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Today: tulip bulbs in Hayes Park

Sarah Hutt
 

To all
We are just passing this information along - our friends a Haynes Park, on the corner of Warren Ave and W. Canton Street are doing a major replanting of the parks central area and they will be pulling up all the tulips they planted last fall and offering them to their neighbors.
This is an annual event - spring tulips are removed and new plantings are put into the parks main planting area.
If you are interested here are the details below.
 

Hello all,
On Wednesday we are digging up the tulip bulbs in Hayes Park.  If you want any, come by between 12:15 and 1:15 to pick up as many as you want.  Bring your own bags.  Remember to let the leaves yellow completely before removing the bulbs from the stems.  Then store them in a paper bag until the fall, then plant them in October or November..

Kathryn
As a reminder, here is this year’s color:




compost

Sarah Hutt
 

To gardeners
a truck load of Compost was delivered again today - if you want any  --now would be the time to visit the garden
Thanks





Today's compost delivery

Sarah Hutt
 

To all

Today we were suppose to receive delivery of 4 large truckloads of compost soil  Instead they delivered 1 large truck and 1 small truck load.

It is not clear why this happened.

They did offer to deliver more next Friday, June 5. But Joe is unable to manage things again.

If there is a group of people who are available to make sure things are in order we can confirm the delivery.  

Some of the tasks include
- parking 2 cars in front of the Shawmut gates so we can save a way in for the delivery
- spread tarps for soil AND then put them away once soil is gone
- from the shed bring out the garden wheelbarrows and wagon, shovels and then make sure they have been put away.
- meet the truck to accept the delivery and make sure they can get into the garden and direct how they dump the soil

I’ll need to know by Monday if anyone can help.
Thanks all 
Sarah 
C105




Re: Compost - update

John McLachlan
 

Morning everyone

The trucks are running behind, and at 10am we are still waiting on the first compost delivery.   Please shift the original times (listed below) forward by at least a half hour.

And a reminder that the compost should be there all day.  We are getting a large delivery, so the compost won't disappear by 1pm.   If you are busy, or you would like to come later in the day for more social distancing, you do have all day and probably into Saturday to come and get some compost for your garden.

- John & Sarah.



On Wed, May 27, 2020 at 8:31 AM Sarah Hutt via groups.io <sarahhutt=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:
Just a reminder about Friday’s delivery of compost we really want to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to get some of this compost soil - and that we maintain social distancing

We have calculated that each member can have

                                    2 wheelbarrows full of compost

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

The garden will be divided into 3 groups and those groups have times associated: 

·  A Row: starting at about 9:30 AM  (when the first load is delivered) 

·  B Row:  starting at about 11:00 AM (after the second load has been delivered) 

·  C Row: starting at about 12 noon (after the third load has been delivered) 

·  All others that could not make the time associated with their row: Come by after 12:30 (after the fourth and final load has been delivered) 


们计算出每个园丁可以拥有 :

2辆装满堆肥的独轮车, 10个白色-5仑水桶或10个米袋。

由于必须保持社会距离,我们将错开取泥的时间。为了使这一切成为可能并公平,我们将有4辆卡车送泥土,而通常只有1辆。这将使我们可以使不同的时间组取泥。

 

菜园将分3组,以下是组取泥的时间:

•A:从大约上午9:30开始(第一批取泥时间)

•B行:从大11:00 AM开始(第二次取泥时间)

•C行:大约从中午12点开始(第取泥时间)

所有其他没有在那三次时间取泥的人:12:30之后到达(第四次取泥时间和最后一次取泥

请大家尽力合作,并遵守规则。额外奖励:每个合作者将获得2个工作小时的积分。造成问题或占用过多的泥土的任何人都将从其花园信用中扣除4个小时。


Thank you
Berkeley Garden Leadership Committee




Compost - update

Sarah Hutt
 

Just a reminder about Friday’s delivery of compost we really want to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to get some of this compost soil - and that we maintain social distancing

We have calculated that each member can have

                                    2 wheelbarrows full of compost

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

The garden will be divided into 3 groups and those groups have times associated: 

·  A Row: starting at about 9:30 AM  (when the first load is delivered) 

·  B Row:  starting at about 11:00 AM (after the second load has been delivered) 

·  C Row: starting at about 12 noon (after the third load has been delivered) 

·  All others that could not make the time associated with their row: Come by after 12:30 (after the fourth and final load has been delivered) 


