The Dispatch ran a good article on Thursday reflecting something I've been telling folks for the past year: Support for community gardens runs a mile wide and an inch deep. We have been extremely blessed over the years to receive generous donations of various resources, but farming is hard work. We need two kinds of volunteers: 1) Those individuals that are willing to come regularly and 2) Small groups -- that are willing to come once or twice a year (including in June, July and August). We were blessed last year to have small groups come help us in June (Alliance Church/Urban Connections), July (Franklin County Master Gardeners), August (Vineyard Church) and November (Church of God Collide Youth Conference).
Sabrina, Tom and I were at the SACG this morning and got a lot accomplished. A new neighborhood gardener was supposed to join us, but did not. We put a latch on our eastern compost bin, put a latched gate on our middle compost bin, weeded the Garden paths, put wood chips around the BTBO raised garden beds next door, reinforced the south fence, moved extra cinder blocks to our western compost bin, transplanted more raspberry bushes, weeded the food pantry plot, and used our extra landscaping stones to create a flower bed along the southwestern fence line along East Main Street. Barb and Frank mowed the Block Watch lot across the street with their electric mower. (I out earth-dayed them by mowing my own lawn with my reel mower. So there.)
On Monday (the actual date of Earth Day), Clean Turn will be delivering soil and mulch donated by Scotts Miracle-Gro and volunteers from Alvis House will be unloading it at the SACG. Barb, Sabrina, Tom, Charlie and I will then use the soil to top off the raised beds and new flower bed and the mulch for our peach and cherry trees, flower beds, herb garden and the Block Watch flower beds. (SACG Gardener and Artist John Sunami will be otherwise engaged on Saturday morning at the dedication of his street car statue at the corner of Livingston Avenue and Nelson Road. Check it out the next time you drive by and remember that he also painted our sign).
Our Free Seeds from Botanical Interests have now all found a good home. We shared them with the following community gardens: Four Seasons City Farm, St. Vincent De Paul pantry garden (associated with Christ the King Catholic Church), Growing Hearts and Hands on Oak Street, Helping Hands (which grows food for the food pantry at the Clintonville/Beechwold Resource Center), and City Farm. The remaining seeds went to the Growing Matters program, which supports a number of community gardens and approximately 250 backyard gardens in the Weinland Park neighborhood and near East Side. I had planned to take them to the Tool Library, but Trish really wanted them and who am I to say no to her (or Jesse who came to pick them up and had to wait 15 minutes in the cold this morning while I gave a few other gardens a last-ditch opportunity to get some). I offered seeds to a number of other gardens, but they either did not need them or could not bring themselves to visit us on any Saturday morning this month.
1930 McKinley Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43222
Accepts all appliances and refrigerators with Freon. There is a $15.00 fee for Freon removal. Drop off only – pick up service is not offered.
Columbus Appliance and Parts
2686 Westerville Road
Columbus, Ohio 43224
Takes all appliances and refrigerators with Freon and will evacuate Freon at no charge. Drop off is free. Pick up fee of $29.50 if inside I-270. Pick up fee of $39.50 if outside I-270. Additional fee may apply if appliance is in basement or difficult location
1283 Joyce Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43219
Will pay for metals and applicances. Will pay for applicances containing Freon and will evacuate Freon at no charge.
2205 Parsons Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43207
Will pay for metals and appliances. Will pay for appliances containing Freon and will evacuate Freon at no charge.
Old tires should go to Liberty Tire Recycling located at 3041 Jackson Pike. Call 614-871-8097 for information.
Here is a list of 10 common recycling mistakes made at the curb. This list pertains to the Rumpke customers in Franklin County. If your community uses a different recycler, check their website for details.