Welcome – Introduce Yourself

Welcome to the Belmont Community Gardens! Here you can meet your garden-neighbors, ask questions, share tips, and pretty much anything else you’d like to do. We want to bring the Community back to our gardens, and by 2013, I’d love to know who everyone is! Here’s the community garden map.

Bring the Community Back to our Gardens!

After chatting with several people, there are a few ideas for this community. Let us know what interests YOU!

  • Harvest Meet & Greets: meet up at the garden once a week. Trade produce, recipes, tips, you name it.
  • Winter Seed Swap: Most seed packets have more seeds than I can use, and I’d love to coordinate orders and share.
  • Garden Space Planning: Many of you have met Norm, he’s the person that took initiative to add a few more garden plots to the center of the garden area. Let’s not stop there… what can we do with the space by the fence that doesn’t get much light? Perhaps a plot for cutting flower? Everyone can donate seeds, and anyone can cut flower for their home! We could also make it a nice meet & greet area with picnic tables. What would you like?

Start by Introducing Yourself!

Leave a comment below and tell us who you are! Here’s a few suggestions to get you started:

  • What plot do you have?
  • How long have you been gardening?
  • What’s a fun idea for the community to do?
  • What is your top gardening tip, event, or recipe you’d like to share?

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  • Veronica_Tee

    I’ll start! I’m Veronica with plot #25. I’ve had a plot for 4 years now and love experimenting with different plants each year. I focus mostly on tomatoes but also try to grow sweet peas, cucumbers, summer squash and a few other random things that grab my attention.

    I just started all of my tomato seedlings indoors this weekend – can’t wait to get them outside in April :)

  • kay mcmullen

    Thanks, Veronica. I’m Kay and I’m #8. Right now I have wintry veggies in part of the plot and the rest of it has newly sprung green manure – aka buckwheat. Hope it brings a fruitful summer garden.

  • Cathy

    Great idea, Veronica. I’m Cathy in plot #25 (used to be in #24). I am very new to gardening so I could use all the help I can get. The only experience I have are wonderful memories of my grandmother chasing me out of her garden for eating all her strawberries :) . I have leeks, lettuce. beets, fava beans, and some herbs in my garden now.

    • Veronica_Tee

      Cathy, I thought I had plot #25, haha, maybe I have plot #1 (I’m in the back corner on the playground side. I need to find one of those maps!) I grew up in rural Wisconsin on a 5 acre plot. I remember having so many strawberries we fill gallon ice cream buckets full of them, until we couldn’t fit them in our chest freezer! I gave so many strawberries to my teachers when I was a kid. Too bad we moved away when I was 13, I’d love to go home to visit that garden!

      By the way, please enter your email on the right hand side. That will automatically send you an email when there is a new post. I think that will be the best way to notify everyone when we organize things :)

      • Cathy

        Thanks, Veronica. I entered my email to keep in contact with everyone. I checked the map and you are #1! Hope to meet soon. – Cathy

  • maggi

    Good morning.
    My sister Joan and I are in plot #7. There is usually a scarecrow watching over the garden, but he is currently on vacation out of the cold and rain. We have been gardening for several years and love having access to the Belmont community garden. Our garden currently has lettuce, chard, kale, broccoli and scallions. And a few herbs – lavender,rosemary,thyme and arugula.

    Veronica, I like your idea of sharing seeds and produce. And in developing the back corner with flowers and a table/benches. I would be happy to help you in setting it up.

    See you in the garden. maggi

    • Veronica_Tee

      Welcome Joan and Maggi! I love that scarecrow. I keep meaning to put something fun in my garden. Though I’m hoping this year I can get some giant sunflowers to grow again, like I did a couple years go.

  • Cathy

    Wondering if anyone can identify a plant growing in my garden. I am in #25 (gate entrance where the kids have their garden, 3rd little planter box from the right). It is growth that sprouted up from the previous owner. There are two of them and they have purple/white flowers on them. Not sure if it is something to keep or pull. Thanks!

    • Veronica_Tee

      When I stop by the garden this week, I’ll take a look. I am not an expert, but you never know. I have ‘volunteer’ tomatillos in the same spot every year, surprises me every time :)

  • maggi

    Hi Cathy
    If I have the correct plot the flowers you mentioned are Fava Beans. Fava Beans are used as a cover crop and may have been planted by the previous owner. You can remove or wait awhile and then till into the soil and it will provide nutrients to your garden.

