On our first work-day of the year, about a dozen garden members and friends made quick work of spreading a hefty pile of mulch between the garden beds. Sophie, our new Garden Manager, brought delicious home-made blueberry muffins as a sweet reward. And it was t-shirt weather (for some of us!). We had a great start to the growing season.
As we moved through the garden, we noticed garlic scapes, kale, strawberries, and rhubarb growing strong, and perennial herbs just starting to wake up. It really is Spring at last!
Many thanks to everyone who participated in our work-day today, and thanks to the City Parks Department’s Forestry Division for supplying and delivering wood chips to the garden for free.
Please join us in the garden as we celebrate Earth Day with a work day on Saturday, April 28th from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and welcome Sophie O’Connell as the first Garden Manager for the Summit Neighborhood Community Garden! An environmentalist, communications professional, and bicycle enthusiast, Sophie comes to us with years of experience in community gardening. Spring may be off to a late start, but the growing season will be brilliant!
How quickly the autumn garden shifts from resiliently hanging on to gothic horror show! As temperatures dramatically plunged into the teens last week, our plants crisped and plunged as well. And so, the timing was good to gather for some chai, snacks, conversation, tidying-up, and garlic planting! There is a vast amount of gratitude to go around for making our very first season in the community garden successful and fun. Many forces converged to create a dynamic and beautiful space for community building and urban gardening in our neighborhood. Together, we’ve made something wonderful. People have the power!
Counting down the days until Spring when we can get together and do it again!
The newly-renovated playground and the garden were celebrated at a drizzly but up-beat ribbon-cutting event on October 25th. The Summit Neighborhood Association covered the event.
As the golden sunshine and long shadows of autumn arrive, the time is ripe to plant greens for harvest at Halloween! This afternoon Eliza Sutton gave an informative and interactive talk on a variety of topics, including: crops we can plant right now, extending the growing season, monitoring plants and managing pests, cover crops, and putting our gardens to bed for winter. We will distribute notes from the workshop to garden members, and provide some materials and resources for end-of-season activities.
Sunshine, bird song, and gentle Spring breezes greeted our first community event in the garden. Welcomed in by members of the Education Committee, children and their parents took a tour, gathered for a story, then planted sunflower, sweet pea, and morning glory seeds.
Margie’s story book described the life of a seed, to prepare the kids for planting. Then, from hand to hand, the seeds were placed in the ground and watered with care.
Young gardeners will get to see plants grow and bloom all season as they play. They will see the cycle of life of the seeds they planted, and they will remember their part in creating a beautiful, flowery landscape for all to enjoy!
This morning a group of garden members and neighbors arrived at the garden to find a steaming pile of wood chips (already composting!) awaiting distribution. With shovels, pitch forks, wheelbarrows, and good cheer, the hefty pile was spread throughout the garden by noontime. In addition to our mulching operation, we gave away flower and vegetable seeds, and Frey Gardens provided seedlings for sale to the community.
The garden is now ready for the growing season. Hoses are connected, and watering cans are waiting. The City will turn the water on soon. Meanwhile, April showers are taking care of the watering, and the first glorious sprouts are coming up!
Thanks to our neighbors who came by to greet us and help out today, to the City of Providence Department of Parks and Recreation (including the Forestry Division, which provided the mulch), the Partnership for Providence Parks, the office of Mayor Jorge O. Elorza and his Earth Day Spring Cleaning initiative, and to Seven Stars Bakery for the free coffee! And thanks to Mother Nature for waiting to rain in earnest until we finished in the garden (once again, we were lucky with the weather).
Many, many thanks to all who have helped to create our beautiful Community Garden, years in the making, and so full of potential.
Garden members and neighbors showed up in force to move seemingly endless piles of dirt into our raised beds this weekend! Enormous gratitude goes out to everyone who showed up, with shovels, rakes, and wheelbarrows in hand, to make a heavy task lighter for all.
And thanks to Kerry Kohring, who got some wonderful action shots, and wrote a great article about our project for the Summit Neighborhood Association website.
Members of the Summit Neighborhood Community Garden built their garden beds at the Summit Avenue Playground on Saturday, April 8th. Workers broke into teams to build the beds and line them with landscape cloth. Two of the raised beds are double height, to accommodate gardeners with limited mobility. The garden will be completed over the next few weeks, with plans to finish up on Earth Day.