2013 0406 garden beds

Garden beds were being refurbished or rebuilt at the River and Roots Community Garden on West Main Street Saturday.

The garden, entering its third season, took a hard hit from Hurricane Sandy last fall. The surging floodwaters of the Peconic River inundated the garden, overturning and shattering numerous wooden planting bed frames and leaving behind a “slimy sheen,” as cofounder Laurie Nigro put it. Winds and flood combined to topple a large evergreen.

Community garden members and friends cleaned up and today began rebuilding beds. There are 36 beds in all and nine of them had to be rebuilt, River and Roots cofounder Amy Davidson said today. This year, several beds are going to be double-height, to make them easier to access for older gardeners or people with back trouble, she said.

Anyone interested in joining the community garden should contact the organizers, Davidson said. There’s a waiting list, but returning gardeners have until the end of April to renew, so there may be spaces opening up.

After the bed-building is complete a drip-irrigation system will be installed, Davidson said. Cornell Cooperative Extension is purchasing the equipment and Lindsay Irrigation is donating the labor, she said.

RiverheadLOCAL photos by Denise Civiletti

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