Team Bonding in the Cowichan Lake Community Garden

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Our volunteers have now mastered the fine art of ‘lasagne mulching’.  When we arrive at the garden scene for the Saturday workparties, our regular volunteers seem to start moving leaves, manure and cardboard like a well practiced dance team!  It’s really amazing to see how well we have all gotten to know each other, and how well we work together.

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Forking in seasoil

 

We have now also moved to the next stage, past lasagne mulching, to planting fruit trees and berry bushes!  Planting fruit trees is a ‘new dance move’ to several of our volunteers, so it is a great opportunity to learn some new techniques.  To plant our bare root fruit trees we dig a hole atleast three times the width of the root ball, loosening up the soil around to make it easier for the roots to grow outwards.  We then forked in seasoil to loosen up the low nutrient compacted soil.  The roots receive a sprinkling of mycorrhizal fungi, bone meal, and/or seaweed fertilizer.  We planted 2 pear trees, 1 quince, 3 blueberries, and 3 hascaps.

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First fruit trees planted

 

 

We are now looking for plant donations of edible shrubs, herbs and pollinator plants.  Please contact Erin with your list of plant names available and they can be either dropped off at CGC or we can come pick them up.

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Garden Work Party Location

 

 

 

 

There will be volunteer workparties every Saturday 12-3pm to build the community garden until the end of March.

On March 31, 10am-11am at the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena, there is also a free workshop on Growing Edible Native Plants.

For more information please contact Erin by phone 250-748-8506 or email erin@cowichangreencommunity.org

 

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