I also reported that we had been anticipating a bumper peach crop this year. I was glad that I took plenty of pictures two weeks ago because someone came through over the Independence Day weekend and pulled all of the fruit off of the trees and threw them around the neighborhood. Sigh. Maybe when the trees get taller . . . . I also pointed out that the neighborhood block watch tends the lot across the street from us and next to us (although we have been slowly and surely since 2010 been adversely possessing more and more of that lot). They have to carry their own water to keep the flowers alive because the City still hasn’t implemented its free tank fill-up program yet this year. I pointed out the flower pot at the corner of Stoddart and Cherry, which marks the place where someone was murdered in 2011. We had three nearby murders in 2010 and 11 and another a half block away a few years ago. Finally, I pointed out that while my siblings and I hated gardening when growing up, I incorporated my favorite aspects of wild food into the SACG, such as our strawberry patch and raspberry bushes.
donated a truck load of premium top soil from Kurtz Brothers, which Amy and I had unloaded on top of that spot. The OSU Young Scholars then transported that soil to our planting beds, but the grass never filled in. So, when the Conservatory held its Big Dig in May, we picked up a bunch of tulip plants and replanted them in this spot. Amy even edged it into a circular flower bed. I thought that I would let them naturalize, but this year’s mini-drought again did not permit grass to take over. In June, Kossuth Community Garden donated a bunch of canna lily corns to other area community gardens and I planted six or so of them on the outer border of where the tulips where. Then, when Straders Garden Centers donated thousands of flats of flowers to GCGC this year, I picked up a dozen flats and we transplanted a bunch of salvias, petunias and begonias into this spot for form a formal flower bed (something I never otherwise do).
and most of our tools (which the Conservatory helped to replace). Another area landlord, Ken Turner, gave us an impressive monster lock to safeguard our assets.
There was a discussion about how community gardens reduce crime (which has been our experience), but the undervalued part is the great diversity of our gardeners and how people who would never interact with each other become peers in the Garden by virtue of their shared interests and levels of experience. Mother Nature is a great equalizer when you are trying to grow the perfect tomato. We attract gardeners from many neighborhoods and suburbs who would never become acquainted and comfortable with our neighbors in any other situation. Our visitors then gave us a nice gift certificate to Oakland Nursery (where we purchased our initial six fruit trees (which they delivered for free) and used to give us free seedlings for our food pantry plots. In fact, Mark from Oakland Nursery also donated our blueberry bushes and the strawberry plants for our initial patch). Cathy and I talked about purchasing a plum tree with it, but then I remembered that we need to purchase grape plants to grow up our new trellis.
I ran over to Urban Connections to get some cold water (because I was hot and thirsty). Urban Connections was holding its annual summer camp for the neighborhood children, who were having lots of fun. After I left, they held their photography classes. (Urban Connections borrowed lots of cameras to provide the kids to teach them about photography). They came over to the SACG to take artsy pictures of our flowers (some of which I've attached here).