Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Happy Spring! First Garden Workday, Meeting and Hours Sign-Up!

Some of the garden's first crocuses
Judging by the increase in garden emails lately, we're all ready for spring. The good news is that the bulbs are coming up, and the first garden hours, workday and meeting are just around the corner!

Garden Workday, Sunday, March 29 
Join us for the first (short) garden workday on Sunday, March 29 from 11:30 am–2 pm. We'll be cleaning up garden debris and composting. Details on an April workday are coming soon!

Garden Hours Begin Wednesday, April 1
Consider signing up for an April shift.

First Garden Meeting of 2015, Sunday, April 19
At 11 am, we will meet in the garden to discuss garden plans, set the season's agenda and welcome new members.

Want to become a member? 
Simply attend a garden meeting for an orientation!

The garden on the first day of spring
Ivory hellebores
Some of the first crocuses of spring
—information courtesy Gardener Amy, images from Claire, text by Josie

Sunday, March 22, 2015


These crocuses aren't going to let the snow keep them from blooming.
After a snowy first day, spring is here! (Finally.)
Crocuses and tulips are emerging.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

8th Annual Columbia Waterfront District Tree Lighting

The 8th Annual Columbia Waterfront District Tree Lighting is being hosted by our friends at the Human Compass Garden at the corner of Columbia and Sackett streets on Friday, Dec. 12, from 6–7:30 pm. Come down to the garden for live music, refreshments from local restaurants, and a photo with Santa, who has surprises for the kids! 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Halloween Story Time and Sing-Along!

UPDATE: Due to weather conditions, the story time has been CANCELLED.

Need an excuse to dress up the kids in their adorable Halloween costumes one more time? Come down to the Summit Street Community Garden, at the corner of Columbia and Summit streets, this Sunday, November 2, from 11–11:45 am for a Halloween-themed story time and sing-along!

Stories will be read by garden member Andrea Vaughn Johnson, children's librarian at Brooklyn Public Library central branch. Music will be led by garden member Rob Jost of Little Folkies and the Sesame Street band.

Children of all ages and their families are welcome. Come in costume or come as you are. BYOB, as in blanket! Admission is free.

You’ll also have a chance to purchase some flower bulbs to support the garden!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Summit Street Garden 2nd Annual Fall Bulb Bake Band Bonanza, Saturday, October 18

The Summit Street Community Garden at the corner of Summit and Columbia streets will host its second annual Fall Bulb Bake Band Bonanza on Saturday, October 18 from 10 am–4 pm. Buy flower bulbs for your garden while enjoying snacks and music in the community garden. Baked goods and a selection of bulbs—including daffodils, tulips and crocuses—will be for sale, with all proceeds benefiting the garden. Live music from jazz-rock fusion trio City Samanas begins at 2 pm. Admission is free. The rain date for the event is Sunday, October 19.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

September Weekends in the Garden

I’ve been lucky enough to spend the past two Saturdays in the community garden and I’d like to share some photos and notes. Last week, I was going to send out an email as a follow-up to my Bee Careful post about the ground-dwelling bees near the garden entrance, where the bench used to be. (Thanks to Gardener Lily for moving it so people seated at the bench aren’t surprised by the bees, or vice-versa.)

I thought I’d unearthed another bee dwelling last Saturday while weeding the path by the birdbath, when I found myself suddenly surrounded by about eight bees. None of them stung me, but they seemed to be letting me know that it would be in my best interest to move along and leave that area alone. This week, I returned and weeded that area with no bee interference, but in several other areas, I would weed for about 10 minutes before bees would come by and chase me away. I did I lot of shrieking and running around today. So if you see half-weeded areas, throughout the garden, that was me, being afraid of the little bees. (My boyfriend thinks it’s hilarious that I love to garden but am afraid of bees. “You’re outside,” he once reminded me. “They live here.”)

The bees don’t seem particularly aggressive, but it seems as if they’re guarding the ground. All of it. They seem to prefer the sunshine, so it helps to weed in shady spots. (With this option, I had all my blood drained from me by the mosquitoes. If you’re curious as to Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears, I recommend the children’s book that was read to me as a little tyke at the public library. It left quite an impression on me for me to remember it 30 years later.)

This belongs to the bees.

This also belongs to the bees.

Everything belongs to the bees.
Anyway, if you’re in the garden, just be mindful of the bees. I suppose it's possible I'm misinterpreting their intentions, and they're the world's friendliest bees. They buzzed around me all day, including when I was cleaning up a giant pile of poop in the grass. If there’s something I like less than cleaning up poop of mysterious origins, I’m not sure what it is. Aside from mystery poop, the past few Saturdays have been absolutely lovely.

Remember that the 2nd annual Bulb, Bake and Band Bonanza Garden Fundraiser is Saturday, October 18 (rain date is Sunday, October 19)! The bulbs have been chosen, and it’s a lovely selection! —Josie


Bumblebees enjoying the hollyhock.

The migrating ceramic dove seems to have found a feather.

Mum season! 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Tomorrow: Summit Street Garden Workday and The Amazing Garden's Sandwich Contest

Our community garden neighbors are having their annual Best Grilled Sandwich in Brooklyn Contest tomorrow, September 20, at 3 pm in The Amazing Garden, at the corner of Columbia and Carroll streets. The $15 donation to the garden earns you a vote (and sandwiches, of course) from three local eateries: Bar Bruno Mexican Bistro, Vekslers and Henry Public. Each restaurant will offer sandwiches both for carnivores and vegetarians. Plus there's live music with guest emcee Amy Eddings of WNYC. Kids get in for free.

And don't forget that tomorrow in the Summit Street Garden, there's a meeting at 11 am, followed by a workday. Work up an appetite in our garden, then head over to The Amazing Garden for sandwiches!