Tuesday, June 8, 2010
EcoVillage Planting Round Two!
Post by the Hawthorne Hawkman. Photos by Hans.
While I was away for the weekend, another round of planting happened at the EcoVillage Demonstration Garden. The garden takes up much of the southeast corner of 31st Ave N and 6th St N. Initially, this was to be considered "Phase I" of the EcoVillage, with 5-7 condo/townhome style houses built for new owner-occupants. However, in order to get seven townhomes built, we'd need five purchase agreements. And in order to get THAT on new construction, the market has to be much healthier.
So the plans for the EcoVillage were altered somewhat, and this spot will be used as a demonstration garden for native plantings. I'm grateful to Hans that someone was there to take photos. But I've got the same friendly advice John gave me when I first started contributing to JNS. Namely...
...get closer. Always get closer. Are there eight people doing various tasks? I want a shot of one person, not a broad picture of all eight. Better yet, a close-up of somebody's dirty hands as they're in the midst of planting a tree. Like the top photo there. That's what it's all about.
Or like this one. Now we're getting somewhere.
Boy, do I wish we could've seen this baby in action. I've only used augurs like this to drill ice fishing holes, so when there's no risk of falling into ice-cold water this almost seems anticlimactic.
Once again, I've got to mention that first photo. I LOVE IT. They're obviously trying to get the dirt in the ground and the dirt on the base of the tree to line up and be nice and level. And the volunteer on the right is throwing up his hands, as if to say, "That's IT! Nobody move, we've got it!" More like this one, please.
Thanks Hans, thanks PPL, and thanks to all the other volunteers that came out on Saturday!