Tuesday, May 25, 2010

More final pics of the mural

(The last 3 panels)

(The spring panel)

(The first 3 panels)

(The last 4 panels)

(The fall panel)

Our delivery arrives and finishing the mural

(Eggplant and sunflower)

(Spring panel)

(Panel of male and female about to greet under the night sky)

(Spring, summer, fall panels)

(Far away view of mural)

Our delivery of 40 flats of plants finally arrived so we have been busy planting at both Morris Ave. and E. 111 St. We planted jasmine, kale, collards, zucchini, squash, sunflowers, cucumbers, eggplant, hot peppers, bell peppers, Black-eyed Susan, basil, tomatoes, impatiens and day lilies. In both locations nearly every inch of soil is blooming with plant growth. We also decided that it would be a nice gesture to donate a few plants to a community garden near the E. 111 St. site that we visited last season. Finally, we had to do additional work on the 6th St. mural and here are some final pictures. We decided to replace the smiling faces with a brown color symbolic of the color of the earth/dirt/dust. Enjoy.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

My Horticulture Experience

I've been working in Horticulture for 1 year, and I find it to be a calming and rewarding experience. One of the best things in Horticulture is the fact that what we're growing don't talk back like my experience in Retail. I learned not to knock things if you don't try it. I learned to eat healthier, and appreciate nature. On my first day there was a discussion about manuer, and I said to myself that saying this is a more sophisticated way of saying what it really is SHIT. I learned the worms are good for the soil and also about compost. I am more open minded and very good at what I do. Horticulture has it's rewards both physically and mentally. A real farmer keeps track of the weather. I enjoy being in this field of work. Carolyn Reeves

Monday, May 10, 2010

More 6th St. and mural pics

(Stacey in front of our work of art)

(Tara admiring the mural)

(The first 3 panels)

(Hydrangea in front of the mural)

(Tara's idea of smiling faces beneath the mural)

More 6th St. and mural pics

(Close-up of the moon and stars in the night sky)

(Figure of a male and female about to greet under the night sky)

(Close-up of orange, green pepper and swiss chard)

(Close-up of banana, cucumber and tangerine)

(Close-up of grapes, lemon, apple and strawberry)

More 6th St. and mural pics

(Close-up of carrot, corn and sunflower)

(2 dogs in front of a mountain landscape)

(The fall panel)

(The summer panel)

(The spring panel)

More 6th St. and mural pics

(3 panels of the mural)

(1st panel)

(Mural from far away)

(Tara resting during a hard days work)

(Another far away view)

Work on the 6th St. mural

(Growing hosta and hydrangea in front of the mural)

(Hosta planted last year [perennial])

(Another hosta planted last year [perennial])

(4 panels of the mural)

(Tara standing in front of our work of art)

Today Stacey and Tara worked on the mural and finished most of the mural. We may work on it next week and add some finishing touches to it. Hope you enjoy it. Here are some pics.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

More pics from E. 111 St.

(Our Horticulture team)[Tara, Joyce, Natalie, Stacey, Carolin and Roberto]

(Stacey and Roberto)

(Green Onion[scallion] seeds)

(Lady Tara)

More pics from E. 111 St.

(Growing bed # 1)

(Growing Kale and Rhubarb Chard)

(Growing tomato plant)

(Growing tomato, eggplant & basil)

(Growing broccoli)

Here are more pics.

Friday at E. 111 St.

(Joyce hard at work)
(A rose bud trying to bloom)

(A grape vine)

(A peach tree)

(Tara watering)

Today Pat Callahan came to see the progress made at E. 111 St. We watered there and planted the 3 sisters(Corn, Squash and Beans) in adjacent beds. We also planted basil, thyme, pumpkin, swiss chard, snap peas and scallions as direct seed. We planted muskmelon, pumpkin on a stick, cucumber, sweet pepper, cherry tomato, tomatillo, chile, eggplant and leek seeds in pots and planter boxes. Finally, we thinned out plants that were growing too near each other and transplanted them to other areas of the garden. So far everything that we have either direct seeded or started as seedlings has shown life and grown so it looks like another productive season in the garden. MAN lives, beast lives and the plant lives. Pat C. also gave me the funds to purchase the paint to paint the 6th St. mural so in a week or 2 the mural will be completed.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

More Pics from Morris Ave.

(Worms from the wormbin)

(The view inside the wormbin)

(The 3 compartment compost bin John C. built)

(Bolted Kale that we are saving for seed)

(Lettuce from last season that survived the snow of winter and the rains of March)

Here are more pics from Morris Ave.