Friends of the West End Park

Historic West End*Atlanta*GA

FRIENDS OF THE WEST END UPDATE! March 10, 2010

Friends of the West End Park met Friday, March 5th, 2010. There’s lots of exciting stuff coming up at the park, here are a couple of updates:

  • At our last park clean-up we found contaminated mulch: pieces had nails, peeled paint and large pieces of construction wood. I took pictures and I wrote a letter to the Park Commissioner. I must report that the City responded quickly and did a GREAT JOB removing the mulch from the park. I’m also very pleased that new trees and bushes were planted in the park. I’d like to express my gratitude to our Park Commissioner: Mr. Paul Taylor, Park Pride’s Executive Director: George Dusenbury, Director of Community Building: Ayanna Williams and Representative Cleta Winslow! Thanks for taking care of our park and responding to our concerns! We couldn’t be happier!
  • At our last meeting we discussed Earth Day at West End Park. We’ve decided to do a two day celebration at the park: April 15 & 16, 2010. We’ll be making benches for the park, painting the basketball court, making new planters, planting trees and improving the children’s garden area. We will build a bulletin board to keep community members informed on upcoming events, activities, etc. We also hope to install pegs to keep cars off the turf. Our group would like to encourage children in the neighborhood to donate a plant to their “Children’s Garden”.  We’ll be creating garden art to label their plants. We hope to have workshops for community members and children. We’ll keep you posted!
  • In addition to Earth Day, we hope to host our 2nd Annual Spring Egg Hunt on April 3 @ 10am. Last year, this event was a wonderful success! We hope you’ll join us for a morning of fun in the park!
  • As the weather gets warm, please come out and enjoy your park, play tennis, participate in clean-ups, etc! Lets continue to maintain & improve our park!
 

Companion Planting (Potatoes) February 6, 2010

WHAT TO PLANT WITH POTATOES?

Companions for potatoes are bush bean, members of the cabbage family, carrot, celery, corn, dead nettle, flax, horseradish, marigold, peas, petunia, onion and Tagetes marigold. Protect them from scab by putting comfrey leaves in with your potato sets at planting time. Horseradish, planted at the corners of the potato patch, provides general protection. Don’t plant these around potatoes: asparagus, cucumber, kohlrabi, parsnip, pumpkin, rutabaga, squash family, sunflower, turnip and fennel. Keep potatoes and tomatoes apart as they both can get early and late blight contaminating each other.

 

STARTING YOUR SPRING GARDEN… January 29, 2010

Starting Your Spring Garden
FROM Truly Living Well (www.trulylivingwell.com)

A local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) managed by Mr. K. Rashid Nuri…

Mr. K. Rashid Nuri

Now is the time to plan and build an organic spring garden at your home. What is the first step?

Determine the best place for your garden. The garden should be located in an area that is fully exposed to the sun. You will pay more attention to your garden the nearer it is to the house. Make sure that water is readily available.

The single most important factor in creating a successful garden is soil preparation. I call it dirt making. Get the soil right.  If you create good healthy soil, the plants which grow in that soil will also be healthy. Healthy plants are disease resistant.

Begin soil preparation by gently turning the soil. If this is the first time the land is being used to grow food, a tiller may prove helpful. Too much tillage destroys soil structure. Subsequent soil preparation can be done with a spade or garden fork.

After opening the soil add copious amounts of organic material such as compost, leaf mold, well rotted sawdust or decomposed animal manure. You can make your own compost or purchase it from most garden supply stores.

Compost is the key to successful gardening. Compost added to gardens improves soil structure, texture, aeration, and water retention. When mixed with compost, clay soils are lightened, and sandy soils retain water better. Mixing compost with soil also contributes to erosion control, soil fertility, proper pH balance, and healthy root development in plants.

Make beds in the garden that are separated by walkways. You do not want to walk in the area that you plant with vegetables. Walking on a vegetable bed compacts the soil and retards plant growth.

Utilize the garden space wisely. Select crops you will eat and enjoy. You must like what you plant or the garden space and the food will both be wasted. Decide what you want to plant and where you will plant it. Know what you will plant after the spring season crop is finished. Southern exposure has the most light. Tall crops should be planted on the north and west side of the garden to prevent shading of smaller plants.


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FIND YOUR AVERAGE LAST FREEZE… January 26, 2010

FIND YOUR AVERAGE LAST FREEZE…

http://www.motherearthnews.com/Organic-Gardening/How-to-Find-Average-Last-Spring-Frost-Date.aspx

WHAT TO GROW IN MARCH…

VEGETABLES Sow Indoors Sow Outdoors Transplant
Arugula XXX
Asparagus XXX
Beet XXX
Broccoli XXX XXX
Cabbage XXX XXX
Carrot XXX
Celery XXX
Chard XXX
Eggplant XXX
Endive XXX XXX XXX
Fava bean XXX
Fennel, bulb XXX
Kale XXX XXX
Kohlrabi XXX XXX XXX
Leek XXX XXX
Lettuce XXX XXX XXX
Mache XXX
Onions, bulb XXX
Pac choi XXX XXX XXX
Parsnip XXX
Peas (snow, shell, snap) XXX
Peppers XXX
Potatoes XXX
Radishes XXX
Rhubarb XXX
Radicchio XXX XXX XXX
Scallion (green onion) XXX XXX
Sorrel XXX
Spinach XXX XXX
Tomato XXX
Turnip XXX
CULINARY HERBS Sow Indoors Sow Outdoors Transplant
Basil XXX
Chives XXX XXX
Cilantro XXX
Dill XXX
Fennel, leaf XXX
Horseradish XXX
Marjoram XXX
Parsley XXX XXX
Rosemary XXX
Sage XXX
Savory, summer XXX XXX
Thyme XXX

 

UNIQUE KID FORT August 29, 2009

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via: apartmenttherapy.com

photos source: Flickr user tastybit via Creative Commons

 

AUGUST CLEAN-UP + JUMP ROPE CANCELLED! August 13, 2009

This month’s clean-up + jump rope is cancelled.

We’ll conduct our monthly assessment and I’m working to get Mulch for September’s clean-up.

Also-great news: we made it to the 2nd round for a community garden grant from Park Pride, the grant would help us with rain barrels. We’ll see what happens!

 

FALL CROPS in GA! August 3, 2009

Diego and I started our lettuce seeds today! I love salad so I’m excited to have lettuce again. Here’s a list of GA specific fall crops w/ planting dates. These planting dates are for actual plants that are transplanted not seeds:

Spinach-Planting Dates: Oct 1-21, Moon Favorable: Oct 18-21

Broccoli-Planting Dates: Sept 7-31, Moon Favorable: Sept 18-30

Carrots-Planting Dates: Aug 1-Sept 7, Moon Favorable: August 6-19 and Sept 5-7

Source: http://www.almanac.com (you can go to website and enter your zip code for region-specific information)