Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Fall Planting and Individual Plot Opportunity

Hello Garden Brothers & Sisters,
We had a great Saturday prepping the beds and getting the first Broccoli, Cauliflower and Brussel Sprouts in the ground.  A chef friend contributed a trashcan load of kitchen greens and coffee grounds for our Composter, so we are on our way to creating our own, nutrient-rich soil to add to the beds.  Thanks to Abigail for the delicious home-made lavender-infused italian soda!

In our discussions and observations about the first planting season, it seems we had been very good in making sure the plants were tended to by a point person who watered and tended all the beds on a particular day.  The problem was, that unless we created an event, like a planting or harvest day, no one really got to hang out in the garden together, share tasks and garden tips and create community, which is really what this is all about.

So we are shaking it up a bit and sectioning off the beds into 4'x4' plots that will be planted and tended by any resident wanting to get involved.  More similar to a community garden, but still communal in its share of harvest for the community.  This way, we hope to get more non-structured traffic in the garden and spend more time gardening as a community.  If you're too busy to manage a plot, but want to participate with your kids or friends, we can hook you up with a point person that will teach you about their individual plot and get you involved in watering and planting.

We have several groups interested in taking plots; Boy & Girl Scouts, Neighborhood Groups.  Please contact  roni@verokolt.com  if you and/or your group are interested in participating in the next phase of the garden!

Ruth and Anne re-string square foot grid
Paxton and Justin did a great job of watering and digging!

As Justin and Colin were leaving, they spied a friendly little garter snake on it's way through the park.  Speaking of snakes, many children have been asking what our rubber snakes name is?  I vote for Serpentina, any other suggestions? 
Shade cloth and pines needles were added to help sun exposure and moisture retention.  Apparently pine needles have a lot of acid which is a good additive for our alkali clay soil.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Fall planting next Sat., garden update and photos!

Come join us for the start of Fall Planting Saturday, Sept.17th 10am-12pm.

I know, I know, it's ACL!  but the good bands don't start until later and we hope you'll bring your kids, family and friends to celebrate our community coming together to grow things.  Brunch goodies welcome!

We spent this weekend cleaning up the beds, preparing the soil, creating shade structures, swapping  garden advice and visiting with neighbors and park-goers.  Could not think of a better way to spend a solemn anniversary; working together towards something connective and good.

At one point a little girl and her brother came into the garden.  She, a very precocious 6 yr. old, began with lots of questions about the plants, cistern and rubber snake, then proceeded to share her theories on gardening.  Her younger brother stood there silent.  Collin asked her if he was her brother.  She said yes, then asked Collin if I was his "garden sister"?  We looked at each other and both said "yes!"  I have been trying to come up with a name to call us and I think I've got it!

So, Garden Brothers and Sisters, thank you for helping create our little neighborhood oasis.  It's been a long hot summer, but rain is coming and with your help the garden will be green in no time.

Check out the photos page updated with our first growing season.  It's amazing to look back and see how much we've accomplished :)