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Boston Trustees Gardeners' Gazette

Sarah Hutt
 

To all - and new Gardeners
This is the monthly newsletter from Boston Trustees which is the umbrella organization that manages all community gardens (100+ in Boston) and open space - like the Boston Harbor Walk)  as well as many open spaces and beaches throughout Massachusetts.



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A Message from Vidya Tikku, Director
It was wonderful to catch up with our volunteer garden coordinators at our spring meeting. As always, their energy and willingness to support the gardens and their communities is inspiring and so appreciated. Our dialogue included a starter conversation on inclusion for all in our community gardens and our staff team will take the collective feedback from our meeting and determine next steps for the season ahead. 

As spring kicks in, we are all eagerly awaiting the city compost deliveries. A big shout out to Mayor Janey, the DPW and Landscape Express to help provide the free compost once again to all the community gardens. A thank you also to Wendy Heiger-Bernays and her team at the BU School of Public Health that helped analyze the test results and determine the health and safety of the compost. If anyone is still awaiting their compost deliveries, please reach out to Alex at acarbone@... who is working to make sure the City's contractor is able to catch up on all pending deliveries.

There are a very large number of inquiries still being received by us from Boston residents who are hoping to access a garden plot this year to support their families. If there are any plot vacancies that open up in your garden as the season progresses, please reach out to Peter at pbowne@.... We will be sure to match up folks from your neighborhood to any openings your garden may have to offer. Some of these people on the wait list may also be available to help you take care of the garden's common areas or help with spring garden clean ups. So just keep us posted if you could use some extra support this spring. Finally, to help plan and host programs in your gardens safely this summer, reach out by May 14 to Michelle at mdelima@...

Wishing you all a rewarding gardening season; I look forward to catching up with you in person in the coming months. 

Upcoming Events

Kids in the Garden: Grow Your Own Sprouts 
Virtual or In-Person | May 19

Spring Sippers Mixology 
Virtual | May 20

Trellising 101 Workshop 
Virtual or In-Person | June 2

Cooking Seasonal: Spanakopita with Wild Greens 
Virtual | June 10

Kids in the Garden: Cooking with Flowers 
 
Virtual or In-Person | June 16

Juneteenth Freedom Fete at Nightingale  
Virtual or In-Person | June 19

Spring Flowers
Jordan Takvorian, Steward

In spring it seems like just about everything is in bloom but there are a few standouts at the nursery in my opinion. Wild Geranium, a perennial favorite, features delicate pink blossoms that smother rounded mounds of lovely textured foliage. It’s a true floral feast that shines in sunny to part shade conditions. In wetter, shadier conditions Chrysogonum features forest green leaves tumbling along the forest floor bedecked by intensely buttered yellow star-shaped blooms. My favorite thing about this charmer is that although flowers peak in spring, it will keep intermittently blooming right through frost. It’s the perfect plant for your shade garden. The zig-zagging arching stems of variegated and plain green Solomon’s Seal are covered with hanging, tubular white flowers and are popular with hungry bees. Spring is the perfect time to plant in the garden and there are a plethora of stunning plants in peak bloom at this time.

Shop Native Plants & Veggie Seedlings
Kids' Programs on Sprouts, Edible Flowers & More
Annabel Rabiyah, Garden Programs Coordinator

Inspired by last year's "Grow your Own Food" and "Cooking the Harvest" series, we are offering a hands-on, inquiry-based learning series for kids this spring. Kids of all ages are welcome to join on zoom, or in person at City Natives in Mattapan. Last month, we explored seeds, where seeds come from, and found a variety of seeds in our kitchens. This month, we will learn how to grow your sprouts from a variety of seeds. And in June, we will explore edible flowers, and then offer a cooking demonstration for a flower-based dish. Last year, parents raved at how these programs sparked interest in trying new foods, cooking, and getting out into the garden. We look forward to continuing this enriching programming this season! Please check out the details in our upcoming event calendar and spread the word to any families or teachers you know who might be interested! 
Spring Stewardship Updates
Alex Carbone, Stewardship Manager

In April we continued to work with Boston Water and Sewer to turn water on at each of our community gardens and parks. After a few plumbing repairs both by our staff and hired professionals, water is on at all of our properties! Keep an eye out for leaks at your garden throughout the season.
Our crew removed the old pieces and installed new lumber to raised beds at Warren & Clarendon community garden(top). At the Symphony Road community garden, construction fill soil was replaced with fresh loam by a contracting crew. These new beds have now been planted for the season (bottom left). Our first pre-design meeting is in the books! Landscape designers from COGdesign polled community members over zoom and discussed potential improvements to Dartmouth Green park in the South End (bottom right).



