The main topic at last week’s garden meeting was the heat. Because of the high temperatures, the meeting was quickly adjourned. A few hot (sorry, I can’t resist) topics included the necessity of a lawn edger, which is going to be purchased soon, and the tag/bake sale slated for Saturday, September 10, to coincide with the Southwest Brooklyn Fall Festival on Columbia and Union Streets. A sign-up sheet will be sent around soon. Also, it’s time to sign up for garden hours for the rest of the summer!
I stopped by the garden this weekend and ended up staying for four hours! I had planned to get back to weeding the main path, but I did manage to get the front done, as well as the section by the birdbath, and the section after that. Thank you to others who have been weeding the paths! It is such a simple task, but it takes a long time.
Unfortunately, I disturbed an anthill and found myself covered in ants. One got stuck in the fabric of my gardening glove, but, working together, the ant and I were successful in getting it free. It took a long time, though. Among other visitors: cicadas (I found several shells while weeding) and a butterfly.
I also removed some of the dead plants and weeds in the planters by the entrance. Per Megan’s suggestion, I took some of the plants from a plot that is going to be up for grabs after a member moved, and potted those. In the square pot of weeds, I put some flowers, and in the round pot, I put in some mums, which will be blooming pretty soon as fall is around the corner! I also took a potted sunflower from my corner and put it by the entrance. As small Orion put it yesterday, “The plant looks thirsty,” so I gave it plenty of water. Some of the transplants look a little droopy, so if everyone could keep them watered, that would be great. I put some seedling sprouts from my area in a pot as well. I think they are either basil plants or weeds. I guess we’ll find out! If anyone has suggestions or wants to move anything around by the front, that’s fine with me. My haphazard plantings aren’t as beautifully curated as Claire’s. Mostly I just moved some wilted plants into the place of dead plants and weeds by the front.
I watered my plot right before the rain, of course. This weekend, I also gave the hydrangea some water (as did Denise) because nothing looks sadder than a dehydrated hydrangea.
When I was leaving the garden, I spotted this T-rex menorah up for grabs on a nearby stoop. It is one of the best things I have ever seen. I almost took it, but I don’t need a menorah, so I left it for someone else to take. However, a few friends expressed interest in it after I posted the photo on social media, so leaving this Tyrannosaurus behind will be one of my great regrets. However, I did score a few pairs of earrings and some pants, and I will always have this photo to remember him by.