们计算出每个园丁可以拥有 :

2辆装满堆肥的独轮车, 10个白色-5仑水桶或10个米袋。

由于必须保持社会距离,我们将错开取泥的时间。为了使这一切成为可能并公平,我们将有4辆卡车送泥土,而通常只有1辆。这将使我们可以使不同的时间组取泥。

 

菜园将分3组,以下是组取泥的时间:

•A:从大约上午9:30开始(第一批取泥时间)

•B行:从大11:00 AM开始(第二次取泥时间)

•C行:大约从中午12点开始(第取泥时间)

所有其他没有在那三次时间取泥的人:12:30之后到达(第四次取泥时间和最后一次取泥

请大家尽力合作,并遵守规则。额外奖励:每个合作者将获得2个工作小时的积分。造成问题或占用过多的泥土的任何人都将从其花园信用中扣除4个小时。


Thank you
Berkeley Garden Leadership Committee




Compost delivery NEWS!!!!

Sarah Hutt
 

Hello Gardeners
 
Great news, we have been notified that COMPOST soil will be delivered on Friday, May 29!

We are going to need EVERYONES cooperation to make sure everyone gets soil.
 
Due to the necessity to maintain social distancing we are going to stagger times for soil pick-up.  To make this possible and fair for all we will have 4 truck deliveries vs. the usual one big one.  This will allow us to time out different groups.   
 
The garden will be divided into 3 groups and those groups have times associated:
  • A Row: starting at about 9:30 AM  (when the first load is delivered)
  • B Row:  starting at about 11:00 AM (after the second load has been delivered)
  • C Row: starting at about 12 noon (after the third load has been delivered)
  • All others that could not make the time associated with their row: Come by after 12:30 (after the fourth and final load has been delivered)
 
Please play your part and follow the rules.  Extra incentive: Everyone that cooperates will receive 2 work hours as credit.  Anyone that causes a problem or takes more soil than they are allocated will have 4 hours removed from their garden credit.
 
To keep things fair we must impose this on everyone, so that everyone can received some soil.  
 
We also need to keep the area in front of the Shawmut gate clear for the delivery.  If you are available to park your car there and work with us to move it during the delivery please let us know.
Thank you!
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Garden update May 20

Sarah Hutt
 

To all,
 
Given today’s circumstances, we are not able to have organized events to pass information and must rely on email.  Please help us by reaching out to your friends and garden neighbors to make sure everyone is getting the info being sent out. Thank you in advance.
 
A few quick hits for everyone:
  • Tending your plot - Your Plot must be cleaned and planted by June 1.  
    • While we understand this is a trying time Berkeley Garden is under tremendous pressure to make plots available to the long list of neighbors who participated in the Lottery hoping for a plot.  Your Plot must be cleaned and planted by June 1.  If you have a medical issue, sheltering outside the area, or if you have any other reason you are unable to come to the garden please let us know.  Otherwise we will be forced to give it to someone on the Lottery waiting list.
  • Rabbits in the garden: 
    • Has anyone observed rabbits in the garden over the past few weeks in the garden?  What time of day was it?  Please let us know so we can trap in the most effective places
  • Rats in the garden:
    • A-Row gardeners are our first line of defense against rats entering the garden along the alley as they emerge from the city sewers in the alley.
    • Until we are able to rebuild the A-Row fence along the alley we will need continue to put traps in A-Row gardens.  If you do not have a trap please email <info@...> so we can arrange to install one.  All A-Row gardeners will be given 2 extra hours for hosting a trap.
      • Reminder:
        • Traps must be left FLAT on the ground 
        • They should stay close to the fence because that is where the rats enter. 
        • Adding fine mesh wire fencing including L shaped below ground like we do for rabbits will help.
    • If you see a dead rat please email info@... It will safely be disposed of.  Do not touch dead or dying animals with bare hands.
  • Plot etiquette
    • Some gardeners along the B-Row are expanding their gardens to the common spaces outside their garden - this is not acceptable.  
    • Garden rules clearly state the areas in the planters are Common Areas and are for flowers NOT edible plants.  This is to encourage bees in the garden.  
    • Added structures to protect vegetables are a hazard when walking through the garden and create a mess.  Anyone who persists in building constructions in these areas will not be asked to return next year.
  • Fertilizing YOUR GARDEN
    • Berkeley Gardeners only use earth friendly bio-degradable fertilizers.  But some of you are using foul smelling things on your garden.  We have been getting complaints from gardeners as well as Dwight Street neighbors.  Anyone who continues to use this highly offensive smelling treatments will not be invited back next year to the garden.  
  • IF you still need garden plants - Trustees City Natives Farm are hosting Online Plant Sales
    • We have a huge selection of plants available through online pre-order only! Native perennials, trees, and shrubs perfect for supporting pollinators and birds; a wide array of vegetable and herb seedlings including heirloom tomatoes, super-hot peppers, lush greens, and compact varieties
 
