Saturday, December 20, 2014

Let's Get Some Spice Into the New Year with Herbs

Top Ten Herb Garden Benefits
1. Fresh Herbs Always Available  - fresh herbs at your fingertips
2. No Boring Dinners - different herbs make a boring dinner more favorable
3. Good For You - adding fresh herbs boost your meal's vitamin value
4. Save Money - inexpensive when you grow them yourself
5. Educational - always something new to learn, new garden technique, new recipe, healing herbs
6. Relieve Stress - sights and scents of herbs revitalize the soul
7. Curb Appeal - they blend in beautiful with other shrubs and flowers
8. Share Wealth - share your herbs with family, friends, & co-workers
9. Exotic Variety - different types of basil opal basil, anise bail, Italian basil globe basil, & etc.
10. Good Clean Fun - fun and health and nutritional benefit and the joy of watching your herb
      garden grow

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


10 Top Vegetables to Grow over Winter
Most winter gardens vegetable plants are fully hardy and will cope well with cold weather, but if hard frost threatens then you can always throw some fleece across them to provide some extra protection.

 Wake These Veggies Up With Some Spice
  • Onions and Shallots
  • Garlic
  • Spring Onions
  • Perpetual Spinach
  • Broad Beans
  • Peas
  • Asparagus

 Vegetables to grow in greenhouse during winter months
  • Lambs Lettuce, Land Cress and Mustard Greens
  • Carrots
  • Pak Choi

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Filbert Street Garden On the Move!

Reaching Out and giving back to the Community

On November 29, 2014, Filbert Street Garden partnership with The Well,  Antioch Temple Church and  Samaritan Feet and gave out free tennis shoes to the children in the Curtis Bay Area.  The children feet was washed by volunteers and given free tennis shoes and socks.  They were also served  a free meal with a visited by famous Raven football players.  The total was over 100 children receiving this joyful treat.  Stay tune for more up coming events during this Christmas season.

Sunday, November 23, 2014



Sunday, November 16, 2014

Meet your new garden intern

Hi!  I'm June Risley.
Until I was 10, I lived on a small "truck" farm on the Eastern Shore.  Since the variety of vegetables grown there were "trucked" to the city market, these were called "truck farms".  Each morning I fed
the chickens, pigs, cows and one old horse.  Then I helped milk the cows and led them out to the pasture with their neck bells clanging! - all before breakfast.

My most enjoyable task in the summer was to pick the ripe veggies and sell them at the roadside stand.

I've never lost the love of digging in the dirt and watching things grow, or wanting to plant bushes and trees to feed and house the birds and butterflies; and veggies for my friends and neighbors -
most of all, sharing my love of nature with students and their families - especially in Brooklyn and Curtis Bay at the Filbert Street Garden.

Saturday, November 15, 2014



Springing forth to new produce

  5. MULCH
Who would love this recipe...Filbert Street Gardeners..become a cook in our garden..
Call Rodette Jones at (410) 868-0557 to get your recipe card

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Fall into Fall with Filbert Street Haunted Garden

"Thomas and Hello Kitty hold that Filbert Street Train"

Filbert Street Garden is falling into a ray of harvest fun!  Thomas the Train, Hello Kitty and a host of

other relatives and friends visited the Filbert Street Garden Haunted Garden.  They had so much fun.

Activities included face painting, pumpkin painting, apple pumpkin carving, bobbing for donuts and

bulb planting.  Thanks to the Curtis Bay Community, Volunteers, Filbert Street Gardeners, and nice

weather this event was a success.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Garden Supplies get a new home

Filbert Street Garden in the Renovating Process

We're in the renovation process. Filbert Street Garden under the generosity of CSX and other private vendors just obtain a spacious container that will securely store garden supplies.  We wish to personally thank all the folks for this generous donation.  With the thoughtful support from donors like you that continue to inspire us, we are sure the we will meet our goals.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sweet Potatoes Cooking at Filbert Street

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Rise and shine to the pulling of sweet potatoes from our Filbert Street Garden.  A unique idea from our Gardener Ms. Kim who decided to create a sweet potato patch last year.  Ms. Kim and Ms. Edith
dived into the giant sweet potatoes harvest just in time for our sweet potato pies, cakes, and casserole dishes. These organic favorites can be enjoyed by all when you garden with the Filbert Street Gardeners.  Plots are still available for the spring season give Rodette Jones a call at (410)868-0557.

OCTOBER 25, 2014
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 P.M.

Filbert Street Garden Pours out Love on Rainy Days

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My friend Arianne decided to stop by the garden to pick a flower for her caretaker.  He picked her up from school on this rainy Thursday afternoon.  Thank goodness for the rain the flowers, strawberry patches, blueberry bushes and other delightful organic plants can shower in this unexpected rainfall that quench the thirst of our Filbert Street Garden.  We're delighted to share our space with community plots for future gardeners in our 2015 Spring season.  If you're interested in obtaining a flower or garden plot, please call Rodette Jones @ (410)868-0557.

Saturday, October 11, 2014


Hi everyone,
My name is Rodette Jones I'm the new intern at Filbert Street Garden.  I've been actively gardening at the garden for 3 years.  My investments include fund raising for garden events as well as actively participating on the work days and community events.  I'm interested in your thoughts in improving the garden for the Curtis Bay Community.  We are currently looking for folks to actively participant in our events and taking on garden plots for the Spring 2015 gardening season.  We want to include you in our renovation process so take a minute an send me your thoughts. Feel free to reach out to at

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Community Partnerships bring a Farmers Market to Brooklyn/Curtis Bay!

           It has been a crazy summer!
Not only has the weather been strange, but we've had a lot of changes at Filbert St. We have been lucky enough to host our first interns this summer, and we are maintaining a commitment to continue to select our garden interns from within our community, thanks to support from our friends at Chesapeake Center for Youth Development.

In spite of all the craziness, 2 of our Gardeners have found the time to develop a wonderful partnership with "Drink at the Well". Each Thursday this summer our gardeners loaded up all the fresh produce they could carry from Filbert St. and took it to "Drink at the Well" to sell to neighbors.

Besides accomplishing our mission of bringing fresh food from our garden to the community, we were also able to share resources, tell more people about the garden, and brainstorm with folks at "the Well" about how we can support both of our ongoing efforts in the future.

What a way to close out the summer!

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: