Galilee Garden project underway
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.