Friday, May 8, 2009

Step 5 - Mulching the Path and First Plants!

Now that the border is in, it's time to keep our feet from getting muddy when we are watering and provide a means to remind the kids where it is OK to walk (OK, the adults, too!)

Almost Eden has some great folks volunteering their time and effort. They are more than willing to dispense expert advice and they were also willing to part with a few cubic feet of mulch.
From Chabot Terrace Community Garden

Jake and #2 victoriously proclaiming "Kings of the Hill!"

From Chabot Terrace Community Garden

Loading it into the farm truck - also known as the family van.

Mulch is just ground up trees, so most tree trimming companies will give it to you for free - but there is a catch. You have to take their whole truckload which is usually 15 cubic yards or roughly the size of a standard shipping container! We couldn't use that much mulch in 50 years, so we were glad to get a small amount "on the house". Thanks a bunch to Almost Eden.

From Chabot Terrace Community Garden

The mulch was laid down on the areas that were scraped clean for the paths. After a little settling and manual breaking up of the big branches, it laid down quite nicely. Jake and Brandy can walk on it with bare feet - the kids are a little less comfortable

From Chabot Terrace Community Garden

You'll notice that the first plants went in - some lavender bushes to provide visual punctuation and nice flowers.

Next Step - alfalfa meal and planting!

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