WATER is back on

Sarah Hutt
 

To all

Thank you John for fixing the B Row water pump tonight - we now have water in the A + B  and C Rows

Water is on a timer -currently the timer is set to turnon at 5AM and off at 8PM.

We still need to replace the broken water faucets which means some of you will need to get water from a greater distance but we are working on the repairs.

YEA Water!!!

Berkeley Community Gardens
QUESTIONS:  info@...
Log Your Community Time:  cleanups@...  include: name, plot number, number of hours, description of task, and picture if you have it.
www.berkeleygardens.org
Post your pictures:  FACEBOOK/Berkeley Gardens


help needed

Sarah Hutt
 

To all

Saturday morning is the annual Love Your Block neighborhood cleanup - Peters Park will be the center of attention.  

As good neighbors Berkeley Community Garden will be loaning them some of your shovels and rakes to use for cleanup.

If anyone has time could you help me mark our tools with Berkeley so they all get returned????

Thanks - shouldn’t take too long - I’ll supply the ID markers.

Sarah
C105




garden updates

Sarah Hutt
 

to all

Plant Sales
Boston Trustees are selling native plant sand seedling at http://bit.ly/citynativesplantsale. All proceeds go back into the gardens! 10% discount for coordinators using code: GardenCoordinator

WATER
We are still trying to make the repairs to our water.  The C Row underground leak was repaired on Monday evening. 
 The B Row water, as of this writing, is still not working.  We are hopeful the repairs can be made on Wednesday.  

Tasks that need your help.
- one or two people to walk the garden with me to look over gardens and see if their are any issues.  Everyone needs to have their gardens cleaned out and planted by June 1.
-  if their is a builder or contractor  who could advise us on ordering new pea stone to cover out paths.  They are in great need to be replenished.  I’m looking for someone that knows construction language to make sure we order enough.

Thank you to Lindsay and As always if anyone has any questions or concerns please let us know.

Berkeley Community Gardens
QUESTIONS:  info@...
Log Your Community Time:  cleanups@...  include: name, plot number, number of hours, description of task, and picture if you have it.
www.berkeleygardens.org
Post your pictures:  FACEBOOK/Berkeley Gardens


Berkeley Community Garden guided bird walks on Saturday, May 29 at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m.

Sarah Hutt
 

Birding updates: Catbirds, baby robins, migrants!

Hi everyone, a bit of bird news!

Keep an eye out for one of our newest visitors to the garden: A pair of gray catbirds. Check out this video of one of the birds! https://youtu.be/k0XacMbmetU

Gardeners have seen at least two nests of baby robins hatch in the garden. Spring migration is also in full swing: Black and White Warblers and Common Yellowthroats have appeared in our neighborhood. So keep an eye out for them in the garden and around the neighborhood. 

Thank you to everyone who has already RSVP'd. for the inaugural Berkeley Community Garden guided bird walks on Saturday, May 29 at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. There are still a few spots left. Please RSVP to info@... and tell us which session you'd like to attend.

All best,
Sari


大家好,有幾條新聞!
請留意我們花園中最新來的遊客之一:一對灰貓。 觀看以下其中一隻鳥的視頻! https://youtu.be/k0XacMbmetU
園丁們已經在花園裡看到了至少兩個嵌套的嬰儿知更鳥巢。 春季遷徙也如火如荼:黑白鶯和普通的黃喉羚已經出現在我們附近。 因此,請留意花園和附近地區的居民。
謝謝所有已經回覆的人。 在5月29日(星期六)上午8:30和上午10:00舉行的首次伯克利社區花園引導鳥走動時,仍然還有一些景點。 請回復至info@...並告訴我們您想參加哪個會議。
祝一切順利,莎麗


Water update

Sarah Hutt
 

To all
This message is from Alex of the Trustees after he was called this morning about a crack in the water spigot underground was found.  

