Dates are Set for Double Dig 2011

Ahhh, Double Dig! The term itself kinda has a way of invoking thoughts of seriously hard work and sore backs. After all, “double digging” is an age-old gardening technique that involves digging trench after trench in your garden, double the depth of your shovel and filling the trenches back in with plenty of organic matter and the top soil from the next trench. It is done to increase soil aeration and drainage and to enrich the soil. It provides plants an optimal environment in which they will thrive.

For our purposes, Double Dig means something a lot more fun and a little less labor intensive! Here at the Charleston Parks Conservancy, we pay homage to the namesake of the tried and true gardening technique by enriching our city parks through the planting of five brand new gardens for four consecutive days in late April. We call it our Double Dig event and this year promises to be bigger than ever!

For our 2011 Double Dig Event, we will be installing 5 new gardens in 5 city parks in 4 days. The locations, dates and times of all the plantings are as follows:

– Chapel Street Fountain Park: Wednesday, April 27 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
for directions click – Chapel Street Fountain Park

– Elliotborough Park and Community Garden: Thursday, April 28 from 10 a.m.-Noon – for directions click Elliotborough Park

– Simonton Park: Thursday, April 28 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. – for directions click Simonton Park

– Hazel Parker Playground: Friday, April 29 from 9 a.m.-Noon – for directions click Hazel Parker Playground

– Cannon Park: Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m.-Noon – for directions click Cannon Park

So please, mark your calendars and make plans to join us for one or all of the Double Dig planting days.

Just as double digging gives back to the health of the soil, our Double Dig event provides everyone the opportunity to get involved and give back to the community and improve the health and beauty of our city’s parks.

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