A fence to keep us growing.
The Batavia Community Garden took a completely new turn this season fighting back against groundhogs, rabbits and skunks with a brand new fence. Last year, all cabbage, broccolli, cauliflower, squash, and cucumbers had been eaten by neighboring critters requiring us to replant numerous times. This year, with the help of Sow It Forward and Boy Scouts of America Troop 43, a 75' x 75' fence, standing over 3' high surrounds our garden.
A eagle scout candidate, Matt Cuartero, took this on as his project. He designed the fence and gate and brought volunteers from troop 43 to help with the installation. The funds from Sow It Forward paid for poles, fencing material and the materials for the gate with an extra $45 remaining for additional garden equipment. A supporting HVAC business donated grates that were placed along the ground under the fence to keep out burrowing critters. Visually, it is nice too.
The garden is now planted with over 20 tomato plants, peppers, eggplant, corn and beans, kale, carrots, beets, squash and cucumbers, herbs, and more. Mulch, donated by our city's street department, was spread on walk ways. Saturday morning we harvested snow peas, radishes and lettuce for the Food Pantry. Rhubarb and chives have already been donated. It's been a fabulous year. THANK YOU to Kitchen Gardeners International and Sow It Forward. We couldn't have done it without you!
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