Random updates

Progress continues at the Elm and Atlantic garden. Despite the hot dry weather the plugs are growing thanks to our man Dave Riddell from Davey who stops down every evening and waters them on his own time.

We also now have a nice thick pathway made of wood chips donated by the city and put in place by the TNP work crew.

I was over there looking around this morning and one of the neighbors stopped to chat. She told me she couldn’t wait until we install the park bench so she can take her coffee out there on a Saturday morning and enjoy the garden.

Another example of someone going the extra mile for us is a guy named Kurtis Magnello who has a tree trimming business. Kurtis volunteered to clean up some trees that were badly in need of work at our garden site on the Northwest corner of Atlantic and Park. I tried to get more information on his business so I could give him a plug but he didn’t want the publicity — just another good guy who wants to see the city looking better who rolled up his sleeves and got busy.

I don’t think I ever got around to thanking Bill and Nick at the Mocha House for asking me to put a gregg’s garden sign in the front of their restaurant. Note that they did not respond “yes” to a request; it was their idea. They also hosted our recent update and provided refreshments. These are very community-minded guys.

The “weed-killing” phase of garden prep continues but we expect to have a planting date for the other gardens very soon.

Behind the scenes we are at work on gg Phase II plan. We’re putting the final touches on the plan now and will have something to announce soon.

Thank you “Friends from AAUW”

Our newest sponsors are the “Friends from American Association of University Women, which has been the nation’s leading voice promoting education and equity for women and girls since its founding in 1881.

The Association has more than 100,000 members, 1300 branches, and 550 college/university institution partners nationwide. Members examine and take positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.

Locally, they were at the forefront of getting the massage parlors shut down in Warren. They are a valuable asset to our city and we are proud to have them as a sponsor.

For more information about AAUW, call Isabel at 330-647-7288.

We made the paper today

The Tribune ran a nice piece on our info session at the Mocha House last week which you can read here.

This is a good time to thank Bill and Nick at the Mocha for providing a meeting room, coffee and rolls for us at no cost. Thanks guys — we’ll find the perfect lot for your garden soon.

Warren’s most beautiful garden

I got a personal tour today of the “Urban Community Victory Garden” by the Queen of Warren gardening Mrs. Franklin (right). The garden is located at York Avenue and Jackson Street on the Southwest side and is sponsored by the Community of Concerned Citizens II.

It is such a beautiful garden; well worth a trip to see. I’m no photographer but perhaps the snaps I took today will motivate you to drive by. More than 100 gardeners, mostly neighborhood residents. maintain 50 individual plots within the garden. You’ll see well-tended (although Mrs. Franklin is not satisfied) cultivations of beans, peas, okra, greens, several kinds of peppers, squash, corn, and more. Plus there are lovely flowers and colorful hand-made signs designating the individual gardens. There’s also a large plot of magnificent sunflowers that both people and squirrels seem to enjoy.

I hope one day gregg’s gardens will look this good.

First flowers

Planting continues today at the Elm and Atlantic lot — actually, I think we can start calling it a garden now — and here are a couple photos of our first flowers. They are, admittedly,  pathetically little things but they are our first flowers none-the-less.

Our adviser, Master Gardener Pat Fuller stopped by to have a look at the work and pronounced herself “impressed” by the nearly 2000 plugs planted so far.

Davey also re-sprayed the other Atlantic Street lots with herbicide today and seeding will begin on those properties soon.

Please join us at the Mocha House on Sunday at 11:30 to meet everyone and for a complete update followed by an (optional) tour.