Saturday, March 8, 2014

Spring forward!

We are busy planning for the annual planting day at the Edgewood community garden day that will take place on Saturday, April 12th from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm.  The community garden is free and open to Edgewood neighbors and friends.  We plant vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers.  In the past, we have grown:
· Pumpkin
· Squash
· Peas
· Green Beans
· Watermelon
· Tomatoes
· Thyme
· Basil
· Kale
· Broccoli
· Arugula
· Garlic
· Onions
· Peppers
· Corn
And more varieties to come!

The Edgewood garden team found ourselves discouraged by the perceived constant vandalism we saw in 2013.  However, we feel encouraged for 2014’s harvest season because we have connected with more people in the neighborhood, including the residents of Edgewood Terrace, and learned from others some ways to deter vandalism for the coming year.  What is the best ingredient to do this?  Visit the garden as often as possible!  The more the traffic to the garden, the more people will see that people are active in this endeavor.

We will expand the community garden from 10 to 11 plots, DC’s Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will replace the mulch like soil in the tall-standing raised beds with more appropriate soil, we are busily applying for funding to purchase a tool shed so our gardeners have access to the tools they need any time they want to harvest, weed and dig in the dirt, and DPR might have a composter to give to us!  There are so many things to look forward to in the 2014 garden season and most of all, we look forward to sharing this new harvest season with new and old friends.  

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