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June update

Sarah Hutt
 

Hello all
Happy  Summer

Next Monday July 1 is the next Monday Night Cleanup and Social Hour weather permitting - with all our rain  we will still be pulling weeds, trimming plants that have gone through our C Row fence onto E. Berkeley Street, and the alley fence.  

As Common Areas are being adopted, weeded, and in some cases replanted we are marking them off with string.  Please do not dig up plants in those areas.  Everyone is welcome to water plants if they appear dry and always pick up trash anywhere in the garden.  

If you have anything on your mind and want to talk to someone on Leadership stop by during cleanup. 

 If you have the City Yard Refuse bags you can but all the weeds and other plant cuttings in the bags and out in front of your home for trash pickup.  DO NOT leave in front of the garden. 
 You can purchase Yard Refuse Bags at the Ace Hardware Store on Tremont St.


Help Needed
The crushed stone path has begun to wear away - we would like to order more but need a crew to spread the stone. 

 If you are interested in joining a crew to spread the stone please reply to this email. 

 If you work for a company that supports community volunteering please let me know so we can apply for help.

Delivery would be on a Friday and teams would be set up to work the following Saturday.


DON'T FORGET
MAYOR'S GARDEN CONTEST is coming up — we have had a few gardeners who have received recognition for their beautiful gardens - John + Tim C172 + C173  and Erin C104 are all Contest Hall of Fame Gardeners.  YOU COULD BE TOO
• Entry deadline: Wednesday, July 10 (applications close at 11:59 p.m.) 
The annual event is a citywide celebration of urban gardening  The Garden Contest was launched as part of a citywide beautification initiative. https://www.boston.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/mayors-garden-contest
application: https://www.boston.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/mayors-garden-contest/2019-mayors-garden-contest
CONTEST TIMELINE
• Entry deadline: Wednesday, July 10 (applications close at 11:59 p.m.) 
• Finalist notification: Thursday, July 18
• Judges visit gardens: Week of July 22
• Awards ceremony: Mid-August
FIRST PLACE WINNERS IN THE GARDEN CATEGORIES WILL RECEIVE:
• the "Golden Trowel" award from Mayor Walsh, and
• prize packages from the Parks Department and other sponsors at an awards ceremony in August in the Public Garden. (gift certificates to area garden stores and other event sponsors, tools, and other gardener gifts)
GARDEN CONTEST HALL OF FAME
Mayor Walsh will recognize Garden Contest Hall of Fame inductees at the awards ceremony. To be eligible for the Hall of Fame, a gardener must have won three or more times.


If you are doing work on your own Remember to Log Your Community Time everyone is required to do 12 hours of work per year - that’s one hour a month:  cleanups@... 
 include: name, plot number, number of hours, description of task, and picture if you have it.

Thank you
QUESTIONS??????????  info@...
www.berkeleygardens.org
Berkeley Community Gardens
Post your pictures:  FACEBOOK/Berkeley Gardens


Re: Garden schedule for June and other reminders

Elizabeth ANDERSON
 

Hi Sarah and all, 

Offering up my two cents on o
garden gates policy: I really like that our garden is truly a community garden in that the public can walk through and enjoy it. Wandering through the open gate some 10 years ago and being enchanted was what first gave me the idea to try the lottery and become a gardener a few years later. 
Since my plot is near the Tremont Gate, I have been leaving that gate open when I come during daylight hours and shutting it when I leave. Locals and tourists often ask me about the garden and are very appreciative of being able to enter. Who knows, perhaps some even make monetary donations later online. 

About the new no dog policy, just want to note that it’s not possible for gardeners to bring their dogs into their gardens without using the public paths to get to them. I noticed new members last year tying up their dog outside the garden rather than offend anyone. If gardeners feel they have to choose between caring for their pets or caring for their garden, it could be a hardship for some. 

Looking forward to seeing the clematis on C row! 

Elizabeth A164









On Jun 16, 2019, at 07:12, Sarah Hutt via Groups.Io <sarahhutt@...> wrote:

To all

Just a reminder - no dogs allowed in the garden common spaces. 

We need a decision to be made about opening up the garden gates - currently they are being left open during the day on weekends.  If anyone has any thoughts about leaving them open or closed please let me know.  The gates should always be closed by sunset for the safety of the garden and neighborhood.
 
Last year Erin C104 donated a dozen Clematis perennial vines to the garden which were planted along the C Row - they are starting to bloom -  thank you to all who joined in to plant them last year.  They are really beautiful.

Tomorrow June 17th is  Monday Night Cleanup and Social Hour - weather permitting - we will be pulling weeds, trimming plants that have gone through our C Row fence onto E. Berkeley Street, marking off areas where new plants need to be watered - and picking up trash.  If you have anything on your mind and want to talk to someone on Leadership stop by.  If you have the City Yard Refuse bags you can but all the weeds and other plant cuttings in the bags and out in front of your home for trash pickup.  DO NOT leave in front of the garden

This Saturday, June 22  We will hold our 2nd workshop of the season How to Prune bushes and trees in your garden plot and around the garden with Michelle deLima of theTrustees. Experts will be available to answer questions about best time to trim rose bushes, hydrangea, laurels, lilac and any other plants growing in or around your garden.  Please remember nothing is suppose to be over 6’ tall in your garden.  Sign up now and they will visit your plot to answer any questions you might have about your garden as well as pruning questions.