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Life plants for your garden

Sarah Hutt
 

Hi Gardeners

A couple of gardeners have shared info on where to buy plants to put in your garden.  

If anyone knows of anywhere else to locally to get plants please let me know.

Trustees are selling plants at City Natives https://citynatives2020.square.site/

This is a Wayland farm https://www.theneighborhoodfarm.com/

Stay safe in the garden and remember to keep the gates locked.

Berkeley Garden Community Space committee

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Garden UPDATE - MAY DAY

Sarah Hutt
 

Happy May Day

I hope everyone is managing during this pandemic.  If anyone is having problems with getting food or funds please let us know and we will help you connect with the multiple city agencies that are helping residents through this emergency. info@...

Good Garden News
Lottery, for this year, has been held.  Please welcome our new Lottery Gardeners.  Stop by and say hello -  
A103
B168, B173
C102, C103, C152, C160, C174

PLEASE remember to keep our garden gates closed - if you are bringing friends in to walk the garden please remind them to shut the gates when they leave.

There will be no formal cleanups at this time - 
IF you see any problems - broken alley fences, problems with garden gates, dripping water faucets or areas that seem unusually wet from possible underground pipe breaks, people loitering in the garden or anything please let us know.  info@...

Please continue to take the initiative to to pick up trash that blows into the garden, 
Just log in your Community Time:  cleanups@...  include: name, plot number, number of hours, description of task, and picture if you have it.

PLEASE do not leave bags of trash in the garden - there is NO ONE coming to take it away - please make use of the City’s curb site pickup on Tuesday + Friday mornings or use your buildings trash pickup.

If you would like to join the Berkeley Gardens Leadership Committee contact: info@...

If you are interested in ordering plants for spring planting - to be delivered at the garden please let me know - we are hoping to work something out- info@...
If you need seeds the Tremont Street ACE Hardware has a good selection.

Yes we are still planning on getting Compost Delivered but no date has been announced.

Welcome back to Berkeley Gardens - stay safe
Berkeley Gardens Welcoming Committee

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Berkeley Update

Sarah Hutt
 

To all

The water is on - the garden season has begun!!

PLEASE - if you see faucets leaking let us know - gardeners pay for water through our dues 
If you see areas on the ground that are unusually wet it could be a leaking pipe below ground so PLEASE let us know
just respond to this email or send a note to <info@...>
the plumbing committee will oversee repairs.
If you would like to help on the plumbing committee please respond to this email.

TRASH in the garden
There will be no cleanup this spring.  We will not be renting a dumpster.  Hopefully by the fall we will be able to rent a dumpster
In the meantime take all trash to your home for trash pickup.  Do not leave bags of trash in the garden for someone else to remove.

Thanks everyone - and be safe,
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Trustees Boston Gardeners' Gazette March 2020

Sarah Hutt
 

Here is the March newsletter from Trustees - NOTE all the workshops are now available on ZOOM + Trustees are looking for people interested in leading workshops - see below for more info



 
Boston Gardeners' Gazette

A Message from Vidya Tikku, General Manager

VidyaHi everyone! Thanks for your patience as we try to get the growing season underway during this unprecedented and challenging time. Here are the latest plans for our community gardens under current guidelines from the Governor's office, effective through April 7th. We will keep you updated as things change. 

Access to Community Gardens 
In response to Gov. Baker's call to stay at home and in consideration of the safety of staff, visitors, and volunteers, the Trustees have closed our properties statewide until April 7th, while allowing for vital essential services like agriculture. We are not closing the community gardens as they are important food sources, but we will work with coordinators to make the best decision for each garden. We ask gardeners to practice social distancing, avoid hosting gatherings or programs, and sanitize shared tools and surfaces between each use. 

Seeds & Plant Sales
We
’ll continue delivering garden seed orders for the next week. Nursery work is underway atCity Natives and we still hope to host our seedling sales in May, with modifications as needed. 

