October 3rd, the garden’s first Mulch-A-Thon, was a special day in many respects. Yvette Shelton had picked a day of sunshine and low humidity. Perfect. We had 3 drivers who volunteered their pickup trucks (Randy Cook, Dan Christianson, and Carroll Shelton) to each get a cubic yard of mulch from Whittlesey Landscaping, exactly how many cubic yards the garden needed. We had impressive signs provided by Betsy Landaker to direct people where to sign up and to let anyone passing by the corner of Wells Branch and Wells Port know that our church had an active garden. We had juice, coffee, donuts, and bananas provided by Betsy and Tina Tarbox and set up by Betsy and Mary Graf. And best of all we had a total of 7 more people to help shovel and spread mulch – Annie Callahan, Beth Davis, Carol Harris, Steve Landsman, Chris Lintz, Simon Nichols, and June Oliver. Jim Rigby came by to admire the results.
The garden paths look great. Stop by and see. The best part is the mulch should last a year. We’ll see if Yvette can choose another glorious day for next October’s mulch spreading event.
The St Andrew’s garden is growing! Any food that is prepared is given to homeless coming for showers that evening.
“Winter gardens are a lot more fun than summer gardens” says Yvette Shelton, caretaker for St. Andrew’s garden. “The weather is cooler, and the bugs are fewer.”
The St. Andrew’s garden is large and takes a lot of work. Yvette would love help caring for it. The garden supplies fresh produce for the COME/food pantry. She expects to plant lettuce, carrots, and broccoli in the fall/winter garden.
So what might one do if you’re interested in helping? First, be prepared for the beauty of Mother Nature, but bring supplies to make it easier to work with her! Gloves, garden tools, sturdy shoes or boots are helpful. Yvette can be at the garden between 7:15 and 8:00pm on Tuesday evenings to get you started. You may find yourself weeding, one of the never ending gardening chores. Or applying mulch. Or helping keep the walkways clear from the Bermuda grass which likes to invade the garden areas. Or maybe even planting some seeds and seedlings.
If you’d like to help in a different way, and you have a truck, Yvette would appreciate someone to get a cubic yard of mulch from Whittlesey and bring it to the garden. There is money in the garden fund to pay for it. THEN, if someone can coordinate high school students/volunteers to be at the garden with shovels to unload it, Yvette says we could make the garden trails look super nice and have a much easier time getting rid of Bermuda grass. Yvette thinks this project should be in October, when it’s cooler.
Of course the most fun will be harvesting once the garden is producing. The COME/pantry clients really appreciate fresh produce.
The Sustainable Food Center could be a source of compost, mulch, seeds, and seedlings, if you don’t mind doing all the paperwork. You wouldn’t get your hands dirty and you would be helping the garden.
Yvette may be reached at email@example.com