Not rained out yet!

So come out and help 10-2 today (Saturday 08-29)

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THIS FRIDAY: Biggest work party of the summer!

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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!

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COMMUNITY ART MAKING PARTIES FOR RED CASTLE/CAFE RED WINDOW. COME AND HELP!

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.

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July Garden News: Hooray for rain!

A big thanks to the garden volunteers this past weekend: Adrianna, Toby and Roux, Patty, Nick, Richie, Steve, Violet and Matt. Hope I didn’t forget anyone… It always amazes me when work that has needed doing for months is suddenly done in hours! Not only did we clear excess material from the lot, we started constructing a greenhouse/ish thing and a kids area. We did knock off early to enjoy the rain on Saturday and the garden is looking stronger and greener for it. One other thing we did-the community produce stand has been placed at the corner of Powell and 62nd. I placed the first zucchini and a pint of Sungold tomatoes from our community plot in it on Sunday and returned today to find a pepper! The system works! This is a place for extra fruit and vegetables to be placed by not only the community garden participants, but area neighbors as well and taken by anyone who will eat it. Give, take. Enjoy.

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Next work parties are BIG! Please come and help if you have any availability 10-2 on these days: Friday, August 28th, Saturday August 29th, and probably a while on Sunday August 30th if needed. We will have our second cistern to place, beds to construct and fill with dirt, lots of dry plants to trim. We can work on the greenhouse thing and the kid’s area (there will be painting opportunities).

Looking forward to seeing the garden finished, soon! The beds we are building in August will be available in February, once we’ve got water to support them. Get on the wait list now if you’d like a plot in this extraordinary community garden! (email 62ndgarden@gmail.com)

Also, only 2 days left to vote for the second Foster Window Project! Vote here!  230 people have already voted and we are still neck and neck!

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July and August Work parties: We need your help!

IMG_20150620_101734_027[1]IMG_20150620_114257_393[1]IMG_20150620_113358_081[1] IMG_20150620_113858_320[1]It’s time to finish building the garden and we need all of our neighbors to pitch in. We have 4 work parties scheduled now through the end of August.

This coming Friday and Saturday (July 24th and 25th) from 10-2: These work parties are going to be about clearing space. We are expecting our second cistern to arrive in mid August so we won’t be finishing the beds until that monster has been placed. We need to get ready for the cistern and beds by moving wood piles, chip and dirt piles, finish the ramp for the meeting area, weed and cut down dry debris from the planting areas. Also, it’s about time we gave the natives on the hillside a drink if we want to see them next year!

August 28th and 29th (also Friday and Saturday from 10-2): These work parties are going to be the most fun. We’ll be placing the final 10 beds, filling them with dirt (using a DINGO) and hooking up our second cistern. These beds will be available for rental in February 2016 (once the cistern has had a good long drink) making the garden plan completely functional.

There are a few other projects on back burners and we’ll take all the help we can get to see these things come to life:

  • The free produce stand is ready, it just needs to be placed, locked to the outside of the gate and filled with fruit and veg.
  • A corn-hole game that we can bring out for garden events. I’m willing to make bean bags and provide some wood if anyone wants to make the box.
  • A ramp in front of the shed.
  • A greenhouse-probably not much of a budget to complete it and space permitting, whatever is left (of space and budget) once the beds and cistern are installed.
  • Potting bench (we have palette wood for this project).
  • Kids play area- we have log seats, paint and a kids kitchen.
  • A wooden picnic table (anybody got one to donate or want to build one for us?)

Also, don’t forget to participate in the Foster Window Project voting which is going on now through July 31st. Vote for your favorite story and help turn it into a 3-D window display on Foster Rd. in August!

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Sunshine, Water and Love

We’re off to a great start. The plots are growing vegetables, plot holders and volunteers are looking after the place and getting to know each other, and we are poised to finish construction in the coming months. I even here we have a Frankenstein tomato/potato graft growing here! That’s some amazing stuff and I can’t wait to see how it goes! We are, of course watching our water closely in this first year of veggie production, the natives and flowers are doing fine on their own. I found a great resource with some water saving tips. I’ve shared them and this great website with our gardeners, here they are for you, as well:

WATERING TIPS FROM A PRO (printable PDF): info consolidated from www.rodsgarden.50megs.com/waterwise.htm

We are thinking, also, of how to use the garden to strengthen the community. We are working on refurbishing a little produce stand and have reserved one bed to be grown for community food donations (where we donate it will depend on how big the harvest is). You will see the cart and community bed come together as the summer comes on. It occurs to me that our little cart may be just the start. I think it would be amazing if there was a free produce stand on every block, where neighbors could share their extras. I’ve whipped up this little sign with some clip art (and translations we had done professionally). Here it is, printable, in case anyone else wants to make a free produce stand for their block.

Free produce (Printable PDF)

Free produce

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PLEASE HELP!

The garden tour is just around the corner (June 20th) and the weeds are starting to win again in the community garden! If you can spare some time this weekend, we need you! Please bring gloves and tools as we are always short! We’ll be in the garden today, Friday and tomorrow, Saturday from 10-2 (or longer). The front walk needs weeding badly and is accessible at any time. We also have building projects to work on. Hope to see you soon!

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