Community garden updates

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Published on: September 29, 2020

Transition Brockville / 29 September 2020

Despite a slow start with the arrival of COVID-19 last spring, community gardens did get up and running — following guidelines established by the City of Brockville and our local health unit.

The Butler’s Creek Community Garden on North Augusta Road includes 22 householder plots, a shared herb garden, shared raspberry, black currant, rhubarb and horseradish patches, and a pollinating flower garden. A compost system is working really well, providing plenty of composted organic matter for the gardens. All were encouraged to donate surpluses to Loaves and Fishes, the Brockville and Area Food Bank or the Food Cupboard run by the Baptist Church. There are three plots still available for the 2021 season. Contact garden coordinator Nancy Raitt at nancyraitt@corptype.ca

The Dana Street Community Gardens added a water transfer pump to make watering easier for new and existing gardeners. All 10 beds were in use this year, and they will be looking for new gardeners in 2021 as they add new beds. More info is available at healthyeating@healthunit.org

Pilgrim Park Community Garden had a vandalism-free year, that’s the number one improvement for this season. Overall it was a tough season due to the pandemic-related delays, and the sustained heat wave. Nonetheless, the garden managed to produce and donate several dozen tomatoes and a few dozen peppers. The pollinator garden was a huge success attracting bees, butterflies and Pennsylvania leatherwings. The goal for 2021 is to install raised planters to be offered to the public, as well as maintaining the donor and pollinator gardens. Any donations of lumber and soil to facilitate the installation of the planters is greatly needed and appreciated. Contact garden coordinator Len Laird at pilgrimparkcg@gmail.com

We extend our thanks to all the garden organizers for these updates — and for their continuing dedication!