After storms delayed our first attempt, the raised garden beds are IN! On Thursday, May 25th, about 8 folks worked to construct the beds and haul 2 cubic yards of soil to fill them. The hardest work was digging up the sod. As of this writing, my legs are still killing me.
What’s next: We’ll plant seeds before June 1 and work to get some rabbit-proof fencing (if it exists) up around each bed before the seeds pop, and before we add any seedlings. Then, there’ll be weeding (although not much this year, with that clean new soil), watering, and harvesting. Want to take some basil home with you after worship? Do it! Want to make some zucchini bread with the monster squash we let get too big? Fantastic. These gardens, this year, at this scale, are for the joy of growing and sharing food here at Bethany and with our neighbors. See some dad showing his kids how to pull a carrot out of our garden? Awesome. They’re welcome to it.
I’ll be in the gardens on Thursday afternoons (join me?) and more briefly on Mondays but keep your eyes peeled for additional work days and times.
Rev. Rebecca Anderson