[David Hinks]

The ‘Big Dig – Chapter II” happened at Augusta Park May 13 as we continued with the creation of a much enlarged allotment garden and new collaborative community garden in Augusta Park. We had eight to ten volunteers spreading the piles of top soil and manure on the raised beds that have been created and transplanting many of the seedlings that we potted up at a workshop April 12. We were favoured by the appearance of a local political candidate who pitched in with her assistant and shovelled manure with the best of us. It was also a chance for learning as very experienced gardeners showed new gardeners how to plant the little seedlings. We also got our just desserts as we joined the Mills appreciation BBQ for volunteers for a burger or hotdog at the Mills Community Support.

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There is however 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 and planting more seedlings and seeds.

The plan is for the crew to assemble on Tuesday May 20 for the ‘Big Dig – Chapter III’ for whatever portion of the day that you can be available. We will start our regular weekly weed and learn on Thursday May 22 but I would like to get more done before then if possible. I am planning to be at Augusta Park on Tuesday May 20 at 8:30 am until noon – please let me know if you will be able to join me for any part of the morning.

The garlic is continuing to grow like a weed – freshly cultivated and mulched it looks rather purdy!

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And what looks and tastes more appealing than fresh very local asparagus!

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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 scheduled for Tuesday evenings at the TYPS garden behind the library from 6 to 8 pm. We have joined forces with several downtown gardeners to help develop additional garden space and will help to provide experienced gardening resources. This project will include both individual and communal gardening opportunities as well as helpful tips from some of Mississippi Mill’s Master Gardeners.

The pickup of Rain Barrels was last Thursday from 3 – 7:30 pm at the Town of Mississippi Mills Municipal Garage, 3131 Old Perth Road, Almonte, ON. The following photo shows eager volunteers making sure that all the barrels are accounted for. Many thanks to our many happy customers that purchased over 100 barrels.

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