Compost & Water Turn-Ons 
We are working closely with the City to track water and compost services, both of which were scheduled to begin in early April. Given the uncertainty at this time, there may be delays, but I will remain in communication with all of you. For now, compost test results are in and the City has clean and healthy compost ready for delivery to gardens. 
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Staffing & Garden Projects 
You will not be seeing our stewardship staff in the gardens for a couple of weeks for routine maintenance except for addressing security measures and any emergency repairs that may be needed. We are also holding off on any construction projects for now. 

Please do share this message with all your fellow gardeners. Our staff is working hard to activate our connections online and through social media as well. If you are available to lead online workshops, activities for home bound parents and children, etc., please reach out. It is even more important for our gardening community to stay connected and support each other during this time. Stay safe and be in touch.

Growing Sprouts at Home

– Michelle de Lima, Engagement Manager 

MichelleHi gardening friends, given the current Stay at Home order and the increased importance of producing our own nutritious food at home, I thought this was a good time to talk about growing your own sprouts! Sprouts are a quick and incredibly nutritious crop that anyone who has a tiny bit of counter space and a jar can grow. Sprouting grains, legumes & seeds increases their digestibility by neutralizing anti-nutrients and complex sugars, breaking proteins into more easily absorbed amino acids, and increasing C & B vitamins. https://thetrustees- online doc 


The Basic Process 

  • Rinsing/culling seeds - look for stones & other debris
  • Soaking - soak in clean water, timing varies by seed
  • Rinsing - rinse & drain seeds periodically, frequency varies by seed
  • Harvesting & Storing - once sprouts reach desired size, transfer to jar/container & refrigerate
  • Eating - sprouted grains and many bean sprouts are more digestible after cooking, while most smaller seeds are fine to eat raw. Broccoli, radish, and sunflower seeds are a few of my favorites.
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The Trustees’ Policy Response to COVID-19 Epidemic

– Linda Orel, Trustees Policy Director 

LindaDear friends, I hope this message reaches everyone in good health. The Trustees is reaching out to state elected officials to urge them to maintain focus on specific FY21 operating budget line items on which The Trustees' and our partners rely. For example, we coordinated with the Massachusetts Food System Collaborative and met with several representatives and senators to request increased funding for the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP). Thousands of low-income families in Boston rely on HIP funding to purchase fresh, local produce, meat, and dairy from vendors throughout the city, including The Trustees’ Mobile Markets. (Thanks to Liz Green and Phil Messier for their expert help with the HIP campaign.) We are also working with the Green Budget Coalition to ensure that state environmental agencies do not suffer draconian cuts during this difficult time including Department of Conservation and Recreation State Parks, since trails, forests, parks and farms offer comfort and inspiration and will play an even more critical role in returning citizens and families back to strength after this crises has passed. 

The Trustees also reached out to each member of the Massachusetts delegation - our US Senators and Representatives - to urge them to (1) provide direct relief to nonprofits through substantial, emergency relief and grants, and (2) offer a tax break for all taxpayers who donate a gift to a nonprofit (even if they don't itemize their tax deductions.) We will continue to coordinate with state and national nonprofit associations, send consistent messages and requests, and urge our elected to support critical nonprofits as this crisis unfolds. This too shall pass.


Wonderful Spring Wildflowers

– Jordan Takvorian, Steward

JordanWith Winter seemingly behind us we're looking forward to a prolonged season of wildflower blooms at City Natives Nursery. It won't be long until some of our favorite spring wildflowers emerge once again adding a splash of color in our lives. 

Canada Anemone (Anemone canadensis) tolerates sun to shade and tops out at a mere two feet. Showy, pure white blossoms aplenty are sure to attract attention. It can spread a bit aggressively if conditions are right, but its dense growth chokes out any potential weed seedlings in the process. Any gardener can appreciate a helping hand in that department. (photo left) 

Bundleflower (Desmanthus illinoensis) is a sublime perennial growing to two feet and surprisingly hasn't yet taken the world by storm. Drought tolerant with delicate, pale green feathery leaves and white sphere-shaped flowers in June, this little fella is the little charmer you’ve been looking for. (photo center) 

Green dragon (Arisaema draconitum) is the significantly less famous, though no less wonderful cousin of Jack in the Pulpit. Though it is said to flower only in May and June, we've enjoyed the dark-colored classic “Jack” flowers all summer long in the nursery. It combines well with hostas in the shade garden as the plant can sometimes go dormant in summer. (photo right) 

Twinleaf (Jeffersonia diphylla) is a less common spring bloomer with flowers reminiscent of perennial favorite, bloodroot. It will tolerate heavy shade and has blue-green colored deeply lobed leaves. 

