Yesterday we broke ground on a new garden site for the first time in 2010, as we prepped the soil for two gardens at Wilmington Childcare & Learning. They're the first of several school gardens we have planned for this growing season, and we are thrilled to finally be bringing our hands-on, garden evangelism to Clinton County youth.
Eric, Mariah and I staked out two, 4'x4' squares on a plot of unused land in the back of the facility, right next to where all the children play during their recess. We had an audience of kids to watch us flip the sod and add amendments to the soil, as we readied the ground for the coming weeks, when we'll build the raised-bed frames and add some more amendments.
It felt great to be outside, working the earth after a long and cold winter. We all broke a sweat and our hands showed the early stages of inevitable garden callouses
In the next few weeks, we will be preparing and building gardens at Hillsboro Elementary and Patri-Tots, the childcare facility of Southern State Community College. These, as well as our 12 new backyard gardens builds and the 20 new plots at our community garden. Things are about to get busy, but we're more than ready. The growing season is upon us.