Community Garden: Making it Happen

Many Feathers developed and created a sustainable community garden that is over 1,000 sq ft with over 30 types of vegetables, herbs, flowers, and fruit!

The Many Feathers Garden Team (#MulchSquad) went out yesterday to finish preparing the soil and to plant all our seedlings.  Our original location was prone to flooding and improper drainage so in DIY fashion we used burlap and cardboard to build a layer of soil and peat moss which was available to use on site. It was a great alternative to driving and picking up cardboard from various locations. We were glad to be able to repurpose recyclables, and to use items that were not fit for sale, but still great to supplement the soil. 

Sourced burlap from the site to reduce this project's carbon footprint

Sourced burlap from the site to reduce this project's carbon footprint

Sam laying down the burlap and ensuring that there is a barrier on the edges of the garden

Sam laying down the burlap and ensuring that there is a barrier on the edges of the garden

After the base was laid out we started to build the layer of soil. We wanted the soil to be thick and evenly spread, and this was the most laborious part of the project. Thanks to our volunteers we were able to finish this in just a few hours. 

Alex, Rahul, Joel, and Sam ready to get to work spreading the soil!

Alex, Rahul, Joel, and Sam ready to get to work spreading the soil!

Rahul participating in the inaugural soil toss, to commemorate the event

Rahul participating in the inaugural soil toss, to commemorate the event

All done and ready for mulching! 

All done and ready for mulching! 

Rahul helping create one of several mulch pathways in our garden

Rahul helping create one of several mulch pathways in our garden

After the soil was spread we used bricks of dried peat moss to create a border in our garden. We expect this to expand and create mounds which should serve as a barrier from weeds and help with drainage. 

While doing all this we let our seedlings absorb sun on the roof of Sam's car until they were ready to plant. 

We organized our garden layout by plant families, and made sure to take into account companion plants, and required spacing. It was a fun challenge for our team because we've never planned & planted in this scale before! We also made sure the climbing and tall plants got plenty of fence support.

Starting to plant and follow the plan that Rahul and Maleeha developed

Starting to plant and follow the plan that Rahul and Maleeha developed

Pravesh carefully planting peppers 

Pravesh carefully planting peppers 

Making sure the edges are protected from weeds and undergrowth

Making sure the edges are protected from weeds and undergrowth

Kale in the ground, just one of many leafy greens we planted

Kale in the ground, just one of many leafy greens we planted

Pea plants staked out because they need lots of support.

Pea plants staked out because they need lots of support.

Doing some final touches and cleaning up the site, on the far right are pots full of herbs! 

Doing some final touches and cleaning up the site, on the far right are pots full of herbs! 

We completed the garden in a day thanks to months of planning and our amazing team. We are looking forward to a season of growth and giving access to organic produce through our markets, volunteers, and donations! 
 

If you wish to participate and volunteer please email volunteers@manyfeathers.ca