1) Join us for breakfast in the garden on Saturday mornings! Have a bagel, pull some weeds, plant squash seeds, help us water the garden, hang out in the shade of the mulberry tree, maybe harvest a watermelon radish and some herbs, get to know a neighbor… Sound good? We’ll be open by 10am– come on by!
2) We’re planning a potluck lunch for Saturday, August 9th. Mark your calendars!
3) Friendly reminder: if you bring food scraps for the compost bin, please cover them with a layer of “browns” (dead leaves, sticks, torn up brown paper bags, etc)! Browns are a necessary part of compost chemistry, and also prevent potential problems with fruit flies and four-legged visitors.
4) Are you on Facebook? Join our Facebook group, and invite your friends/neighbors! [https://www.facebook.com/groups/slcommunitygarden/]
A post for Fred The Sour Cherry Tree is long overdue. Those of you who were in the garden last month likely sampled some of the deliciously tart cherries; for most it was their first time trying a sour cherry. Sour cherries are great for baking and jams, but especially fun to eat right off the tree.
The backstory: Fred is a “Balaton” sweet-tart hybrid, which we adopted last year from the WEACT/MillionTreesNYC tree giveaway in April 2013 (thank you Zigi!). Leah bestowed the name Fred upon planting. Fred didn’t produce ripe fruit last year, and we weren’t sure we’d have any this year either, since he was still quite small and the winter and early spring were far from ideal for fruit trees. But fruit he did! See below for photos of how he matured and made cherries in mere weeks!
Fred: late spring (May)
Fred: We spy some cherries (Early June)
- Fred full of ripe sour cherries! (Mid-June) Thanks, Fred!
Here are a couple of photos from Thursday’s evening open hours. There was a lot of watering and weeding to do after such a hot week, and plenty of radishes and baby greens to harvest.
We were most excited by the sour cherry and mulberry trees, which made for some sweet(ish) snacking as we worked!
If you haven’t dropped by during Thursday hours (5-7pm), you’re missing out on some unreal lighting. Remember to wear long pants and/or bug repellant!
Collette and her radishes
Zigi & Liz do some evening plant-watering
Thanks Zigi and Shannon for the photos!
Last week we built our first bean teepee in the garden. Thanks to the combined efforts of Lauren, Zigi, Liz and Anna, the teepee was constructed, fresh soil and compost were dug into the perimeter of the teepee, two kinds of beans were planted, and twine was strung between the poles (to create a trellis). We’re so excited for the bean vines to cover the teepee walls!
This past Saturday, we did some weeding, mowing and transplanting (tomato,eggplant, cucumber, morning glory, assorted herbs), planted basil seeds and tulip bulbs, and admired our blooming heritage roses.
The garden’s official open hours this year are 10am-2pm on Saturdays and 5pm-7pm on Thursdays. Garden meetings occur at 10am on the first Saturday of each month, unless otherwise noted.
Oh, and we’re now *officially* registered with Greenthumb, and have a permit to access the fire hydrant on Hamilton Terrace! Hooray!
We’re continuing our annual plant sale THIS SATURDAY during regularly scheduled open hours (10am-2pm). Come on by to pick up some herb, flower and veggie seedlings!
Join us Saturday afternoon for a celebration of reuse and community: bring anything in your house that you no longer use/want, and bring home anything that you. Perfect for passing on clothes that no longer fit, toys that sit on the shelf, books, art & craft supplies, etc.