Thanks to the help of volunteers, work on North Salt Lake’s Orchard Community Gardens is moving ahead quickly enough that organizers hope to have the garden ready for an initial round of planting this fall.
“It may seem late in the season to be putting in a garden” said Keb Brady, one of the co-chairs of the garden, “but remember this is similar to the timing of the arrival of some of the earliest pioneer settlers and they put in crops. Many traditional spring crops like cabbage or radishes do very well when planted late.”
Volunteers recently finished the trenching for the garden’s irrigation pipes, and the first fall seeds will be going into the ground soon after the topsoil and compost arrive.
When it’s completed, the garden is expected to accommodate about two dozen individuals or families who want to rent a raised-box plot. There will also be several educational plots, with themes such as a pasta garden (with wheat, tomatoes, garlic, oregano and basil) and a settlers garden (with turnips, potatoes, and other plants common in the mid-1800s).
Though the goal for this fall is simply to get the inaugural round of plants in the ground, the garden plans to evolve according to the needs of the community gardeners.
“It will be a great magnet for North Salt Lake residents as well as a great educational asset,” said Mayor Shanna Schaefermeyer. “I am really excited to see this taking shape.”