“It’s starting to look like a garden!” One member of the Jasper Local Food Society was literally jumping for joy last Friday night.
For a while, the backyard of the Jasper Library looked like a construction site.
Men and women with power tools were building frames out of two-by-fours. Others with spades, shovels and sod-cutters were clearing grass and levelling plots. Wheelbarrows full of sod were being trundled, and the sod was being loaded for transport to the composter. Kids were running around, sort of helping.
A work bee, as it turns out, is fun! It was cold and windy, but people came together, and we laughed as we built frames, dug, or struggled with sod, clayey soil and deep-drilling dandelion roots. By 9 p.m. on Friday night we had laid out 19 plots. The next day we finished the job. Now, 23 raised-bed garden frames are laid out, waiting for delivery of soil and compost. It is, indeed, starting to look like a garden!