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Berkeley Garden Cleanup help needed

Sarah Hutt
 

Hi all
Help is needed for Garden cleanup - Saturday October 27 

THIS WEEK
Dunkin Donuts Coffee - contact Dunkin Donuts for free coffee and donuts  (request letter template available)
Contact city officials inviting them to lunch

Preparation for Lunchtime NOON Potluck

         + Grocery Shopping   - (you will be provided with shopping list + non-profit paperwork to save on taxes)

         + Help coordinating the potluck: promoting postluck in garden - signs whatever.

         +Check out grill and inventory paper supplies in shed

DAY OF CLEANUP
Pick up Coffee on Saturday morning at 9am at Dunkin Donuts
+ 9 AM set up tables in center area -  one for coffee and others so people can drop off food 

NOON Cookout

+Prep for lunch —— bring out paper good for cook out

+setting up the grill and get grill started before NOON potluck.  

+ Make sure everything is put back into the shed and all clean and ready for next Spring's Potluck 

Planting Daffodil Bulbs along the garden perimeter.  And please if you are in a generous mood consider picking up a bag of something else to add into the mix for a little variety.  If you won’t be in the garden on October 27 you can drop them in garden C105. 


EVERYONE:  Bring your garden gloves, garbage bags, garden tools, and lots of energy. 

PLEASE let us know if you are not planning on renewing your garden for 2019.  We will miss you but please take the time to clean out your garden now or make arrangements @ cleanups@....  If you have tools that you want to keep they must be removed or they will become property of the garden.

For more information check out the new Berkeley web site: http://www.berkeleygardens.org/      Thanks John for managing the web site..

Garden Leadership







REMEMBER GArden Cleanup October 27

Sarah Hutt
 

Hi All
A call for help and more details will follow this email 

BERKELEY COMMUNITY GARDEN 

Annual FALL CLEANUP

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27 

10AM to end of day

Cook Out and Pot Luck Lunch at NOON

bring a dish to share 

The garden will grill hotdogs and veggie burgers 

A dumpster will be available on Friday - Saturday - Sunday. 

Please be prepared to clean out your plot.
Remove all dead plants, extra buckets, wood and trellis material. Make the garden tidy for the winter.

Trustee rules for cleaning out gardens will be posted in the garden.

Berkeley Community Gardens
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reminder: last events for the season..........

Sarah Hutt
 

Hello all
We are almost at the end of growing season please make arrangements to attend the end of season cleanup on  Saturday October 27th.  Everyone needs to pitch in to make it a successful end of season cleanup.  


The next Monday Night Garden Cleanup and Social Hour on Monday September 24 6 - 7pm   stop by if you have questions or ideas to make the garden work better.

Note the final Monday Night Garden Cleanup and Social Hour is on Monday October 15 but it will start an hour early, at 5pm due the to shortening daylight hours

Berkeley Community Gardens
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Re: daffodils for the fall

Sarah Hutt
 

Thanks all 
Betsy and Jodi have volunteered to oversee the daffodil bulbs pickup this fall - but we’ll need all hands to plant them
thank you everyone for responding

Sarah C104




On Sep 12, 2018, at 9:22 AM, Linda Ciborowski <bostoncity@...> wrote:

Hi, I’ve picked them up the past few of years and as long as they don’t change the location, it’s a pretty easy pick up. They give them out over a two day period at a building on the edge of Franklin Park. Easy to get to and plenty of parking. The largest bag is like a mesh onion bag that isn’t too heavy and they are sometimes broken up into even smaller paper bags. They are also really organized, so it usually doesn’t take long either. 
Best,
Linda

Linda Ciborowski
Cell/text 617 281-9619


On Sep 12, 2018, at 7:02 AM, Elizabeth ANDERSON <lizalizaliza@...> wrote:

Hi Sarah, 

I’m will to do the ordering and depending on how big a load the daffodils are and where the pick up place is, I could do that as well. 

