Girl Scouts meeting and planning with Nancy Cassidy from Landscape Depot for tips on building the garden.
This past summer, members of Girl Scout Troop 74678 worked with the residents of Neponset View Terrace to plan and build a perennial herb garden for their enjoyment and use in culinary creations.
The residents took a vote on which herbs they wanted to have in their garden. The Girl Scouts then planted oregano, parsley, chives, lavender, thyme, and garlic in their garden. Most of the herbs that were chosen were perennials, which are plants that come back every year without a need to replant them.
The garden at Neponset View Terrace is a raised bed about two feet tall and four feet wide. It is constructed out of curved stone pavers. It is filled with gravel on the bottom layer to help the plants have good drainage then on top is a fine layer of rich compost and loam. The garden is divided into six equal “pizza slices” to keep the six different herbs apart with dividers. The garden has many benefits. It has beautiful flowering herbs; it is great for pollinators; all the residents can take part in tending the garden; and everyone in the community can share the herbs to use in their cooking and herbal creations.
The Girl Scouts who created this garden are working on their Silver Award project. As part of their project, they will also be having meetings to share recipes that involve herbs, plant other herb seeds - like basil and rosemary - with the residents, and paint rocks to go in their garden.
Other Girl Scouts from Troop 74678 did some preliminary work on a different Silver Award project and hope to continue on their Silver Award project this spring and summer.