Rapid Progress on Community Garden Leading up to June 1 Dedication
With weather--and volunteers--cooperating, the garden is almost ready for planting season.
Volunteers, including a host of local landscaping companies and gardeners are making large strides in finishing the Avon Lake Community Garden, which was delayed for one year after it was rained out for the 2011 season.
The garden is located on the east side of the new driveway at Troy Intermediate School.
Garden co-chair Dale Cracas said a formal dedication of the garden is scheduled for June 1.
Last weekend, more than 700 cubic yards of soil was transferred to the site, leading to its rapid transformation.
Cracas said once the soil was moved, Tom and Dave Kendera came out on “very short notice” to level it along with Bill Hubert and Scott Dalgleish who own their own landscaping companies. Hubert also helped till the soil and Dalgleish helped with rototilling. Workers from the city of Avon Lake were also sent over to lend a hand.
Last Friday, Al Hobar, Bruce Peepers and Cracas added soil amenities, including limestone, fertilizer, green sand and seaweed to the soil using a using hand broadcasting spreader.
Cracas said the transformation in the past week has been notable and the garden changes daily.
“Have you seen (the garden) today?” he asked this week. “The leaf compost was tilled into the ground. The ground is level and rototilled.”
Last weekend, volunteers screened the topsoil to remove debris.
On May 2 and 3, major pathways will be installed and next week, the minor pathways will be added.
Two more meetings are planned for the garden before opening, at 7 p.m. on May 8 at the Avon Lake Public Library and at 9 a.m. on May 12 at the community garden site.