It's never too early to start dreaming about wonderful additions to the home garden!
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Upcoming Events

Many of our events are moving online—stay up to date by visiting The Trustees - Boston Community Gardens on Facebook 

Gardening with Wildlife in Mind
Saturday, April 4th, 2-3:30PM
Join us on Zoom via computer or phone: 
https://thetrustees.zoom.us/j/844619550 

Start Your Own Seeds 
Sunday, April 6th, 10-11:30AM
Join us on Zoom via computer or phone: 
https://thetrustees.zoom.us/j/266761240 

Save the Dates for our garden tours
Even if they're virtual tours, they'll be worth seeing! 
South End Garden Tour on Saturday June 20 
Jamaica Plain Garden Tour on Saturday July 18

 
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Garden update

Sarah Hutt
 

Hi gardeners,

Hope you are all staying safe but getting out to the garden to see all the spring flowers and check your gardens to see what is coming back.

GARDEN SAFETY For those of you who are visiting your garden plot - 
While we have been encouraged to stay home and away from public gatherings some homeless are also looking for places to separate themselves from homeless shelters group sleeping.  Over the past week a sleeping bag was found stored in Berkeley Gardens, it was removed and nothing has returned.  On Sunday a man was observed climbing over the Shawmut end fence to come into the garden.  When he was told not to climb the fence and leave he walked to the Tremont end to exit.

Please if you see anyone in the garden that shouldn’t be there or you feel unsafe call 911-- the address at the garden gates is 213 Shawmut Ave and 500 Tremont St.

While there are efforts made to repair the fence with the Trustees there are limits to what they can do during this time.  If anyone would like to make the temporary repairs or has any suggestions about how to secure that area from the gate to the 2nd garden along the A Row alley please let me know.  

PLANTING PREP
For everyone at home anticipating the time when we can begin planting in the garden attached is the directions to make your own small seed planting seed tape. 

Message from Trustees
Attached is a notice sent out by the Trustees concerning the current Corvid19 situation.  Here is a link to the City of Boston site where you can get translations and locations for food/meals <https://www.boston.gov/news/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-boston



Gardeners Gathering Webinar

Sarah Hutt
 

Hi gardeners
Happy First Day of Spring!!!!

 - Every March the Trustees hold a gathering for community garden members.  There are workshops and give-aways, food and always a guest speaker.  This year it has been canceled.  As a result they have decided to livestream the guest speaker to the membership on Saturday, March 22 at 11:30 AM.  If you are interested follow the directions below to watch it on your computer or your phone.  They will archive the talk so you can watch it at another time if Saturday is inconvenient.
Stay safe,
Sarah C105


Hi Gardeners,
 
We also want to make sure you all got word that in lieu of the Gardeners’ Gathering this Saturday at 11:30 am, our keynote speaker Reverend Mariama White-Hammond will be leading a webinar and discussion that you are all invited to join (and invite others, including your gardeners, to join as well). Rev. Mariama, an advocate for ecological & social justice, youth engagement, and Spirit-filled organizing, will facilitate a talk and discussion on Transformational Disruption - in this time of crisis, how do we create space for community engagement and support, and continue to honor our love of plants and the natural world? We'll range from big visions to practical steps and try to start answering, together, the question of "How do we continue to wash our hands and socially distance and still dream into the world we want to see on the other side?"

All are welcome to join via Zoom for free. Zoom is an online video conference tool that you can access on your computer or your phone.
Here is the link to join on your computer:
https://thetrustees.zoom.us/j/579672645
(you will have to download the program first)
If you are looking at this on your phone, click the number below to enter the meeting on your phone:
+19294362866,,579672645#
Or dial the following number to participate by phone:
+1 929 436 2866 US
Followed by the meeting ID: 579 672 645
We will be available in the 30 minutes before the call if you have any questions about accessing the zoom meeting. Call us at 6172331743
 
The webinar will be recorded for those of you that can't make it.
 
Hope you can make it!
Michelle
 
 
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Engagement Manager | Boston Community Gardens
 
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Keeping Garden Gates Closed

Sarah Hutt
 

To all

With the heightened health concerns in Boston concerning the coronavirus we will keep the garden gates closed 24/7 for the safety of our gardeners.

