India Point Park Cleanup Day

If you can make it here’s another community cleanup day!

What: India Point Park annual spring cleanup.
When: Saturday, April 24. Rain date April 25, rain or shine.
Where: India Point Park, Providence. Meet at Gano Street entrance to the park.
About: Bring wheelbarrows, clipping tools and your family. We provide lawn bags, gloves, rakes, paint and brushes. Sponsored by Friends of India Point Park and Groundworks Providence.
Info: Call 401-273-4204 or 401-331-2180.

Duties List Now Available

Do you sometimes have trouble making the required workdays at the garden? Here’s an option:

There is now an area on the website called “Duties” which will give you a list of things you can do at the garden outside of workdays so that you may fulfill your community contribution.

The icon on the navigation bar looks like this:

So while your tending your own plot, please take a few minutes to contribute to the garden as a whole. This list will be updated every  Thursday as necessary, both on the site and the bulletin board at the garden.

When you have contributed some sweat to the garden’s needs, please sign with your initials and plot number on the list at the garden. If you have suggestions for things that can be done, please leave a note at the garden, email or leave a comment on the Duties page.

THE FIRST WORKWEEKEND:

Come to the garden pretty much any time on May 1st & 2nd. We’ll be fixing up plots and I can take yI believe we’ll be getting started around 8am. Stay for a couple hours or stay all day! Who would be interested in bringing some eats or drinks? I will have some contracts available if you have your checkbooks available.

Blackberries and Raspberries

Blackberries and Raspberries.

The plants to the right of the gate (as you are walking in) are raspberries. They fruit on annual canes and should be cut back to knee height each year (this has been done already) – this has worked for City Farm for a very long time. When cut back over the winter to knee height they will fruit twice – once in the late spring early summer and once again in the late summer early fall. (YAY!)

The plants to the left are Blackberries fruit on 2nd year canes. This mean that all the new growth this year will bear fruit next summer – usually in July/August. They are most easily pruned in the spring when the obvious now 2nd year canes have greened up and leaved out, while the old 2nd year canes are dead and brown.

Both Raspberries and Blackberries expand through runners, you’ll notice lots of raspberries in the paths and now plots, for this reason I don’t recommend people plant them in their own plots because they are so “invasive”. The runners can be dug up and transplanted elsewhere. Some plants we planted on the parking lot side of the fence have finally taken root (or at least the  lawn mowers
haven’t cut them down yet) ad so we should have even more raspberries this year.

Remember: raspberries & blackberries bruise very easily and do not fare well on bumpy rides  home. They are best eaten right off the bramble, transported carefully or made into jam.

Thank you Thom & Joel for taking such great care of them.

Do You Know Your Neighbors?

Hello gardeners.

I have not been able to contact some of the  plot owners from last year. Before reassigning the plots, I’m hoping that you may be able to help me get in touch.

If you know the residents for the following plots:

17          36         37          55          82          89          90          94

If you are, or someone you know is,  the resident for any of these plots, please get in touch as soon as possible. This afternoon I’ll be going down to the garden, posting this notice and flagging these plots. If this is your plot, it has not been reassigned, but it will be if I don’t hear back  by May 1.

The wait list grows every day. Some of those on the wait list are simply updated information for current resident gardeners, but I’m going to guess I’m about 75 deep (of 100 or so) on the list of both new gardeners and requests for second plots. That’s why it’s very important if you know the person who had one of these plots last year to let them know I‘m trying to make contact.

Thank you all for your help!