Thursday, June 30, 2011
Club President Allison Lilly couldn't hide her enthusiasm about our "growing garden family" and the arrival of grading and leveling equipment and representatives from Facilities Management.
"Best day ever," she said (several times) before running off to give a tour of the roof top gardens.
After snapping a few pictures of the raised beds and irrigation systems in place atop the dining halls, the photographer from Terp Magazine joined Lilly and the rest of the garden gang for a pumpkin planting at the Public Health Garden. Thanks to the St. Mary's Garden Club and Carin Celebuski, we had a pallate of pumpkin plants to add to Landscape Architect Bobby Tjaden's sketch for an interactive farm map (coming soon!).
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
And so the two of them travelled to the garden site where both enjoyed morning sun and conversations about beneficial insects.
Monday, June 27, 2011
After winning one of ten rain barrels in the raffle at the WSSC lecture in College Park last weekend, we received an encouraging email from another attendee and local gardener, Janis Oppelt. Janis offered to donate her gently-used ComposTumbler to the project and our cause. We (obviously) accepted and couldn't be happier about the item and the incredible community support it exemplifies. As a student group dedicated to conservation, re-use and sustainability, we are proud to have mitigated the environmental cost of production and shipping a brand-new ComposTumbler and to have the opportunity to turn garden waste into "black gold" on-site already!
While most of our beans and remaining cucumbers were happily placed into the soil on Saturday morning, the few container plants that were struggling are on the path to becoming rich organic matter in as few as 90 days thanks to Janis's donation.
As always, you can check out our latest crop of photos on our Facebook page.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Slowly but surely, the hillside designated for community gardening is taking shape. Wednesday night volunteers moved several of the cucumber and marigold plants out of containers into the ground, started an experimental root vegetable patch, and used donated straw designate a path and control weeds.
This weekend, the team hopes to get the remaining container plants and our glorious Red Delicious apple tree into the ground.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Last night, our Farm Manager Deborah Dramby joined Joel Bunker of Grow Annapolis and Sharon New of Local Food Beat on a panel presenting and discussing the local sustainable food movement in Maryland. Speakers and guests snacked on local berries and brainstormed solutions for the challenges local growers and consumers face or could face in the future. Meanwhile, Club President Allison Lilly found a lovely home for the remainder of our greenhouse-dwelling tomato and basil plants: the raised beds atop the North and South campus dining halls.
Over the weekend, we had the opportunity to visit our favorite weed-eaters, the Eco-Goats, at St. Mary's College of Maryland and tour of the student-run farm with James Williams. James was particularly taken with our purple beans so we did a good ol' fashioned crop swap. A few cucumbers and servings of beans for a beautiful kohlrabi, some garlic, and a few fancy melon plants.
We will be on site bright and early tomorrow morning swapping harvested crops for time spent weeding and turning over new beds. Stop in anytime between 8-11:00am. The more the merrier!
*Note that a farmer week = 7 days :-)
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Please join the discussion this Thursday, June 16th 2011 at the seventh installment of the Quiet Waters Park Environmental Lecture Series: The Benefits of Eating Green. Speakers include: Joel Bunker of Grow Annapolis, Sharon New of Local Food Beat and Deborah Dramby on behalf of Allison Lilly and the University of Maryland Public Health Garden. We will be talking about how the local food and sustainable agriculture movement is impacting our health, community, economy, and ecosystems. Admission is free thanks to event sponsors: Friends of Quiet Waters Park.
6:30 PM Blue Heron Center, Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis. For more information, visit the event website or contact Natalie Nucifora at firstname.lastname@example.org
As always, more pictures can be viewed on our Facebook and Flickr pages.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Too busy this weekend? No problem! We will be on site two times per week all summer long: Wednesday evenings from 5:30-8:00pm and Saturday mornings from 8-11:00am (weather permitting).
Please review our safety suggestions here.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
A few safety suggestions:
- Closed-toed shoes are required and long pants are suggested. Garden girls Allison Lilly and Rachel Rosenberg-Goldstein look adorable in the photo, but they are professionals and were only on site momentarily to move these tools into storage. We would prefer that our volunteers wear clothing that can protect them from thorns, heavy tools, insects and sunburn.
- Come prepared. We will have some natural insect repellent sprays, gloves, sunscreen, and first aid on site - but that supply could deplete quickly if we have a lot of volunteers. If you have a known bee allergy, please bring the appropriate medication.
- Hydrate. We have record high heat and humidity in Maryland today so please start drinking water now and bring your re-usable bottle tonight.
- Bring a bag. We have a few items ready for harvest that volunteers can take home on a first pick, first take basis.
- Garden at your own risk. The university is not liable for any injury to person or property.
Sunday, June 5, 2011
The garden girls had a fantastic time hanging out with our friends and collaborators at Behnke Nurseries' Garden Social yesterday. We gifted more than 50 basil and thyme plants to attendees, swapped PHG seedlings for a few plants on our wish list: nandina shade shrub and a hardy begonia AND won a palate of stepables from Sandy's Plants in the raffle.
On top of being surrounded by incredibly beautiful and rare plants and people, we had the opportunity to learn about rain barrels, ideal soil mixtures for raised beds, edible begonias, sacred herbs and celebrated native plants from local and national experts. Special thanks to everyone who shared their experiences with us!
Check out pictures from the day on our facebook page.
Friday, June 3, 2011
- Wed. 5:15 - 7pm (we will be holding a weekly, quick meeting beforehand from 5-5:15)
- Sat. 8 - 11 am
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Although we have decided to remove the tarps - and the mosquito larvae their puddles are hosting - we are pleased to report that they were fairly successful in our continuing battle with the weeds. Special thanks to everyone who donated a tarp and pitched in advice and ideas!