As a result the water was turned off to dig and find the problem.  The piece needed for repair has to be ordered so we won’t have water until Tuesday morning at the earliest.

So sorry about this situation.  Once the water is turned back on we will also be back on the timer.  

Water will go on at 5AM and off at 8PM.

Thanks - 
Sarah 
C105





COMPOST delivery Friday May 7th ----3rd try is a charm 五月七日星期五的堆肥交付

Sarah Hutt
 

Sorry I had incorrect Chinese translation for date — 五月七日星期五的堆肥交付
now notice below is correct - thank you Sue for catching it!!!

Compost Delivery NOW on Friday, May 7th

五月七日星期五的堆肥交付

First delivery at about 10AM  ——  4 Truck loads in all deliveries throughout the day

第一次交付在上午10点左右-总共4卡车负载

This soil is to be shared with all garden members

This composted soil is only for garden members per our agreement with the City of Boston who provides the soil

We will have 4 truck deliveries vs. the usual one or two.  This will allow people to get compost throughout the day    

这块土地将与所有花园成员共享 

We are going to need EVERYONES cooperation to make sure everyone gets soil.

We have calculated that each member can have

每个人都应该收到一些堆肥,所以请限制分配的金额

Limit 2 wheelbarrows-----------限制2架手推 

Or 10 white buckets or 10 rice bags-------------10个白色桶10个米袋-

Due to the necessity to maintain social distancing we ask everyone continue to wear their masks.  
  

Berkeley Community Gardens
QUESTIONS:  info@...
Log Your Community Time:  cleanups@...  include: name, plot number, number of hours, description of task, and picture if you have it.
www.berkeleygardens.org
Post your pictures:  FACEBOOK/Berkeley Gardens



COMPOST delivery Friday May 7th ----3rd try is a charm

Sarah Hutt
 

Compost Delivery NOW on Friday, May 7th

 7 日星期三的堆肥交付

First delivery at about 10AM  ——  4 Truck loads in all deliveries throughout the day

第一次交付在上午10点左右-总共4卡车负载

This soil is to be shared with all garden members

This composted soil is only for garden members per our agreement with the City of Boston who provides the soil

We will have 4 truck deliveries vs. the usual one or two.  This will allow people to get compost throughout the day    

这块土地将与所有花园成员共享 

We are going to need EVERYONES cooperation to make sure everyone gets soil.

We have calculated that each member can have

每个人都应该收到一些堆肥,所以请限制分配的金额

Limit 2 wheelbarrows-----------限制2架手推 

Or 10 white buckets or 10 rice bags-------------10个白色桶10个米袋-

Due to the necessity to maintain social distancing we ask everyone continue to wear their masks.  
  

Berkeley Community Gardens
QUESTIONS:  info@...
Log Your Community Time:  cleanups@...  include: name, plot number, number of hours, description of task, and picture if you have it.
www.berkeleygardens.org
Post your pictures:  FACEBOOK/Berkeley Gardens


NO COMPOST tomorrow ---DELAYed AGAIN

Sarah Hutt
 

So Sorry to all 
NO COMPOST TOMORROW - the company has canceled the delivery due to problems they are having

Will announce new time 
thanks

Sarah
 C105




Bird Watching Tour

Sarah Hutt
 

Greetings, gardeners!

We've set the date for the inaugural  Berkeley Community Garden guided bird walks: 
  • The walks will be held on Saturday, May 29, at 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. and will last for one hour.

  • Please RSVP to info@... and tell us which session you'd like to attend. 