DON'T FORGET
MAYOR'S GARDEN CONTEST is coming up — we have had a few gardeners who have received recognition for their beautiful gardens - John + Tim C172 + C173  and Erin C104 are all Contest Hall of Fame Gardeners.  YOU COULD BE TOO
• Entry deadline: Wednesday, July 10 (applications close at 11:59 p.m.) 
The annual event is a citywide celebration of urban gardening  The Garden Contest was launched as part of a citywide beautification initiative. https://www.boston.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/mayors-garden-contest
application: https://www.boston.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/mayors-garden-contest/2019-mayors-garden-contest
CONTEST TIMELINE
• Entry deadline: Wednesday, July 10 (applications close at 11:59 p.m.) 
• Finalist notification: Thursday, July 18
• Judges visit gardens: Week of July 22
• Awards ceremony: Mid-August
FIRST PLACE WINNERS IN THE GARDEN CATEGORIES WILL RECEIVE:
• the "Golden Trowel" award from Mayor Walsh, and
• prize packages from the Parks Department and other sponsors at an awards ceremony in August in the Public Garden. (gift certificates to area garden stores and other event sponsors, tools, and other gardener gifts)
GARDEN CONTEST HALL OF FAME
Mayor Walsh will recognize Garden Contest Hall of Fame inductees at the awards ceremony. To be eligible for the Hall of Fame, a gardener must have won three or more times.


If you are doing work on your own Remember to Log Your Community Time everyone is required to do 12 hours of work per year - that’s one hour a month:  cleanups@... 
 include: name, plot number, number of hours, description of task, and picture if you have it.

Thank you
QUESTIONS??????????  info@...
www.berkeleygardens.org
Berkeley Community Gardens
Post your pictures:  FACEBOOK/Berkeley Gardens


Garden schedule for June and other reminders

Sarah Hutt
 

To all

Just a reminder - no dogs allowed in the garden common spaces. 

We need a decision to be made about opening up the garden gates - currently they are being left open during the day on weekends.  If anyone has any thoughts about leaving them open or closed please let me know.  The gates should always be closed by sunset for the safety of the garden and neighborhood.
 
Last year Erin C104 donated a dozen Clematis perennial vines to the garden which were planted along the C Row - they are starting to bloom -  thank you to all who joined in to plant them last year.  They are really beautiful.

Tomorrow June 17th is  Monday Night Cleanup and Social Hour - weather permitting - we will be pulling weeds, trimming plants that have gone through our C Row fence onto E. Berkeley Street, marking off areas where new plants need to be watered - and picking up trash.  If you have anything on your mind and want to talk to someone on Leadership stop by.  If you have the City Yard Refuse bags you can but all the weeds and other plant cuttings in the bags and out in front of your home for trash pickup.  DO NOT leave in front of the garden

This Saturday, June 22  We will hold our 2nd workshop of the season How to Prune bushes and trees in your garden plot and around the garden with Michelle deLima of theTrustees. Experts will be available to answer questions about best time to trim rose bushes, hydrangea, laurels, lilac and any other plants growing in or around your garden.  Please remember nothing is suppose to be over 6’ tall in your garden.  Sign up now and they will visit your plot to answer any questions you might have about your garden as well as pruning questions.

DON'T FORGET
MAYOR'S GARDEN CONTEST is coming up — we have had a few gardeners who have received recognition for their beautiful gardens - John + Tim C172 + C173  and Erin C104 are all Contest Hall of Fame Gardeners.  YOU COULD BE TOO
• Entry deadline: Wednesday, July 10 (applications close at 11:59 p.m.) 
The annual event is a citywide celebration of urban gardening  The Garden Contest was launched as part of a citywide beautification initiative. https://www.boston.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/mayors-garden-contest
application: https://www.boston.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/mayors-garden-contest/2019-mayors-garden-contest
CONTEST TIMELINE
• Entry deadline: Wednesday, July 10 (applications close at 11:59 p.m.) 
• Finalist notification: Thursday, July 18
• Judges visit gardens: Week of July 22
• Awards ceremony: Mid-August
FIRST PLACE WINNERS IN THE GARDEN CATEGORIES WILL RECEIVE:
• the "Golden Trowel" award from Mayor Walsh, and
• prize packages from the Parks Department and other sponsors at an awards ceremony in August in the Public Garden. (gift certificates to area garden stores and other event sponsors, tools, and other gardener gifts)
GARDEN CONTEST HALL OF FAME
Mayor Walsh will recognize Garden Contest Hall of Fame inductees at the awards ceremony. To be eligible for the Hall of Fame, a gardener must have won three or more times.