You can still bag the trash that continues to fill the garden for your community hours.

For the latest up to date public health information visit Boston.gov/coronavirus.

Stay Safe.

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garden updates in response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Sarah Hutt
 

Dear Gardeners All !!!

As you are all aware I hope - the city is under a state of emergency over  the COVID-19 Pandemic.  If you have questions the State has set up a info line, dial 211.

So as a result Berkeley Gardens Leadership Committee has decided to make the following schedule changes.

1.   Starting Monday March 15th— We will open the garden gates during the daylight hours so we can share the garden with our neighbors who may be working from home and need a break to enjoy the spring flowers and watch our gardens come to life.   
   Once we post a sign keeping the garden open will be a group effort:  We need early riser members to open the gates in the morning and last one out of the garden near sunset toclose the gate or anyone who likes a stroll after dinner or end of day dog walk please close them at night.  We do not want to leave the gates open during the night.  

2.   We are postponing the March 28 Lottery and instead we will post a later time on the web site.<http://www.berkeleygardens.org/joinus/index.html

3. We are postponing the April 4 Cleanup + Potluck 
NEW DATE:  Friday April 24, when the dumpster arrives around 10 AM, all day Saturday April 25, and Sunday 26th
The cleanup will be an open weekend to come and go on your own time.  We will have the dumpster for 3 full days.  More information will be posted mid April.

 4.  There will be no Potluck - if life settles back to normal we may have it during the summer.

Reminder - water won’t be turned on by City until mid April.

Other events: The Trustees has canceled the Gardeners Gathering but as of now the Annual Trustees Garden Plant sale May 17 at Berkeley is still on. <http://www.thetrustees.org/things-to-do/metro-boston/event-52694.html>

Thank you to everyone for paying dues on time - its a big job to get everything recorded.  If you have’t paid we want to thank you for your contribution to the garden, wish you all the best in your next garden and remind you to return your KEYS!!!

Finally if you see anything or anyone in the garden that makes you uncomfortable or anyone doing damage to the garden please report it as soon as you can to 911.  
The Garden addresses are:
 213 Shawmut Ave
500 Tremont St
Public Alley 705
and the let garden leadership know: info@.... If you find needles call 311 for pickup and please let leadership know.

We all need to take care of each other.
Stay Safe
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Request for volunteers, March 28, Garden Lottery day

John McLachlan
 

Hello fellow gardeners,

Volunteers are needed to help out on Garden Lottery day.   

Garden Lottery will be held on Saturday, March 28th, 8am-10am at Project Place, 1145 Washington Street (on the corner of E. Berkeley and Washington St)

We need 6-8 people to help, plus someone who can Translate for our Chinese lottery entrants.   Please reply if you can help out.

Join us in welcoming new members to our garden community!!!

Thanks,
- John McLachlan



March 7 Berkeley Gardens update

Sarah Hutt
 

To all
I hope you have all had a chance to visit the garden to see the spring flowers - snowdrops and pansies.  Tulips and daffodils are popping out of the ground along with many early spring perennial plants.

NOTICE: Today is the last day to pay in person for your plot - join us 10 - Noon at Project Place Community Room.  (see your packet cover letter for more information) 
 If you have waited to pay and plan to mail your check or pay on Paypal please let me know.  
If you have decided you will not be returning please return your keys so we can recycle them.  

Looking for help
I’m looking for someone to help me refresh the message boards on each end of the garden - There are some basic things that happen over the season that need to be posted but there are also opportunities to add new information.  All ideas welcome.

There has been some damage to the fence along the alley side of the garden.  While we wait for  a more secure fence to be installed we will need to maintain it.  If anyone has the skills and battery operated tools please respond to this email to arrange for more information and supplies.

Next week a list of tasks for the April 4 Official Garden Opening - our Annual Garden Cleanup + Potluck will be posted.

Remember if you are doing tasks for the garden like picking up trash Log Your Community Time:  cleanups@...  include: name, plot number, number of hours, description of task, and picture if you have it.

Finally as you begin to plan and plant in your garden please take note: Plant labels that are treated with Neonicotinoids kills the listed bugs but it also kills honey bees.  Consider buying plants that are not treated.  Every effort helps.


