Even as the growing season winds down, Skunk Hollow Community Garden is a busy place. It takes work to do Fall cleanup and prepare the gardens and shared spaces for winter. Garden members are responsible for maintaining their own garden beds and for contributing time to keep up the common areas. With so much to do, on October 6, our community garden welcomed the ready and willing hands of 11 hardworking Villanova University student volunteers.
The students helped to weed the herb garden, the raspberry patch and the shared squash, beans and corn area. Before the day was over, many paths between beds had been weeded and mulched. In addition to helping, the students learned from Sara Pilling about the honey bees living near the gardens and about how to build a winter garden. Putting a protective cover over beds will keep hardy fresh vegetables available well into the coming cold season.
The students came to help and to learn. We were happy to have their help and to be working with them that day, and other days they have come to help. They would like to have a community garden of their own someday at the University. We wish them luck towards that end. They are ready to go!
by Diane Englebert