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We’re looking forward to participating in a Dunwoody parks master planning process. We plan to advocate not only for a presence of our existing garden in the Brook Run plan, but also advocate for the five enhancements that we proposed in our community garden master plan.

  • Vegetable Grow-Space Expansion Area
  • ADA Accessible Beds
  • Linear Orchard
  • Bridge-to-Bridge Woodland Path
  • Greenhouses

Why a Dunwoody parks master plan? Dunwoody recently purchased Brook Run Park and other city parks from DeKalb County, and new ownership often means new ideas.

When will the master plan process begin? After city council gives the thumbs up and allocates funds for it. The topic is on Monday night’s agenda.

What was the original plan for Brook Run? Click here.

Where is our garden located in the original plan? Our garden is located across from the Nature Education Center and near the Picnic Meadow in the space indicated as a parking lot. The original plan does not include a community garden.

Got ideas to share? Email us and/or email our the city council.

UPDATE: The Dunwoody city council has approved the parks master planning process to move forward immediately. Public meetings will be announced in the coming weeks, and we will have an opportunity to contribute our ideas, not just for our garden or Brook Run, but for all parks in Dunwoody.

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Consider contacting our mayor and council members to voice support for our community garden and its master plan.

Click here to view the complete master plan: Dunwoody_Community_Garden_Master_Plan-1

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Thank you, Adrian Bonser, for a generous $300.00 donation earmarked for a portable greenhouse.

We look forward to adding a greenhouse to our garden by this fall after researching our options and consulting experts. Our plan is to create a greenhouse that is portable, sized appropriately for our garden, and replicable.

Why a greenhouse? A greenhouse could help extend our cool season harvest for the food pantry and/or communal beds and could provide a means to grow transplants in the spring for our charity beds, members, and/or fundraisers.

Want to help with this new project? Email membership@dunwoodygarden.org!

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On Saturday, our pumpkin team planted the Three Sisters Garden! And had fun doing it!

It was a family affair as members and volunteers of all ages marked spacing for the plants, weeded, amended the soil with compost, planted corn and pumpkins, and set out the soaker hoses. The kids were in charge of planting the corn and their own Halloween jack-o-lanterns and did a great job.

After the corn sprouts a few inches, the team will plant more pumpkins and the beans. Team members will then help keep weeds to a minimum and water during dry spells. The benefit of joining the team is first dibs on the harvest!

Cherokee Beans

 

Seneca Corn

The Three Sisters Garden, which consists of corn, squash, and beans, is a traditional Native American practice and an eco-friendly gardening method. Read a great summary here. We are using many heirloom seeds, some with rich Native American history, such as the Cherokee Trail of Tears Beans and Seneca Red Stalker Corn.

Thanks to one of our new members, Stephanie, for donating all of the seeds for the Three Sisters Garden and sharing her deep gardening knowledge and enthusiasm.

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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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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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Join us on Saturday morning anytime between 9:00 and 11:30 to help plant perennials in our new flower bed, prep the rain garden, plant your plot, and/or enjoy some good company. Lemonade Days is scheduled for the following week, so we’d like our garden to look cultivated and loved to the many visitors we expect during the festival. The garden is already starting to look alive!

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