This year we built 36 vegetable garden beds, border gardens of native species and created a bird sanctuary. We now have a strong base for the garden to continue. Vegetables are growing strong and the children should return to school just in time for harvesting lots of squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and sunflowers (to use as birdseed throughout the year). A summer garden club is caring for the garden and refilling the birdfeeders and summer science camp has an outdoor lab to use.
What challenges did or does your project face?
Thistle! So far things have gone pretty smoothly except for our load of thistle and the fact that the first seedling planted were washed away by a huge rainstorm.
How are you working to overcome them?
The summer garden club replanted many of the beds and we just continue to pull weeds every week. Next year we will try to raise funds to purchase landscape fabric or mulch for all the vegetable beds.
What did you or your project learn this season that might be useful to others as well?
There are many groups that were great help to us, some that people may not think of but because we are in a small town people offered up their organizations like our local Forest Service office, Natural Resource District and a college soils class.