The next garden meeting and workday is this Sunday, September 18, at 11 am. The thunderstorms are supposed to hold off until later in the day. We’ll discuss the latest tag sale, fall plantings and other garden tasks. Anyone interested in becoming a new member of the garden can attend this meeting.
Thank you to all who volunteered and made purchases at the Summit Street Garden Tag & Bake Sale today!
It was a really hot day, but luckily we had iced rooibos tea on hand, as well as Inner Strength organic iced tea, courtesy of The Brooklyn Herborium.
The sale also had plenty of sweet treats, including Rice Krispies treats, molasses spice cookies, malted milk cookies, chocolate chip cookies, lemon rosemary olive oil cake and chocolate caramel cupcakes. (I think many of the sales were due to volunteers being posted near the table of baked goods. I know I kept dipping into my wallet for bakery and tea money!)
While the tea was a big seller on the hot day, the winter coats were more of a tough sell.
There were plenty of clothing and household items for sale.
The tag sale always has interesting items.
As you can see, the tag sale was a lot of fun. Despite the heat, it was a nice day to see friends and neighbors in and around the garden. Thank you to all who helped with the sale and made purchases. All proceeds help beautify the community garden, with funds for plants, water and tools.
When I signed up for garden hours for Sunday, I honestly thought it might be rained out because of the impending Hermine tropical storm heading up the east coast. As it turned out, today was one of the most beautiful days of the summer.
A fellow gardener found a bicycle seat in the shrubbery outside the garden gates. In the past, I’ve mainly found cut bike locks. Once I found an unopened can of Tecate.
Today I finally got a chance to clean up the main path at the entrance.
I also weeded the side patio.
As I sat weeding, I overheard a child tell his dad, “I wish we could live in the garden.” After walking through the garden and taking photos, I was closing the gate to lock up and heard, “Wait!” I thought I’d looked through the whole garden, but someone must have slipped in. (It’s a good reminder to me to always check the garden before closing up.) “I thought I’d have to spend the night!” exclaimed my near-garden captive. I felt as if today came full circle, from a child’s wish to live in the garden to an unwitting visitor almost staying there.
Where did the summer go? It’s already time for the Summit Street Community Garden Fall Tag and Bake Sale fundraiser! The sale is scheduled for Saturday, September 10, the same day as the 6th Annual Columbia Waterfront Festival. Spend a day in the Columbia Waterfront neighborhood and visit the festival and our tag sale. The sale will have baked goods, beverages and bargains on music, clothing, household items, jewelry and more! All proceeds go to the beautification of the garden, for plants, bulbs, equipment, water and other garden needs.
Gardeners, since it’s a cloudy (and possibly rainy) weekend, it’s the perfect time to do some cleaning and look for things to donate to the sale! Remember that Marie Kondo advises to “Discard anything that doesn’t spark joy.” (I might donate all my cleaning supplies. Also, I am still kicking myself for not picking up the amazing dinosaur menorah I saw a few weeks ago.) Don’t forget to sign up for a shift and/or baked goods, tables, etc. on the sign up sheet that went out via email today! Below are some photos from previous sales.
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.
Yes, it’s August, but let’s take a break from the summer heat and remember the cooler months. Gardener Ariel Bordenet, who is also a photographer, took some lovely photos of the garden this past spring. Plus, fall is just around the corner, and it will be time to plant bulbs soon!
Following are some photos from this past August weekend in the garden.
The next community garden meeting will be held on Sunday, August 14, at 11 am, followed by a workday. On the agenda: possible fall fundraiser on September 11. Those interested in becoming garden members should attend a meeting for orientation. Right now the forecast calls for rain, but hopefully it will hold off for our meeting.
July in the Summit Street Community Garden has been hot, but there have been plenty of visitors. This time of summer also means there are fruits and vegetables for gardeners to harvest. Here are a few photos from the past week.
June was a beautiful month in the Summit Street Community Garden. Following are a few photos from events hosted in the garden.
AEVEN’S FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY
Garden member Karen threw Aeven’s first birthday party at the garden on a sunny Sunday. She shared her photos of the festivities below.
Gardeners gathered to celebrate the summer solstice—complete with a strawberry moon—and share a meal. Read gardener Sondra’s blog post for more information about the strawberry solstice and enjoy her photos below.