I went today mainly to get some exercise, but also just to give them some much needed help with the labor. I remember how long it took Kyle and I to transport our compost...no one should have to do it alone. Our backyard is plenty big enough for us, so I didn't sign up for a plot. I did want to help though, because this is a perfect example of public-private partnership between the city and a non-profit. Many hands make light work!
Beginning: Due to poor soil, the garden will be in raised beds on top of this cardboard.
The crowd (free labor)
Mayor Jordan talking and turning the first shovel
Lots of high school students helped. Lot's of girl power. They could be a road construction crew, easily!
First layer was "top soil"...NWA top soil, meaning it was hardly better than the clay we were avoiding, but it helps to raise the beds.
Strings outlined the beds. Cardboard, top soil, compost.
Mulched walkways finished off the project.
Though there was a lot of organizing work that went into the project ahead of time, two and a half hours was all it took to make this garden. 4 beds, 4' x 40'. Not sure how big the plots are, but if you want one you better jump on it!
(yes, I know my finger was in some of the pictures. I was trying to hold my shovel, plus my gloves, and sometimes my coffee....yes, I did more watching than work probably. I dug in whenever a spot wasn't occupied, but gave the high schoolers plenty of access to the task at hand.)