We are funded $7000 by the City of Ottawa through the Community Garden Development Fund (http://justfood.ca/community-gardening-network/community-garden-development-fund/). An additional $2000 will be given to do compulsory soil tests. Thank you to Just Food for helping us coordinate the application process.
The next step to cross is the soil testing that will take place. Hopefully the tests will come back negative with no contaminants. So, there are two possibilities:
1) No contaminants – We build a beautiful garden with native and shade loving plants at ground level. The area will be sheet mulched (http://permaculturenews.org/2012/07/20/gorgeous-gardens-from-garbage-how-to-build-a-sheet-mulch/). ACTION ITEM – To accomplish sheet mulching, we need plenty of cardboard boxes, so if you have the typical brown packing cardboard boxes lying around, do drop them off close to the entrance of 18 Blackburn Avenue.
2) Contaminants present – We build a beautiful RAISED BED garden. The raised beds would have to be constructed using Hemlock or cedar wood. This will be our fall-back plan if the site is indeed contaminated.
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