Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Getting Ready for School

It seems like the summer just started, but it's already time to prepare for the upcoming school year at the garden. We had some great volunteers to help out with the preparation and could not have done it without them. Here's what we accomplished last week:


Students from the Chesapeake Center for Youth Development (CCYD) in Brooklyn helped out in the morning. We cleared up the flower patch area by the north fence and tasted lovely blueberries, while students for the Living Classrooms BUGS Program worked in the orchard and planted asparagus.

The first of a few large groups from CCBC and Break Away: Alternative Breaks showed up in the early afternoon and immediately got to work clearing the strawberry patch and school plots of weeds. 


They uncovered some big cucumbers and red onions. It was great to find veggies hiding under the summer weed growth!


The CCYD students returned in the morning and weeded around the raised beds next to the clocktower shed. 

We discovered bright orange cherry tomatoes and carrots growing. The plants are thriving and we were happy to expose them to some more sunlight. We took the nets off the blueberry bushes and continued to enjoy the fruit harvest. 

The afternoon group from CCBC cleared the herb garden of weeds. They found rosemary, a pepper plant, and some large, healthy sage. They also cleaned up around the blackberry bushes in the northeast corner of the garden.



During the morning of the third and final work day this week, the CCYD students cleared weeds from a patch of large cucumber plants we discovered on Wednesday. There are many little baby cucumbers growing; and we're excited to see them ready in a few weeks!

We stirred the compost pile so it would decompose more efficiently, reorganized the clocktower shed, and gave the ladybug shed a haircut by trimming and replanting the sedum on top.

There will be more frequent open garden days as it gets closer to the start of school. Stay tuned to our blog for times and updates.

There's still plenty of work to do, so come on by and lend a hand! 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

May The (Gardening) Fourth Be With You!

                   This past May 4th, a Sunday, we had an amazing and successful workday! We installed a straw bale garden as part of a community gardener-led workshop, installed an herb garden, worked on some plant markers, and did some work in our individual community garden plots!

One of our garden interns is clearing out the area for the straw bale garden.

After we placed the straw bales in the area, forming a rectangle shape, we filled it with compost. Kim then explained the many benefits, and few challenges, of straw bale gardening.

You can see the workshop group, garden, and water tower!

And we planted sweet potatoes all over the new straw bale garden!

These are the plant markers we prepped for a future workshop. The kids are gonna love painting them!

Then, after some weeding, we installed an herb bed.

The seedlings were small, but sturdy. We bet they'll survive our wacky Maryland weather!

 The various herbs will grow all over this bed, next to currently established native flowers and chamomile.

Lastly, we did some work on our individual garden plots!

Hope to see you at our next workday!


Friday, April 25, 2014

Memorial Garden Planting & Annual Easter Egg Hunt

We got a lot done this past April 19th! We planted a memorial garden, spread compost and mulch, held a take-your-own-seedling home workshop, constructed bamboo scaffolding for bird netting, had our annual Easter egg hunt, and made & ate campfire s'mores! Check out all the awesome pictures!

Using teamwork to move mulch!

Volunteers discussing their next activity on the day's agenda.

Community gardeners, children, and other volunteers planting the Memorial Garden: 


Volunteers setting up bamboo structures (the structures will hold the protective bird netting) :

Children hunting for Easter eggs:

 He's finding a very well hidden egg!

Some of the younger kids needed some help from their older siblings.

Community gardeners also worked on their plots:

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

First Community Workday this Spring!

 On Saturday, March 22nd, we had our very first community workday of the spring! Our main accomplishment was removing many unwanted (non-native and fruitless) trees that had become entangled in our fence. We also spread a lot of mulch and compost.
 Here, some volunteers are mulching the soon-to-be-planted Memorial Garden (more on that next post!).
And here, a couple volunteers are disposing of the unwanted trees. We filled up an entire large dumpster with plant debris and trash!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Tri Veggie Visits Doc In The Park this Saturday at Noon

     (photo by Colby Ware)

This Saturday (11/9) at Herring Run Park, students from Benjamin Franklin High School will bring Filbert St. Garden's TriVeggie Food Market to the Docs in the Park
Late-season Salsa
Herb & Apple Cider
Spicy Salad Green

Filbert St. Garden T-Shirts, and a leaf-rubbing activity!
Come one, come all

Monday, October 21, 2013

2013 Haunted Harvest Celebration!

Stare directly into the 2 pumpkins. Closer, yes closer. Goooooooood. Feel your shoulders relax, your mind is empty-
    You are coming to the Filbert St. Garden Haunted Harvest. You WILL bob for apples. You will listen to all of the spooky stories from Enoch Pratt Library volunteers, build scarecrows with our community gardeners, and take the haunted garden trail. You will pick a pumpkin ($5-!0 sliding scale) buy a slice of pumpkin pie, and pick up one of our BRAND NEW Garden T-shirts.
yes, gooooooooood. Find more information about what you will be doing saturday night HERE.
Come in Costume. This event is all ages.
Mwah ha ha ha ha ha.