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Re: Madison MAN garden stuff this week (and tomatoes 🙏)

by
Cindy Harrington
- 08/22/2023 14:33:36
Thank you for the update
Keep me posted Sean Take it easy I want you feeling better❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

On Tue, Aug 22, 2023 at 9:29 AM Sean Gere <seangere@gmail.com> wrote:
 Great Lisa, thanks for the update. Here are some from my end.

One of Esty’s loaded peach trees that was tipping over due to root issues has also been guyed up with a soil anchor in a more secure and less invasive way. The old webbing that was on in one place too long needs to be cut and removed as much as possible. Removing this will help mitigate future damage. I can take care of this when some additional root work to stimulate anchoring and deal with potential girdling happens. Along with some directional/structure pruning to minimize force on the compromised root system.

And y’all thought tree work was just cuttin’ stuff:-).

My class ended Friday so I have some more flexibility for the next few weeks. That said my pain and mobility are worse than ever and continue downhill. Ortho appt is Thursday.

I’m not a huge help and can’t walk even aided for long but I have more time. But I will be at sjc for peace work today and food swap tomorrow. I do have a request for tomatoes 🙏.

HFFA has been very weak in fresh produce lately. The last two weeks not much. There were a couple of boxes of tomatoes but they were waste of time supermarket ones from MX. I have ideas why this is but will share outside of this long email.

Happy waning summer.

Sean


On Tue, Aug 22, 2023 at 7:29 AM Lisa Nunez <lisanunez50@gmail.com> wrote:
Week of Aug 21 - This week will begin our EG meetings combined with our EG Garden Swap on Wednesdays, 3-5 at the Social Justice Center. Healthy Food For All delivers free food to the SJC at this time every week and we're helping out when we can - gardening as we go - and sharing our bounty harvested from our EG partners. This week we'll have lovely peaches from one of members  - harvested when the peach tree dropped a branch in the recent storms.

We need a general check in - Sean kindly consulted with Esty about how to trim her everygreen bushes back from the sidewalk. We also moved some planted back so the sidewalk was passable for area wheelchair users.
Cindy and Sean will set a time to work on her trees, Sean now has an apprentice and Artist and Lisa are on ground crew.
 Artist has been busy maintaining Karin's property while still being on work detail for our other locations - Thank you!!



On Mon, Aug 14, 2023 at 1:17 PM Lisa Nunez <lisanunez50@gmail.com> wrote:
Week of Aug 14 - Due to the rain, and the sodden soil it creates, workdays have been pushed back to Friday. Esty may need a lot of plant moving (awaiting finalization of plans) so if anyone enjoys hand digging, we're here for you, please get in touch!

On Sat, Aug 12, 2023 at 8:39 AM Lisa Nunez <lisanunez50@gmail.com> wrote:
LOOKING FOR EXTRA HELP - A tree branch needs some immediate attention to move it off overhead wires - on the North side. Hoping to schedule the work for Monday at 3. Please get in touch if you can be part of the crew! 

On Mon, Aug 7, 2023, 7:55 AM Lisa Nunez <lisanunez50@gmail.com> wrote:
Hi! This is the week beginning August 7.


I won't be able to be at The Social Justice Center for our regular meet-up on Tuesday. Please get in touch if you want to clip and weed or have any questions.

I will be at SJC Wed., 3-5 for FoodShare and will multi-task with weeding starting around 4.

I'm working at Barbs, Esty's and Cindy's this week and scheduling with them (Imru - are  you back online?), we're just weeding (so many thistles!) and watering at this point, there will be peaches and apples soon. Peas are slow, but look like they'll be bountiful.

Karin's - Artist has been handling the landscaping and constant yard maintenance needed. Karin did not plant a vegetable garden this year -- she might want to plant fall vegetables? Or perhaps some prairie plants? I'll work with Artist to get time with the busy landowner

Artist has also been helping with Cindy's (a challenging spot with lots of shade) and Esty's (4 large beds, 3 fruit trees, raspberries and grapes).

FoodSwap - Wednesday, 8/9, 3p-5p I'll be there along with Healthy Food For All - if you have any produce you want to share or swap, or want come-on by!

Immediate Future -
* Do we want to move the raised bed away from the parking lot?
* Does anyone need free seeds from the Public Library? - they have vegetables, flowers and should have native prairie plant seeds in stock soon.




