Getting ready for spring

The Good Cheer Garden is getting ready for spring!

Time to turn over cover crops so they have time to compost before March planting, and have Lizzie dig out the voles in the garden.

We have been donated a top-of-the-line Juliana greenhouse! It comes fully equipped with all sorts of supplies and with potting tables built by the (anonymous) donor’s late husband. It is just what we need to grow lots of seed starts for the garden and food bank clients, and we are very grateful for this kind and generous gift.

The greenhouse is 9 ft x 14 1/2 ft and can be lifted and transported by flatbed to the garden. Stay tuned for a call for volunteers to help with the transport!

We were thrilled to be awarded a $1250 grant from the Whidbey Island Garden Tour to build a retaining wall, and purchase supplies for growing seed starts, and tools for the garden. The Garden Tour’s grant to Good Cheer helped launch the garden in 2009 and we are so appreciative of their continuing support! Save the date of this year’s tour: Saturday, June 25th.

With this funding, Eagle Scout Tommy Mozingo is going to build a retaining wall to hold up the steep southeast slope of the garden. It will replace the temporary wall of plywood and pallets, and then extend to the fence line. He will be coordinating a work party of Boy Scouts, so the project combines building skills with leadership skills. Stay tuned, and thank you, Tommy!

We’re renovating the Langley Middle School Garden and will be growing food for the food bank there again, with the help of students, teachers, community and canine volunteers.

Weather permitting, work parties are starting in the Good Cheer Garden on Wednesdays, and the Langley Middle School Garden on Monday afternoons. We’re hoping to get an early start to planting using starts we’ll grow, and season extending cloches.

See you in the garden!