  • Cathy

    Hi Maggi
    Thanks for trying to help a beginner out :) . I planted the fava beans. The plant in question is on the other side. I took a stroll around the garden the other day and found the same plant that was in question and it looks like they are snow peas. funny, my mom keeps trying to get me to grow some peas. I’ll give it a go.

    Thanks again.

    • zoopercat

      Glad you guys figured it out. I didn’t know either!

  • Robin Geiman

    Hi! I’m Robin in plot #4. I’ve had the garden in Belmont for a year now, but grew up gardening with my dad in Sunnyvale. I love the idea of a cutting flower area. Thanks for the post about tomatoes that do well in Belmont. I was very disappointed last summer with my tomatoes and want to try out the varieties mentioned this year.

    • zoopercat

      Hey Robin! I just transplanted my seedlings to pots today. I have about 2 dozen and they won’t all fit in my garden. Assuming they all survive, which they do except for the 1 or 2 I accidentally drop while moving! I’d like to give you a couple to try in your garden this year. Let’s meet up before you buy all of your tomatoes this year and I’ll give you a couple!

      • zoopercat

        Oops, this is Vee (who wrote the blog posts, but I’m logged in on my other account. I need to link these accounts together somehow!)

  • maggi

    Veronica – I met someone from the Belmont Rec Dept in the garden yesterday and mentioned your idea for a flower garden in the back area. You might want to check directly with the Rec Dept because they want to keep the back area clear.

    Robin – I also asked about the chips outside the garden and if we could use them. She was going to find out for us.

    • zoopercat

      Thanks Maggi, too bad, it would be really cute :( Do you know if they had a volunteer for the garden yet? If not, I was considering volunteering. Also, if we could use those chips outside the garden, that would be great!!

    • Robin

      Thanks! It would be great to use some to cover the paths that are weedy.

  • Janice

    Hi – I’m Janice and I’m not sure what plot number I have. I’ve asked Grace so many times that I’m embarrassed to ask again! Anyway, it’s back by the picnic table and trash cans. I think this is my 5th year in the garden. Right now there’s kale, broccoli, lettuce, leeks, oregano, strawberries, and about a million volunteer tomatillos in my plot (plus some tomato cages). And, yes, some low weeds. (I’ve been very ill since last October, so I have to work at it in little bits right now. Another gardener in our garden has been helping me. and I’m grateful.)

    I’ve got tomato, squash, pumpkin, and basil seedings growing and getting ready to transplant into the garden as soon as nights are consistently above 50 degrees.

    Thank you Veronica for volunteering and for starting this website! (Would love to know why Parks and Rec wants to keep the back area clear. Maybe we can come up with way to make everyone happy and still use the space?)

    • Veronica_Tee

      Hi Janice! Glad to have you. How have your strawberries been doing? I had strawberries for several years but they were always tiny and I’d get 4 or 5 each time I harvested, from about a 3×4 foot area. I think I did something wrong!!!

    • Veronica_Tee

      One more thing Janice – if you want, sign up for the emails on the right hand side of this page. Then you will get notified when there are new posts :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/rusty.hopewell Rusty Johnston Hopewell

    Hello Everyone,

    I’m the new guy in plot #23. I was a Belmont Community Gardener about 5 years ago but got distracted with raising bees and frustrated with all the squirrels digging up my plot. I had the one in the back under the oak tree (which I now see has been removed) which caught all the acorn falls. I tried gardening in my own backyard for a bit but because it is surrounded by Eucalyptus trees nothing would grow well. Not all was lost as I soon discovered bees thrive on eucalyptus nectar and pollen in the winter. So, I’m glad to be back in the community garden scene and getting back into the soil. Also, while I’m on the topic, I’m happy to trade honey for produce.

    I’ve done a fair amount of gardening – summer’s on the grandparent’s farm, up through putting myself through college as the garden manager for the school gardens. I use to have a fair amount of gardening knowledge and skill, but as my name implies, that has grown a bit rusty these past years. Looking forward to changing that.

    As for my plot, I actually got it as a place to start the Belmont 4H gardening club. My son and daughter are 4H members and a lot of other members were wanting to start a gardening club. I will be bringing small groups of kids and adults (all well behaved) into the garden to teach them how to garden and to assist them in growing their own food. Please, let me know if this will be of concern for anyone so we can work together on addressing any issues.

    I can see my plot has a lot of work to do. First weeding it, then teaching the kids how to do a French-intensive method of double-digging a bed. My soil looks flat and in need of a boost. I’ll try to post the dates we will be in the garden so if anyone else wants to join us you are welcome to do so.

