West 104th Street Garden

October 10, 2012

Garden Workday – September 22 (Rain Date) Minutes

Filed under: Meeting Notes — by west104garden @ 8:09 am
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  • Announcements
  • Recent Activities/Planning
  • Work Chores


  • Apologies for back and forth about rain date, glad you can make it.
    Thanks to Julia Soledispa, Christine Barrow and Jesus Torres for running another successful flea market, raising $510, over 1200 for the summer. Mary Kelly and Janice Vrana also helped with cleanup.
  • Fig harvest/Labor Day BBQ also a success; need to remember to clean the grill after a group event. Someone should be in charge. Check to see if it is clean.
  • Stray tabby that Katy found last month has a home.

Recent Activities/Planning:

  • Gazebo, flashing is complete, but rain and planned events disrupting our painting schedule. (Raleigh had reserved the gazebo for a party this afternoon, so we can’t do it today.) We will sand and prime during the October workday and paint at a later time TBD.
  • Stage: The condition of the stage has deteriorated to a point where the cost to repair exceeds the $200 threshold requiring member vote. This gives us an opportunity to discuss in more detail among members what should be done. A few proposals include removing it entirely, and seeding the area with grass, replacing it with a paved patio, constructing a new raised stage with more durable materials and moving the foot print to the other side of the garden. Each of these proposals require member discussion and a vote. Since it is a big deal, we will vote via email to include all members.
  • Mowing: It seems the last mowing was cut a bit close. It is not healthy for the grass to be cut so short (bad for root system with too much sun)   It’s important to mow no less than about 2- 2 1/2 inches or so. There are two mowers.  Mower in west shed has knobs, one on each side, to change height of blade.  If you fiddle with it you can see how it works.  Even when adjusted to good height, they made need readjusting as you mow.  But if set for about two inches, it shouldn’t change so much that you end up shaving the grass.


  • Events: Noreen will add a line to the Special Events application indicating that the grill must be clear of any trees to reduce the risk of a fire.
  • Stage: The design committee will discuss ideas and options for the stage redesign/repair and will solicit member input.
    Path: Completion of the path project is ongoing. The organizers of this project would like to request patience as this is a work in progress.
  • Lawn Mowing: The lawn mowing committee will place a label on the mower reminding mowers to keep the blade at the appropriate setting.
  • Wedding 2012 Inquiry: Melissa will research whether Green Thumb has guidelines or advice regarding hosting special events of this nature in our garden, with a focus on permit, insurance and liability issues. Katy, Kim and Noreen will work out details with the event planner, including a starting ask of $1500 for use of both gardens.



  • Go through the lumber pile behind the patio and get rid of anything that’s not useful. DONE
  • Repair the side of Barbara Garson’s bed that has collapsed.
    The rosebeds still need to have wood around them. DONE

Special Events:

  • There is a large black bag of flea market leftovers in the gazebo. We need some people to take it to the church thrift store.
    There are 3 cartons of books, stacked neatly under the Halloween & Xmas decoration boxes, in the small shed. I don’t have any good ideas for disposing of these. It was suggested that we try to do something with these as well, perhaps donate. DONE

West Garden:

  • Reseed front lawn and mark lawn off limits. Suzanne will bring the grass seed–perhaps someone can go and get a few large bags of dirt…Needs to be continuously watered for 2 weeks; DONE
  • Collect/ sweep/ rake all twigs and branches that have fallen down in storms and tie into bundles; DONE
  • Get rid of volunteer trees in communal beds–this will take some serious digging (will show you which ones). DONE
  • Take dead (and perhaps living?- ask Julia) morning glories off fence, so there aren’t old vines hanging all year long; DONE
  • Weed berry area and cut back dead canes; NOT DONE
  • Clear out green cold framebox  in preparation for next year — all containers should be emptied, and if people want to keep specific ones, they should be marked and put on potting shelf in East garden. Fix lid. NOT DONE
  • Throw away unneeded wood in back (Frank showed me which pieces) and around shed. DONE
  • Clean grill if still dirty. DONE

East Garden:

  • Deadhead the white (stand-alone) butterfly bush. DONE

ACTION: If you missed the September workday, you will need to get a makeup assignment. Please contact Noreen Whysel at Nwhysel@gmail.com or 212-662-2697. To get workday credit, please contact Barbara Schnoor at 212-567-0244 or barbarashohoji@yahoo.com, after you have completed your assignment.


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