|This afternoon's berries waiting to be picked|
|Yet more berries from this afternoon|
Both of our WEP volunteers – Chris and Jason – came on Wednesday to help us out. Jason focused on weeding the area along the alley, while Chris made a huge dent in taming the overgrown lot across the street. Barb and Frank were so thrilled with his work that they wanted to make it easier and more convenient for him to volunteer by opening up other possible shifts (rather than simply relying on my availability). Some neighbor girls stopped by to tend their plots and water their melons. We had planned to harvest berries, too, but it began raining more than an hour earlier than anticipated. Lea and Zion also got caught at the Garden during the rain, so I dropped them to their home. I returned the next morning to harvest the berries after the night’s rain storm.
|Will the City finish this project in 2014? Stay tuned.|
Susan stopped by to get an extra volunteer assignment for tomorrow and donate some romaine lettuce. Rayna came to weed her plot, mulch her tomatoes, donate pounds and pounds of beautiful curly lettuce and pick berries. Rayna also helped me to plug a gap in our fence caused by the near-death of two of our rose bushes from the polar vortex. Neal came by to weed and pick berries. He reported that someone stopped by and cleaned out the neighbor plot. Oops. They took the entire broccoli plant thinking it was a collard green. Oh well.
Editor's Note: I returned on Sunday afternoon to get more berries (for me and for Faith Mission) and some more lettuce from Susan (who was calling it an afternoon after making some progress in pruning our dying daisies). As I was pulling away, I noticed that someone sneakily filled our Free Little Library with books when I wasn't looking and I even think I saw a dictionary. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Tears in my eyes there were. This is the third time this year we've been blessed with an anonymous donation.