Just a few very doable tasks left to complete in order to be ready for Fall Fest. Thanks to our Saturday volunteer group of Joe, Tae, Vicki, John, Leslie, Cesar, Beth, Madge and Graham. Three of these people have never volunteered at the garden before. How great is that? There’s not much to say that wouldn’t be better as pictures so here you go…
After a huge pile of dirt was moved, mostly by the tireless Joe, we finished the kids area:
I had really been looking forward to seeing this come together since neighbor Rose donated the play structures a few months ago. I can’t wait to see my local kiddos enjoying this place. Kudos to Beth and Cesar for the collaborative Chagall-DeKooning-esque log paintings.
Johnny worked out our second pump:
and then we got to witness a very special harvest. Along with this bounty, which was pretty substantial, from just one of the beds…
we were treated to the unearthing of Cesar’s franken-plant! This was a tomato vine grafted to a potato vine. It is a technique that was developed in the UK (sometimes called a French-fry plant) that conserves garden space and water. Cesar decided to try it for himself and here it is:
Don’t believe it? Here’s a closer look at the graft:
All in all, a very successful day!
Hi garden friends and neighbors! Saturday, 9/26 is the last work party before we have our Fall Fest on October 24th. We need to get a lot of dirt moved, weeds cleared and the kids area completed. Please come and help if you have any time at all to spare! 10-2 pm, though likely until 4 or later if we are short handed. Bring gloves and pruners if you have them. Thanks, Vicki
If you would like to volunteer for the Foster Powell Community Garden Fall Fest on October 24th
, please join us on Monday October 12th at Foster Burger for a brief meeting
and assignment of tasks. We’ll meet at 8pm, just following the Foster Powell Neighborhood Association meeting.
In other garden news: We have work parties on the 25th and 26th of this month to spruce up the Fall garden and finish some small building projects. Dennis 7 Dee’s on Powell is once again donating funds from their November 7th Holiday Bazaar to the garden and we have just received our second mini-grant from the City of Portland/BES Community Watershed Stewardship Program to purchase $500 worth of native plants from Bosky Dell Natives. We will do the planting on Sunday, October 25th, the day after the Fall Fest. Please come and help!
A big thanks goes out to neighbors Nick, Patty, Beth and Cesar. Along with John and myself, a big chunk of the garden was built in two days! We know everyone is busy with back to school and, on those particular days, squeezing out those last drops of summer, but I can’t say it wasn’t a little discouraging to have so few volunteers to help. I think I have been guilty, over the past two years, of presenting such a positive spin on the progress of the garden that people think we don’t need help. The need for help has always been there. It’s not about needing laborers, it’s about knowing the place is desired and supported by the neighborhood it was founded for. Helping out can be an hour or a day. It can be picking weeds, deadheading or clearing garbage at the sidewalk at any time. Helping out can be dropping by when the gate is open, looking in, checking it out. It can be helping to plan a community festival that celebrates more than four years of work to get the place off the ground…
We have just a few more chances for you to come out and support your neighborhood garden this season. There will be work parties on the last Friday and Saturday of September (25th and 26th from 10-2). These will likely involve some planting, deadheading, weeding and light construction in preparation for the Fall Fest.
Now here is an enjoyable way that you can really help out: COME AND ENJOY THE FALL FEST! October 24th from 4-8 pm. This is the yearly event where all neighbors are invited to come in and celebrate the garden. We do need volunteers to help plan the event. Please contact email@example.com if you can organize a part of the fun. We’d like to have games (a pinata), decorations, food, live music (acoustic, probably), a costume and carved pumpkin contest and door prizes.
For now, I’ll leave you with some pictures of the recent work including 10 new beds and a new cistern which is catching all this rain. I hope to hear from you and see you soon.
So come out and help 10-2 today (Saturday 08-29)
There’s good news and bad news. The good news is that we are all set to knock out some major garden work tomorrow (Friday 08-28). The new cistern is in place, bed wood is cut and partially assembled, the second pitcher pump is on order, 20 yards of soil is looming just inside the gate and the Dingo loader is coming in the morning. We’ve committed to 10-2 but we’ll be out there bright and early. If the gate is open, please come help! The bad news is that Saturday’s work party may be washed out if we get the weather that is forecasted (which is also good news because we neeeeeeeed the rain).
What I am trying to say is that we have tons to do on Friday, just in case we can’t work on Saturday, so if you have any time and you want to help your neighborhood garden grow, we need you on Friday more than ever before. Please bring gloves, wear sunscreen, leave the kids and pets at home (it’s a serious construction day) and be ready to sweat!
We’ll be creating the winning design as a window display for the Cafe Red site on Friday August 21st and Saturday, August 22nd from 12-8pm. Come by for any length of time you like. Kids and adults are welcome to participate.