Elizabeth A164

On Sep 11, 2018, at 16:47, Sarah Hutt <sarahhutt@...> wrote:

To all
We need at least one person to be the Berkeley Community Garden Contact with the Boston Parks Department for our annual supply of daffodil bulbs.
This requires submitting a request and picking up the bulbs - or coordinating with another gardener to pick them up.  
Our end of season cleanup in October 27th we usually have the delivery by then.
Please let me know if this is a task you would like to take on
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
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Re: daffodils for the fall

Linda Ciborowski
 

Hi, I’ve picked them up the past few of years and as long as they don’t change the location, it’s a pretty easy pick up. They give them out over a two day period at a building on the edge of Franklin Park. Easy to get to and plenty of parking. The largest bag is like a mesh onion bag that isn’t too heavy and they are sometimes broken up into even smaller paper bags. They are also really organized, so it usually doesn’t take long either. 
Best,
Linda

Linda Ciborowski
Cell/text 617 281-9619


On Sep 12, 2018, at 7:02 AM, Elizabeth ANDERSON <lizalizaliza@...> wrote:

Hi Sarah, 

I’m will to do the ordering and depending on how big a load the daffodils are and where the pick up place is, I could do that as well. 

Elizabeth A164

On Sep 11, 2018, at 16:47, Sarah Hutt <sarahhutt@...> wrote:

To all
We need at least one person to be the Berkeley Community Garden Contact with the Boston Parks Department for our annual supply of daffodil bulbs.
This requires submitting a request and picking up the bulbs - or coordinating with another gardener to pick them up.  
Our end of season cleanup in October 27th we usually have the delivery by then.
Please let me know if this is a task you would like to take on
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


Re: daffodils for the fall

Elizabeth ANDERSON
 

Hi Sarah, 

I’m will to do the ordering and depending on how big a load the daffodils are and where the pick up place is, I could do that as well. 

Elizabeth A164

On Sep 11, 2018, at 16:47, Sarah Hutt <sarahhutt@...> wrote:

To all
We need at least one person to be the Berkeley Community Garden Contact with the Boston Parks Department for our annual supply of daffodil bulbs.
This requires submitting a request and picking up the bulbs - or coordinating with another gardener to pick them up.  
Our end of season cleanup in October 27th we usually have the delivery by then.
Please let me know if this is a task you would like to take on
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


Weekend update

Sarah Hutt
 

To all, 
Just a reminder that Saturday is South End Open Studios  https://useaboston.com/event/south-end-open-studios-2018/
The garden will be open this weekend so expect folks to be strolling through

The Trustees are running a photography program on Saturday - if you are interested let them know - there are still open spots

Garden Photography Workshop

Saturday, September 15 | 1-3PM Berkeley Community Garden 500 Tremont Street, South End

Join award-winning photographer Mark Gardner for a fun-filled photography workshop in the visually striking

Berkeley garden. Bring your camera—phones are fine—and learn tips and tricks to improve your outdoor shots.

Member $15; Nonmember $25

If interested contact : mdelima@...


Trustee Newsletter attached.




Berkeley Community Gardens
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daffodils for the fall

Sarah Hutt
 

To all
We need at least one person to be the Berkeley Community Garden Contact with the Boston Parks Department for our annual supply of daffodil bulbs.
This requires submitting a request and picking up the bulbs - or coordinating with another gardener to pick them up.  
Our end of season cleanup in October 27th we usually have the delivery by then.
Please let me know if this is a task you would like to take on
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


tonights Monday Night Cleanup and Social Hour is canceled due to storm

Sarah Hutt
 

Hi all 
The weather map indicates rain tonight - we will cancel  tonights Monday Night Cleanup and Social Hour.
thanks




Public Service announcement on West Nile Virus and mosquitoes

Sarah Hutt
 

Dear Gardeners

Berkeley Garden has been selected as one of the area sites to study mosquitoes for West Nile Virus.

A graduate student from Princeton University will begin testing in our garden around September 9.  They will be using CDC light trap, hung from trees with a light that attracts mosquitoes. The traps will be using bait with low levels of carbon dioxide (similar to breath) and a blend of compounds found in human or bird odor. Because this type of mosquito is nocturnal, traps will be set at dusk, they will be left overnight, and then collected in the early morning and the mosquitoes preserve.

In the meantime we can all protect the garden and neighborhood by removing stagnate water which attracts mosquitoes.  If you have buckets of water in your garden cover them.

