Mid August in the Garden and Meeting Notes

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.

What you see: the birdbath and sunflowers. What you don't see: Weeds in the path!

What you see: the birdbath and sunflowers. What you don’t see: Weeds in the path!

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.

Butterfly visitor at the garden.

Butterfly visitor at the garden.

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.

Some new plantings in the pots by the entrance.

Some new plantings in the pots by the entrance.

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.

Part of my garden plot with nasturtium, coneflower and small succulents.

Part of my garden plot with nasturtium, coneflower and small succulents.

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.

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Spring 2016 Photos of the Summit Street Garden

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!

Garlic. ©Ariel Bordenet

Garlic. ©Ariel Bordenet

Tulips. ©Ariel Bordenet

Tulips. ©Ariel Bordenet

Tulips. ©Ariel Bordenet

Tulips. ©Ariel Bordenet

©Ariel Bordenet

A study in purples, with pops of yellow: Irises, daffodils, lilac. ©Ariel Bordenet

Daffodils. ©Ariel Bordenet

Daffodils. ©Ariel Bordenet

©Ariel Bordenet

©Ariel Bordenet

©Ariel Bordenet

©Ariel Bordenet

©Ariel Bordenet

©Ariel Bordenet

Irises. ©Ariel Bordenet

Irises. ©Ariel Bordenet

©Ariel Bordenet

©Ariel Bordenet

©Ariel Bordenet

©Ariel Bordenet

©Ariel Bordenet

©Ariel Bordenet

Seating at the Summit Street Community Garden. ©Ariel Bordenet

Seating at the Summit Street Community Garden. ©Ariel Bordenet

August in the Garden

Following are some photos from this past August weekend in the garden.

Someone planted sunglasses in my plot, but I put them by the planter near the picnic table. Would a sunglasses tree grow in the shade or the sun?

Someone planted sunglasses in my plot, but I put them by the planter near the picnic table. Food for thought: Would a sunglasses tree grow in the shade or the sun?

I didn't plant these sunflowers, but I'll happily accept them in my plot.

I didn’t plant these sunflowers, but they are a happy surprise.

Crabapple, with tomatoes, basil, black-eyed-susan and sunflowers.

Crabapple, with tomatoes, basil, black-eyed-Susan and sunflowers.

Black-eyed Susans.

Black-eyed Susans.

Succulents.

Succulents.

This plot smells delicious, and just needs some mozzarella for a Caprese salad.

This plot smells delicious, and just needs some mozzarella for a Caprese salad.

Nasturtium and bleeding hearts.

Nasturtium and bleeding hearts.

Before and after. You can see where I ran out of time, but it looks a little bit better.

Before and after. You can see where I ran out of time, but it looks a little bit better.

Mid July in the Summit Street Community Garden

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.

Broccoli

Kieth and Randi’s broccoli is doing well. Photo: Keith Klein

Broccoli

Broccoli in Kieth and Randi’s plot. Photo: Keith Klein

Kale and tomatoes.

Kale and tomatoes in Keith and Randi’s plot. Photo: Keith Klein

Kale and cucumbers in the Red Hook Playgroup plot at the Summit Street Community Garden.

Red Hook Playgroup’s plot is doing well, with a cucumber and plenty of kale. Photo: Josie Rubio

Strawberries at the Summit Street Community Garden.

Strawberries in Josie’s plot. Photo: Josie Rubio

Nasturtium at the Summit Street Community Garden

Nasturtium blooming in Josie’s plot (plus an ant). Photo: Josie Rubio

A cat on a leash at the Summit Street Community Garden.

Despite the heat, this past weekend, a feline visitor stopped by with a few human companions to sniff the summer blooms. Photo: Josie Rubio

Spigelia marilandica (India pink) in Josie's plot. Photo: Josie Rubio

Spigelia marilandica (India pink) in Josie’s plot. Photo: Josie Rubio

Foxglove.

Foxglove. Photo: Josie Rubio

Coneflower at the Summit Street Community Garden.

Coneflower. Photo: Josie Rubio

Miniature rock garden.

Josie’s miniature rock garden. Photo: Josie Rubio

June 2016 Events at the Garden

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.

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SUMMER SOLSTICE
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.

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The Summit Street Community Garden Is Featured on Gardenista

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The Summit Street Community Garden is featured on Gardenista.

The Summit Street Community Garden is featured on popular garden website Gardenista. Check out the post Garden Visit: Summit Street in Red Hook for beautiful photos and text by Marie Viljoen, writer for Gardenista and blogger at 66 Square Feet (Plus), where she documents her own garden. Even garden members might learn something new—like the origins of the beautiful peach roses or how some of the plants arrived for a photoshoot for a Martha Stewart publication.

Garden Meeting on Sunday, June 12

13346257_10153436106047142_5750289045759238017_oThere is a garden meeting on Saturday, June 12, at 11 am, followed by a workday. On the agenda: compost infrastructure project update and discussion (including carpenter bee management), the garden’s mention on Gardenista, member participation/new member orientation, and the establishment of guidelines for non-members who would like to have events in the garden. If you’re interested in joining the garden, please attend the meeting for an orientation!

 

Memorial Day Weekend in the Garden

Garden member Amy shared some of her photos from this weekend in the garden. Below are her photos and observations. If you’d like to share your garden photos with us, please contact the blog team!

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That scrumptious peach rose bush in its glory.

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Rose haven

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This rose bush may be in its last season. It has produced one bud, which has now flowered. And, oh, what a lovely flower it is.

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I love the way the light is shining right on its bloom.

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Handsome.

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Grass can show off too!

blackberries

Yum, blackberries!

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Impressive iris stand.

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Impressive lavender this season.

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Quiet Sunday morning.

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Poppies.

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Wow!

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Mingling.

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I spotted a tiny patriot!

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Sprouts! I happen to know that these are sunflowers and that they were planted by a 2 year old and a 3 year old. Nice work, young gardeners!

Garden Meeting and Workday May 22 at 11 am

tulippurple This Sunday, May 22, there is a garden meeting and workday, beginning at 11 am.  Among the topics that will be discussed: tag sale earnings and possibly allowing for two hour shifts on weekends instead of four hour shifts. (This would divide weekend hours into two shifts of two hours each.) If you are interested in becoming a member of the Summit Street Community Garden, attend the meeting.