What happens when a group of Brooklyn gardeners gather for a Brooklyn gardens tour?!
Oh, the usual mayhem.
And lots of learning about the individual functioning of each community garden. I won this Jon Crow-led tour from the silent auction at BANG’s October fundraising event.
Our tour took us to:
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We started out at GreenSpace@President where, Jon explained, George Washington had once slept in the garden, and if we were to dig deep into the soil we would also find some bear scat. This will all go into our Wikipedia page.
GreenSpace is collecting pumpkins to go into the compost rather than the trash. Yay compost!
At Gil Hodges, a New York Restoration Project (NYRP) garden–neither BANG nor Bear, but still worth a visit–we admired their water storage system and butterfly bush seeds, which we collected and will propagate forthwith.
We made note of the chickens at Warren St. Marks and talked to a member who was on shift about how the chickies love to dig in and up the compost.
We met Reba who was nice enough to let us admire and pet her a little.
The great thing about this chance to visit all these neighborhood gardens in one afternoon was to notice all their own way of doing things and keeping their gardens up and running–from chickens, to a pumpkin drop off, and highly functional cold frames at the Pharm, we learned so much.
Oh, and there were a few pit stops along the way. You know, bevies and snacks.
Thanks to Jon Crow for fashioning such a fun and informative experience for us!
Promise we’ll do it again!