For more information check out the Boston Public Health page        < https://tinyurl.com/yd6njav5>

Thank  you 
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Garden safety

Sarah Hutt
 

Dear Gardeners

We have had some odd occurrences in the garden that I wanted to share with all fo you.

 If you have had similar experience or if anything else has happened please let me know.

Recently our No Dog signs disappeared from the garden, the garden banners on the Tremont side were ripped down, and yesterday napkins and toilet paper were found hanging on the Tremont side of the garden fence.

Today all 3 garden gates door knobs were covered in a white lotion with a large pile on the ground below the knob.

And today around 6PM someone put a chain and lock on the Tremont gate.  This is the 2nd time a gardener has reported that someone put a chain and lock on the Tremont entrance.  The first time it was on for a couple of hours then disappeared.  This time a gardener just cut it off.  I have no idea why someone would chain the door closed.

We have been keeping the gates closed because gardeners were experiencing plants and produce being stolen.  We also found the water on full blast one morning at 6:30 AM along the B and C Row 2 weeks ago.

If anyone has seen any other odd things please let me know.  

We would like to create a timeline with any incident and then notify our Boston Police representative. 

Just let me know if you have seen anything.
Thanks all,
Sarah and John

Berkeley Community Gardens
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Plant Donation #2

Sarah Hutt
 

Hello all
We have received another donation of plants for the garden.  This time they are about 50 shade plants that will go on the Shawmut Ave   These  plants are all suited to dry shade. These are all spring bloomers and rebloom in the Fall. They are a little ragged and need to be planted and then watered weekly. 

I am looking for help to clear out the space of weeds tonight or tomorrow and then plant them maybe tomorrow  - in the area along Shawmut Ave under the tree.  If you need a shovel we have a few in the shed.

Plantings
5 Pulmonaria (Lungwort)  (has spotted leaf) fantastic plant for shade

20 Galium odoratum ( Woodruff) ( they look a bit yellow, they just need to be planted in the ground)

8 Tiarellam (Foamflower ground cover)  (has dark green leaf pink flowers)

10 Lamiastrum (ground cover)   (dark green leaf with silver variegation and yellow flower) 

5 Dicentra (Bleeding Heart)  (with golden leaf, they look terrible but they should be fine by the Fall)

If your interested in helping just let me know
Thanks all

Sarah 
C105


Garden update #3

Sarah Hutt
 

Hi all
Thank you to everyone that helped plant the 12 Clematis vines donated to the garden along the C Row.  Hopefully we will have a beautifully flowering fence soon.

We have a couple of volunteers to help get the A Row Alley fence project going.  If you are interested in helping watch for updates.

We have found two people to champion using MailChimp to send out garden info.  If you have any questions or concerns you would like us to address please let me know.

We still need someone to mow the two lawns and or take the mower to be sharpened. 

More tasks need someone to manage them
KEYS and PADLOCKS - Berkeley Community Garden provides locks and keys for garden plots.  Over the years we have had situations that required access to plotss and so we started to supply padlocks that are accessible with a pass key.  We of course do not enter gardens unless its absolutely necessary.  

We need one or two people to manage the database that identifies the lock number with the garden plot and to make sure we have an inventory of padlocks and keys in the spring when new gardeners join.  We ask that everyone return their gate keys and padlock keys when they leave the garden but that doesn’t always happen so getting gate keys is also required.  Presently we have a long standing contract with Broadway Lock just over the bridge in South Boston - within walking distance.  We do charge $2 for replacement keys - any money collected is given to our treasurer.
If you are interested please let me know - this will provide you with the years community hours.  Linda, who is leaving the garden this year set this system up and maintained it for about 8 years.


Maintenance in the garden:  There are some maintenance issues around the garden - if you would like to take on a project in your own time or, work on a team on the weekend please let me know.  If you have battery operated tools bring them!  No electricity in the garden.