If you are doing work on your own Remember to Log Your Community Time everyone is required to do 12 hours of work per year - that’s one hour a month:  cleanups@... 
 include: name, plot number, number of hours, description of task, and picture if you have it.

Thank you
QUESTIONS??????????  info@...
www.berkeleygardens.org
Berkeley Community Gardens
Post your pictures:  FACEBOOK/Berkeley Gardens


June update

Sarah Hutt
 

To all

The City of Boston has a program to pick up Leaf and Yard Waste with City Trash Pickup.  
THEY DO NOT pickup from Berkeley Community Garden - you must bring everything home for trash pickup.  
Whomever left trash on Shawmut Ave please remove it.  

Thank you to everyone that came out to participate on Sunday June 2 for the beginning of the Oral History project.
and came out for the June 2 Monday Night Cleanup and Social Hour

For your calendar
June 17  Monday Night Cleanup and Social Hour - weather permitting - we will be pulling weeds, putting down mulch - and picking up trash.  If you have anything on your mind and want to talk to someone on Leadership stop by.

SATURDAY June 22---Trustees Workshop How to Prune  on when and how to prune the trees, shrubs, and vines in your garden.  Wondering how to prune your lilacs?
Are you coming?  Please let me know so we can get an idea of who is coming.
This event is open so bring your neighbors, family, friends - anyone with questions about how to prune..

Thank you,

Remember to Log Your Community Time:  cleanups@... 
 include: name, plot number, number of hours, description of task, and picture if you have it.


QUESTIONS??????????  info@...
www.berkeleygardens.org
Berkeley Community Gardens
Post your pictures:  FACEBOOK/Berkeley Gardens


Trustee news and Saturday workshop reminder

Sarah Hutt
 

Reminder to all 
The Trustees Summer Pruning workshop at Berkeley
Saturday, June 22 | 10-11:30AM 
Please come - bring your tools, gloves, garbage  bags for cuttings
We will visit your garden plot or areas common areas around the garden to answer specific questions you may have about how to trim vines, bushes, or trees.



 
Boston Gardeners' Gazette

A Message from Vidya Tikku, General Manager

VidyaThe Trustees Mobile Farmers Market -- part of our Boston food-access program -- began its third season this May. The Mobile Market brings fresh, organic vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs, cheese, milk and other farm products to Boston neighborhoods. Most of our customers use food stamps, which means they are automatically enrolled in Massachusetts Healthy Incentives Program (HIP). Through HIP, our customers can earn an extra $40 to $80 per month to spend at farmers markets. 

In 2018, its second season, the Mobile Market grew exponentially. We reached several times more customers than we did the year before, and our sales quadrupled. We hope to continue that growth in 2019. This year, we began operations a month earlier than we did last year. In addition, we've added more weekly stops, and the range of fruits and vegetables available to our customers will be more diverse than ever before. 

The Trustees Mobile Farmers Market season runs through December 2019. To find our schedule and more information about us, 
click here.

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The South End Garden Tour is just around the corner!

– Peter Bowne, Engagement Manager for South End & Lower Roxbury

PeterPlease join us on Saturday, June 15th for this annual neighborhood exploration through the alleys of the South End to private gardens open on the day of the Tour only! Running from 10 AM - 4 PM and starting at the South End branch of the Boston Public Library, this year’s tour concentrates on the area from Rutland Square to Northampton Street between the Southwest Corridor Park and Tremont Street. In addition to the private back yard gardens, this year there are two amazing roof deck gardens. Wear your comfy shoes and get ready to climb some stairs! Tickets are $24/$28 (member/nonmember) in advance and $28/$35 on the day of the Tour. 

Save money and buy your tickets online in advance at 
thetrustees.org/SEGT. Volunteer for two hours and receive a free ticket! For more info: Peter at 617.869.6720 or pbowne@...

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Photo credit: Carl Kraenzel

 


 

Garden Tips: What to Plant Now

– Michelle de Lima, Engagement Manager

MichelleDid you get a slow start in the garden, or still have spaces to fill? It's not too late! Some of the tasty crops you still have time to get in the ground are:

  • Seeding: cucumbers, winter squash, summer squash, zucchini, melons, basil, lettuce mix, carrots, beets, radishes, cilantro, dill
  • Transplanting: tomatoes (look for ones with 80 or fewer days to maturity), sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, tomatillos, squashes and cucumbers, annual and perennial herbs

Beyond planting, June is a great time to stay on top of other garden tasks:

  • Regular morning watering of new seeds and seedlings
  • Occasional fertilizing of demanding crops like tomatoes and peppers
  • Weeding—get them while they’re small!
  • Trellising tomatoes, cucumbers, and other vining crops
  • Make sure to mulch! It will keep your soil healthy, moist, and weed-free

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Stewardship Updates

– Jeremy Dick, Stewardship Manager

JeremyMay is a busy month for the stewardship team, full of routine maintenance like mowing and perennial border care, leading volunteer projects, and plant sales. Group volunteer projects this month included Levi Strauss at Nightingale Community Garden, Breckinridge Capital at Worcester Community Garden, and two days with Norfolk Aggie high school students, part of larger internship program with a number of Trustees properties. We also worked with individual volunteers on greenhouse work and property maintenance at City Natives. 

