We have been busy building new structures in the last couple of weeks at Maloca Garden. We started by putting up fences to protect the communal beds from animals. We are really close to the Black Creek Ravine, so a lot of animals come for a snack in the garden. Last year, we did have issues with deer eating the tops of our plants and they never really recovered. To prevent this from happening this summer, we are installing 4 feet high chicken wire fences around our beds. We do also have groundhogs as neighbours, so we dug a feet deep to install wire fences underground. We hope this will prevent animals to find their way in our beds from underneath our feet. Overground and underground protection are not completed yet, but hopefully we will be ready before we transplant our seedlings.
Our wood raised beds also needed some attention. Some new nails allowed us to restore existing beds. We also used some salvaged wood to build new raised beds, both for the communal and individual plots. This is also a work in progress. We dug around the exiting beds, put some stake corners and nailed in the contoured wood planks. To keep the weeds (especially grass) out of our beds, we put wood ships around the structure. We then put the soil back into place and turn it at the same time. They are ready to go!
Thanks to all who helped improving Maloca’s infrastructures. If you would like to get involved in building raised bed and fencing, you can join us on Wednesday May 8 between 11:30 and 2:00. We always need more helping hands 🙂