New Community Garden for Cowichan Lake

Come March 2015, locals in the Cowichan Lake area will have a super sunny and beautiful community garden space for growing their own tasty, nutritious food!

Communal herb gardens, fruit trees, berry patches and sheltered seating areas will lure the community in to smell the flowers and harvest the produce. Raised wooden garden boxes will be available for community members to grow their own food in with access to gardening tools and taps for watering.

CGC has been contracted by Island Health to help local volunteers build a new community garden in partnership with the Town of Lake Cowichan. The garden will be located behind the ball fields next to the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena in Lake Cowichan.

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Site of new community garden before removing scotch broom and Himalayan blackberry

Site of new community garden before removing scotch broom and Himalayan blackberry.

This project is well underway having already done 3 free gardening workshops and 3 volunteer work parties. There will be three more free gardening workshops in the new year.

The first step in building the garden was clearing the invasive species such as scotch broom and Himalayan blackberry from the site and thankfully the Town of Lake Cowichan’s excavator drivers helped us with that! Once cleared, we could better see the form of the little hill on the site. We’ve started to picture the design of an edible landscape on the hill with a viewing bench at the very top. In front of the sunny side of the hill will be the raised garden beds, seating areas for relaxing and socializing, and gardens full of herbs, berries and pollinator plants. Fruit trees will be planted on the backsides of these gardens so as not to shade valuable vegetable growing areas.

With all this in mind, we have carved out the very first pathways, planted the first currant bushes and installed the first compost bin too! It is so exciting to experience the ‘Before’ and ‘After’ in progress! Creating something beautiful for people to enjoy has got to be one of the most rewarding and wonderful feelings!

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Volunteers making the first pathways, yeah!

We are currently looking for materials to help transform the poor soil into healthy soil, such as: leaves, spoiled hay and manure. Volunteer activities before the New Year will include building more pathways and preparing the soil for planting.

If you have materials to donate, or time to help out please contact Erin Ward at 250.748.8506 or email erin@cowichangreencommunity.org

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