A vacant lot on Stoddart Avenue provides a place to grow flowers, fruits and vegetables of the gardener's own choice. (The garden is 4 blocks west of Alum Creek Drive/Bexley and 1/4 block north of E. Main St.). All gardeners are encouraged to donate a portion of their produce to a local food pantry. (See 7/7/11 Post: Plant a Row to Feed the Hungry By Donating Garden Produce to Food Pantries). To participate, contact the Garden Manager. Also see the FAQ at the bottom of this site.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
A Blustery End Predicted for the SACG’s Closing Day
In just a few days, we will be calling it a year on the 2015
growing season. On Saturday, we will be putting the rest of the Stoddart
Avenue Community Garden to bed for the winter. Because of the early
freeze, I’ve already started on pruning back the flower beds and some of the
raspberry brambles, cleaned out most of the food pantry plots, emptied the tall
tank and lowered the water level in the big tank. On Saturday, beginning
at 9:30, we will be addressing the following:
·Cutting the raspberry brambles back to the fence
(and removing the dead branches completely). Put the brambles into lawn
waste bags. Keep an eye out for praying mantis cocoons so that we can put
them somewhere safe to hatch next Spring. Hopefully, no one will cut the
brambles on the outside of the fence back too much because we will need those
brambles in the Spring to keep thieves from climbing over the
fence. We’d like the Garden to look somewhat tidy while we’re gone
over the winter.
·Pruning back the flowers. Put thick stalks
into lawn waste bags. Annuals (like petunias and marigolds) can be pulled
out of the grounds, but perennials should just be cut back to a couple of
inches above the ground.
·Cleaning up the herb garden plot (by cutting
back oregano, etc.)
·Cleaning out the remaining two kids raised
beds. One of them (with tomatoes) can be bagged. The other (with
kale and greens) should be harvested for our food pantry
·Mowing the lawn
·Taking down the front gate sign and gate
·Taking two buckets of water and pour them in the
turning compost bin on the south side of the Garden. Turn the bin a
couple of times to mix everything up.
·Spreading shredded leaves over some of the
plots. Capital University has granted me permission to take the shredded leaves that they have deposited on their curbs. We could use 30+ bags. If someone brought a tiller, we could till the leaves into the
soil. Some of the plots have lost their organic component and the soil
has become very hard. Working in shredded leaves will improve the soil
for next Spring. Because we are not predicted to get much
snow this winter (which protects the soil from erosion), a layer of shredded
leaves and/or straw could protect the soil as well from blowing away during the
freeze and thaw cycles over the winter. If you have a bagger on your lawn
mower, please use it to shred leaves, put them in bags and bring them to us on
Saturday morning. All leaves are good (except for walnut tree
leaves), but maple leaves are the best because they are very thin).Do not bring them after noon on Saturday
because no one will be around to spread them.
·Emptying the remaining water out of the big
·Pulling any obvious weeds and cutting back any
weed trees (like mulberry and Chinese elm) that are growing in our fence
·Harvesting kale, lettuce, collards, parsley,
chives, mint, cilantro and sage for our final food
pantry harvest. We’ll
also pull the older plants out of the ground and put them in the compost
bins. There are some smaller kale and collard seedlings that we’ll leave
for the mild winter. They’ll likely live through the winter and start growing
again in the Spring before we return. Last year, we harvested and donated
about 50 pounds of fresh greens and herbs on our final work day. We’ve
become infested with aphids in the past few weeks, so I don’t think we’ll have
quite that much on Saturday.
·Picking up and disposing of litter that has
blown onto our lot.
·Tidying up the shed.
·Pulling out the stakes and cages on the north
side of the shed, discarding the rotten ones,
locating the box of trash bags
that I think Ezra buried over there, restacking the stakes, putting the cages
on top and covering it all with the blue tarp to protect it from the elements
over the winter.
·Pull the mint and other weeds out of the
·If we have time, we could transplant some
perennial flowers to better spots and divide some of the overgrown mint and
This is a lot of work and will take all of our effort.
It will be sunny and dry (but a little cold and windy, so dress
appropriately). I’ll bring donuts and
apple cider and some extra tools
(from the Tool Library). Feel free to bring some treats of your own as well as
pruners and rakes as well as any friends. With any luck, we will finish
around lunch time (or at least by 1 so that you can watch the second half of
the OSU game). Many hands make light
work.The more the merrier
I’ve attached copies of group pictures from some of our
closing work days in the past for grins and giggles.