Plant sales this spring were incredibly successful due to more open retail hours, better outreach, and a big effort to organize and label all stock. Throughout May, we increased our plant sale revenue by more than 50%, and all those funds directly support our community garden operations. Many thanks to all who made it out to the nursery.

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Blue Cross Workplace Community Gardens

– Annabel Rabiyah, Blue Cross Garden Coordinator and BCG Program Assistant

AnnabellI’ve been working as a grower and educator in Boston for the last 5 years, and you might also find me hosting restaurant events throughout the city through Awafi Boston. I’m excited to support community gardeners at Blue Cross Blue Shield offices in Quincy and Hingham this season and to continue working in my Boston community to coordinate and lead programming in the gardens. 

gg-jun19-7.jpgAt this point the Blue Cross gardens are almost fully planted, with greens, tomatoes, peppers, squash and more. We are experimenting with different cucumber trellis designs and brought in some native perennial berry plants--which hopefully will feed gardeners, and not just the birds! Along the Hingham garden's fence, we planted some native honeysuckle, which will hopefully creep up and cover the back wall of the garden. 

This rainy season was a challenge for Quincy gardeners, whose plots are right along the Neponset marshlands and have been drowning in the nonstop spring rains. Inspired by local no-till farmers working in wetter soils, we decided to dig trenches and make semi-permanent raised beds in the plots. The water collects in the furrows, which were covered with wood chips, and the beds were piled high enough to stay try. So far, the results have been really impressive!

 


Upcoming Events

Build Healthy Soil & Compost
Saturday, June 8 | 11AM-12:30PM 
Lenox & Kendall Community Garden | Tremont Street, Roxbury 

South End Garden Tour 
Saturday, June 15 | 10AM-4PM 
South End Branch of the Boston Public Library 

Summer Solstice Celebration 
Friday, June 21 | 6-9PM 
Leland Cooperative Herb Garden | 4 Leland Street, JP 

Summer Pruning 
Saturday, June 22 | 10-11:30AM 
Berkeley Community Garden | 500 Tremont Street, South End 

Know Your Weeds 
Sunday, June 23 | 11AM-12:30PM 
Minton Stable Community Garden | 100 Williams Street, JP 

Wild Plant Medicine 
Wednesday, July 10 | 6-7:30PM 
Kittredge Green | 1 Linwood Street, Roxbury 

Jamaica Plain Garden Tour 
Saturday, July 20 | 9AM-2PM 
J.P. Licks | 659 Centre Street, JP


Progress Report

Thanks so much to all who are supporting the gardens through Trustees membership! We hope you get out and enjoy some great properties and programs this summer!

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June Schedule in the garden

Sarah Hutt
 

PLEASE NOTE
ALL GARDENS MUST BE PLANTED BY JUNE 1 or you risk loosing your garden.

On Sunday June 2 gardeners are invited to come tell their stories - Zach Nowak comes to us from Harvard University.  He works in the University’s History Department and is committed to setting up archives about the community gardens in Boston.  He will be working with Berkeley over the next few years to set up archives with us that will include gardener oral histories, a photo of your garden, and plant specimens or seeds.  We are currently deciding between Mass Historical Society and Northeastern University Social Change Research Library to hold our information.  The plant specimens will be formally mounted and go to the Harvard Herbarium.

We will set up around the garden to interview 6 gardeners on Sunday June 2 from 9 AM - Noon.  Then do more over the summer.  Chinese translators will be here to help answer any questions.  All interviews will be recorded so you can speak in your native language.  You will receive a transcript of your conversation so you can make additions and changes.
If you would like to help or just observe please visit the garden.
Your history with Berkeley Community Garden  June 2,  9AM - Noon

June 3 Monday Night Cleanup and Social Hour - weather permitting - we will be pulling weeds, putting down mulch - and picking up trash.  If you have anything on your mind and want to talk to someone on Leadership stop by.

June 22  We will hold our 2nd workshop of the season How to Prune bushes and trees in your garden plot with Michelle deLima of theTrustees. Experts will be available to answer questions about best time to trim rose bushes, hydrangea, laurels, lilac and any other plants growing in or around your garden.  Please remember nothing is suppose to be over 6’ tall in your garden.

Remember to Log Your Community Time:  cleanups@... 
 include: name, plot number, number of hours, description of task, and picture if you have it.


QUESTIONS??????????  info@...
www.berkeleygardens.org
Berkeley Community Gardens
Post your pictures:  FACEBOOK/Berkeley Gardens


Reminders: Compost today - Sunday Trustee Plant Sale - May 20 Monday Night Cleanup and Social Hour

Sarah Hutt
 

  • Compost delivery today
  • Sunday May 19 Trustee Plant Sale
  • May 20 Monday Night Cleanup and Social Hour
COMPOST starts this morning at 8:30 AM
PLEASE remember to only take allotted amount so everyone can get some.
PLEASE keep all gates locked until compost has been completely distributed.
This soil is only for garden members it is not to be shared with neighbors.


