[David Hinks]

The ‘Big Dig – Chapter I” happened at Augusta Park May 8 & 9 as we created a much enlarged allotment garden and new collaborative community garden in Augusta Park. Things started happening at 7:30 am with the arrival of the first truckload of screened top soil. We had eight to ten volunteers going all the time over the two days! It was a true community event with donations of composted horse manure and composted leaves plus donations of muffins and scones to keep us going. We even had assistance from a monster machine from NeilCorp that helped to move soil and level some uneven areas.

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There is still a fair amount of work to be done – mainly spreading the piles of top soil and manure on the raised beds that have been created.

The plan is for the crew to assemble on Tuesday May 13 for the ‘Big Dig – Chapter II’ for whatever portion of the day that you can be available – I will be there starting at 8:30 am. We will be finishing off the raised beds and the berms and will be doing some planting and transplanting.

This is also the day of the Mills appreciation BBQ for volunteers so plan to join us for a burger or hotdog at the Mills Community Support at 3pm. Please let me or Jeff at the Mills know if you plan to be there for so that he knows how much food to order.

The cool moister conditions may not be our preferred weather but they have been great for plants that prefer this type of weather. The following photos show garlic and onions that have reached great heights for this time of year,

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The next educational opportunities that have been planned by the Neighbourhood Tomato are a weekly ‘weed and learn’ session May 22 & every Thursday evening through the growing season 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Join us at Augusta Park for a collaborative community gardening session as we share our knowledge, mentor new gardeners, weed our new garden and share some fellowship.

The Neighbourhood TomatoHeads are also partnering with TYPS to create intergenerational educational/hands-on gardening sessions tentatively scheduled for Tuesday evenings at the TYPS garden. We have joined forces with several downtown gardeners to help develop additional garden space and will help to provide experienced gardening resources. More details will be forthcoming shortly.

The pickup of Rain Barrels will be this Thursday from 3 – 7:30 pm at the Town of Mississippi Mills Municipal Garage, 3131 Old Perth Road, Almonte, ON. Rain barrels are being sold for $55 each or two for $110.