Dear Gardeners –
We’re off to a great start and the plots that are planted are looking wonderful. Thirty plots are sold this year, but we do have six still vacant. So we’ll be clearing those out this week, and covering them with cardboard to keep weeds out – until we can figure out what to do with them. Any ideas? Would you be willing to commit to clearing one of the plots this week (they’ll be marked with a stake)?
Some folks who joined us after our introductory meeting didn’t know the garden is “open” even if the gates are closed. If you’re first to arrive or last to leave, please open/close them. I threw together this silly video to show you how to do it: http://youtu.be/qho4bIUj8mI Can anyone name the song?
This week Vanessa is painting and labeling the signs. If you would like to customize your plot’s sign, please feel free. They’re attached with a Phillips screw and come off easily.
Music in the Garden
We try to offer one free event at the garden each month – an evening when gardeners, families, friends and the general public can enjoy the space. Next Saturday, May 31st we’ll be hosting Stephen Monroe on the Earth Stage. It starts at 6:00 p.m. Bring a lawn chair, refreshments and enjoy Stephen’s great music and the company of others. Here’s the Facebook page > https://www.facebook.com/events/1447431632171171/
If you know of any musicians who would be interested in performing here, let’s talk.
Yeah. They’re awful! Please remember it’s your responsibility to keep weeds out of your plot AND 6 inches outside your plot. That way we won’t have weeds spreading and overwhelming others’ plots. I’ve been holding off making the sign-in sheets, assuming the six other plots would fill. At this point, we’ll just make the sheets, leaving the vacant slots empty and hand-write in their names if we get new gardeners. Don’t forget to sign in when you’re here!
If you know anyone who would like a plot, send them this link > http://bensongardens.org/2014-bcg-gardeners-agreement-application/
Don’t be surprised when you see a few new signs going up in the garden. One will be alerting visitors that the vegetables are the property of the plot owners (so we don’t have loss). The other sign will give notice that dogs are not allowed in the garden. (During events we allow well-behaved pets in the garden, but they must remain on leashes). Finally we’ll have a few signs explaining the Neighbor Garden outside the fence.
Have a Seat!
You may have noticed the new swing at the northeast corner of the garden. It’s a wonderful addition to our garden and both gardeners and visitors often stop in to rest and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Next time you’re here, take a load off and relax in the swing.
If you’d like to order a BCG T-shirt contact Kevin at Podany Promotions. They handle all the production and sales of BCG stuff.
Address: 6026 Maple St, Omaha, NE 68104
How’s it Going?!?!?
The Benson Community Garden mission is: “To strengthen our community by providing an urban agricultural space where individuals and families can come together to grow farm-fresh foods, share tools and resources, and learn about gardening and nutrition.” We want your experience here to be positive and successful – in an environment which is friendly and welcoming to both gardeners and guests. If you have ANY ideas or concerns to improve our garden, please let us know. Gardening is hard work, but the results are amazing!
Benson Community Garden
1302 North 60th Street
Omaha, NE 68132
MAILING ADDRESS: Benson Community Garden, c/o 6328 Hamilton Street, Omaha, NE 68132