Bruce Monroe community garden looking for more volunteers – Sat July 2, 9-12

“Dear PoP,

Thanks to everyone who came out to help with the Bruce Monroe Community Garden last weekend, we managed to get about 8 beds built and a few filled with soil. We still need additional volunteers to help move dirt on Saturday, from 9-12noon, if anyone is around and willing to help! We need to get more dirt out of the way before we can continue building plots.”

Bruce Monroe Park Community Garden is located at Georgia Avenue at Columbia Rd., N.W. (behind tennis court). Another reader sends some more photos of the progress.

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  • dumb question but what kind of wood does one use for that? how long will it last?

    • It looks like pine, which is just ok. It’s affordable and will last a few years. Others recommend cedar or redwood. You can also use anything else…plastic, rock, concrete. Personally, i’m using 1×10 untreated pine in my front yard. Should have used 2×10 to prevent warping and cracking like they have above.

    • Cedar is the best. Naturally rot resistant, the beds will last a long time. I hope they aren’t building those out of dimensional pine lumber. It’s a bit cheaper, but replacing the whole thing in a couple years will be more expensive than going with the right wood in the first place.

      Whatever you do DON’T USE TREATED lumber or old railroad ties! The preservatives (in old railroad ties = arsenic) in those will leach into the soil which will be absorbed by the plants which will get into the vegetables that you pick and eat.

      • They no longer use arsenic in pressure treated lumber.

        So if you are buying from Home Depot and not salvaging from an old source, treated lumber is fine for raised beds. You are correct that railroad ties are not ok (they are soaked in creosote).

        Cedar or redwood will last longer and look better than treated pine, but costs a lot more.

        • Good news that they’re no longer using arsenic, but aren’t there other chemicals to be worried about in treated wood?

        • Point was that cedar will last a lot longer. The cost of going with white cedar is likely less than the cost (both money and time) of tearing out a pine bed and replacing it in a few years

  • Gardens in cities provide food for rats. We have enough rats as it is.

    • Everything in cities provides food for rats. There will always be rats in cities.

      At least community gardens also provide food for people.

    • re: food for rats

      That has not been my experience at all. The rats don’t eat the veggies/fruit I grow, nor do they eat the food I compost. Squirrels on the other hand . . .

      • Yes, indeed! Squirrels are the real problem. Rats much prefer your garbage to your garden.

    • my garden doesn’t have rats.

    • You are an idiot. We have enough idiots as it is.

  • I’m there!

    Garden’s in cities provide food for people who wouldn’t otherwise get to eat fruits and vegetables. There’s a long history of city spaces being used as gardens all over the world. It was common place in NYC until WWII. Victory gardens were abundant in DC as well. Asia is known for its vegetable gardens that include animals like chickens and pigs right in the city. It’s exceptional to me that blank wastelands are just now more than in many years past converted to edible landscapes. Shows how desirous we are to connect with our land again, and how mistrusting we have become of our mainstream food supplies.

    DC is an excellent gardening city. Thanks for doing this project all!

  • We will try to break away from construction and come down and help.

  • My one question is – where is the water to maintain these great planting beds going to come from? It’s already obvious that the city isn’t going to water all that great grass they put in….so how are the planter beds going to survive?

    Just curious.

  • Aren’t there thousands of people who benefit from community services, food banks etc. who could be put to use in a project like this? Or at least juvenile delinquents?

  • I wish they would have made it into a dog park instead of a garden. How many fruits and veggies is this garden going to net? Three apples and four tomatoes?

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