ITS AUGUST ----   YOU CAN STILL PLANT seeds for a Fall Harvest — here is just one web site with some information - but any seed site should tell you about things that can be planted.
http://hudsonvalleyseed.com/blog/garden-activities-for-august/?utm_source=Hudson+Valley+Seed+Company+E-Mail+List&utm_campaign=40fabc2aab-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_01_04_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bb3d09aa7e-40fabc2aab-186656093

Looking forward to seeing you in the garden,
Sarah C105

Berkeley Community Gardens
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email #2 Community Hours opportunities

Sarah Hutt
 

Hi all
Here are are few speciality jobs the garden needs help with

Upcoming construction of the A Row fence along the alley  Over the course of the past 7 years plans to construct a new fence along the alley side of the garden have bee underway. 2 years ago a design was proposed and accepted by the City of Boston and Landmark Commission.  The new fence will be about 6’ high with a 2’ cement retaining wall.  The retaining wall will protect gardens from snow plows and salt in the winter.  About 1/2 the required funds has been raised and the Trustees will now step in to move us through to completion.

We need one or two people to monitor the progress with the Trustees and report back to the leadership committee so notice can be given to A Row gardeners.  Ideally construction could start in 2020.  


Communication notifications Needed one or two people who can send out notices once a month on Mailchimp or something like that  of general garden news which will be provided by committee members.  

Some summer tasks
Mowing the lawn in the middle area and mowing the lawn by the grape vine
Cleaning B Row irrigation drains in the water troughs
Water common area by your garden

If you are interested in any of these tasks please let me know - thanks

Next Monday night cleanup and social hour is Monday, August 6th 6 - 7pm

If you are away and need help connecting with your garden neighbor to pick produce or water email info@...

thanks 

Berkeley Community Gardens
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garden gates

Sarah Hutt
 

Good morning all 

Closing the GATES - Its that time of year when plots display an abundance of vegetables like tomatoes, beans, peppers, and squash. 

Some gardeners have had produce, flowers cut and others have had plants removed. 
Wednesday morning @ 6:30 AM multiple garden irrigation faucets were found on and flooding the paths.

As a result we have decided to lock the broken E. Berkeley gate which do longer closes it will stay locked until it is fixed.

Please close the Tremont and Shawmut Ave gates when you leave in the evening.  We want the garden closed from Dusk to Dawn.

Also we’d like to keep gates closed during the week days  during times when few gardeners are in the garden and when most of the vandalism seems to be happening.  

Thanks.
Berkeley Community Gardens
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July update

Sarah Hutt
 

To all
Happy middle of the summer 
Happy 4th of July

Rabbit sightings continue in the garden -  here are two methods to fight them - there may be more - 
Shakeaway -which is granular or Scentsational which is a liquid - both products are made from Fox urine that seems to scare the rabbits - as fox are a preditor.  You can get them at hardware stores like Home Depot and on Amazon.
The best way is to use chicken wire with one-inch or smaller mesh to create fencing around the perimter of your garden plot - at least 2 feet high to prevent rabbits from jumping over. To keep them from burrowing under, bury at least 3 to 6 inches (the deeper the better) and bend the buried portion away from plantings.

The next Monday night Cleanup and Social Hour is on July 9 from 6 - 7pm  stop by if you have questions or say hi if you are in your garden picking dinner.

Reminder !!!! this is the time to start planting for the fall season - these include green beans, broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, turnips, beats, green onions, Kohlrabi, lettuce, collards, swiss chard, cauliflower, you get the idea -  any seed web site will give you more tips

Conservation of water
Remember garden dues pay for water - so if you see leaks around the irrigation stations email to info@... so it can be repaired quickly.

To protect your squash and tomatoes from blight water the ground not the leaves.  Try to water early morning or evenings - noon is not considered the optimal time especially in this heat.

If you are going to be away and you water common areas please let us know so the plants can be watered. email: info@....

Thanks

Berkeley Community Gardens
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Invitation from West Springfield Community Garden

Sarah Hutt
 

Smart Systems for City Gardens
Wednesday, June 27 | 6-7:30
West Springfield Community Garden | 110 West Springfield Street, South End
Join us for a free, informal gathering in the garden and learn from fellow community gardeners about systems that can be incorporated into a home or community garden to increase self-sufficiency: a rat-proof composter, a rain barrel, and a small greenhouse for seed starting and season extension. We can also share advice on dealing with urban garden pests (e.g. rats). We’ll provide some light refreshments; potluck finger foods are welcome but not required. 
Please share with members of your garden community. Hope you will be able to visit.

