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Saying Goodbye to Green on McLean

October 5, 2015

We have been informed they will start building on the lot Tuesday, October 6. Over the past few days gardeners have been salvaging what they can. We’ve had a good run but we knew this day would come.

We’re still planning to get together Sunday, October 11. Stay tuned for details.

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Time to say goodbye

September 27, 2015

This past week, workmen showed up and cut down a bunch of trees on the property. Although we have not spoken with the owner, we assume this means the beginning of the end.

Folks will try to contact the owner on Monday, September 28. In the meantime, we will continue to harvest.

We’ve been talking about having a “Farewell Green on McLean” party and are tentatively looking at the date of Sunday, October 11 in the afternoon. Please keep the date open and check back for updates.

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Mutant carrot and super kale

August 29, 2015

Look at the mutant carrot we pulled from the garden on Sunday, August 23.


Not sure if we should be concerned.




We continue to harvest cucumbers, green beans, collard greens, carrots, swiss chard, , beets, kale and scallop squash out of the garden. Initially we held back because we expected the new owner to start building but it’s almost September and nothing’s happened. For all we know, we’ll be gardening here next year.






Speaking of kale – we are literally drowning in it. We’ve reached out to several local restaurants encouraging them to help themselves. In the meantime, please feel free to pick some. And join us any Sunday, usually late afternoon.


Lots of rain = lots of weeds

July 1, 2015

This summer has been unusually wet which is nice when you don’t have to water but not so nice when it comes to weeding. There is a nice crop of kale, lettuce and spinach. Please, if you haven’t done so already, help yourself.

Attached are some pictures of the bean trellis and Mike’s potato cage.

We still have no word on when they plan to start building on the lot. It looks very likely that we’ll have a full garden season this year; maybe even next year. Who knows? We were wise to go ahead and plant.

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A cold and soggy May 31

June 1, 2015

Almost June and it’s cold and wet.

We have decided that we are going to take our chances and plant anyway, despite the fact that there are plans to build on the lot within the next “2 – 3 months”. (They told us a month ago it would be between 2 – 3 months but we have seen nothing so far.) We realize we might lose our investment but at this point it’s a few hours work and the cost of some seed. Our only limiting factor is the size of our team which is pretty small right now. In other words, we would consider planting more if we had more people to water and weed and pick up trash, etc. So, if you’re interested, let us know. Or stop by on a Sunday. We plan to be out there Sunday June 7 at noon.

It’s only been a few weeks and already we’re seeing a nice crop of kale and spinach. The strawberries are starting to ripen although the squirrels usually get to them before any of us.

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Spring clean up

April 16, 2015

Check out these before and after pictures. The garden had accumulated quite a bit of debris and trash over the winter. We had scheduled a cleanup day a month or so ago but it snowed.

Apparently the lot has not been sold so we are preparing for another garden season. Join us!

Our next workday is scheduled for Sunday, April 26, starting at 1 PM.

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Winter cleanup – December 28

January 3, 2015

Before it starts to snow we decided we should clean up the garden. We hauled away 3 or 4 large bags of garbage, trimmed back some of the perennials and scattered milkweed seeds. There were cookies and coffee for the few hardy souls that showed up. Thanks to two young men (I didn’t catch their names) who helped us for a bit.

It looks nice now although we’ll have to do it again soon. It seems that since we aren’t out in the garden on a regular basis, people seem less conscious about disposing of their trash in the proper place. At least that’s my impression. Included are a couple of “after” photos.

There has been no noticeable building progress at the site. We may even get one more season out of the garden. Stay tuned. – Libby

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