On Wed, Aug 2, 2023 at 9:29 AM Lisa Nunez <lisanunez50@gmail.com> wrote:
Week which begins Aug. 2 this week. 

We'll be at The Social Justice Center for garden swap 3:30 to 4:30 today and then headed over to Cindy's at 4:30 where we're checking peas pod structure and doing a bit of yard work til 6:30. 

Estys place is doing well and about to rippen a lot of apples and peaches. It's been a battle with the critters and use of fox urine hasn't been as successful as hoped. There's still gonna be plenty left. 

At SJC the raised bed is still being lounged in and trashed. So, two choices: we move it closer to the other bed (better yet, replace and swap it for other bed!!) and away from the ramp and building. 
Or - we embrace it's use and need, put a small flower planter in the middle and somehow convert the rest of the space to sitting surface 
I'm not sure, however, if SJC management and tenants - or neighbors - want that as an option. 
Thoughts? 

We'll be at the SJC for drop-in check in next Tuesday, Aug 8, 4pm

On Mon, Jul 24, 2023, 8:17 AM Lisa Nunez <lisanunez50@gmail.com> wrote:
Week of July 24 -

We'll have our weekly check in and gardening at The Social Justice Center on Tuesday, 7/25, 4 pm.
We also be at The Social Justice Center for a good swap with on Wednesday, 7/26, 3 pm to 5:30 pm

Stuff for the week we need to schedule

SJC - can discuss on Tues: do we want to try growing fall-planted food in the raised bed? We have to see if we can get the soil deep enough. There are design considerations that limit how much deconstructing of the bed we can do. We can, however, consider moving it (I'm think, I was there at it's installation). And as always, weeding and watering will need to be done.

Cindy's - she could do with some weeding and thinning around the edge of the yard - and pea patrol getting them directed to climb (and possibly making a stronger trellis for them), and of course we're always interested in thinning the canopy, especially the huge mulberry branch hanging over her neighbor's yard. I'll take some photos we can share with Sean G and get his expertise.

Esty's - yard was mowed, some flowers added, thistles removed, we're just watering and waiting for apples, potatoes and a variety of vegetables to come in

Barb's - Barb has been making raspberry jam from her healthy bushes which also produce black raspberries.
Sadly, the  organic weed killer wasn't entirely successful and many have come back - so a second application is in order. Marty suggested adding the manual task of gently removing any roots we could without disturbing the soil too much. The experiment continues!

Karin's - Artist will need to update us on all the hard work he has been up to in maintaining this property which has gardens and a slice of woods to manage. This site is challenged in that where there is sun, there is also a black walnut tree, which makes the ground too toxic for most garden fruits and vegetables. We wonder if he wants to plant fall vegetables at this site in a raised bed??

Stories! We need to gather stories and video for a MAN Podcast. Let's plan a site visit!



On Thu, Jul 20, 2023 at 6:10 AM Lisa Nunez <lisanunez50@gmail.com> wrote:
Photo update! 

From Cindy's yard:  seedlings and seeds planted by Iz, Imru, and Artist - after they cleared and tilled a new garden spot to take advantage of limited sun. Imru and Lisa took out a few dead branches (with hand saws!) to thin the canopy. Tomatoes, some herbs, an abundance of peas!

On Mon, Jul 17, 2023, 9:08 AM Lisa Nunez <lisanunez50@gmail.com> wrote:
Week of the 17th - We'll meet at The Social Justice Center Tuesday, the 18th, 4 pm - 5 pm. I'd like to try installing a fence around the raised garden bed and see if that keeps out the trash, bottles and bags before we try growing food there.

 Let us know what you need this week - or if you'd like to see where we've been working, get in touch and we'll arrange a tour.

Cindy's garden is slowing growing, hampered by the weather and the shade. Peas are having a great time! They are in need of support so we will do that Tuesday before the meeting.

Esty's garden is doing well, Ech has been working there, and we did some compost spreading. It probably needs mowing and trimming, Lisa will be checking in Monday afternoon.

Barb's yard has had some weeding and a very successful experiment  (by Barb and Marty) of organic weed killer using 30% vinegar - get in touch for the recipe, it worked within 2 hours.

