Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Second Garden Work Day!

On Saturday we had another work day at the "Blue Line Garden" in the Walnut Hill neighborhood of West Philadelphia. We worked from 10am to 4:30pm and about 20 people came out to help! The work day was supposed to go from 10am to 2pm, but we had some very dedicated people who stayed to the bitter end. We weeded the front slope, taking out some incredibly large weed tree roots (using axes and pickaxes) then we planted the slope with perennial flowering plants that I got for free from my ever-amazing Garden Tenders program through the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society.

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Iris, day lilies, sweet vernal grass, columbine, echinacaea, penstemon, poppies, rudbeckia, allium, gaura, verbena, catmint, yarrow, salvia, lavender, hypericum, scarlet runner bean, and more!







We also mulched the area behind the fence.

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We recently had a meeting with everyone involved in the project and the good news is that we might get some help from the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society, the City Planning Department, and the grant writers at The Enterprise Center! The bad news is that we probably won't get to do anything substantial until the fall or next spring because the land still belongs to SEPTA (transit authority) and we can't build anything on the land until they transfer the land in the fall or winter. But one step at a time, people, one step at a time. We have a lot of momentum and interested volunteers so we're going to do everything we can to clean the lot and prepare it for the time when we can start gardening!

1 comment:

haasome said...

How awesome! You're really doing some great, inspiring things--seriously.