SUNDAY - Trustee Plant Sale  -  SUNDAY
10% discount for Trustees members, and special incentives for those who sign up at the sale.
South End Plant Sale Berkeley Community Gardens
Sunday, May 19 | 10AM-2PM 

Featuring native perennials like nodding onion, butterfly milkweed, trout lily, and ostrich fern; compact shrubs and trees; medicinal herbs like ashwaganda and lemon balm; classic heirloom and hybrid tomatoes, and an array of compact and disease resistant vegetables well suited for urban gardens. 

Link to:   **Annual Plant list** http://bit.ly/2pJJCb6
Link to:   **Perennial Plant list** http://bit.ly/2qMvb3N

Sale of **native perennials, shrubs & trees  **heirloom veggie and herb seedlings **organic supplies : soil amendments, cover crops, potting soil **great advice on what & how to plant
Plants are all organically grown right here in Mattapan. Featuring native perennials like nodding onion, wild senna, angelica, trout lily, and ostrich fern, as well as woody natives like moosewood, maleberry, and bayberry and 80 more species, as well as medicinal herbs like ashwaganda and lemon balm, classic heirloom and hybrid tomatoes, and an array of compact and disease resistant vegetables well suited for urban gardens. Our knowledgeable staff and volunteers will be on hand to help you find the right plants for your space and growing conditions.

  • May 20 Monday Night Cleanup and Social Hour

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 coming FRIDAY May 17

Sarah Hutt
 

COMPOST DELIVERY Friday May 17th

Happy Spring everyone

Help is needed this Friday - May 17th to help with the Compost Delivery

Remember to keep neighbors from taking soil out of garden all garden gates will be locked until all soil is gone so please bring your garden key to get into the garden.

We will get 4 truckloads of soil - over a 4 hour time span - delivered to the Shawmut end of the garden—— to make sure everyone gets some it requires everyone share 

 Each Member is allotted 
2 wheelbarrows full of compost
or
10 - 5 white 5 gallon buckets
            or 
10 rice bags.

First delivery will be before 10 AM but exact time will be posted in the garden.

Help is needed to make the delivery run smoothly:  Contact Joe C150 <joseph_antoun@...> if you can volunteer   
  • To lay tarp over entire front area going down to about A104 garden to protect our crushed stone walkway and plantings along outside of gardens on A and B Rows.
  • Keep records of gardeners taking soil so we can tell if most gardeners are getting soil
  • Shawmut Ave Truck gate needs to be opened for the truck but closed to manage access to dirt.
  • Monitor shed and bring wheelbarrows and shovels out
  • By end of day make sure wheelbarrows and shovels are put back into the shed
Remember to keep neighbors from taking soil and out of garden all garden gates will be locked until all soil is gone so please bring your garden key to get into the garden.

Thanks everyone
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


Garden Locks Available

Emily Pierce
 

Hello Fellow Gardeners,
The new garden locks are in! Please let me know by text (202-425-1156) or email if you do not have a garden lock and would like one. 
Thanks!
Emily


Fwd from Trustees: City Natives; Plant Sales Hours & Upcoming Events

Sarah Hutt
 

To all gardeners
The Trustees sent out a reminder that you can visit their gardens in Mattapan to buy garden plants -

 Remember they will be in Berkeley Gardens next Sunday May 19  to sell garden vegetables and flowers: https://www.facebook.com/events/383757952477487/


The Trustees Boston Community Gardens staff is pleased to offer regular retail hours at City Natives nursery this spring! At City Natives, we grow and sell plants native to the eastern United States and Canada, offering a wide selection of native plants, trees, and shrubs well-suited to Boston’s urban and suburban gardens. In the spring and autumn, we also offer an array of heirloom and hybrid vegetable and herb seedlings, including medicinal herbs and compact and disease-resistant vegetable varieties. Our plants are sustainably grown and not treated with pesticides.
 
 
City Natives is located at 30 Edgewater Drive in Mattapan. Street parking is available on Edgewater Drive and Mattapan Square bus and trolley lines are a very short walk away.
 
Retail hours:
Tuesdays from 9AM-2PM (April, May, June, July, September) 
Thursdays from 4-7PM (April, May, June, September) 
Saturdays from 8-11:30AM (April, May)

Staff knowledgeable about both native plants and vegetable varieties may not be present at all sales hours, so if you need consultation, please contact citynatives@... in advance for best service. 

In addition, we are pleased to announce the annual spring sales events;
May 19 at the Berkeley Community Gardens: https://www.facebook.com/events/383757952477487/
 


Reminder

Sarah Hutt
 

Hi all
Monday night Cleanup and Social Hour is tomorrow MONDAY May 6 from 6 - 7pm --bring a garbage bag and gloves - 
its suppose to be sunny!!!

