Herb Tour of the Garden
A quick invite to join Kathleen and Larry this Saturday, June 24, 10am, to walk through and identify the tremendous wealth of permaculture herbs that already exist and thrive in the Leland Street Cooperative Garden. Larry will be photographing to help make this information more accessible to all.
It will be a rather focused event. All are welcome!
9am – Yoga in the Garden with Nicole Pelletier and Deborah Schwartz to start our day
1pm – Potluck: meet the neighborhood!
The Vinyasa Yoga class is free and open to all ages and levels. To quote their flyer:
Visit to Paradise Lot in Holyoke
This past weekend, many Leland gardeners went on a special field trip to Holyoke to visit Paradise Lot, Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates’ 15 year-long experiment in permaculture on a small urban lot. You can read about the garden at https://paradiselotblog.wordpress.com/
I hope you are doing well with our manic weather and all. It’s surely having an impact on the garden. The rain, so welcome, revived a lot of the plants we almost lost in the drought last year, including some of our invasive weeds…look out for the Nettle and the Bishops weed! These are both healing herbs and are most challenging in a community garden setting. The Nettle has little thorns, even the little ones, and the Bishops weed literally takes over and has already claimed two shrubs…If you have any organic (no Monsanto RoundUp here!) suggestions for removing the Bishops Weed, please share.
Planting is underway with the Tomatoes, and a few others in the ground with more awaiting their places.
Saturday, May 27, 11-2 more Planting, Cleaning up and playing in the garden.
The focus will be getting the seedlings situated in the ground, so bring a snack if you like.
Thursday, June 1, 7-8.30
General meeting in the garden. If it rains we’ll move to Deborah’s @ 15 Leland Street #2.
At the last meeting we thoroughly looked into the prospect of growing mushrooms and find we have everything we need. It, like so many ideas, are awaiting the timing and people power to make them happen.
We continue to watch our neighborhood transform with condos selling and new people arriving, or soon to arrive. I have enjoyed meeting kind people and their children and dogs consistently just finding their way around and more people, whom I have not met, sending emails requesting to be added to this list…Welcome all! It seems to me that the Leland Street Cooperative Garden has a Soul of its own and it is a pleasure to be able to help it make this transition for the next generations to love and care for…We are all in this together!
And I saw the first Monarch passing through as well..a big yellow one! Many of you may know that we didn’t have any for a couple of years and they seem to be making their return.
On the tough days, it helps me to remember this amazing Being was once a Caterpillar…
Wishing you all the best,
DJamil and the Leland Garden team
General Garden Meeting Thursday, May 4th 7 pm – 8:30 pm at the Garden– All are Welcome!
A note from Djamil and the Leland Garden team:
I hope you are doing well. Rolling up our sleeves, we are hitting the dirt. Heads up that this is a high tick season so far with many sightings and bitings so please take care…do a tick check each night when you’ve been out in nature during the day
Thursday, May 4, General Meeting
7-8:30 in the Garden (@ 15 Leland St. #2 adjacent the garden if it rains)
We have some fun things to talk about! Dan and Amanda are both interested in bringing mushrooms to the garden and will be there to explore this opportunity. The mushrooms will be cultivated in the Peace Garden which is an area that is yet owned by the city between the garden and Barlow St. It is also currently used as a passive compost.
All are welcome!
Saturday, May 13 – Plant pick up – We Need Drivers!
1. Pick up pre-ordered seedlings @ Revision House in Roxbury
2. City Natives in Mattapan, a Trustees sponsored plant sale featuring City Native cultivated plants, and local farmer offerings – herb, Vegetables etc.
3. Herb Society of New England plant sale at Elmbank in headquarters of Massachusetts Horticulture Society in Wellesley.
If you have a car and would like to share a few hours picking up plants at either of these locations, please let us know ASAP. We’re hoping to get to all, if possible.
Also, if you would like to contribute funds for the new season plantings, our current balance is $52.00. Please call Adam Frost 617-325-9526 to get instructions for donating.
Sunday, May 14, Planting the goodies from the plant sales as determined by the need on Saturday 11-2
That’s it for now. Ready, Steady, Go! 🙂
Many thanks for your interest, love and support of the garden!
All the best,
DJamil and the Leland Garden Team