The City of Ottawa has informed the Gloucester Allotment garden Association that compost will not be available for pickup at the Trail Road facility until at least mid-June.
Due to the storm, the City has encountered delays getting the equipment to process the compost, and they are being inundated with tree branches from the cleanup after the storm.
Because of the uncertainty of when compost will be available, GAGA has decided we will not be providing it for our gardeners this year.
Many of you have already started planting your gardens, and waiting until perhaps the end of June for compost to be delivered is not wise.
The availability of trucks to pick up and deliver the compost are also in very short supply, and the increase in the price of gas will increase our costs for supplying compost in the future. Fortunately the City provides the compost to us free of charge, as long as we pay the costs involved in picking it up from Trail Road and distributing it to the gardens.
We hope you all have a happy and productive gardening season.