Following Lynette’s email, there are a couple other housekeeping items to consider-
1) Water. I did note that some of the hoses and nozzles were in poor condition and we should consider replacing. If the hose leaks even if the nozzle is not turned on, but the water is, could have flooding. I will pick some up the next week or so. There are 4 stations.
2) Small fee. Jen let me know that some other gardens charge a small fee per plot- $5-10 which could pay for barrels, hoses, trash bags, incidentals. Any left over could be used for a pot luck. Let me know what you think, or send to Patricia McGrath, 39 Inman Street, Cambridge, MA 02139. I vote for $10.
3) Yard waste. Thanks to all who did the clean up. It looks very tidy, indeed. Unfortunately, the barrels were full to the brim and so heavy with dirt they were not movable. I offloaded half of each into leaf bags and two of us will move to curbside this evening for pick up tomorrow AM. To avoid this problem in the future, I bought some leaf bags and will leave them in a black trash bag in the compost area. Don’t overfill-the Works limit is 50 lbs per container. As the remaining plots get cleared, the yard waste should become more manageable. In particular, do not load a lot of dirt or rocks in each barrel.
4) Yard waste schedule. We will need some volunteers to move barrels to the curb weekly or periodically and move the empty containers back into SQG. Three of us so far have volunteered, let me know any others. Pick up is Friday morning.
5) Community watering- each aisle is not very large, with some coordination, we can keep all the plots watered, especially during the heat of summer when many take vacations.
6) I am just about done with plot assignments and will post the listing on the bulletin board in the Garden, once we get a new key. I forgot to alert new users to sign up for the group.
Let me know if anyone needs garden supplies and is without a car; I make regular trips to Home Depot.
From: Lynette Forrey [mailto:lynett...@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, May 16, 2013 2:45 PM
To: Patricia McGrath
Cc: squirre...@googlegroups.com; Letourneau, Jennifer (jwr...@cambridgema.gov)
Subject: Re: [squirrel_garden:631] plots available at new garden on Mem Drive
Today at around 2:30 I went to the garden to find that a huge puddle had formed, as often happens after it rains. I realized after wading through the water to my garden that someone had left the water on. We all need to be mindful and check to make sure that water is off before we leave. Not only is it a waste of a precious resource, some gardens (like mine) will eventually flood. Fortunately I was in time to stop this happening to my garden. Let us work together, not against each other.
On Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 10:07 AM, Patricia McGrath <p...@phylonix.com> wrote:
Jennifer let me know that there is a new garden opening right now on Memorial Drive in the park between Blackstone and River Street.
Since this is the first year, there are still a few unassigned plots available.
Contact Jen to determine if you can transfer your request for a plot at Squirrel Garden or fill out a new application.
Also she reports that the wait for plots at Fresh Pond is somewhat shorter.
There is a 3 year wait at Squirrel Garden. Ie, some 2010 applicants could get assigned plots in 2013, but since only 5 are turning over, likely 2014. We are updating the wait list.
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