On Wednesday July 4, Hambleton Contracting and Design Services from Southampton arrived on site and started construction of the gate house. They finished a short week later!
On July 9 and 10, the Stewardship Rangers (a program of the Ministry of Natural Resources) arrived on site to assist in leveling out the planting areas and laying the reclaimed felt from the mattress and box spring deconstruction in the excavated walkways in preparation for the spreading of the granular materials.
Mike Leggett was then on site again to spread the gravel that the Township has generously provided and since then we've been leveling it out.
The Township also provided 3 truck loads (60 yards) of wood shavings which we are placing onto the beds. This will be tilled into the soil later in the season along with other amendments to help increase the amount of organic matter in the otherwise clay loam.
We have only seen about 1/2 a dozen earth worms in all of the digging and turning we've done....not a good situation for healthy plant production but not totally unexpected. We will be working diligently to improve the soil conditions which could take years to bring to optimum conditions....just part of the process really.
When the work on site started, we planned to keep a digital record of what the site looked like from the same location day after day-from the entrance point at parking area to the Gardens. There came a time when the work being done couldn't really be seen behind the gatehouse but following are the photos we have collected to date-from farm field, to gatehouse.