On Wed, Jul 12, 2023 at 9:06 PM Lisa Nunez <lisanunez50@gmail.com> wrote:
Apologies for the short notice! When we met yesterday some of us talked about taking a quick visit to Cindy's to see the work we've done. Get in touch with me and we'll arranged a time tomorrow morning to go over. - L.


On Tue, Jul 11, 2023 at 7:52 AM Lisa Nunez <lisanunez50@gmail.com> wrote:
Tuesday July 11 - sorry for the late communication! We'll meet today at The Social Justice Center and figure out what needs doing. I think mostly we wait, weed, and water when needed. Also, feel free to respond to this email.

Who needs a lawn mowed? We can get ahead of it! 

Cindy - The veggies here are doing great! Mulberry harvesting was harder and much less productive than expected, so we should brainstorm some ideas for next year to maximize the bounty.
Esty - can always use help weeding and managing her garden
Karin - Artist is continuing to work here on landscaping projects
SJC - The raised accessible bed next to the parking lot is really very shallow, and needs dirt. Even then, we won't be able to grow anything with deep roots (like native prairie plants) because of its construction, which consists of filler and a liner. Filling the entire bed is cost prohibitive at this time, we can discuss ways to find/fund soil.

On Mon, Jul 3, 2023 at 7:36 AM Lisa Nunez <lisanunez50@gmail.com> wrote:
Week of July 3
No in person meeting this Tuesday, 7/4
Cindy's: Lisa and Imru will be tree trimming 7/3 in the morning.
**Looking for help - to shovel and move some compost at Esty's on the northside -
Esty's: Lisa will be going this evening 6:30-8:30. Ech has been working on Esty's raised beds
Barb's: Lisa and Barb are coordinating for 2 1/2 hours of work this week.
**Looking for help -- landscaping -- Karin's on the east side
Karin's: Artist has been working here. He and Lisa will have a workday this Wed - 7/5, beginning at 3 pm. General landscaping and garden maintenance. 
Also seeking - compost, woodchips, mulch

Enjoy the week! - L.

On Thu, Jun 29, 2023 at 11:38 AM Lisa Nunez <lisanunez50@gmail.com> wrote:
Looking for anyone interested in sawing some branches early Monday, 7/3, ladder use required. Also possibly work moving some soil tomorrow 6/30 during the morning and early afternoon. Transportation and equip maybe provided. Get in touch if interested! 

On Tue, Jun 27, 2023, 8:09 AM Lisa Nunez <lisanunez50@gmail.com> wrote:
Merry smoggy Tuesday - hope everyone is feeling and breathing OK. We'll meet today at The Social Justice Center, I won't be there until 4:15, but Stephanie will be there hosting earlier meetings. Drop a quick line if you need and let us know what is happening, what you need, what other projects you're considering.

On Sat, Jun 24, 2023 at 7:41 AM Lisa Nunez <lisanunez50@gmail.com> wrote:
A quick Super Thank You!! to all the folks working in the hot summer to get all the things done this week
I'm not sure of my work schedule on Tuesday - please give us a quick update here and let us know what you need, esp so I can figure out where I need to be 😅.  - L.

On Tue, Jun 20, 2023 at 7:24 AM Lisa Nunez <lisanunez50@gmail.com> wrote:
Planting help needed! - A quick planting of more veggies recently dropped off to Cindy's. Any time today should work - please get in touch with Cindy directly (ask me if you need her number - mine is 608-332-5834). Thanks!!

On Mon, Jun 19, 2023 at 10:35 AM Lisa Nunez <lisanunez50@gmail.com> wrote:
Hi! This week, June 19-25 I'll be taking off most garden activities due to time crunches and trying to spare a crud back before circus performances. The rest of my schedule is wonky with work and rehearsals -- but please get in touch if you need a ride or contact info for someone.

I will be at The Social Justice Center on Tuesday, but in the morning 10 to 12, possibly longer, making the gardens look tidy for this weekend's Jubilee on June 24. Doing some light construction, weeding and adding some tomato, pepper and oregano to the raised bed. I won't be available for our usual Tuesday 4 pm check in, I have my day/night job.

Do we want to harvest any of Cindy's mulberries? I can help with that, depending on work schedule, but any more branch removal will have to wait until next week. Let me know if you're up for the task and need to borrow a bow saw.

I'll ask Esty to coordinate with Ech.

