For years a number of employees had looked at the empty field behind our business and envisioned creating a community garden for our employees.We really wanted to create a space for employees to be able to grow fresh organic fruits and vegetables while learning from each other along the way.Since it has been up we have received several comments from passers-by on how great it looks and what a wonderful project for a company to support.
We started with announcing the idea at one of our company scuttlebutt meetings and posting a sign-up sheet for those who were interested in participating. Once the group was formed we sat down for a brief discussion of what everyone wanted out of this project, how we should design it, what we would plant, what we already knew how to do and what we would need help with.
We cleared the land, roto-tilled the earth, brought in 15 yards of compost from Phoenix Organics and mixed it all together. A couple of raised beds were constructed and several rows were created.We decided on a simple yet sturdy structure of 5” round posts every 8 feet or so solidified with concrete on the corners and decomposed granite for the rest. We then surrounded the whole thing with a roll of 6’ wire mesh (lots of deer in
Planting & Harvesting
We started in the middle of summer, so time was against us to get anything planted this year. We ended up planting some fall and winter crops along with a few perennial herbs with plans of harvesting a bunch of lettuce, kale, chard, and broccoli in early November.
As spring comes next year we plan on planting a full crop of vegetables and fruit trees, more herbs and maybe even some hops. It is an evolving process of doing and learning. We live in a wonderful place here in