Sage Warriors

Volunteers of the Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard show off their bouquets of sage!

Volunteers of the Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard show off their bouquets of sage!

The weather continues to get cooler but the gardening season continues. And this weekend the volunteers of the Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard buzzed like bees in the pollinator garden. But instead of collecting pollen, we were pulling out the weeds that have popped up during the recent long awaited rainy days.

Common Mallow (drooping, on the right) was one of the weeds of the day during this month's stewardship session.

Common Mallow (drooping, on the right) was one of the weeds of the day during this month’s stewardship session.

And so we spent the cool bright morning working in the garden pulling out weedy interlopers – and learning their names. The weed of the day was “Common Mallow” which has geranium like leaves. It’s a plant reported online to be edible…but not to actually taste very good.

Audrey and Sherry talk weeds in the garden.

Audrey and Sherry talk weeds in the garden.

This weekend was also a sage-pruning weekend and so each volunteer went home with a bouquet of sage to dry and use for smudging or in Thanksgiving turkey recipes.

Lindsay brings her daughter Azalia to supervise the volunteers in the pollinator garden.

Lindsay brings her daughter Azalia to supervise the volunteers in the pollinator garden.

Our official supervisor, you Azalia, did a great job in overseeing the work with the help of her mom, Lindsay. We all left the garden looking beautiful (actually, the garden looked beautiful – the volunteers looked tired and happy), and we look forward to our next stewardship day adventure as we continue to care for our pollinator garden and our beautiful fruit trees.

Can you support us in caring for our park and orchard? Become a volunteer by emailing us at growingforgreen (at) gmail.com or donate to our fundraising campaign.

Susan for Button 1Susan Poizner is the coordinator of the Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard. She is also the author of the award-winning fruit tree care book “Growing Urban Orchards” and the creator of the award-winning online fruit tree care training course at www.orchardpeople.com.  

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Crabapple Cleanup and Green Roof Makeover!

Crabapples around tree in Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard

Crabapples around tree in Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard (photo credit: www.orchardpeople.com)

There is so much fruit in the city that goes to waste like apples, pears and crabapples. So many people have fruit trees that they don’t know how to care for and they either forget to harvest the tree or they just can’t reach most of the fruit because they allow their trees to get too large.  Continue reading

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Rainbows, Mulch and Rock Stars

Cliff's sprinkler in pollinator garden creating a rainbow.

Sprinkler in Ben  Nobleman Park’s pollinator garden creating a rainbow.

PART 1: Rainbows, Sprinklers and Drought

For generations, human beings have wondered how to make it rain. Well, the volunteers of Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard have discovered the secret. And those who grow gardens, fruit trees and other crops may be thanking us for years to come.

You see, this spring and summer of 2016 are the hottest and driest that we have experienced since planting our fruit trees in 2009. Without irrigation, this dry heat will stress and even kill young fruit trees. So we took things into our own hands.

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