Althea Wagman-Bolster
Coordinator
West Springfield Community Garden






Shawmut Door

Danielle Abrams
 

FYI- we were locked in on the Shawmut side last night as the metal plate which holds the door lock shifts and got completely stuck. Nothing worked until my garden neighbor A104?? Went around the long way and used a huge rock to force open the door. Could be dangerous.


Compost and other things

Sarah Hutt
 

To all - Happy Father’s Day

A reminder that Monday night June 18 is another Monday Night Cleanup and Social Hour starting at 6pm.
If you have some questions or just want to stop by people will be there to answer questions and help with cleanup.

COMPOST
We have been informed that we could get another delivery of compost soil to the garden.
IF you would like soil please send an email to sarah@... 
IF we get enough interest it will be delivered on a Friday 
HELP is needed to meet the truck and make sure gates are opened so it can get into the Shawmut end of the garden. - email sarah@... if you can help.  A future Friday that is best for all will be chosen.

GARDEN HELP needed
We are in need of a Treasurer----------if you are interested email sarah@... 

The Trustees are ready to raise funds to put a new fence along the A Row alley side - if you have any interest in working with the Trustees to keep the garden informed on their plans and timeline please email sarah@...


A FEW REMINDERS

KEEP GATES CLOSED AT NIGHT After 7:30 PM close the gates when you leave the garden.  We want to discourage overnight sleeping 
NO DOGS sign went up - we have been finding dog poo and poo bags in the garden.  If people come through with dogs ask them nicely to leave 


NOTICE
Lately we have had a rash of people coming into the garden to steal plants - and take vegetables - if you see anything let someone know - keep gates locked.

Here is a link to a helpful garden web site that talks about gardener issues as the season progresses - this one is about watering your garden

Thanks all,
Berkeley Community Gardens
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South End Garden Tour needs volunteers

Sarah Hutt
 

To all - the Trustees are holding the annual South End Garden Tour - if you would like to help them sign up info is below
 -Please note the tour is NOT IN BERKELEY Garden this year - 


The South End Garden Tour is on for Saturday, June 16th.

I am writing today to ask that you consider volunteering once again this year.

 

As you already know, the South End Garden Tour is an excellent opportunity to get a peek into the private gardens of the South End without risking trespassing charges. This year’s tour is a robust mix of private backyard gardens, small pocket parks, some interesting green spaces, and one very unique living roof.

It takes volunteer power on the day of the tour and we have an offer we hope you cannot refuse.

 

The tour remains a community-based event made possible by the generosity of garden owners, business owners, and countless volunteers. Proceeds from the Tour benefit community gardens in Boston, including the original SELROSLT gardens.

This year the Tour area is Dartmouth to Rutland, between Tremont and Columbus and Titus Sparrow Park to Yarmouth, between Columbus and the Southwest Corridor Park.

Volunteer for one two hour shift on the day of the Tour (Saturday, June 16th) and receive a free garden tour ticket. Three shifts are available 10AM – noon, noon – 2PM, and 2PM – 4PM. We ask that you check in at our booth at the South End Library (685 Tremont St) 1/2 before the start of your shift. That will give us time to get you set up and to your site.

We are especially looking for help in the afternoon!
June 16th 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (Rain Date June 17th 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) This year's tour area lies within Tremont St, Dartmouth St, Columbus Ave, and Rutland Square. Contact us at (617) 542-7696 x2127 or awolf@...
Not feeling up to the technology?
Call me at  617.869.6720, leave a message at 617.542.2122 x 2122, or email me at pbowne@....

Please share this information with friends, neighbors, and fellow gardeners!

 

Apologies if this is a duplicate or you have already responded - 
Peter
Peter Bowne
Engagement Manager, South End/Lower Roxbury
Trustees  |  Boston
200 High Street  |  Boston, MA 02110
pbowne@...   |  617.542.7696 x 2122 (phone)  |  617.869.6720 (cell)

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