Monday, 29 April 2019

2019 Season Opening

Our 2019 Season started on April 27th Saturday.
Few members joined in, even though it was a chilly day.
We were able to do the following:
  • De cluttered the garden shed. Took inventory of tools and supplies
  • Cleared old plant materials from each bed. 
  • Started to remove fall leaves from each bed and Kari, former Chair, found a few earth worms hurriedly burying under to escape from the sunlight and the cold. One was almost 6" long and quiet fat too by eating all decomposing leaves and turning them in to fertilizer for our garden. So we decided to stop removing the leaves for the time being, till closer to planting. 
 Due to the unfavourable weather we had to curtail the opening activities. We hope to gather again this Saturday at 3 pm to continue the scheduled tasks.  


Communal garden?

If you're confused about the difference between a community garden and a communal garden, you're not the only one. A community garden can be any gardening space open to and maintained by members of a community. Within this broad definition, there are two basic models: communal and allotment.

Communal Gardens are based on the premise of “shared work, shared harvest” where all members share the workload and the rewards. A work schedule is provided to the members to ensure smooth operation and maintenance of the garden. Garden beds are not subdivided for individual use but instead, members collectively manage and garden the beds. The resulting produce is distributed among the members, or in some cases donated entirely to a charitable cause.

In contrast, Allotment Gardens are subdivided beds within the garden area that are rented to individuals/families for their gardening use. Each bed is independently maintained and harvested by the bed owner and the owner while respecting general garden rules is able to garden and harvest on their own schedule.