Greetings, gardeners… (and friends of the garden!)
Wow, the garden is looking fantastic these days, thanks to all the efforts of our gardeners, their families, and the community volunteers that have stepped forward to help us out. We have had several new projects take off, and I thought it would be a good time to let you all know how we are doing organizationally.
|Parkway garden companion planting demonstration bed|
The biggest change in the garden this year is the seven boxes along the north edge of the garden, our new public parkway garden.
|Parkway garden herb bed|
|Parkway garden pollinator box|
Many thanks to Abby Falck, who donated and installed the dog waste bag dispenser on the west end of the north parkway, and also the flowers on the northeast corner. Thanks also to Chester Kos, who has been responsible for the care of all the lawn on the parkway to the west of the garden.
We now have three plots that are being shared by one of our gardeners and a volunteer. So far, this pairing has allowed gardeners who would have had to give up their plots due to health reasons to stay in our garden with a little help from the volunteer. If you are having trouble, you don't have to give up your garden! Contact the garden coordinator and let us know, so you can get a helping hand and stay involved.
We have a workday coming up this Saturday, July 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will be talking about edible urban foraging during the workshop. Our next workdays are August 15 (bees), September 19 (vermiculture), October 24 (closing workday). Come on by, have a snack and a chat, and lend a hand!
Please remember: it's mosquito season, and West Nile virus has been detected in Cook County mosquitos. We cannot have ANY standing water in the garden, so please make sure buckets and such are turned upside down when you're not using them.
Projects for this fall include rebuilding the compost area, and erecting a tool/storage shed. We are also trying to find a good source of organic material for us to dig into our gardens this fall, so it can rot over the whole wintertime and become wonderful composted soil for us next spring. More details soon, stay tuned!
Your feedback on any or all of these ideas is VERY welcome! The garden coordinator (Katje) has set up a mailbox next the gate of her plot so you can leave a note with a comment, idea, complaint, congrats, or anything else (there should be paper and pen inside). Her plot is the one in the middle of the north edge, with the 8-foot-tall stump in it. The Leadership Team needs to hear from you, so please let us know what you think!