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Community Garden update: we're getting there!

Cross post from my blog, domestic efforts.

Since starting the community garden in South Philadelphia, a lot of people have expressed interest in participating. Although a number of them have flaked out, we now have a small group of committed gardeners. Initially, it was just me and one other person. Since we both work full time, we had to do all the major work on weekends, and it was a huge job to clean up the lot, weed, rake, etc. What a difference a few extra bodies make! We now have 7 beds constructed and have marked out 7 additional ones. We've cleaned out the lot significantly and are even beginning to plant (although it's getting cold, so we're focusing on hardy plants).

(7 beds done! The cardboard against the wall will eventually line the walkways and will be covered with mulch.)

(We used bricks to mark the spots of future raised beds.)

(We made 2 piles of all the bricks and stones that littered and/or were buried in the lot. We'll use these to create mini-beds, as shown in the second photo, in which we'll plant flowers.)

(Shown here: caterpillars keeping fennel company. We'll use broken cinder blocks for raised beds as well, since we can plant inside the holes.)

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Comment by Christa Nelson on October 25, 2010 at 2:55pm
well done! ........now you just need to find some graffiti artists to do some murals on those big, empty walls!
Comment by Tracy Johnson on October 26, 2010 at 6:46am
That is really awesome! I agree with Christa, murals would be perfect! Great job!
Comment by Stacey on October 31, 2010 at 7:50pm
Nice work...glad you stuck with it!


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