  • Due to space constraints in the garden, we want to limit the number of participants in each session to ~10 people. If we have more interest, we will add more sessions that day or on later dates.
If you're in the garden, keep an eye out for a pair of Black Capped Chickadees - you'll see them near the Honey Locust on the Tremont side of the garden. You may also spot a new visitor, a Hermit Thrush, foraging on the ground, hopping around looking for insects. Learn more about these birds here:
Happy gardening and birding,
Sari 

問候,園丁!
我們已經確定了伯克利社區花園首個鳥類漫步的日期:該漫步將於5月29日星期六上午8:30和上午10:00舉行,並將持續一小時。

請回復至info@...,並告訴我們您要參加哪個會議。

由於花園的空間限制,我們希望將每節會議的參與者人數限制為10人左右。 如果我們有興趣,我們會在當天或以後的日期增加更多的會話。如果您在花園裡,請留意一對黑頂山雀-您會在Tremont的Honey蝗蟲附近看到它們。 花園的一面。 您可能還會發現一個新的訪客,隱士鵝口瘡,在地上覓食,四處尋找昆蟲。 在此處了解有關這些鳥類的更多信息:

快樂的園藝和觀鳥,莎麗


thanks
Berkeley Community Gardens
QUESTIONS:  info@...
Log Your Community Time:  cleanups@...  include: name, plot number, number of hours, description of task, and picture if you have it.
www.berkeleygardens.org
Post your pictures:  FACEBOOK/Berkeley Gardens


WATER Update and Compost reminder

Sarah Hutt
 

Dear Gardeners

Many many thank you's to Steven C139  who spent the weekend working on our plumbing.  He was able to get many of our water stations running, but there are still a few faucets that still need to be fixed.

The plumbing by these gardens will be fixed in the next couple of weeks.
B107 —
B168 —
B174 — 
C101 — 

Thank you everyone that came out this weekend and cleaned out their plots and cleaned up the garden.  

COMPOST on Friday April 30- 4 large truck loads - 


Berkeley Community Gardens
QUESTIONS:  info@...
Log Your Community Time:  cleanups@...  include: name, plot number, number of hours, description of task, and picture if you have it.
www.berkeleygardens.org
Post your pictures:  FACEBOOK/Berkeley Gardens


Re: Dumpster

Elizabeth ANDERSON
 

Hi Sarah,  

In case you don’t know, the dumpster door is still shut. 

Elizabeth 

On Apr 23, 2021, at 13:57, Sarah Hutt via groups.io <sarahhutt@...> wrote:

 Hi all
The dumpster has finally arrived - it will be here all day today, Saturday, and Sunday.

Please help clear the trash that has piled up by the door and take a couple to the dumpster - bring it all the way to the back so we can keep the door open and fill it up!!
thank you

Berkeley Community Gardens
QUESTIONS:  info@...
Log Your Community Time:  cleanups@...  include: name, plot number, number of hours, description of task, and picture if you have it.
www.berkeleygardens.org
Post your pictures:  FACEBOOK/Berkeley Gardens


Dumpster

Sarah Hutt
 

Hi all
The dumpster has finally arrived - it will be here all day today, Saturday, and Sunday.

Please help clear the trash that has piled up by the door and take a couple to the dumpster - bring it all the way to the back so we can keep the door open and fill it up!!
thank you

Berkeley Community Gardens
QUESTIONS:  info@...
Log Your Community Time:  cleanups@...  include: name, plot number, number of hours, description of task, and picture if you have it.
www.berkeleygardens.org
Post your pictures:  FACEBOOK/Berkeley Gardens


REDO Cleanup this weekend April 23-34-25

Sarah Hutt
 

The water is on but the plumbing is still damaged so please be careful when using the water faucets.  Steven will be in the garden on Saturday to begin repairs, YEA     Be sure to keep an eye on the water and Report any leaks or problems. Water is on a 12 hour timer sunrise to sunset.

The Dumpster will be delivered around 10 AM on Friday and will leave 7AM Monday morning.

This weekend is cleanup so please use this time to clean out your garden plot of all the debris that has collected from last fall.  Remember untouched piles of wood, buckets, and other things in your garden invite rabbits and rats. 

If you are on the A Row PLEASE DO NOT TOSS OUT THE RAT TRAPS!!!

We will be keeping track of your community time this year - everyone is required to put in at least 12 hours /year.