Bring your questions or ideas for the garden.

We will go over care of the common spaces

If you need help with your garden this is a great time to connect with other gardeners.

If you have had trouble with sending  info@... its all fixed.

REMINDER: Trustees South End Plant Sale
Sunday, May 19 | 10AM-2PM 
at the Tremont end of Berkeley Community Gardens 
Featuring native perennials like nodding onion, butterfly milkweed, trout lily, and ostrich fern; compact shrubs and trees; medicinal herbs like ashwaganda and lemon balm; classic heirloom and hybrid tomatoes, and an array of compact and disease resistant vegetables well suited for urban gardens. 

Knowledgeable staff and volunteers will be on hand to help you find the right plants for your space and growing conditions.



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


Cleanup canceled due to rain

Sarah Hutt
 

Hi all
No cleanup tonight - if you were planning on coming and know anyone else that you were going to meet there please call them and let them know we are not meeting.

Because we won’t be cleaning the garden please consider picking up trash next time you are in the garden - it really accumulates quickly!!
Just send in your work time.
Just send in your Community Time to <cleanups@...>  include: name, plot number, number of hours, description of task, and picture if you have it.

Thanks everyone!!!

Berkeley Community Gardens
 info@...
www.berkeleygardens.org

Post your pictures:  FACEBOOK/Berkeley Gardens


Spring in the Gardens - Trustees Boston Gardeners' Gazette April 2019

Sarah Hutt
 

Hi all, forwarding the Trustees newsletter



 
Boston Gardeners' Gazette

A Message from Vidya Tikku, General Manager

VidyaBoston community gardeners welcomed spring with a strong showing at our 44th Annual Gardeners’ Gathering last month held at Northeastern University. Nearly five hundred of us gathered to join Mayor Walsh in celebrating our gardeners and recognizing our outstanding achievers of the year. Mayor Walsh was joined by Chief Sheila Dillon, who has provided much- needed access to vacant land and funds for our community gardens through the Department of Neighborhood Development, and Chief Chris Cook who truly champions and brings resources, funding, programs, compost and so much more to our gardens.

Aziz Dekhan, who was our guest speaker this year, is the Executive Director of the New York City Community Garden Coalition. In his address, he shared the successes and challenges faced by community gardens in New York, and the role of community gardens in climate change mitigation through real measurements and green infrastructure. I got to spend the day before the Gathering showing Aziz around our community gardens and introducing him to partner organizations like the Food Project and the Urban Farming Institute. Aziz and I hope to continue our collaboration across the two cities, sharing resources, innovative ideas, and potentially even funding opportunities.  

I want to thank every workshop presenter and volunteer, sponsors Herbstalk, Fenway Victory Gardens, The New Garden Society, Agricultural Hall, Russell's Garden Center, and Harvard Alpaca Ranch; exhibitors ReVision Urban Farm, NOFA/Mass, Friends of the Boston Schoolyards, Emerald Necklace Conservancy, COGdesign, City Soil, CitySprouts, City Compost, Bootstrap Compost, and Boston Food Forest Coalition. 

Finally, it’s never too early to plan for our 45th Gardeners’ Gathering! If you have suggestions or ideas on potential guest speakers, please reach out to me at 
vtikku@....

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Congratulations to all of the well-deserving winners of the 17th Annual Community Gardening awards!

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Hall of Fame Gardener Willie Brown III of the Ed Cooper Community Garden in Roxbury

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Hall of Fame Garden Rutland Washington Community Garden in the South End

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Most Valuable Gardener Althea Wagman-Bolster of West Springfield Community Garden in the South End

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Rookie Garden of the Year Windermere Community Garden in Dorchester.

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It was wonderful to honor the CPA grant winners as well; thanks to CPA Director Christine Poff for championing support for our green open spaces. 

Thanks to Mark Gardner for the photos!


What's Blooming at City Natives

– Jordan Takvorian, Steward

JordanWith a few heavy rainstorms in our wake and warm sunny days becoming the norm, the pots at City Natives are coming to life. The standard springbcg-april-flower2.jpgfavorites like Solomon’s seal, bloodroot, nodding onion, and wild columbine are growing rapidly and will be blooming in no time at all. Another charming spring blooming flower is Penstemon. When planted in mass, the white and pink flowers of Penstemon sway in the wind and serve as a siren call to various bees and hummingbirds. Baptisia is another spring favorite with tall spikes of white or purple flowers that eventually morph into hardened seedpods that small children love to break off and shake like a rattle. If you’re looking for something with a bit more heft, feast your eyes upon the Brandywine Viburnum. Aromatic white flowers this spring will yield pink to purple berries this summer and attractive maroon foliage in the fall; truly a treat for all seasons.

bcg-april-flower1.jpgFor those looking to get their summer blooming plants in the ground this spring we have an ever-expanding selection. Shrubs like Clethra offer myriad pink or white sweetly fragrant flowers throughout July and August. Perennials such as lance-leaf Coreopsis or Ratibida coneflower offer showy yellow blooms throughout the summer that are excellent as cut flowers or can be left in the garden to attract butterflies and other pollinators.

