We’re going to start at 8am and work until 2pm tomorrow, instead of 10-4, due to the excessive heat later in the day. We’ll have water on hand! We’re so thankful for your help.
The garden could really use your help this weekend as we spruce the place up for Fall. It takes a village to maintain this garden! Saturday August 20th, 10-4. We’ll have a potluck lunch and raffle prizes!Bring tools and gloves or use ours.
Also, join the garden steering committee on September 12th after the Foster Powell Neighborhood Association General Meeting (about 8pm at Foster Burger). What are we steering? The future of the garden. Some new ideas for the evolution of the space are on the table and those who attend the meeting will decide.
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:
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:
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!
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.
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.