Cynthia Bendickson guides a plank into place. Photo by Mike Chouinard/Campbell River Mirror

Volunteers build beds at Campbell River community garden

Charstate plots should be ready for gardeners by May long weekend

It was blustery Saturday morning, but the sun was out for volunteers to erect the raised garden beds at Charstate Community Garden.

The work bee marked the third “build day” of putting the community garden together by Greenways Land Trust, which came to an agreement with the city in 2017 to oversee the development and operation of the site at Charstate Park in Campbell River.

RELATED STORY: Charstate Community Garden almost ready for seeds

RELATED STORY: Work begins on community garden at Campbell River park

“We have a great crew of 15 out for a couple hours in the morning,” said Sandra Milligan, president of Greenways Land Trust. “We have some new faces, and we’ve also got the die-hards who live in apartment buildings nearby.”

Volunteers were busy sawing the cedar boards and assembling them into the 40 garden boxes on site.

Milligan says several of these volunteers heard about the project last year and have shown up for every build day.

“They’re super-excited to finally have a really big space to plant,” she said.

The next steps for Greenways at the site include getting the irrigation system in place for the raised garden boxes beds, which will be roughly a foot deep, and adding the soil.

“We’re going to be digging ditches and laying piping,” Milligan said. “We’ll have water available to everybody here.”

Milligan expects the soil to be ready over the next couple of weeks.

“You’ll be ready to plant,” she said. “By May 24th weekend, when everybody wants to get their tomatoes and zucchini in the ground, we’re going to be ready for action.”

There are still some plots available at the community garden, so anyone interested should contact Greenways at 250-287-3785 or emailing info@greenwaystrust.ca.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Fifteen volunteers showed up for build day at Charstate on Saturday. Photo by Mike Chouinard/Campbell River Mirror

The garden boxes will be roughly a foot deep. Photo by Mike Chouinard/Campbell River Mirror

Volunteers were working over the fall and winter to get the garden ready in time for spring. Photo by Mike Chouinard/Campbell River Mirror

Just Posted

What Campbell River got up to on your ‘Snow Day’ last week

We asked people to send us photos of what they were doing last Thursday after the big dump of snow

Model railroaders bring life-long passion for their hobby to annual Campbell River show

Annual train show coming to Museum of Campbell River on Jan. 25-26

Campbell River’s Teal Harle to compete at X Games this week

Freestyle skier set to take part in slopestyle and big air competitions

PHOTOS: Storm fall to Braves in shootout at the Brindy

Saanich won 4-3 Saturday night in Campbell River

VIDEO: Soldiers trade rifles for snow shovels to help dig out St. John’s

A state of emergency is set to extend into a fifth day

Power lines cut as thieves strike Vancouver Island veterinary hospital

‘Thankfully there weren’t any animals or staff in the clinic when this happened’

Warm ‘blob’ could be behind mass starvation of North Pacific seabirds: study

Unprecedented death toll raises red flag for North American marine ecosystems

ICBC to bring in ranking system for collision, glass repair shops

Change comes after the much-maligned auto insurer has faced criticism for sky-high premiums

‘It was just so fast’: B.C. teen recalls 150-metre fall down Oregon mountain

Surrey’s Gurbaz Singh broke his leg on Mount Hood on Dec. 30

Vancouver Island Pride weekend returns to Mount Washington Alpine Resort

Building on the success of last year’s family-friendly pride festival on Vancouver… Continue reading

Scarlett Point lighthouse keeper wins a million bucks playing the lottery

“I usually just get a quick pick, so I didn’t expect to win a big prize”

B.C. woman crowned the fastest female marathon runner in Canadian history

Malindi Elmore ran an incredible 2:24:50 at the Houston Marathon

Most Read