Mapping the Harvest
...AND SHARING IT TOO!
On Saturday we shared produce from the garden with folks on the street and friends. We hope to set up again next Saturday. Be sure to swing by, even if you just want to grab something. All things grown in the garden are free! However, we'd love your support as we try to raise $1500 for a drip irrigation system and a few annual supplies and tools for the 2019 season. Details about our future fundraiser coming soon!
MAPPING We are always working on improving legibility and communication in the garden. With a small crew of organizers (each strapped with wage-earning jobs, school, and families), getting the word out about what the heck is growing in the garden can be difficult. This is one attempt at our latest mapping project. We're still working on the details of the printed matters, and our "second edition" will include the medicinal and north side of the garden. The map will now be posted in the announcement board at the archway! Snap a photo and stroll through the garden to see where everything is!
Swing by each Saturday or show up anytime to harvest from the garden. These plants are ready now, and must be fully harvested by October 20:
Swiss Chard (bed 8)
Tomatoes, green & red (beds 2, 3, 9, 10, 11)
Beans, fresh & dried (beds 6, 10)
Banana, Jalepeno, & Chile Peppers (bed 14)
Herbs: Sage, Mint, Anise Hyssop, Oregeno, Stinging Nettles, Mugwort, Catnip
And we're hoping Okra and Sweet Potatoes will be ready come late October, but they're not ready yet so let 'em grow!
Join us for a special Root Medicine Harvest Workshop on Oct 10 at 5pm at the Garden. We'll be digging up the Marshmallow, soaking and cleaning the roots, then chopping to dry in the solar dehydrator. The roots will become medicine when it is processed as a decoction or tincture after being dried. Free! RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Root Harvest" in the subject line.
Have a Workshop Idea? Get in touch to host a garden-related workshop, skill-share, lecture, discussion, or film screening.
LEND A HAND
If you'd like to help out at the garden but don't know what to do, here's a list of tasks:
- Water Beds 4, 7, and 12
- Weed out Johnson Grass anywhere you see it
- Weed Strawberry bed (such a site of struggle!)
- TURN COMPOST!! (Turn the top 1/4 or so of each bin; add brown leaves and plant matter from the black trash bags just south (left) of the Bin 1.)
- Weed the flower, pollinator/herb beds of any vining invasive plants or other obvious weeds (center of raised beds and the sidewalk bed)
As we wrap up final harvests, we'll be sewing cover crops to improve our soils over winter. We are also excited to tackle a few infrastructure projects like wood chipping the entire garden (Oct or Nov -- dates TBD!), finishing the greenhouse, and building perennial supports!
WANT TO JOIN THE GARDEN TEAM?
All types of experienced and inexperienced gardeners meet every Saturday morning (weather permitting) to work as a collective on the Washington Street Garden. We hold planning meetings, do garden maintenance, harvest, and often cook food together. We invite anyone interested in food autonomy, herbal medicine, environmental justice, and sustainability to join us. You can be any level of experience, from a beginner to the most advanced perma-culturalist. Follow us on Facebook and sign up for our mailing list to receive updates about the garden.
Folks interested in deepening their gardening and organizing experiences simultaneously can join the garden organizing team (planning, planting, harvesting, outreach, events, fundraisers) and can email us here.