by Emily Quinton, Director, AGA, (Alton Village Square Gardens Committee), April, 2022
Did you know that the Alton Village Square is home to 4 raised planters and a number of perennial fruit shrubs like currants and gooseberries?
For the last few years, I’ve had the pleasure of planting, weeding and watering this space for the community to taste, enjoy and watch grow. This year we have an exciting new addition to the square – a pollinator planter! Attracting pollinator species to a space is critical for many of the reasons that Julie explains under the Alton Village Butterflyway news, but some of the vegetable varieties planted in the raised beds (such as pumpkin, squash, zucchini and cucumber) also require the work of pollinators to produce fruit.
This year, you can expect to see a variety of vegetables in the Village Square garden including tomatoes, squash, kale, peppers, onions, herbs, carrots and peas. Soil and compost are being added next week, and planting will begin on the first weekend of June.
Please feel free to stop by and see what’s growing! edit.