    As for the garden map, I saved it to a Google Drive folder here for everyone to access: https://docs.google.com/file/d/1_fsI5ViJQvWYdT6D94MId3SenTIG3uFj3vLbGmVtFrVKiDopW3jvP4iNg_La/edit?usp=sharing

    Rusty Hopewell

    • Veronica_Tee

      Rusty, thanks for stopping by! I take it the little card I left on your plot was still readable? I checked on the card in the plot by mine and I think the sun bleached out the ink :(

      Anyway, I had your plot at one point, I know that spot well. I had it right after you I think. That tree is still growing and shading things even more.

      If you want to amend your soil, be sure to check out the post I made last week about free compost: you can get it free (year round I believe) from rethink waste. Also, I just got a flying I have to post up from twin pines. They have a compost giveaway on earth day. Details coming soon.

      ps:? I’d LOVE to trade produce for honey :) Want a couple of heirloom tomato plants for your garden? I have a couple dozen growing and they won’t all fit when it’s time to transplant.

      • http://www.facebook.com/rusty.hopewell Rusty Johnston Hopewell

        I’d love any starts you have. I was going to start a bunch of new starts this weekend to replace the ones I started a few weeks ago that never sprouted. I used bagged potting soil from Walgreens (I was in a hurry) and I suspect the soil was contaminated. I’m going to start some kale (I’m a big fan), including a walking-stick kale (anyone grow this before?) that produces long straight kanes that can be dried and cured into walking sticks. Anyone need kale starts? I also promised my son we would try watermelons this year so I got a short season variety that I’ll have extra seedlings to trade/give away.

        I really love this listserve. I tried starting one when I was in the garden back then and received a lot of strife for it from the garden coordinator, so gave it up for the random garden meetings I’d have with my neighbors.
        Rusty

        • Veronica_Tee

          Rusty, I tried to get people on a forum years ago but only 2 people signed up. I decided to try again, this time with a blog that has easier commenting. And we have 7 or 8 people, woohoo! Baby steps I suppose.

          I hate to admit this, but I had to cheat this year with my seedlings. I have a about 6 still being babied indoors, but I left the rest on my balcony outside this week without hardening them off. *gasp*. They’ll be fine, just slow growth for a while. I’m out of town this week and my apartment gets no sun, so I normally have them under a grow light. But you see… I had a grow light last year spark and smoke, so I was afraid of leaving it on while I’m away. So – the rest of the seedlings have to get sun the old-fashioned way – outside!!! But I didn’t remember to harden them off in time.

          Anyway, I plan to transplant them at the end of April or beginning of May. Want to meet up in the garden some weekend and do some transplanting? I have to check and see what seedlings are doing well – I suspect I will have spare nicholayevs and sashas, but I will bring them all :)

    • Veronica_Tee

      One more thing rusty – if you’d like, sign up for email notifications on the right side of this page. Anytime there is a new blog post, you’ll get notified.

  • Robin

    I noticed last week that the hose at the farthest spigot (closest to Ralston) along with the green fan sprayer from ACE hardware that I bought last year is missing. Is it possible to put it back or get a new hose? Thanks, Robin

    • Veronica_Tee

      Robin, I have a spare hose attachment that I use in summer. It lets you attach a bottle to the bottom to spray fertilizer. I use this for my fish oil fertilizer. It’s yellow and green, I can leave it on the hose (and hope no one takes it!)

  • Cathy

    Hi gardeners!

    If anyone could use some sorrel for a salad or to use in a sauce please help yourself to some in my plot. I try to use what I can but always have too much. My plot is #25.

    enjoy, Cathy

    PS. Is everyone getting email updates when there are new postings? I entered my email address on the right but don’t receive anything. I just check the website periodically.

    • zoopercat

      I’ll make a post tonight or this weekend to test out the auto-email and see if it’s working. I’ll leave a comment here too, so you know to look and see if you got it. PS: I just signed up with a 2nd email and I got an emaiil asking me to confirm my subscription. It’s from “Belmont Community Gardens.” To be sure you are on the email, you could try signing up again and look for that confirmation email.

      • Cathy

        Thanks, zoopercat!
        I received your message in my email box this morning.

        • Veronica_Tee

          Cathy, I just made a new post. Did you see a notice in your inbox about the “Farmers Market in May”? http://belmontgardening.com/at-the-farmers-market-may/

          • Cathy

            I received an email with your post above but nothing regarding the Farmer’s Market. I must be doing something wrong on my end :0.

          • zoopercat

            Cathy, I just tested in with my email as well and I am also not getting them! I’ve contacted the support for that email widget to find out what’s going on. So it isn’t you!!