Fruit Tree Mulching Day in Ben Nobleman Park

Mulching a young Asian Pear tree in The Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard

After three days of rain and more to come, the volunteers of the Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard were surprised to have a beautiful, dry morning for our stewardship day. And with a yard of beautiful quality compost from Pick-A-Mix to distribute amongst the fruit trees, there was LOTS to do. (By the way, if you order compost from them, tell them you heard about it from Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard and they’ll give us a small discount next year!)

Now, we are not a fainthearted bunch, so despite the damp, cool weather five of us came on the Saturday, including Susan, Giselle, Stacey, Paawan and Gail. We weeded around the trees,  dragged mulch around the park in buckets, and also used a borrowed wheelbarrow to move the mulch around the park.

Paawan poses with a mini wheelbarrow we found in the pollinator garden. Luckily, we have a full size one that we can borrow for mulching days!

By the way, none of this would not have been possible without the support of our amazing neighbours and friends who donated to last year’s fundraising campaign. Your contribution allowed us to buy this beautiful compost, to buy three replacement fruit trees and some herbs for the pollinator garden(more about that in an upcoming blog), and to buy Ben Nobleman T-Shirts for our wonderful new volunteers. Thank you!

Gail and Giselle weed a plum tree to prepare it for some yummy, nutritious mulch!

It was a great day and fun was had by all. And yet…we’re only 2/3 of the way through the yard of mulch. More work to come next week! Hope to see lots of you come out to join us then! And if you’re not yet on our volunteer list, send an email to Lynn at growingforgreen (at) and we’ll add you.

Susan Poizner is the coordinator of the Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard and the author of the award-winning fruit tree care book Growing Urban Orchards. She teaches online fruit tree care classes at And you can hear her on the radio! Tune into the Urban Forestry Radio Show and Podcast where she chats with experts about fruit trees, food forests, permaculture and lots more. 

NB. Here’s a great shot from stewardship last week!

The stewards of Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard!


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