The snow peas have come up very well along the fence and are more than a foot high and attaching themselves nicely to the fence itself. They should start blooming very soon. Finally the weather is cooperating enough for us to give them some company. Keff and Yvonne have been raising tomato seedlings that are ready to go in the ground, and we also have some seeds to plant (and weeds to pull). We'll have our first big planting day this Saturday, May 28, from 10-noon.
Nathan's been raising pepper seedlings, but they aren't quite ready yet. So even if you can't make it on Saturday, there will be plenty of other chances to get your hands dirty.
I hope you can join us. (The garden is right near 99 Kent Street in Brookline, in case you've never been.)
Back on May 1, the New York Times had a fun article about community gardening in New York CIty. I loved that they figured out that 67 community gardens on 1.7 acres grew 87,700 pounds of vegetables, including 29,682 pounds of tomatoes, and 5,505 pounds of chard.
Someday, we're going to have to figure out how to measure how much produced we grow at the 200 Foot Garden. Maybe a scale and a notebook hanging on the fence? Who knows. For now, our exact amount will have to remain a mystery.
quick update: we've had a long stretch of cool rainy weather, which has been good for the snow peas, which are now starting to climb up the fence. The weather has also kept us from planting the tomato and pepper seedlings that Keff and Nathan have been growing, and from getting new seeds in the ground. Right now, we're planning a planting day for Saturday, May 28, to get more seeds and plants ready to go.
The 200 Foot Garden is a community garden/art project, to create a commuter garden in Brookline, Massachusetts (near 99 Kent Street). Our hope is to add some beauty and delight to a very everyday stretch of sidewalk and chain-link fence. It's also our hope to remind people that healthy vegetables can be grown in all sorts of environments, not just farms or big yards or community garden plots. The 200 Foot Garden is also a way to bring together neighbors in a project designed to share good things with the people around us.
The project is headed by Patrick and Tracy Gabridge. In our everyday lives, Patrick is a novelist and playwright, and Tracy is a librarian.
The budget for this comes out of our pockets and from donations from folks like you. If you'd like to donate funds to help us buy seeds, compost, and other supplies for the garden, please click the button below.