Artist is working with Karin, I'll remind him to get in touch with Imru for help.

I've been at Barb's every week, so we're in contact, I'm taking this week off.

Get in touch with questions. Thanks everyone - y'all are so great!! - L.

On Fri, Jun 9, 2023 at 11:14 AM Lisa Nunez <lisanunez50@gmail.com> wrote:
Is anyone free to work at Cindy's place next week, ideally Tuesday but we might be able to be flexible

On Thu, Jun 8, 2023 at 8:59 AM Cindy Harrington <cindyharrington275@gmail.com> wrote:
See you Tuesday HOPE Just Let Me Know The Time❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

On Thu, Jun 8, 2023 at 8:57 AM Lisa Nunez <lisanunez50@gmail.com> wrote:
Hi! Friday - 3 pm - weeding and planting at Esty's (soil delivered and applied to beds). We're hoping to remove a small tree also. Text me at 608-332-5834

Please join us Tuesday, at 4 pm at the SJC for our regular check in.

Before that, Barb, Artist and I will check out a new spot over in the Wingra neighborhood. This will be Artist's main work plot but we'll need to start planting quickly once we've checked in with the owner, maybe even that day??. We'll up date  you at the 4pm meeting or by text if we can started immediately.

Maple has been covering SJC - Thank You!! And gave us some sedum which we're trying in the raised bed. Thank you!!

Cindy - we'll check in on all your projects - I'll loop you into a text with Artist.



On Wed, Jun 7, 2023 at 8:54 AM Lisa Nunez <lisanunez50@gmail.com> wrote:
Today, Wednesday, 6/7 we'll be moving some garden soil to Esty's house. If you have access to an - open bed, uncovered - truck please get it touch! Otherwise we'll be moving 2-3 small loads and we're looking for shovelers at Esty's end to help support her amazing fruit and vegetable gardens on the Northside.
We'll meet there at 4 pm, please email or text (608-332-5834) if you'd like to help out and earn hours. - Lisa

On Mon, May 29, 2023 at 9:36 AM Lisa Nunez <lisanunez50@gmail.com> wrote:
Hi All - this next week will be a serious scorcher, so keep that in mind as you plan garden labor.
We'll meet Tuesday afternoon, 4 pm at the Social Justice Center. Just a check in for anyone interested.
Individual Work Teams need to communicate about what, where and when. Let me know if you need contact info. Thanks so much for your time and expertise!

Work Teams:

Cindy's house: Cindy, Sean, the Artist
Priorities: Thin trees, establish garden areas

Esty's house: Esty, Ech, Sean, the Artist
Priorities: Weed and thin front yard
Help manage multiple beds and trees
This week: dirt delivery

Barb's House: Lisa
Priorities: Help manage yard and beds, including raspberries

The Social Justice Center: Maple, Lisa, Stephanie
Priorities: weed, water native beds, add vegetables and fruits, rebuild garden bed, fencing, signage





On Mon, May 22, 2023 at 9:24 PM Stephanie Rearick <steph@stephanierearick.com> wrote:
Hi all - 

This is an email to everyone I’ve tried to add to a listserv. Can you please check all your spam filters for email from garden@at-home.coop and click ’not junk’ or whitelist it however you do that? If you just don't 


not all of you are involved in all of these projects, so feel free to get in touch with questions, projects of your own, or other EG stuff. And please reply when you get this so we know it's working for you

Cindy - I need to check in with you and Scott and Artist, what help do you need? 

Tuesday 6:30 pm Lisa will be at Social Justice Center to do some planting and weeding -- Maple, let me know if you need anything from me, I can water that day if you want. If no one else has contacted me about the raised bed by the pantry, I will go ahead and plant tomatoes (if I can find determinant), cukes (if i can find bush) and bean (if I can find bush)

Wednesday 2-4 pm- we'll be picking up a load of soil and taking it to Esty's house. Anyone interested in working there that day to get soil in the beds and perhaps plant if y'all are interested, please get in touch with her, your workgroup has swapped info. 


Thursday mid morning - Lisa will be working at Barb's house (this schedule has to be confirmed). Otherwise, I'll be working on the SJC, they'd like to have plants out front.


Hope to see you this week! 

Thanks,
Lisa and Stephanie

Stephanie Rearick
+1 (608) 443-8229




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