The garden beds are in place, the vegetables are growing and the participants involved with Estevan's first community garden are thrilled with the results, according to committee chair Chantelle Dubreuil.
“We have radishes, lettuce, beans, beets, broccoli, zucchini and a cucumber (growing),” said Dubreuil.
All 12 beds at the community garden were snapped up this year. The garden occupies a small corner of a vacant lot on Lynd Crescent in northwest Estevan.
And the members are thrilled with the results in the first year, Dubreuil said.
“They're all just impressed with the soil that we had donated, and everything's growing like crazy,” said Dubreuil. “They're all really happy that we have water; it took us a little bit to get the water hauled in, but it's here now, so everybody's content.”
The rain that Estevan received in late June was beneficial for the garden and its raised beds, Dubreuil said. And the dry conditions in July haven't hurt them, either, since they have water on the site.
Vegetables should be ready to be harvested in early September, she said.
The garden at Lynd Crescent is the start of what the garden committee hopes will be a larger program. Dubreuil wants Estevan to look great for the 2016 Saskatchewan Summer Games, and she believes gardens can play an instrumental role in beautification efforts.