Last night I realized there was no way I could get all the landscape fabric down and pinned in place before the Navy volunteers arrived between 8:30 and 9 a.m. this morning.
The Navy was coming to move gravel onto the fabric below the pathways and then level the pathways out with a layer of stone dust. This is hard, heavy work and I am grateful to have their help.
With the help of Jim Gold, the areas were marked out for fabric earlier this week. What needed to be done was the rolling out of the 6 ft. fabric, cutting the strips to fit, and pinning it in place.
Should I get up at 4:30 a.m. and head to the gardens? That’s what I was thinking. Could I get it done in time? Gulp.
I quickly put out a call for early morning help. The response was fabulous. At 8 a.m. our volunteers showed up, ready, willing and prepared to laid down the landscape fabric around the area where the pergola will be.
Thank you to early bird heroes Gus, Jan, Jess, Dan, Kim, Buster and Andy for their help.
Just as they were finishing up, 11 volunteers from the Navy base stepped into the gardens up wearing their yellow shirts and immediately pitched in. Smooth, flawless transition.
As Bill moved the gravel in place with his tractor, the Navy volunteers raked it out. In no time, the pathways were covered with a layer of gravel and then stone dust. They worked like a well-oiled machine, making sure there were no low spots and adding stone dust until it was as level as possible. Taking pride in their efforts.
Two other volunteers who couldn’t work in the gardens, but wanted to contribute, brought drinks for the group and bought lunch from Putnam Market, which was received with enthusiasm.
Thank you all. You are the community in our community gardens and I appreciate every thing you do for us as we make our gardens grow.
P.S. Here is a photo of the color-coordinated Navy volunteers in front of our sunflowers.