This was a busy morning at the Stoddart Avenue Community Garden. First, Susan and I were disappointed to find yet another produce robbery at the Garden. Then, Rayna and I met with our new neighbor Norman Brown about the community garden project that he is starting in the land bank lot next to ours, our water tanks and the new community garden he started behind Rock of Faith Baptist Church (across the Street) last April. After that meeting, I joined Barb, Susan and neighbor Rose to pick up litter with the City’s Keep America Beautiful campaign along East Main Street. Finally, it was off to Dublin for my nephew’s football game in Dublin. (I harvested for our weekly food pantry donation bright and early yesterday morning. My handyman – who was fixing my fence -- was very impressed with our beautiful cabbages when I brought two back to my patio to weigh). On Thursday, I attended the monthly GCGC meeting at Redeemer Lutheran Church on James Road (south of Livingston).
I foolishly thought it would take us about 30 minutes – if that – to pick up the litter between Fairwood (one block to our east) and Morrison (one block to our west). It would have been a very short project if we only had to pick up litter on the north side of Main (where we and our neighbors -- like Harry at the body shop and Urban Connections on Fairwood -- routinely pick up litter). However, we also had to pick up litter on the south side of Main and it was a wet mess – particularly on the stretch between Fairwood and Seymour. Rose was walking by and I invited her to join in the event; and she did. We picked up 6+ bags of litter in 90 minutes (and could have picked up more if I hadn’t been in a hurry to get to Dublin).
Franklin County Extension is now offering soil testing for land owners and community gardens for $11 per sample. You need to bring or mail your soil sample to the Extension office, pay the $11 and they will mail the sample to Penn State which will email you the results along with fertilizer/lime recommendations. This does not include testing for lead or heavy metals, which costs more. Call 866-6900 for more information.
We don't donate anywhere near that much each year, but I've attached charts showing the distribution of our food pantry donations as of August 30 this year.