Thanks to EVERYONE for their hard work and persistence in getting our 4 big beds on the “poplar end” of the garden re-constructed into what we hope are poplar root-resistant garden beds. So many people helped make this happen, but special thanks go to Larry and Dao, who worked tirelessly and contributed so much time – along with helpful tools – to get this work done. And another special thank you to Nick, Shannon and Kaia (?) for showing up completely out of the blue (well, okay, from Edmonds, but still…), having never been to the garden, and just dove in and helped us finish up with a lot of enthusiasm and a true RCG spirit of fun! We hope you’ll come back again sometime!
this was the easy part
we were so busy doing the hard stuff that we forgot to take photos!
So now all we need is a truckload of garden mix soil to fill them up to the top, a little bit more shoring up with our nifty external support system that Susan suggested, and we’ll be ready to plant!!! These beds have been mostly out of commission over the last couple years, due to the enormous clogs of poplar roots that sucked all the water and nutrients out of our plants, so this means a lot more space for all the yummy things we want to grow this year. Any suggestions are welcomed!!
THANK YOU AGAIN TO EVERYONE who’s helped the Ravenna COMMUNITY Garden live up to it’s name!!
Sorry, no photos this time, but on Sunday March 11 a few of us finished reconstructing 1 of the 4 beds we are re-building to protect from poplar roots. We’ve got the process down now, so hopefully the remaining 3 beds will go quicker over the next few weeks.
BUT, we have even more projects to do this spring, and here’s the list:
- PLANT – peas, lettuce, spinach, beets, carrots, parsnips, and we’re thinking of trying some sweet corn this year in our new raised bed.
- Finish the irrigation infrastructure so that all the beds have water coming to them.
- Build a structure for our peas – we’ve got a number of ideas about this, but looking for others if you know of a great way to do this.
- Put in the bamboo barrier around the new raspberry bed, and build a structure for the raspberries. WE’RE LOOKING FOR MORE RASPBERRY STARTS IF ANYONE HAS SOME TO SHARE!
- Raise the middle horse trough so that poplar roots don’t invade it.
- Fix the kiosk – new surfaces on both sides so that we can post information about the garden and keep folks up to date on what’s going on there.
WE HOPE YOU’LL COME OUT AND ENJOY THE GARDEN AND LEND A HAND TO HELP MAKE IT A GREAT COMMUNITY ASSET!!
Huge thanks to the many folks who came out to help on Saturday March 3 to start the project of re-building the garden beds to keep out the poplar roots, spread new chips, and finish the new wall in front of the orchard. We got really a lot done, despite the challenges we found with taking the garden beds apart, and the fact that the bamboo barrier didn’t arrive in time. And the weather was FABULOUS – what difference a week makes!!
We’ll be doing a bit more work on Monday evening, March 5, since the barrier is scheduled to arrive that day, and we’ll also be working at our usual time EVERY SUNDAY from 3-5 PM, so come join us to help finish this big project and start our spring planting!
Indeed, we have certainly gardened in all kinds of conditions – rain and shine and cold and hot – but today was one for the record books. It HAILED for nearly an hour! We kept thinking it would blow over quickly, as hailstorms often do, but no, it just kept going, so we did too!! Thanks to Dao, Larry, Susan, Ellen, Debra and Laurie for planting a new plum tree, weeding the pea bed, digging a whole new area for raspberries, planting new blueberry bushes in the culvert we put in last week, straightening out the other culvert entrances, and just generally spiffing up the garden.
Enjoy the photos of our hardy garden and hardy gardeners, and let’s hope the weather is more friendly next SATURDAY – March 3 from 9 AM to whenever we’re done- for our special work party to poplar-proof our garden beds and continue making the garden a wonderful place for our community!
Time: March 3, 2018 from 9am to 3pm
Location: Ravenna Community Garden at NE 68th and 21st NE
Many hands make light work! Come join in a little community effort to install root barrier in some of our garden beds, build a low retaining wall, and do general clean up in the garden. Come for any amount of time that works for you.
Tasks for people of all ages and abilities.
Food and beverages will be on hand.
This is a perfect project for students needing community service hours.
Anyone interested in helping plan for the 2018 growing season is invited to come to the RCG meetings on the 2nd Monday of each month from January through June in 2018. Meetings are held at the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center from 7 – 8:30 PM on the following dates:
January 8, February 12, March 12, April 9, May 14, and June 11
Hope to see you there to help decide what to plant in 2018 and what other improvements to prioritize!
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In 2017 we have Work Parties EVERY Sunday late afternoon, moving the time on hot days. Trying to keep it simple so it’s easy to remember, but also trying to work in the cooler part of the summer months. HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US!!
April to August Sundays (April 2 to Aug 27) 3 – 5 PM unless it is HOT (if it’s over 75 degrees then we’ll meet between 6:30 and 8:30 PM)
**NEWS UPDATE: To accommodate summer weekend fun escapes, we’ll also have a Weekday Work Party every Monday evening from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Gardeners are welcome to come either Sunday or Monday, or both, during the summer months.
September to November Sundays (Sept 3 – Nov 19) 3 – 5 PM
Easter, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day always fall on Sundays, but we’ll garden with whoever wants to join us on those Sundays as well.
Hey, just a reminder that even though you may not see a blog post every week, there are gardeners working every Sunday, currently 3-5 PM, until it gets really hot (hard to imagine right now). We’ve planted lots of things, and are preparing to plant in our new straw bale arrangement (trying to outsmart the poplar roots with this technique), so come by and see what’s new and JOIN US on Sundays if you can!