Free Garden Plots --our second year, yah!
Lyceum Gardening Co-Op at Stonetower Mansion--second year of free garden plots!! Yay!!
As you may already know that 2-years ago, we purchased the rotting mansion at 429 Lyceum Ave & lovingly named it, Stonetower Mansion. We are still in the throes of extensive renovation; inside and out--it will take at least 2-3+ more years to get the place to where we'd like it to be : )
Nonetheless, the property has A LOT OF LAND, and we are only able to maintain, for ourselves, a small 10 x 25 plot fruit and veg. lot as well as the front (12 x 60--mostly flowers) which leaves us with approx. room for 10 garden plots which measure approx. 10 x 10 each.
So, we are once again, inviting our neighbors to a free plot garden plot. We have folks returning from last year (Yippee!), and we've rearranged a lot of the yard so as to accommodate larger plots. A taker can expect to have the plot this year and next (as the next 2-3+ years of indoor renovations are going to be long and tedious), and maybe longer depending on the renovations in general.
The only requirements are that you initially: (1) Turn over the soil, (2) organically fertilize the soil, and (3) maintain a water barrel (nothing fancy--a plastic garbage can with a screen and lid will do). (4) Contribute an herb to the community herb garden , andOngoing, you can maintain the plot as needed; water, harvest, weed, etc..and check in monthly via e-mail (if it looks like someone has abandoned the plot, and does not respond to emails....the plot is up for grabs to someone else).
There is an organic composting unit available as well as a general weed dumping area, access to water (if one needs more than the rain barrels provide), and a trash will be available. Persons can come anytime they want....early, late, etc.. doesn't matter : ) Starbucks is in walking distance...(think Potties...!), or if we are home, you can use ours...
The plots are all FULL SUN. Last year gardeners had great harvests of yummies including: 4 different varieties of tomatoes, cantaloupe, pumpkins, Swiss chard, beans, 4-5 different varieties of lettuce, squash, zucchini, kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, eggplant, lots of different types of peppers, various herbs, spinach, onions, cucumber, etc... We had the spoil tested last month at SoilKitchen Soil Kitchen and it's GREAT. 6.5 PH! Working the soil has really been helpful!
The benefit is that for the next couple of years, we do not have to think about unused space that people could be using for food or flowers, our soil will be enriched, we're helping our community, we'll meet our neighbors and make new friends!
This project has been great fun, and we've met lots of neighbors and cultivated great friendships as a result, and it is a waste to let all of this sunny green space go unused....
There are currently 3 plots available--1-small, 1-medium and 1-large. The large plot would need to be a raised bed (due to tree roots underneath), however assistance with building one is available. There is scrap lumber available as well.
If interested, please email us at: Melinda.Briceno.Keith@gmail.com or KevinHahnKeith@gmail.com, or stop by the house and take a look. : )
Ideally, new folks would have to be up and running with the next couple of weeks. Fortunately, it looks like an early growing season!
Thanks, and Cheers,
Melinda and Kevin
There is one plot left if anyone is interested.
A great turnout this year!
One new addition has been a child's garden--a couple of children signed up for a plot and they've been hard at work! They already have tomato plants coming up!
Please let me know if you might be interested in the plot. Again, it's full sun, has already been cultivated, and is ready to go! Yeah!
Melinda.Briceno.Keith@gmail.com and/or KevinHahnKeith@gmail.com
Melinda and Kevin
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