This from MJ Robinson, the city’s Community Gardener in Residence…
“The Parks Department has about 50 water connections that we start making as soon as the weather allows. This process requires coordination with Water Supply Board and balancing with our other responsibilities and capacity. Generally, we try to have all water connections flowing by Mother’s Day at the latest. This year, that is May 7. Our priority is on gardens that are needed for food security in some of our neighborhoods that have been hardest hit by COVID. I know all things green are popping earlier, but we ask for your patience as we work our way through the City.”
From their press release…
For more than 20 years, the University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension and its Master Gardener Program have teamed with the Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation to give away more than a million packets of vegetable, flower and herb seeds to schools, youth groups, community gardens and individuals throughout Rhode Island and beyond.
But the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the organizers to modify the distribution of the seeds in 2021 to reduce the risk to the volunteers who traditionally sort, pack and distribute the seeds.
Lettuce, spinach, radish, kale, greens, broccoli, beets, cauliflower, peas & snap peas, carrots, potatoes, turnips, green onions (scallions).
- Peas and snap peas don’t tolerate heat. Plant by mid April or wait until next year.
- Spinach doesn’t tolerate heat or long days. Plant now and choose varieties that say “long standing” or “slow bolt”. You can plant again at end of summer.
Every year we spread wood chips on the paths between the plots. This is done to keep the path from getting muddy and to keep the weeds down.
This year, the city delivered a load of wood chips and garden members helped to spread them. Many hands made light work!
The garden has a new sign! Rather than get a sign made, we made one. The sign uses all repurposed materials – an old piece of plywood, the end of old paint and polyurethane and old hardware.
Join us on Saturday, July 27 from 9 to 10 a.m. in the garden for a free education session on mid-season pruning and fall planting! All are welcome.
Join us this Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 9 to 10 a.m. at the garden for a free demonstration on dealing with pests and diseases, and disease prevention in tomatoes. All are welcome!
With what seemed like summer in the air, we held our second garden workday of the season on Saturday! The beds had been turned during our last workday, so on Saturday we did just a bit more soil prep and then planted ten berry bushes and a few handfuls of annual flower seeds.
Michael Bradlee once again lead the effort, giving tips on how deep and far apart to plant, how to prepare the soil in the holes with compost and leaf mulch, and how to break up the roots of the bushes to prepare them for their new homes.
Once the plants were in, we top dressed with a little more compost and leaf mulch and then covered the rest of the bed with cedar mulch to keep down weeds and hold water. These bushes will need a little extra care as they get used to their new locations, but they’re already making the garden and playground look extra inviting!