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WHPG Update 8/2/23


The basic layout and placement of large features within the garden is complete.


Next steps are weed control for the rest of 23 and the Spring of 24. The entire area of the garden ins infested with Morning glory. The contours  of the planting areas were developed using garden blend soil. This type of material introduces various weed seeds that will start to grow as soon as water is introduced.


We need to spread about ½ inch of sand over the entire planting area as one of the next steps. Along with this task, we need to fill or “chink” gaps between the cobble rocks that line all paths. This is necessary to help keep the soil from migrating to the path when we water the soil for the first time. Doing an initial  watering is important to help settle the garden blend soil.


The four ground vaults for the future drip system will be installed after the soil has settled.


After the grow-beds have been covered with sand and soil settles, the final path surface of 3/8 minus yellow pathway gravel will be placed and compacted. This surface will provide easier access for strollers and wheel chairs.


A list of native pollinator plants has been selected. Some planting with take place this fall.


The City wants to start refurbishing the remaining grass areas by September 1.  We will meet goal. What it means to the garden is that we will no longer be able to drive the tractor on any portion of the lawn.  We will still have access via the common walkway between Wippel Community Garden and Wippel Heritage Garden.


The entire sub-soil area of WHPG is hard-packed clay. The clay layer is up to 7” thick in places. Many of the plants will require that we auger the clay prior to planting.

The drip irrigation system for all the grow-beds will be installed after the majority of the plants have been planted in Spring of 24.

During this period, we will also be working on plant ID signage and potential educational opportunities.  This includes the opportunity to use the Thorp School’s solar greenhouse that will be located on the north border of WHPG.

Opportunities to help include filling gaps in the cobble borders. Spreading sand. Placing plants which may include addressing the clay sub-soil.