Laura Niemi, Portland Parks project manager overseeing the garden construction, forwarded the following update:
Hi all, I wanted to give you an update on the garden shed and raised bed donation.
The group has decided to fund the 2 raised beds only so we are still in need of a shed. We have scheduled a work party October 8 to construct the raised beds with the donor group.
Nathan has started the irrigation installation at Frazer. He should finish up early next week.
The soil level of the garden area is higher than we had originally planned. I measured and it looks like about 5-6″ of space to the lip of the asphalt rather than the 9″ we had planned for. I think it would be best to add compost and mix it will the subsoil rather than purchase a 4-way mix. My goal is to have this delivered and have the site rototiller before the 10/8 work party if possible. I thought it would be fun for the volunteers to sow some cover crop seed on the garden soil at their work party.
Once the compost is in and the soil level is raised to meet the asphalt lip, we will remove the construction fence. The permanent fence is scheduled to be installed in October once the soil and irrigation work is done.
I hope to have construction wrapped up on Frazer in October. Then we can focus on the surrounding plantings, any bells and whistles and the plot wait list opening and assignments.
Laura Laura Niemi
Community Gardens Program Coordinator
Portland Parks & Recreation
laura.niemi [at ] portlandoregon [dot] gov