February has been a busy month for the members of the Terrell Heights Community Garden. Over three weekends, Garden members donated their time, tools and sweat to complete construction of the new communal plot in the garden as well as begin construction on the new compost bins.
Rick Schell and Jennifer Herriot move soil to the new communal bed.
On February 1st, materials were brought to Larchmont island and the clean up and prep work began for the area of the new bed.
Neighbors throughout Terrell Heights helped move soil, pull grass, and set the timbers. At least four tarps were moved, the soil underneath cleaned and then moved into the new communal plot area.
Steve Temple oversees and instructs the next generation of gardeners.
On February 8th, Garden members constructed the large communal bed. The plot is constructed from recycled pressure treated wood from the Seidel island brought over the previous weekend using a plan created by Leslie Howe and Allison Levine. It measures approximately 12 feet by 12 feet and will be used by and for any member of the garden who wishes to grow something.
Fred Vinson, Virginia McMunn and Steve Temple building the bed (with litter helpers).
As you can see, the kids were excited to get their hands dirty to make this plot a reality.
The areas surrounding the new communal plot were also cleaned up. Boards, stones and tarps were moved in preparation of the new limestone patio and staging area being built (planned for later in march).
Everyone working hard.
On February 22nd, construction began on the Garden’s compost bins. They’ve been constructed under the direction of Leslie Province. These bins will be used to collect organic materials, which will then be composted and put back into the garden’s soil.
“Many thanks to Judy Temple,” said Leslie, “who helped me get the materials, to my neighbors Kay Kimbell, who helped me cut most of the wood, and Billy Gollihar, who helped with assembly, and to everyone who consulted and offered help.”
March is already shaping up to be just as busy for the Garden members. The completion of the limestone path is being scheduled, and the Terrell Heights Community Garden is slated to vote on an opportunity to participate in a charrette with the Freedom by Design Chapter of UTSA School of Architecture, who have expressed an interest in working with garden members to develop several design-build projects for the garden.
Not to mention spring planting!
If you are interested in more information about the Terrell Heights Community Garden, or would like information about sharing a growing space with your neighbors, please contact Judy Temple.