It was another beautiful day at the Stoddart Avenue Community Garden on Saturday. We were basking in the 2.5+ inches of rain we received in the past week (and had the weeds to prove it). Our daisies are still gorgeous, but some are a little battered after Wednesday’s storm. They look even more eye-catching next to the purple salvia and newly blooming bachelor buttons and in contrast to the pretty purple cat’s mint. Sabrina and Susan beat me there on Saturday in order to perform some detailed weeding in Mari’s plot. We also had much help from our WEP volunteer, Chris.
A 500 gallon cistern showed up in the block watch lot across the street. Barb and Frank are delighted to not have to keep transporting rain in barrels to the lot on the back of their truck. I’m still trying to figure out how they plan to fill it, though. Are they going to hook up gutters to the nearby auto paint shop? Stay tuned.
Some of the neighborhood girls showed up and sang Frozen for me in harmony. They want to hire me as their agent. We then turned to planting melons. I instructed them to study the mounds in Lea's plot (that she spent so much time creating last week) where cantalope and watermelon had sprouted and then to each create their own similar mound in the melon raised bed. (They initially said they also wanted cantaloupe, but none of their girls ended up planting any). We also ended up planting two pumpkin hills. To finish, they tried to harvest as many of the ripe strawberries from the volunteer plants in our food pantry plot (because they had already cleared out our too-small strawberry patch). This lead to harsh reminder from me about walking in plots without permission. Nothing gets my dander up than the kids tramping through plots oblivious to the newly emerging or planted seedlings that I have spent hours nurturing from seed.
Seeds. The daisies are starting to die back. So, if anyone wants some daisy seeds, just stop by and catch me at the SACG and I'll send you home with some seed heads to start your own daisy patch for next year.