City Natives sales hours:

Tuesdays 9AM – 2PM (April - July) 
Thursdays 4PM – 7PM (April – June) 
Saturdays 8AM – 11:30AM (April – May) 

Full plant lists:

Annuals >
Perennials >

 


 

Spring Gardening Tips: Peas

– Michelle de Lima, Engagement Manager

MichelleThis favorite early crop can give you tons of tasty pods to snack on if you get the timing and conditions right! Here are my suggestions:

  • Peas don’t like the heat, so plant before the end of April to give them time to mature before summer really gets going
  • If you’re short on time or space, consider a dwarf snap pea variety like Sugar Ann—your harvest will be a bit smaller, but it’ll be earlier too, and you can forgo the trellis
  • Provide a tall (5-6 ft.), strong structure if growing full-sized vines—they’re surprisingly vigorous and heavy
  • If you miss the spring window, you can try again in late summer for a fall harvest
  • Whether or not your peas mature, you can enjoy the shoots in salads and stir fries
  • Repurpose trellises for cucumbers after peas are done

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Stewardship Updates

– Jeremy Dick, Stewardship Manager

JeremyIn addition to routine maintenance, in March stewardship focused on pruning, getting City Natives nursery up and running, and getting water to the gardens. Fruit tree pruning work included teaming up with volunteer Eric Sargent and professional Ben Crouch to work with gardeners on their own trees at The Southwest Corridor Community Farm and the Leland Cooperative Garden in Jamaica Plain.

bcg-april-prune.jpgRoutine canopy pruning was done at the Berkeley Community Garden and Savin & Maywood Community Garden, as well as hazard tree removal at Savin & Maywood CG and the Paul Gore & Beecher Community Garden. All three projects were completed by contractor Tree Tech, Inc. Timber generated via these projects has been processed for mushroom logs and firewood, and will be distributed to volunteers and neighbors for use.

The greenhouse at City Natives was prepared for the season, including activating the compost heater and rain water irrigation systems. 

To end the month, staff coordinated with Boston Water and Sewer Commission to install meters and activate water service to the community gardens.


Garden Tour Volunteers Needed

We need YOU to make our key community garden fundraisers happen! The South End & JP Garden Tours simply can’t happen without a large crew of volunteers. Plus, volunteers can be paired with a friend and get to see the tour for free! Sign up for the South End Garden Tour hereand the JP Garden Tour here, or reach out to Peter or Michelle with questions:pbowne@... and mdelima@...


Upcoming Events

Build Healthy Soil 
Wednesday, April 24 | 6PM-7PM 
Woolson Community Garden | 44 Woolson Street, Mattapan 

High Yield Gardening 
Saturday, April 27 | 11AM-12:30PM 
Minton Stable Community Garden | 110 Williams Street, JP 

Spring Perennial Divide 
Sunday, May 5 | 10AM-1PM 
Southwest Corridor Community Farm | 57 Lamartine Street, JP 

Wild Edibles to Know and Grow with Russ Cohen 
Thursday, May 9 | 6:30-8PM 
City Natives | 30 Edgewater Drive, Mattapan 

Small-Space Gardens 
Wednesday, May 15 | 6:00-7:30PM 
Eagle Hill Community Garden | 341 Border Street, East Boston 

City Natives Plant Sale 
Saturday, May 18 | 10AM-2PM 
City Natives | 30 Edgewater Drive, Mattapan 

South End Plant Sale 
Sunday, May 19 | 10AM-2PM 
Berkeley Community Garden | 500 Tremont Street, South End


Year-End Metrics

Thanks for helping us achieve our goals! We’ll start fresh next month for the new fiscal year.

To purchase a membership to support the gardens or report your garden’s volunteer hours, please email 
jdick@... or mdelima@....

Thank you! 

April Volunteer Hours

 
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NEXT !!! Monday Night Cleanup and Social Hour April 22

Sarah Hutt
 

Hi all
Just a reminder that Monday night is the next Cleanup and Social Hour -- 6pm - 7pm

One of our older gardeners has asked for help building a gate - if anyone would like to help please let me know and I’ll put you both in touch.
you will of course get garden community hours for the time you spend.

If you can’t help cleanup on Monday but would like to do a little trash pickup on your own time please remember to send in your hours.
Log Your Community Time:  send to <cleanups@...>       include: name, plot number, number of hours, description of task, and picture if you have it.

Just a reminder the Trustee garden plant sale is returning to Berkeley it will be Sunday, May 19 | 10AM-2PM 

See you all in the garden,
Sarah C105

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


Thank you for a wonderful weekend

Sarah Hutt
 

To all
It was a great weekend - thanks to everyone who helped  make it a terrific weekend.  

