel G. spotted some early glimpses of life in the Parkallen Community Garden. “The Ladybug likes the garden,” she told me. “But it likes me too.”
Thanks to all the volunteers who made these beds!
First we added a little organic compost compliments of Clean it Green it.
These kids don’t shy away from a little hard work.
Alexis’ mommy observed that her step seems “bouncier” in the Community Garden. Here is some photographic evidence of her hovering in the compost pile.
How many Sprouts does it take to move a wheelbarrow? At least three, six is just right.
We mixed 1/3 part brown matter (mostly straw) with 1/3 black compost and 1/3 part mycorrhizal soil mix to get our beds ready for plants.
Many hands made the work light. There are 3 generations of Parkallenites in this photo.
Planting our “Creatures” garden with species that bugs, butterflies, bees and birds love.
Nora cutes up the place while watering.
All watered in and waiting for butterflies. Don’t worry, Hazel F., they’ll come.
Oliver, Patricia, and Marlene building the Native Plants Spiral.
Josephine and Zane help out with some chaos and cuteness. What would we do without those ingredients?
Some signs and bedding plants for the 5 senses garden (lavendar, cabbage, brocolli, artichoke)
Sophia finds a fossil!
The Rhubarb Leaf Stepping Stone workshop was a hands-on experience.
They loved it.
Thanks, Brent, for leading this workshop and for the all the hand-made garden signs built from locally sourced obtainium.
So many great kids helped plant the pizza garden.
Thanks for starting all those gorgeous tomatoes, Emily!
Grace, I don’t see any garlic coming up yet but the basil is sprouting. We’ll plant more garlic in the fall.
It’s all filling in quite nicely. Drop by anytime to see what’s growing.