After you have cleaned your garden — Here are some tasks that need your attention

  • Oversee moving bags of trash by Shawmut gate into dumpster – put them all the way to the back of the dumpster

Cleaning up around the garden

  • Cut small lilac saplings coming through Shawmut fence
  • Remove piles of debris piled around the garden
  • Trim and clean around oriental grasses
  • Remove two dead bushes from Tremont front area
  • Pick up trash and papers around garden
  • Clean out area around shed and patio area where the glass table sits

Work with coordinator

  •  Someone to clean up the shed for the summer includes rotating the winter gear and the summer gear
  • Help with light repair on plot fences and gates and a few other projects.

If you see other things that need cleaning or repair let us know.

Thanks

Berkeley Community Gardens
QUESTIONS:  info@...
Log Your Community Time:  cleanups@...  include: name, plot number, number of hours, description of task, and picture if you have it.
www.berkeleygardens.org
Post your pictures:  FACEBOOK/Berkeley Gardens

 

 


Compost Delivery on Friday, April 30th

Sarah Hutt
 

Compost Delivery on Friday, April 30th

 30 日星期三的堆肥交付

First delivery at about 10AM  ——  4 Truck loads in all deliveries throughout the day

第一次交付在上午10点左右-总共4卡车负载

This soil is to be shared with all garden members

This composted soil is only for garden members per our agreement with the City of Boston who provides the soil

We will have 4 truck deliveries vs. the usual one or two.  This will allow people to get compost throughout the day    

这块土地将与所有花园成员共享 

We are going to need EVERYONES cooperation to make sure everyone gets soil.

We have calculated that each member can have

每个人都应该收到一些堆肥,所以请限制分配的金额

Limit 2 wheelbarrows-----------限制2架手推 

Or 10 white buckets or 10 rice bags-------------10个白色桶10个米袋-

Due to the necessity to maintain social distancing we ask everyone continue to wear their masks.  
  

If you can HELP on Friday please respond to this email and join the Compost Delivery Team
Thanks
Remember to Please keep gates locked 

Berkeley Community Gardens
QUESTIONS:  info@...


Compost delay

Sarah Hutt
 

To all

The compost was not delivered today - there is no compost

Jack is scheduling a new pick up date - will post as soon as we know.

Sorry for the inconvenience.
Sarah
C105




Compost delivery WEDNESDAY April 21

Sarah Hutt
 

By popular demand we are getting  COMPOST soil early this year 

It will be delivered on Wednesday April 21

Starting around 10 AM till about 3PM

 If you can assist tomorrow please go to the garden and look for Jack.

This composted soil is only for garden members per our agreement with the City of Boston who provides the soil.

Please keep gates locked 

We are going to need EVERYONES cooperation to make sure everyone gets soil.

We have calculated that each member can have

                        2 wheelbarrows full of compost

                        OR 10 white - 5 gallon buckets OR 10 rice bags.

 
Due to the necessity to maintain social distancing we ask everyone continue to wear their masks.  
We will have 4 truck deliveries vs. the usual one big one.  This will allow people to come through the day      

If you can help please respond to this email and join the Compost Delivery Team
Thanks
  


water UPDATE - Tuesday

Sarah Hutt
 

To all

While broken faucets still need to be fixed the broken ones have been capped and water is on now.

On Saturday Steven, with the help of John and Alex will begin the repair process.  

If you see them be sure to say THANK YOU.

Thank you for all your patience.
Berkeley Plumbing Team
Berkeley Community Gardens
info@...
www.berkeleygardens.org


Water UPDATE

Sarah Hutt
 

Berkeley Gardeners,
Our plumbing team is working to repair and replace damaged water spigots as result of recent vandalism. 

They hope to have the water on in the garden by the end of this week 4/25. 

Certain spigots will not be accessible for another week or two after that, as we work toward installing new fixtures. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding. 
Berkeley Plumbing Team
Alex, Stewardship Manager, Trustees


Re: NEW DATE Dumpster /Cleanup and Compost delivery

Daniel Krulewitch
 

All Gardeners

Please accept my apologies for the delay/rescheduling of the clean-up.   It was 100% my mistake.   I beg your forgiveness.

Peace and health to you and your families always.


dnk



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