07/23/14 10:02pm

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“My garden [Mt. Pleasant] is finally producing produce – peppers, edamame, lots of cucumbers, the last of the peas. And tomatoes! And bonus volunteer sunflowers. The Brandywine tomato deserved a photo of its own.”

If you have a great haul, beautiful tomato or something like that, send an email and a couple photos to princeofpetworth(at)gmail with your neighborhood and garden haul in the subject line and I’ll pick a few winners a week (free PoPville t-shirt or tote bag.)

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07/20/14 10:05pm

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“Here’s our garlic haul from our community garden plot at Bruce Monroe Community Garden in Pleasant Plains/Park View.”

If you have a great haul, beautiful tomato or something like that, send an email and a couple photos to princeofpetworth(at)gmail with your neighborhood and garden haul in the subject line and I’ll pick a few winners a week (free PoPville t-shirt or tote bag.)

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07/18/14 4:50pm

Turkey Thicket Recreation Center Garden
Photo courtesy of Lindsey

From an email:

“Midsummer Seed Swap and Container Gardening Workshop

Saturday, July 19th
11:00am – 2:00pm
Turkey Thicket Recreation Center Garden
1100 Michigan Ave, NE

Exchange seeds with fellow gardeners and start your own container garden! Repurposed recycling containers will be available, or get creative and bring your own repurposed containers to decorate and plant! There will also be a potluck including food prepared from the garden, so please bring a dish to share!

All ages are welcome!”

07/17/14 10:02pm

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“My tomatoes are looking awesome and my cantaloupe will be ready soon!
Community Garden at Euclid and 14th.”

If you have a great haul, beautiful tomato or something like that, send an email and a couple photos to princeofpetworth(at)gmail with your neighborhood and garden haul in the subject line and I’ll pick a few winners a week (free PoPville t-shirt or tote bag.)

07/16/14 10:01pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user elleno1975

Props to elleno1975 for this great haul from 15th and U Street, NW.

If you have a great haul, beautiful tomato or something like that, send an email and a couple photos to princeofpetworth(at)gmail with your neighborhood and garden haul in the subject line and I’ll pick a few winners a week (free PoPville t-shirt or tote bag.)

07/15/14 10:01pm

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It’s time for this summer’s ‘holy garden haul’ competition – if you have a great haul, beautiful tomato or something like that, send an email and a couple photos to princeofpetworth(at)gmail with your neighborhood and garden haul in the subject line and I’ll pick a few winners a week (free PoPville t-shirt.) For today:

“We’ve pulled some giant zucchini out of our garden in Brookland this summer (they keep hiding under the big leaves). We’ve now had. 3.5 pound, 4.5 pound, and the latest 5.5 pound. So far squash casserole, roasted zucchini soup, cheesy zucchini quinoa, and chocolate zucchini bread has used up most, but we’re always in search of new recipes! We also have yellow squash, green beans, cucumbers, eggplant, okra, basil, cilantro, kale, spinach, jalapeños, bell peppers, an cherry peppers this year.”

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07/15/14 4:45pm

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From DPR:

Wednesday – Raymond Recreation [3725 10th St, NW]- 6:30-8:30pm

Garden Pests and Diseases

Through powerpoint and discussion, we will look at “pests” a little differently than most gardeners do: they are telling us that we are doing something wrong! Let’s dig deeper into truly organic and sustainable agriculture and learn to listen to what the “pests” and ecosystem are telling us. Sprays, whether organic or homemade, are not long-term solutions and can have undesirable side effects. We will start learning to identify all sorts of insects in the garden and learn how they work in order to better design our gardens to achieve balance amongst the wildlife, and still put food on our table! Finally, we will conclude with a visual review of common diseases too and what one can be done to prevent and manage them.

Please register before class here.”

06/24/14 10:55am

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North Twin Oaks Plot at 14th and Taylor St, NW

A reader passes on the following email about saving the Twin Oaks Garden:

“We are writing to alert you, as members of the community, to a situation affecting the Twin Oaks Community Garden at 14th and Taylor streets NW. As part of the impending large-scale renovation of neighboring Powell Elementary school, the north side of the garden is currently slated for demolition, to be replaced by a faculty parking lot.

This garden is a beautiful space operated by the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), and has been under cultivation for at least seven years by community gardeners, and used for DC’s summer youth programming long before that. Between the north and south sides of the garden, which is divided by Taylor Street, there are a total of 63 10’x15’ plots, five bee hives, three major compost operations, and numerous trees, many of which were just added by Casey Trees.

Twin Oaks gardeners and DPR were not included in the Powell renovation planning process, and only last month became aware of the threat to the garden. We’ve begun a dialogue with the DC Department of General Services (DGS), which is managing the project, to consider alternatives that can both meet the needs of the school and preserve this historic community garden.

Please join us for a public community meeting with DCPS, DGS and DPR to help save the garden and show support for urban agriculture in our community. We believe that with community input and innovation we can arrive at a solution that both improves the school’s facilities and preserves this long-standing green space.

When: Wednesday, June 25th; 6:00 p.m.
Where: Powell Elementary School auditorium, 1350 Upshur Street NW