Community Garden Update – 5/13/2016

Susan McCall at the BGCG

Susan McCall at the BGCG

Progress is being made daily at the BGCG. Special HUGE THANK YOU to Susan McCall for her generous donation of tons of beautiful plants for our garden. Susan donated 5 flats of Bush Tomatoes, 2 Rosemary, 2 Lavender, 2 Marigolds and 1 flat of Dill. It’s turning into a Food Forest! Susan is Mayor Pro Tem / BG Council member, Broker Associate with Blue Sky Country Real Estate and Key Account Manager for Seville Farms.

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Travis Berryhill and Sam Goff working hard or hardly working?

Also a big thanks to our hard working students who’ve been helping get the garden in shape. Thanks Sam Goff, Travis Berryhill, Matthew Lindsey, Melana Bayer, Stephen Phipps, Hunter Owen and Brock Elmore.

Matthew Lindsey & Stephen Phipps

Matthew Lindsey & Stephen Phipps

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Tim Kukyendal of Tim’s Tree Service has been instrumental in getting the lot in shape. He’s almost finished with leveling out the lot and filling in all the low spots.

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This afternoon Tim will be planting the 16 new fruit trees he picked up this morning from The Greenery in Waxahachie. Once these are planted, the entire perimeter fence line will have fruit trees in place. Again, THANK YOU to Debra and Scott Green, owners of The Greenery in Waxahachie who donated all the trees in our garden!!

The Greenery in Waxahachie, TX

The Greenery in Waxahachie, TX

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Asparagus shoot coming up.

Steve Garris, local carpenter/handyman has built us several raised beds and is currently finishing up some compost bins and additional raised beds.

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Yesterday afternoon we planted several beneficial companion plants in one section of the beds under the fruit trees – Lavender, Asparagus, Onions, Echinacea and the edible flower Nasturtiums along the fence.

Beneficial companion planting in beds under fruit trees.

Beneficial companion planting in beds under fruit trees.

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Several beds are planted using the “Three Sisters” method developed by native Indians. This one has Giant Sunflowers in the middle, with squash and gourds in the mounded hills and green beans everywhere else. Hopefully the sunflowers will grow tall. the beans will grow up the stalks for support and the squash and gourds will keep the weeds at bay with their broad leaves. We shall see…

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“Three Sisters” planted in raised bed.

If you are interested in getting involved in any capacity, feel free to reach out to the garden coordinator, Robert Phipps. Robert@BlueSkyCountry.com or cell/text at 972-351-4710. Better yet, just stop by when passing by..

 

A garden, where one may enter in and forget the whole world, cannot be made in a week, nor a month, nor a year;
it must be planned for, waited for and loved into being.
– Chinese Proverb

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