West 104th Street Garden

June 29, 2009

July Garden Events

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Hello all – and hope you’re dried out in time for the first July event!

SATURDAY, JULY 4, AFTERNOON Members only Annual BBQ-licious get-together. Potluck — so bring your favorite picnic items!

To volunteer to set-up, clean-up, call Lou (212-666-7733) . Full details on fence flyer.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 8 6 pm- DUSK : First EVENING WORKDAY. Raindate, Thursday, July 8, 6pm – dusk.
Meeting 6PM, at which the projects to be announced.

SATURDAY JULY 25, 11am till done (??? — depends on Mother Nature’s ripening timetable) Peach Pie Pickin’ Day! Bring a basket in which to tote those peaches home!
Check fence bulletin boards / garden e-mail for exact date TBD at a later follow-up time.

SATURDAYS, 8am- Till sold out,, EACH WEEK through the Season, FARMER’S MARKET, Strangers’ Gate, 106 & CPW Sponsored by CCENYC & DEBNA, selling local farmers produce (fruit, vegetables, greens) and musicians to boot!
DEBNA members include Jean J., and Veronica W., so it’s a joint endeavor to enjoy!


Jean Jaworek for picking up summer garden supplies (garbage bags, water hoses, wheelbarrow, gloves) from Green Thumb giveaway two weeks ago.

Robin Mace & Lou Ludyny for transplanting the (mulberry?) tree from the rear of the Wet Garden community entrance bed to the lawn in the East Garden last workday.

Whomever returned the missing Rose Garden elbow-length glove to our Rose Caddy. Also, one of the missing bypass rose pruners was also retrieved. Please ALWAYS return tools to the shed and container from which you obtained them for your use. That includes gloves. Otherwise, these implements are ‘gone’ to the next gardener’s need.

Green Thumb for finalizing the 2009-2011 License Agreement, received this month.

What with all the rain, weeding/deadheading/pruning your individual bed plantings probably need a thorough looksee/ lookdo ASAP, before plants flop over into pathways. Also, please weed the pathways around your bed?



June 22, 2009

Wed June 24 Garden Talk

Filed under: Events,Gardening Tips — by west104garden @ 10:02 am

Hi Gardeners,

Matt Brown, head of the Central Park Conservancy’s soil and water ecology will be talking about soil, plants, Central Park, our garden — and answering our questions in a walk through the garden.

Please come this Wednesday, June 24, at 6:15 — in our garden. (Matt and his crew has kindly delivered compost and wood chips to the garden this year and in years past.)

As a preview, here’s a video of Matt on Central Park’s ponds: http://www.centralparknyc.org/site/PageNavigator/DidYouKnow_WaterBodies

If you have questions, please contact Suzanne Charle’ at suzcharle@gmail.com.

June 18, 2009

Make Music This Sunday

Filed under: Events — by west104garden @ 8:59 am

Make Music New York Celelbration in the W104 Community Garden this Sunday, June 21 from 1PM-5PM


1PM-2PM: The Austin Walker/Linda Oh Duo–drum and bass world music from the Manhattan School of Music. www.myspace.com/austinwalkerjazz

2PM-3PM: Athena Reich & the Dustbunnies — Quirky Storytelling Pop with piano & drums featuring Athena Reich on Vocals, Piano & Ukulele & Glenn Firester on Drums & Chromatic Harmonica www.athenareich.com

3PM-4PM: Chuck Fertal–solo jazz piano from the acclaimed pianist/percussionist

4PM-5PM: Jason Lawlor–originals and covers by Florida State University Senior Jason Lawlor (alto sax, acoustic guitars, vocals).

Refreshments will be for sale to benefit the Garden. This is a free event but tips for the musicians will be appreciated.

If you are interested in helping out at the event or in donating baked goods, please contact
Alan Tenney (alan.tenney[at]gmail.com, 617-838-1277

June 5, 2009

June Events

Filed under: Events,Notices — by west104garden @ 7:03 am

Hi –LOTS to do the first Saturday in June!: in fact the whole month!

SATURDAY, June 6, 10 AM – Meeting. Work projects TBA

SATURDAY, June 6, 10 AM -= 2 PM GreenThumb Supplies Giveaway — Need volunteer(s) w/car or SUV
to pick up garbage bags, water hose(s), wheelbarrow. Please contact Mary Kelly [ 212 – 807 – 0266 ], get workday credit.
Pickup is at GreenThumb compound in Queens.

SATURDAY, June 6, 9 AM – 3 PM. Farmers’ Market season starts, courtesy of DEBNA, every Saturday thereafter during Summer. Known Live Musicians too from 10 AM – 2 PM, so drop by to meet, greet and eat at the Strangers’ Gate, 106th and CPW.

WEDNESDAY, June 18, Montessori ‘Graduation’ , 8 AM – 12 Noon, Stage area. The kids put on a charming ‘fly-up’ ceremony, getting ready for kindergarten in the Fall.

SATURDAY, June 20, GreenThumb’s “Summer Solstice” celebration, 10 AM – 4 PM, William Harris Garden,
NW corner of 153 St. & St. Nicholas Ave., Manhattan. BBQ, Parks Playmobile, Live Entertainment, Kids’ Crafts, call GT: (212) 788-8070 for more details on this Block Party to herald the start of summer.

SUNDAY, June 21, Make Music New York”, citywide celebration in community gardens, with live music here in our gardens! Last year’s event was super fun for all, 11 AM – 5 PM planned, for a family event.
Contact Paula McKenzie to volunteer your services for setup and cleanup. [ 212 – 222 – 6337 ]

Paula McKenzie & Raleigh Mayer & Julie Soledispa for spearheading /coordinating the successful Mother’s Day Plant Sale with Bake Sale and Flea Market for good measure!

Linda Prudhomme for 24-hr. turnaround getting check to GT for 4 months’ rental of, and to
Guy Pinté for clearing the space and taking delivery of the Porta-Potty into the East Garden. .


GT is holding A Photo Contest, celebrating its 30th Anniversary. Submit your favorite photos for a chance to have them displayed in Parks Art Gallery. Rules, deadlines at: http://www.greenthumbnyc.org.

All for now, LM

June 1, 2009

West Community Garden Update

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Some good news – Matt Brown, head of Central Park Conservancy’s Soil and Conservation has agreed to come and give a talk/ walk-through our garden on June 24 at 6.30 pm (the night I’m monitoring). He’ll talk about soil, plants, growing things in the city, and answer any questions we might have. Please put this on your calendars – he’s a great guy (and has kindly brought a truckload of dirt/compost to the garden for the past two years.)

Still haven’t received the plants that were ordered. I’ll be out of town over the weekend, so I’ve asked Frank to let Ann know if they come before the workday. Otherwise, will send an email when they arrive. Julia and Ann know what needs to be done in the garden for the workday.

Thanks to all of you who came and worked in the garden last weekend (and to Ariel and Shane for offering libations) – the garden is beginning to look great.



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