Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunshine Garden of Fruit Valley
We finally started! On Sunday February 15th we broke ground on the garden that will hopefully shape Fruit Valley. I have the blueprint of it (it's a sunrise) and we started stringing the outline and then I had to rip out some shrubs. Oh, the shrubs. Sometimes I think people get grossly overpaid to landscape. I am certainly no genius but I know enough that you don't plant a tree next to a porch and virtually on top of the gutter, but it will go too. Yesterday I finished the outline and today I was planning on putting down cardboard to kill the grass below. The groundhog says six more weeks of winter so I have plenty of time. Right. But down with the cardboard and leaves that were so graciously donated to me. It is fun to watch the people walk by and wonder what we are doing; a sacrificial altar perhaps? Some have stopped by to talk and some just keep on going. No problem, I will try and recruit them later in the season. There is no point in burning people out this early. The dogs are intrigued by it but mostly bored with the idea of being tied to a giant screw in the ground and limited to their leash length. Eh, they'll get over it.
So with this post I am asking for help. To the citizens of Vancouver : I need leaves, cardboard, hay, wood, stone, pebbles and pretty much anything I can build something with. Also I will at some point have to grow stuff so I am open to donations of bulbs, herbs, veggies, flowers and any plant that is edible. There will be a "Row for the Hungry" which will be donated to the food banks and shelters in the area. This is a community garden. I want to get the community involved. Call it what you will but in the end it is a catalyst for change. Wanna know where your food REALLY comes from? Stop by and see.