Things are finally starting to take shape at the LFCSA Garden. Last weekend we sealed the picket fence that Tomas built for us, and bagged up a ton of excess mulch. We will keep what mulch we can use, but the rest will be shared with other EnrichLA gardens. We are waiting to get a bid on a drinking fountain for the kids, and a fresh water connection for watering the garden. The rest of the Charter School landscaping will be converting to reclaimed water soon.
The master plan for the Media Center, where LFCSA is located has pretty strict rules regarding water run off and directing rainwater back to the water table. This weekend we plan to ensure that the slope of the garden meets the requirements of the master plan. We will also be moving a few plants to make room for some additional raised beds, and planting the grape that Petra has been nursing at her home. This will have us ready to build a few more raised beds, the potting bench, and finish the gate the following weekend.
The most exciting thing is that it’s actually starting to look like a garden. I was gone for a couple of weeks (thank you Prudence for watering!) and when I came back I was amazed by how much everything had grown! We had a tough start, what with a major underground water leak (our wonderful EnrichLA, and LFCSA volunteers worked valiantly dealing with either bone dry or waterlogged soil) so I was concerned that many of the plants wouldn’t make it. But I returned to find the fruit trees doing well and the natives grown large and flourishing. The two lonely laurels and manzanita we started with are now happily joined by a pomegranate, citrus, and numerous flowering native shrubs .