2017 Summer-Fall 276 Garden Schedule
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LocationhoursHow do I get in or who do I call if I cannot?Where are the tools?Where is the water?TasksNOTES
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Community Garden Plot - Albany St.24 hours a daygo through gate on corner of Albany Street and the Bike Lane by West Street; gate is unlocked; plot is on right hand side marked with green tiles listing 276There are two well-supplied, large metal tool boxes for shared use (one near the entry gate, one halfway down on the east side along the fence parallel to the bike path). Community Garden member keys are required to unlock the boxes - there are two locks on each unit. They lock easily by pushing in each lock thoroughly until it latches. [Q: WHO HAS THE KEYS? Linda Shudy LeComte has the school keys and Michelle Eliseo has a set for her family's plot as a backup]There is a hose right next to our plot1. Water a few times a week pending the weather. 2. prune and harvest; please make sure to harvest and not let items get overgrown or rot on the vine; if you do not want it, share it!  3. there are MANY basil plants so do look for them starting to flower with small buds. When that happens pinch off the tops of the plants which helps the plant continue to grow (flowering slows down its growth!).  4. tie up any tomato plant branches to the stakes for support. 5. weed anything that is definitely a weed.  6. look for unwanted insects, slugs, etc., and remove. If you're not sure, share a photo and ask!A NOTE ON COMPOSTING: the Community Garden composts 100% of plant materials (except poisonous, diseased or thorny plants). Place any weeds, rotten tomatoes, etc., into one of the black composting bins along the fences. If bins are full or you have a lot of garden waste, you may bag it and leave it in the NE corner by the orange toolbox. Please be careful to not mix ANY bits of trash into the compostable materials. Candy wrappers, cigarette butts, etc., should be discarded into the public trash cans. The garden also follows organic gardening practices, therefore, do NOT use any chemical fertilizers or insecticides. Raise any concerns you have about the health of the plants with the team!

A NOTE ON EATING WHAT YOU HARVEST: since this is an urban garden and grows close to a busy road, it is recommended that you wash any produce extra thoroughly using a 1% vinegar solution. Put a good splash of white vinegar in water, wash produce thoroughly and rinse in cold water.
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8th Floor Garden at 276
open mon - friday (Not holidays) 9am to 3pm; must be in the building before 2pm and out before 3pm (you do not need to go on Wednesdays)There is a key to the garden door from the hallway - ask the school safety guard when you arrive for the key - it should be at the desk. Access the garden supplies in small Room (803) attached to the middle school science lab area and garden.
In the back of the science room of 803 and on the shelves outsidehoses are along the wall of the school, turn the black knob to open the flow. Please make sure to turn the water OFF and drain the hose before you leave.1. Water a few times a week pending the weather. 2. prune and harvest; please make sure to harvest and not let items get overgrown or rot on the vine; if you do not want it, share it! 3. weed anything that is definitely a weed. 4. look for unwanted insects, slugs, etc., and remove. If you're not sure, share a photo and ask!COMPOSTING NOTES FROM THE GREEN TEAM: We only put materials that come from plants:
Garden materials and/or food scraps like vegetable peels, apple cores, fruits peels, and leaves, twigs, hay, straws, etc.The pieces should not be bigger than 3-4 inches. The smaller the pieces are, the faster compost happens.

To avoid pests, we do not include eggshells, bread, or any other food
that has been cooked. We minimize the amount of citrics (oranges,
lemons, limes, but the peels are fine and there are no limits).

The side of the bin that shows a clock on the lid, means that no new
materials should be added. The other side with the + sign, is to keep
adding new materials.

Our compost bin is a tumbler and needs to be tumbled frequently. It can be heavy for some kids. Adults should always assist the younger helpers. Happy composting!

A NOTE ON EATING WHAT YOU HARVEST: since this is an urban garden, it is recommended that you wash any produce extra thoroughly using a 1% vinegar solution. Put a good splash of white vinegar in water, wash produce thoroughly and rinse in cold water.
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Battery Place Sidewalks - school team (unless you want to)
24 hours a day if you have your own supplies OR during hours listed aboveWatering cans will be on the 8th foor and should be filled up on the 1st floor;NOTES FROM 276:You might want to let the volunteers know about how to access the hose hook-up on the sidewalk.They must take both hoses from the garden, plus 1-2 large watering cans and the metal "key" that looks like an X to open the spigot. The 2 hoses connected do not reach the furthest 4 plots. There is another spigot further down the sidewalk, however the custodian told me something froze
in the winter and it's too intrusive to repair. So that's why several
helpers and large watering cans do the job. Use the special "key" to first open the door of the spigot. Then, connect the hose.Next, use the key to open the spigot. 
Thanks for everyone's help in advance!
1.Water a few times a week pending the weather. 2.Prune the flowers (snapdragons need to be pinched off when dead) and remove debris (wear gloves for debris)
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