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Betty Londergan is donating $100 a day for 365 days and blogging about it. Today’s recipient? Our garden! Read her post about our garden and check out Betty’s blog for other interesting causes she’s supporting.

We plan to use those hundred bucks towards our food pantry project. Our goal is to help raise a Ton for Hunger by the end of the year.  

A Ton? Yes, a ton. We’ve already raised 67 pounds in lettuce and a handful of root crops during a few COLD weeks from only six garden beds. Imagine the poundage from our garden’s pantry beds once we start harvesting the tomatoes, peppers, squash, potatoes, and other summer veggies!  

Want to donate food from your personal plot? Or your home garden? Email us to find out how to donate your fresh veggies.

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We’re looking for a team of volunteers to help plant and maintain the pumpkin patch!

Bob Lundsten prepped the patch to the right of our garden by tilling it, adding truckloads of compost, mulching it, and fertilizing it. The hardest work is done. Thanks, Bob, for several hours of labor!

Rather than plant a mono-crop of pumpkins, we’d like to plant a Three Sisters Garden, which is a traditional Native American practice and also an eco-friendly practice. The three sisters are corn, squash (pumpkins, in our case), and beans. The beans provide nitrogen to the soil, which the corn needs, and in turn, the corn provides a trellis for the beans. The squash’s prickles wards off predators and its broad leaves act as living mulch to help deter weeds and hold moisture in the soil.

Here’s a great link about the Three Sisters Garden: http://www.reneesgarden.com/articles/3sisters.html

The Team’s Contribution:

  1. Plant the ornamental corn.
  2. Once the corn has sprouted and established itself, plant the pumpkins and beans.
  3. Water during dry spells. We plan to run soaker hoses through the patch so that watering simply requires you to fasten the hose to the main faucet (you’d get a key) and turn it on. And, of course, turn it back off.
  4. Make sure weeds don’t take over. The wide squash leaves and the wood chips should help keep weeds to a minimum, so this task should only involve pulling or smothering a handful of weeds from time to time.

The larger the team, the smaller the individual commitment! Oh, and the perk for pitching in? You get first dibs on the harvest. Kids can help too! Contact us if you want to help.

Coming in November: A pumpkin smashing party where you bring the jack-o-lanterns you grew back to the garden to add to the compost bin. The compost, once aged, will be used to fertilize the next year’s Three Sisters Garden. That’s life, full circle.

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Date: Monday, April 26, 2010
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Location: Goldberg’s in Georgetown Square

Although we do not allot time for public comment, you are welcome to attend our board meeting to listen. We do, however, welcome comments on this blog, via email (membership@dunwoodygarden.org), on our members-only social network (dunwoodygarden.ning.com), and, of course, in person at the garden. We love ideas–big, small, traditional or unusual–so if you have any thoughts, please feel free share.

 AGENDA:

  1. Approve minutes
  2. Chair report
    1. Status of plots
    2. Waiting list
    3. JFCS (Tools for Living WORK) group
    4. ADA accessibility plan
  3. Treasurer report
  4. Committee reports
    1. Food pantry
    2. Education
    3. Volunteer
    4. Grounds
      1. Flower garden
      2. Rain garden
      3. Path maintenance
      4. New spots up front for planting
    5. Social
    6. Fundraising
      1. Grant writing interest (Diane and Nancy)
      2. CaféPress Decals
      3. Donate button on website (Ashley)
  5. Old business
    1. Pot plots
    2. Business plan
  6. New business
    1. Incubator for new gardens
    2. Showcase simple and scalable
  7. Next meeting date

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John Heneghan, a Dunwoody councilman, posted information about the proposed transfer of Brook Run Park (and other park property) from DeKalb County to the City of Dunwoody. Click here to read more.  Since our community garden is located in Brook Run Park, this transfer could impact our garden. From John’s post, it looks like the impact will be a positive one.

UPDATED: Parks bill passed by senate. Read the Crier article here.

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The flowers are planted and mulched thanks to a great team!  Members of our community garden worked alongside members of the Dunwoody Garden Club (DGC) to beautify before Lemonade Days.

Jeff, Ann, and Sally

Donna, Jeff, and Maria

Thanks to our members: Ann, Sally, Tracy, Jessica, Cindi, and Lynn lent hands and shovels to the project. Karen C designed the flower garden and supervised the plan’s implementation. Don and Bob picked up and unloaded a couple truckloads of compost for the project.

Thanks to the Dunwoody Garden Club members: Donna B, Maria, and Betty participated in the Mulching Party. Theresa from DGC spent time last Saturday to help with the Planting Party. 

Thanks to Volunteer Extraordinaire: Jeff O. He can be seen whenever and wherever there is work to be done, such as Thursday at Donaldson House and Friday at Community Garden. Although he doesn’t have a plot, he’s pitched in for numerous work projects at our garden. 

Thanks to the Dunwoody Garden Club for the generous donation of $300.00 earmarked for this beautification project.

Now that the flower garden is planted, look forward to it flourishing and spreading over the summer.

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The garden buzzed this morning with members and volunteers working on projects: the rain garden and the raised flower beds.

The Rain Garden was designed by Lindsey Man to help divert standing water from the street into the creek.

Don Working on the Rain Garden

Don Working on the Rain Garden

Rod Digging the Rain Garden

Rod Digging the Rain Garden

The flower garden was designed by Karen Converse, one of our members, and was funded by a $300 grant from Dunwoody Garden Club.

Planting the Flower Bed

Planting the Flower Bed

New Members Volunteering

Our New Member Pitching In

Flower Volunteer

Flower Volunteer

Nancy

Nancy Planting Flowers

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The garden is blooming! Check out these photos from our garden plots and hedgerow.
Turnips in Bloom

Turnips in Bloom

Ann & Dominic's Plot

Ann & Dominic's Lush Plot

Arugula in Bloom

Arugula in Bloom

Blueberry Hedgerow

Blueberry Hedgerow Blossoming

Strawberry Flowers

Strawberry Flowers

Crimson Clover

Crimson Clover

Rapeseed (Canola) in Bloom

Rapeseed (Canola) in Bloom

Doolittle Family Garden

Doolittle Family Garden

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