Thank you to everyone that helped out including getting a permit for the dumpster, meeting the dumpster delivery,  picking up the coffee and donuts, setting up tables, grocery shopping, prepping for cookout, grilling all those hundreds of hotdogs and veggie burgers, all the tasty potluck foods, handing out new ID cards, fixing fences and gates, monitoring the turning on of the water, recording community hours,  planting daffodils, and……Thank you to Michelle from Trustees for holding the Intro to Gardening workshop.  

If anyone took pictures they would like to share please send them so we can post them.
Enjoy the season - 
Berkeley Community Garden Leadership

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





Shed open today, Sunday April 7th?

Carrie Ng <carrielyng@...>
 

Will the shed be open today?

PS. I ended up with someone's serving fork in my mac and cheese tupperware, so if you're missing one I have it!.


Update - Group Photo on Saturday

Sarah Hutt
 

Hi all

There will be a photographer in the garden tomorrow (Saturday) during Cleanup.  

His name is Mark Gardner, he is working with the Trustees and will be taking photos and doing some video work for their benefit throughout the day.  

He will be taking a gardener group photo for us at 12:20 —  before we eat - so please plan to be in the middle area at that time.

Thanks
Sarah - 
Garden Leadership Committee 
Berkeley Community Gardens
info@...
www.berkeleygardens.org

FACEBOOK/Berkeley Gardens

Log Your Community Time:  cleanups@...  include: name, plot number, number of hours, description of task, and a picture if you have it.



update Saturday workshop

Sarah Hutt
 

Hi all

On Saturday April 6, The Trustees will be holding a workshop after our cookout -
1:30 - 2:15PM  Spring Garden Basics Workshop with Michelle DeLima from Trustees 
Getting Your Garden Started, followed by Vegetable Growing Q&A.

If you are planning on attending please RSVP  - we are trying to get a head count.

Please signup --If you would like the specialist to visit your garden and talk to you about your planting plans or answer any questions about what to grow, or any issues you might have had last year with your plants  --- let me know.  We have openings for about 10 gardeners.

thanks

Sarah 

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


Garden Update April 4

Sarah Hutt
 



Good morning everyone - 

Everyone continues to prepare for Saturday’s cleanup and cookout - the dumpster will arrive tomorrow and be on site through Sunday leaving very early on Monday morning.  There will be no parking along Shawmut Ave in front of the garden.  When you are putting stuff in the dumpster please load from the back and keep piles compact to utilize all the space — its a big dumpster but we always fill it to the top.

WATER
The water is being turned on this week in Boston’s Community Gardens.  We don’t know the exact time but Jeremy our Trustee representative will be in Berkeley today or tomorrow to make sure the pipes are in good condition and check for leaks.  Please notify info@... or contact Leadership rep if you see one of the irrigation stations leaking or notice any unusual areas in the group that appear to be saturated with water - this could indicate an underground leak.    The cost of water is one of the gardens greatest expenses so we all need to conserve when we can.

Thanks to everyone that volunteered to help on Saturday - there is still lots to do so we look forward to seeing everyone.  

See you in the garden !
Berkeley Community Gardens Leadership committee

QUESTIONS: < info@...> or check the web site <www.berkeleygardens.org>
REMEMBER TO Log Your Community Time:  cleanups@...  include: name, plot number, number of hours, description of task, and picture if you have it.

Visit our Facebook page and post your pictures!!!:  FACEBOOK/Berkeley Gardens





6 more days !!!April 6 Garden Cleanup

Sarah Hutt
 

Hi all - nice to see many of you in the garden already getting ready for planting.

As you all know by now our April 6 Garden Cleanup and cookout/potluck is fast approaching.  Help is needed - everyone gets Community Hours credited for showing up and extra hours when you help with a specific project.  

April 6 Annual Garden Cleanup and Cookout + Potluck

Help is needed for the following tasks - if you are interested let me know and I will give you more details

9AM Pick up coffee from Dunkin Donuts bring back to garden and set up for everyone

9AM  Setting up tables for donuts and for potluck foods as they arrive

9AM        Clean up begins

 Help is needed to lead cleanup team that will each concentrate on a specific tasks so we can take advantage of  the dumpster

11:00 AM Start setting up grill and getting things ready - we will start cooking about 12:15 so  the first round of hot dogs is ready by 12:30

11:30 AM Cookout food arrives - help Melissa unload her car and bring food to center area

NOON     TRANSLATOR NEEDED ---All Members Garden meeting in central area

Also on hand will be our State and Local political representatives

12:30     Cookout starts --Hot dogs + veggie burgers, buns, condiments, plastic forks and spoons supplied • Bring a dish to share

1:30 - 2:15PM       Help with Trustees "Spring Garden Basics Workshop” with Michelle DeLima from Trustees  Getting Your Garden Started, followed by Vegetable Growing Q&A


EVERYONE:  On Saturday — Bring your garden gloves, garbage bags, garden tools, and lots of energy.
 
Remember to Log in Your Community Time:  cleanups@...  include: name, plot number, number of hours, description of task, and picture if you have it.


Thanks - and see you soon

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