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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Bountiful Brookline's Demonstration Gardens

May 1 Workday Report from JD. We are excited to report about our weekend garden activities and to let you know about our next big workday, planned for May 15th. We will meet at 11am at the Goodwin Garden (11 Goodwin Place) and continue to layer the lasagna beds - also known as sheet mulching, which involves putting down layers of soil-enhancing material  before planting. Around 1pm we will head over to the Greenside Out Garden (40 Webster Place) to weed and water our early crops there and plant some seedlings we will be getting from the ReVision Urban Farm (in Dorchester, check it out .

Jenny & Joan at GreenSide Out

On Sunday May 1 Joan, Laurie, Jenny, and JD enjoyed a beautiful May Day in the gardens. We seeded some herbs and weeded and watered the many crops that are poking their heads up at the Greenside Out Garden on the grounds of the Brookline Community Foundation, including peas, onions, salad greens, spinach, broccoli, and more! It will always amaze me to witness this annual cycle of growth, with Nature's brilliance guided by humble human hands, start again. We finished our day at the Goodwin Garden with some more sheet mulching and some vigorous digging of unwanted guests (day lillies and knotweed). ). Thanks for the great energy and high spirits guys, you really make this work worthwhile.

Everyday garden maintenance: We are putting together a schedule for the more regular garden tasks, mainly watering and weeding, and we want some dedicated volunteers who can sign up for about 1 hour, one day a week. The germinating seeds and seedlings need to be kept consistently moist in their first few weeks--a couple of dry hot days can kill them without watering! The schedule will probably change over the season, so stay tuned if you are interested but can't sign up now.

We will give an introduction to proper weeding and watering techniques so everyone is on the same page. Ideally we will have a pair per day (in case someone can't make it).

Please email JD to volunteer for workdays and/or regular weekday maintenance.  jdhutchmax@gmail.com