Galilee Gar­den project un­der­way

Record Observer - - Community - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

CH­ESTER — A com­mu­nity gar­den project planned in Ch­ester will be open for spring gar­den­ing this March. The project is a co­op­er­a­tive ef­fort by the Queen Anne’s County Mas­ter Gar­den­ers Univer­sity of Mary­land Ex­ten­sion Ser­vice, the Har­bor View Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion, Galilee Lutheran Church, Kent Is­land United Methodist Church and Boy Scout Troop 495.

Har­bor View Boy Scout Ricky Strucko’s Ea­gle Scout project in­cluded plan­ning, fund rais­ing, build­ing and in­stalling the first 10 raised beds by March 1. Ricky is a mem­ber of Troop 495 that meets at Kent Is­land United Methodist Church.

The gar­den site, on Ce­cil Drive in Har­bor View, is be­ing of­fered by the Galilee Lutheran Church, ex­plained Mas­ter Gar­dener Nancy O’Con­nor, one of the project co­or­di­na­tors. The gar­den is within walk­ing dis­tance for those in the im­me­di­ate area, and gar­den­ers will also have ac­cess to off street park­ing ad­ja­cent to the gar­den.

“The goal of the Galilee Gar­den is to help chil­dren and fam­i­lies learn how to plant a gar­den and solve prob­lems through­out the grow­ing sea­son: com­post­ing, ro­ta­tion of crops, in­sect con­trol and other top­ics,” said Lois Miller, project co­co­or­di­na­tor.

Miller and O’ Con­nor said as the project grows, there are plans to of­fer work­shops on com­ple­men­tary sub­jects such as: food as medicine, eat­ing the rain­bow, brain food, cook­ing in bulk on a bud­get, eat­ing healthy for the hol­i­days and more. An out­door shaded “class­room” with seat­ing will be pro­vided, while in­door class­room space and a kitchen will be avail­able at Galilee.

Karen Wim­satt, a Mas­ter Gar­dener in­volved with the project, will lead the first work­shop on Feb. 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Gar­den Day at the Kent Is­land branch of the Queen Anne’s County Li­brary, that will in­clude in­for­ma­tion about Galilee Gar­den as well as a seed ex­change.

There are two sec­tions of the com­mu­nity gar­den to be de­vel­oped, each about 4000 square feet and sep­a­rated by a nat­u­ral swale. The raised beds in the first gar­den sec­tion, will be open at the be­gin­ning of March, in large part thanks to the hard work of Ricky and his fel­low Boy Scouts who con­structed 10 raised beds, said O’Con­nor.

To re­serve a gar­den plot, con­tact Miller at lois26miller@gmail.com or O’Con­nor at nan­mart201@ver­i­zon. net. There is no cost to par­tic­i­pate, but a $10 do­na­tion with each gar­den ap­pli­ca­tion is sug­gested, to be used to help off­set the start up costs, and con­tri­bu­tions to the Galilee Gar­den are tax de­ductible.

More than $700 has been do­nated by in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses, said Miller.

“Con­tri­bu­tions, small and large, will go to help pro­vide wa­ter ac­cess, a bridge to make the site fully hand­i­cap ac­ces­si­ble, a se­cure gar­den shed, ad­di­tional raised beds, com­post­ing, out­door shaded seat­ing, and other fea­tures to make Galilee Gar­den a model com­mu­nity gar­den project,” she added.

Gar­den­ing Sched­ule and Ac­tiv­i­ties:

March-April: Plant­ing early spring crops

May: Plant­ing weather crops

Au­gust-Septem­ber: Plant­ing fall crops

Novem­ber: Gar­den clean up and pre­pare for 2018 sea­son

Be­gin­ning March 1 and con­tin­u­ing through the grow­ing sea­son, gar­den­ers are in­vited to join the “crowd gar­den­ing” on Wed­nes­days and Satur­days dur­ing day­light hours. Wed­nes­days and Satur­days will be the des­ig­nated days for weed­ing, wa­ter­ing, plant­ing and work­ing to­gether in the gar­den.

A bless­ing of the gar­den is planned for March 4. More in­for­ma­tion to fol­low at a later date. warm

Boy Scouts from Troop 495 be­gin pre­par­ing the beds with soil at the com­mu­nity gar­den in Ch­ester.

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