Wow, Mumsey, I'm getting tired just reading your post!
Sorry to hear the apple orchards in your area didn't survive the March warm spell. I was afraid that was going to happen. Has anybody posted news re: Michigan apple/ peach crops?
Glad to hear your community garden is still going strong. Not only am I in my 2nd season at my 3rd community garden in the past 10-11 years, I was unanimously elected to be the garden coordinator at the one I'm at now! I had been serving as the interim coordinator when the last one quit in March. But I'll tell you what: If I knew then what I know now, I think I would have gone screaming in the other direction! The conflicts I've had with 2 veteran gardeners (there are 49 plots in this garden, so it's a very small minority) have been epic! Too horrific and complicated to get into right now cuz it's supposed to get up to 97 degrees today and I want to install my A/C, but one of these days I'll fill you in on the gory details. Among the garden leaders and our sponsoring nonprofit agencies, we unanimously agree that one of these people clearly has mental health issues; no normal person would have exploded the way this person has over rules enforcement that didn't even apply to this person! (This person sent a 2-page email to the executive director of the org. that owns the property and has provided a partnership agreement for our little garden, attacking me in ways that would put some of the feuds we had on these boards during the 2004 elections to shame. seriously.)
But b/c this same person bullied two other garden coordinators into quitting (I am the 3rd coordinator in less than a year), I am determined--for now--to stand my ground and weather this BS. But the whole thing is absolutely absurd. As one of my gardening friends mentioned the other day, this is a GARDEN, for crying out loud! It's not nuclear disarmament!
More to come. I thought of you and Melanie earlier this month when the Green Festival was in town. I didn't make it this year, but continue to enjoy fond memories of our Club OG field trip to the Festival... in '07? '06? Have you guys organized any additional get-togethers?
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Posts: 1320 | Location: Chicago USA zone 6 | Registered: May 20, 2002
Haven't had any gatherings that I am aware of, but some people have gotten together with others from time to time.
Chicago sure was fun, I think gas prices are keeping most of us at home! Though I am planning a trip to DD's in a few days. I only get there 2 times a year. I'll never forget us looking for you in the parking ramp and Paige starts running after your car yelling "Phoebe, Phoebe"! She is 10 now!
Sounds like you have your hands full with community garden. Ours is just plain and simple, get a plot, plant it and tend it. City tills it, provides water wagon for free and they keep it filled for free. No manager, no referee.
This year we have a new one on property donated by our hospital. It's 4x4 beds, fenced in, paid for with a grant. Pretty fancy and I think it is primarily sponsored by a church. They embrace square foot gardening, Mel's Mix, succession planting, sign a covenant and all that stuff. I didn't join up, too much on my plate already. Besides, I love SPACE!
I did go to the first meeting, but when the lady said "when the broccoli is done, pull it out and plant something else", that made no sense to me as broccoli lasts well in to Fall! I do plan to visit and observe what is going on there.
Everything that blooms and grows, the garden angel scatters and sows...in the land of corn and pigs...
Posts: 5439 | Location: Zone 4-5, North Central Iowa | Registered: April 12, 2002