Mid Summer Reflections

It’s our first full year of operations. A year ago this week we were installing the last of the beds and the second cistern… It’s going pretty well, I’d say. I’m still adjusting to my new role as chief cat herder-not my mileux. I’d rather be building something than tracking expenses and wagging a finger at rule breakers. Nonetheless, we seem to be proving the feasibility of the space. Here it is mid July and, even with leaky pumps, we have used less than 1/3 of our water stores and many of the beds are showing great results. We’ve had a great garden tour, purchased tools and a nice picnic table from local company SouthStorm Now it’s time to get some to get some work done and we’d love help from our neighbors. Please join us on August 20th from 10-4 for a work party and potluck lunch. We’ll be deadheading, weeding, mulching, repairing structures and eating whatever food our good neighbors bring. This is a great opportunity to get to know neighbors and learn about our unique garden. In the meantime, here’s a look around the garden, one year on:

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Garden Tour Maps are here!

Learn what garden hosts do to get the most out of their small spaces.  Below is a map you can print, or pick one up at Foster Burger, Dennis’ 7 Dees or the Holgate Library!

THE PRINTABLE MAP:

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Garden Tour is coming: June 18th 10-2

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Our yearly fundraiser has been put to bed.

IMG_1011[1]It was a small but varied sale this year. We had lots of great veggie starts including some surprise Brandywines, succulents, iris, lily, raspberries, annual and perennial flowers, cactus and other houseplants. We even had a Hops plant! I couldn’t believe it got passed over so we planted it to grow on the meeting area in the garden. I…can’t…wait. We saw lots of neighbors and gave some great deals on neighborhood plants. Thank you all for helping us raise $175 for the community garden. Once we look at the figures, I think we may be purchasing some sitting area furniture. I sincerely hope that, when neighbors see the gates unlocked (sorry, we have to keep it locked when no gardeners are on site), you will stroll in and enjoy the garden. You can even dig around in the community bed if you need to get a dirt fix.

Special thanks to plot holders Kyr and Cierra for their help, and to the Spritely Bean who provided coffee and lemonade and gift certificates for the raffle. It was a real treat and definitely, a lemonade kind of day. We also had great prizes from Dennis’ 7 Dees and from me (Fired in the Rain).

A little magic was in the air as Nicole from Dennis’ 7 Dees mused that they should have an employee bed in the garden. Sure enough, they won the raised bed raffle! I can’t wait to see what happens in Bed #1 this year and I look forward to even stronger ties with our neighborhood garden center!

All in all, it was a very pleasant, very windy day. I have to thank neighbor Garrett, again. Garrett built our fortress of a meeting area last year. It’s well documented that every time we have an event in the garden, we experience torrential rain, wind or both. Now that we are not pitching canopies anymore, weather be damned!

Also, Lisa? If you see this…please come get the plants you bought!

 

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THIS WEEKEND!

Spring Plant Sale and Fundraiser on Sunday, April 17th 9-3.

A mellow, mild, sunny day…refreshments from the Spritely Bean…plants and raffle to support the neighborhood garden.

Raffle Prizes:

Want to help with this year’s garden fundraiser? Here’s how:

  • Bring some of your extra garden starts or plant divisions to the garden all day on Saturday, April 16th. NO TREES OR LARGE SHRUBS PLEASE! (Large means it cannot be moved easily by one person with a kind of bad back).
  • Come buy some yard-sale priced plants on Sunday, the 17th, get a $1 raffle ticket and hang out in the garden for a while.
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BEDS ARE FULL! Community events are around the corner!

The garden beds are FULL for 2016-17! Did you really want a bed but snoozed (and therefore lose-d)? There is one more way to get one…enter the Raffle for Bed #1 at the Spring Plant Sale and Fundraiser on Sunday, April 17th 9-3.

Want to help with this year’s garden fundraiser? Here’s how:

  • Bring some of your extra garden starts or plant divisions to the garden all day on Saturday, April 16th. NO TREES OR LARGE SHRUBS PLEASE! (Large means it cannot be moved easily by one person with a kind of bad back).
  • Come buy some yard-sale priced plants on the 17th, get a raffle ticket (for a garden bed or garden art) and hang out in the garden for a while.
  • If you are a local coffee slinger, please donate something delicious to drink or nibble!

Also, mark your calendars for the (what is this, the 9th?) Annual FoPo Garden Tour on Saturday, June 18th! We’ll be announcing how to get involved soon!

I would just like to say THANK YOU to all of the supportive neighbors who have made this garden happen. We have just reached the really, really finished mark and the garden is now doing its thing. This weekend I wandered down and found the gate open and several gardeners greening up their thumbs. As I walked in, Erin and Henry were just passing by and stopped in to have a look around. Henry was so preoccupied with the kids’ area that Erin asked if there was any weeding she could do! Now that’s what I call organic!

Many people have asked when this year’s work parties will be and I have to say, I’m not planning on continuing to organize them. They were needed to build the garden and we did it! Time to enjoy the fruits of our labor. If we really need one, I will plan a community work party for early Fall, but the plan is that the plot holders will keep the garden beautiful, however, anyone can assist in keeping the sidewalk area beautiful and if you really want to do a project for us, email me! 62ndgarden@gmail.com

 

 

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The gift of greens!

There is a big bunch of kale and broccoli in the veggie stand. Swing by and help yourself to some fresh greens!

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