Greens from the garden

One of the many batches of greens & goodness that I harvested from the garden earlier in the week. As I write this, a huge pot of kale is cooking down into delicious Indian style greens and lentils, inspired from the garden and Nathan’s dish at the potluck last night. P7080005

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Off the Grid needs your help …do you have…?

Hi Everyone,

We have a special project coming up and are in the need of two things this week, Also please join us this Saturday from 11am-1pm for our Riverwest24 Bonus checkpoint and check out the garden too! Check out the races website http://www.riverwest24.com!

We need:

Sledge Hammers

Seeds
Coneflower
Asters
Milkweed
other native seeds that can overwinter

If you have any of these Let me know and I will come and pick them up!
Thanks,
Wendy Mesich


wendy@offthegridmke.org
414-241-3069
http://www.OffTheGridMKE.org

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Our Garden

We’ve been working steadily on our garden on the corner of Richards & Clarke streets. It’s amazing the amount of work that can be done in just one month! The pictures below briefly capture the work that’s been done in the garden this past month, from an empty city lot to a landscaped urban garden complete with fruit trees, raised beds and pathways. It’s exciting to think that soon we’ll be transplanting all of the seedlings we’ve started and then the garden will really come to life!At the beginningPre-Raised BedsPlanting Fruit TreesDirt MovingEntranceRaised Beds

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Write up on OTG Milwaukee by Ed Makowski

Go to this link to read the article “Urban Farmers” by Ed Makowski

http://altdash.com/ShowArticle.aspx?ID=156

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Alleopathic plants & trees – plants or trees that inhibit the growth of other plants chemically

Alleopathic plants are plants that inhibit the growth of other plants chemically through their roots or through them shedding leaves that then fall to the ground a transfer chemicals to the soil that stop other plants from growing.  In the Milwaukee area there are a few plants & trees that definetly fit the bill.  First you have the Black Walnut tree which definitely will effect the growth of plants planted near it, especially tomatoes.  The wild Garlic Mustard that has taken over much of the natural areas in Milwaukee is also this type of plant, no wonder why it is so sucessful.  Next, the common sunflower can cause problems for some plants, but on the other hand it is suggested that you do plant them randomly in corn fields to increase yield.  This is just a short list of Milwaukee area plants that are alleopathic.  I’m sure there are many more out there known and unknown.  Here’s a link for an alleopathy definition http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allelopathy

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First Garden Work Day

Our first Garden work day is this Saturday from 1pm- 4pm.  We will work on Sunday too(weather permitting)

We hope to clean up the lot, have some rototiller action, start building compost bins and brainstorm on garden layouts.

Please join us in the garden on the corner of Richards and Clarke!

See you in the Dirt!

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