See you in the garden,

Berkeley Community Gardens
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Time to start planning your garden plot for spring

Sarah Hutt
 

Fellow gardeners - its March - time to start planning for spring
If you are visiting your plot to fix fences and add fencing to keep the rabbits out remember there are 1,000’s of pollinating insect eggs on the dried leaves and other debris.  If you wait until clean up April 4 to  remove them or until you are ready to plant it will give them time to hatch and move out of your way.

It is time to start your seedlings at home. Tomatoes and peppers can be started 10 weeks before the last frost.  Check the back of your seed packets to see what the recommended planting times are.  

Our last predicted FROST DATE, based on the Farmers Almanac, for Boston is estimated that the last risk of frost is between May 4-May 22.

One thing you can do is assess your soil. The diagram below is from a manual by UC Santa Cruz and demonstrates how to your your hands to perform the "squeeze test”
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There's one other important reason to do the squeeze test. If that clump of soil stays solid in your hand, it could also be an indicator that you soil is too wet to till. If you're still in the midst of a snowmelt or a rainy winter, this is likely your reality. Tilling wet soil will knock the air out if it, and when it dries it will be far more compact than before. In other words, it will have the opposite affect of what you want it to!  On the other hand, if it turns to dust in your hand, it means it's too dry, and tilling will cause the same puff of dust to happen on a large scale. Aim for the crumble of moderately moist soil before preparing your garden beds.

Remember Gardeners last day to pay for your plot is March 7th - if you have any problems with paying please let us know - if you have decided to leave your plot and not return please leave your keys so we can recycle them and if you want anything in your plot now is the time to remove it.  All unclaimed plots on the 7th will be available for the Lottery March 28.


Berkeley Community Gardens
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Workshop April 4th

Sarah Hutt
 


Hi Gardeners

Many of you have asked for advice about selecting plants that enhance the birds and bees in the garden.  

In an attempt to address some of these questions Berkeley is working with the Trustees to offer this free workshop on Saturday April 4 in the afternoon after our annual cleanup day potluck.

I hope you will attend - please let us know if you are coming so we have enough materials to share.
respond to this email if you have any questions.

Gardening with  Wildlife

Learn how to make your garden wildlife - friendly year-round. 

Attract pollinators, birds, and other helpful bugs and insects with the plants and some simple practices

免费园艺与野生动植物种植方法.

FREE

Saturday April 4 2-3:30 P

44日星期六2-3:30 P

Berkeley Community Gardens

欢迎来学习如何使您的花园成为野生动植物, 吸引传粉者,

鸟类和种植其他正确的植物. 以及学习一些 简单的种植方法.


Berkeley Community Gardens
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Re: garden task needs help

Emily Pierce
 

I’ll most likely be at the gardeners gathering if you need someone to pick the seeds up!


On Thursday, February 20, 2020, Sean Larney <spl1288@...> wrote:
Hi Sarah,

Happy to order the seeds! I’ll email you separately to get the details.

Thanks,
Sean 

On Feb 20, 2020, at 5:39 PM, Sarah Hutt via Groups.Io <sarahhutt=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:

Hello all
I need someone to be in charge of ordering the free seeds Trustees gives out every spring.

You would need to fill out an on line order form - we have past orders to assist with this task
and then check that someone is going to the Gardeners Gathering at Northeastern to pick them up.  (Gardeners Gathering info below)
Berkeley Gardeners do attend this wonderful event so if the person that takes this over is unable to get them, picking up seeds has never presented a problem.

This event is open to all of you - its a fun event lots of free samples and workshops on all aspects of gardening.
If you decide to go let us know!!!
Gardeners' Gathering 
Saturday, March 21 | 10AM-5PM 
Shillman Hall | 115 Forsyth Street, Northeastern University 
FREE & OPEN TO ALL 
Celebrate the start of Boston's gardening season! The Gathering is a free day full of informative workshops, engaging exhibitors, networking, and inspiration. Two dozen workshops cover topics like starting a community garden, building healthy soil, fermenting veggies, and so much more. An exhibitors' gallery full of local environmental and agricultural exhibitors provide opportunities to get engaged. This year we’re lucky to have Dorchester-based climate justice activist Reverend Mariama White-Hammond as our special guest speaker and Mayor Walsh presenting the Community Garden Awards. We’re still accepting exhibitors, sponsors, and workshop proposals—reply to this email if you’re interested! 


Thanks - I look forward to hearing from one of you
Sarah C105

Berkeley Community Gardens
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