MAY DAY BARBECUE and GARDEN WORK DAY
Sunday, May 1 · 10:00am – 3:00pm
Benson Community Garden
1302 North 60th Street
Please join us at the Benson Community Garden on Sunday, May 1st (May Day) for a garden work day and BBQ.
To prepare the garden for the season, we will be tilling plots, cutting lumber to 3/4 frame the plots (and protect them from erosion), mapping out the common area, etc.
Please bring tools, including Roto-Tillers, shovels, etc.
Hot Dogs and buns will be provided. Side dishes and drinks are welcome.
MAY DAY BARBECUE and GARDEN WORK DAY
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Lifelong gardener (and all-around nice guy) Doug Pagel put together our “shopping list” of tools we’ll need to have on hand for the community gardeners. Because the Garden is completely dependent on the generosity of individuals and organizations, please consider helping us by donating one of the following:
Gravel shovels (curves to a point, not a flat shovel blade; for digging up beds, turning compost, etc.)
Long-handled, flat-bladed spades (these are for digging up beds in the Spring and removing sod)
Long-handled 5 or 6 pronged forks (for turning compost piles, Fall cleanup of beds, etc.)
D-handled spading forks (some folks call these potato forks; great for digging up plants, working beds, mixing in compost, dividing plant roots, etc.)
Garden rakes (for smoothing dirt and leveling beds after working them up)
Leaf rakes (for Spring and Fall clean up and maybe having a team go to some community neighbors places in the fall to harvest leaves for the compost bins!)
String & stakes (for marking rows in beds, string/twine can be used to tie up & support plants, etc.)
SMALL HAND TOOLS:
Hand trowels (hand shovels for planting transplants, etc.)
Hand 3-pronged cultivators (not long handled kind; for weeding in between plants in beds and loosening soil)
Water cans (these can be used to mix up compost teas and use on various plantings; can be used when someone is using the hose or to reach inaccessible places that we may not have hose to reach)
Garden hose lengths (can’t remember, do you have 2 tanks? If 2, then two lengths of hose to reach any part of the garden. These are also needed to water dry spots in the compost bins when turning them.)
Kneeling pads (for those who like to “get down” in the garden beside their beds and work without getting their knees all dirty or to keep them from getting sore. Get them big enough to fit both knees on them.)
Wheelbarrows (for the size of the garden, I would get 2 at about at least the 5 cubic feet size; they’re deep enough to haul large bulky loads like leaves, & yet haul lots of compost to fill beds or add amendments)
Hose accessories -
Nozzle for end (once you have the hose extended out to beds, you don’t have run back up the hill and shut it off quicklyc. Good for spraying off tools and wheelbarrows too.)
Splitter for hose (they have attachments for your hosebib that screws on enabling you to have 2 hoses off of one bib. You can water with 2 hoses at once.)
Watering wands with shut off valves (I love my wand with a shut-off valve! I can be working on planting, then right afterward water everything, shut off the water right there and don’t have to run back and shut off the faucet. Will also save water from tanks.)
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When: Saturday, April 23, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Where: Benson Community Garden, 1302 N. 60th Street, Omaha, NE 68132
What: Groundbreaking Ceremony
About: BCG Mission: “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.”
Who: Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle, City Councilman Pete Festersen, Louise Latimer (Staff Assistant for Senator Ben Nelson) and Representatives from Benson Community Garden, Inc., a new nonprofit corporation
FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=165287050192324
SPONSOR THE GARDEN: http://www.goetzingergardens.com/BCG_Sponsorship_Form.pdf
For more information, contact:
Benson Community Garden, Inc.
c/o 6004 Lafayette Ave
Omaha, NE 68132
You’ve all heard of a pioneer or Amish “barn raising” – when individuals throughout the community come together to build a structure in a short amount of time (usually one day). The Benson Community Garden is looking for people to help us build an agriculture/farm style fence on Saturday, June 16th, beginning at 10:00 a.m.
We need people of all skill levels. Hope to see you at the Garden!
PLEASE NOTE: Because we’ll be using power tools, we prefer not to have anyone under the age of 18 at the garden.
To see all the photos, click HERE.