It’s been an exciting few weeks for the garden, and with another gardening day scheduled for this weekend (May 3rd @ 1-3pm), the excitement promises to continue! At the Earth Day Celebration on April 22nd, our beautiful Lacy Oak tree was welcomed to the space. Just days later on 4/26, we had our regularly scheduled gardening day. To protect the tree amidst the construction of 508 Park and the Encore Park Amphitheatre, we are waiting to plant it in the ground. On this workday, we focused on making the tree comfortable in its new temporary home. Volunteers hauled numerous wheelbarrows full of soil around the massive root ball to insulate it and ensure it holds moisture. One of our garden’s focuses is on recycling and being “green,” so in that vein, we reused some mulch on the property to further surround the root ball and hopefully help it retain enough water to stay healthy. One of our volunteers thoughtfully and generously lent the garden a nice rain barrel. We moved one of our lovely purple (repurposed!) picnic tables to the north side of the tree and hoisted the rain barrel on top of the table. With trusty gravity on our side, we attached a soaker hose to the rain barrel and coiled it around the base of the trunk of the tree. As long as water is stored in the barrel, a slow delicious trickle of water will keep our tree healthy until it’s ready to be planted in the ground. Other tasks completed at this garden day were very necessary weeding of the entire garden, watering the garden (again, very necessary!) and a little work on the compost bin. Past their prime carrots and grapefruit were donated to be composted, so these were added. It’s such a lovely experience to be downwind of any type of citrus fruit as it’s broken apart to be added to the compost. The citrus scent wafts through the air and is absolutely heavenly!
We look forward to another gardening day this coming Saturday 5/3 at 1-3pm! After this gardening day, we will move the time to earlier in the day to try to beat the Texas heat – but we’ll still make it to the garden. Hope to see you there!