Earth Day Groundbreaking

Earth Day was a drizzly, chilly, rainy day in Chester County but that didn’t stop the long awaited groundbreaking from taking place. Our determined Butterfly Garden Team and other Master Gardeners who turned out to support our efforts (Thank You!), were ready to go yesterday morning despite the weather. After all, whats a little rain to gardening fools!

Before we got down to digging, Barb Rinehart gave us a great presentation on how to do an English Garden spade edge, a technique that really gives a garden a nicely finished appearance. I think many of us learned something from her informative demo. In this previous post  you will find the contents of the brochure that Barb put together to help you do your own spade edge. Barb had a number of different types of spades and flat back shovels available for us to see and to try out as well as some great before, during and after pictures of this technique which she used in her own garden.

And then it was time to edge! We all trudged down to the garden location where Tom Bare and Barb had already outlined the shape of our Year One garden. We were also joined by some of the enthusiastic members of the Church of the Loving Shepherd who really got into the spirit of things. We lined up around the paint outline and began to edge!

I have to laugh at this point because we weren’t sure, given the hard ground and the weather conditions: 1. whether we would get the edging completed that day and 2. if any of the congregation would want to brave the rain, damp grass, and muddy soil. But finish we did and yes we had help! And it was fun! Teamwork abounded, dads helped little ones to dig and I for one had a great time. I think it was a great start for the project to come and it really helped us, as a team, to begin to visualize the garden we have been planning these past months.

Thanks to Tanya Hopkins for the great pictures too!

At a forty-five degree angle…



About chestercoextbutterfly

I am an apprentice Master Gardener with the Pennsylvania State University (PSU) Cooperative Extension Program. My local office is in Chester County. As part of my volunteer activity I am working with a team to develop a Butterfly Garden on the grounds of the  Church of the Loving Shepherd.  We will be using the creation of this garden as an educational program for some of the participants in the Bournelyf Special Camp which, is held every summer. Members of the congregation of the church will be involved as well as in the ongoing maintenance of the garden.The purpose of this blog is to document the project as it develops.
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One Response to Earth Day Groundbreaking

  1. Barbara Rinehart says:

    Rain, What rain! Although we don’t recommend gardening in the rain as it compacts the soil we had to get this project rolling. It was great fun and now we can really see the vision taking shape. Thanks to all my team and all the attendees for creating the defining borders to this special project. Barb

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