I decided to follow the example provided by commercial merchandisers and just skip Thanksgiving altogether and go straight to Christmas.  This morning I pulled out all the remains of the tomato, bean and okra plants in Urban Garden I.  It still looks great by my lax standards as the majority of plants in this area are perennials--blueberry, blackberry, and strawberry plants along with pomegranite bushes, peach trees, almond trees and a plum tree.


More on the Water Harvesting Potential for the Garland Community Garden

After spending about two hours pulling the dead plants from Urban Garden One, I walked over to 4022 Naaman School Road--the site of the Garland Urban Agricultural Center and Community Garden slated for opening in mid-February of 2014. 

Although we do have city water available to us on the site, we are looking into other possible sources of water for the community garden.  The three most promising sources for harvesting rainwater are two existing wells on the property; landscaping with swales and berms; and installing a gutter system on the existing shed.  The rain harvesting from the gutter system would yield 26,000 gallons of water a year.

Mark Farley, one of the members of the founding committee for Loving Garland Green, called me last night and  reported there are not one, but two wells on the site.  One of the wells is the one I mentioned in a previous post. Margie and I discovered that one.  That well is approximately 4.5 feet in diameter.  The one that Mark discovered is only 20 feet from the larger well.  It is about 2 feet in diameter.  However, unlike the larger well, this one is filled with dirt.  I'm not sure why this second, smaller well is there, but my guess is that the small well was dug first and then proved inadequate so they dug the second larger one which is almost twice the diameter.  It will be interesting to learn what the depth is for each of these wells. 

What I don't know about wells. . .  but I'm learning.  If you would like to learn too, here is a U.S. government publication that will further your knowledge on the topic of wells.

Here is a bit of well knowledge from that publication:

". . . Most dug wells are shallow and excavated in poorly permeable material ; consequently they are readily affected by drought or by seasonal declines in the water table. The following figure shows the effect of declining water levels on two adjacent wells that are drilled to different depths on either side of a water-table pond. If the depth to water in the well on the left were, say, 10 feet during spring, it might decline to 15 feet during late summer or during a severe drought. If the pump normally causes the water level in the well to decline 5 feet or more during a pumping cycle, pumping during the drought would cause the water to decline to or below the pump intake. Excavating this well deeper to match the well on the right would solve this problem. Dug wells should be constructed during seasonal or climatically low-water-level periods.  [And this is why I think the smaller well on the Garland property was likely dug first and proved inadequate. ]



Agenda for the Loving Garland Green Meeting Tonight

Tonight is our fourth meeting and it promises to be an exciting one.  

  • Elect the officers for our board: President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.  [Note:  At our last meeting we voted to operate as a member-directed nonprofit.]
  • Hear Mark's report on the water harvesting potential for the site.
  • Hear Anita's report on swales and berms (a water-harvesting technique we plan to use on the site--for conserving water and also as an example for visitors to our site)
  • Hear Robert's report on windmills (the old-time variety).
  • Review, edit and approve the draft for our bylaws prepared by Marie. [Note:  as part of the filing requirements for a nonprofit, written bylaws spelling out the rules for managing the operations of the nonprofit are required.]
  • Review, edit and approve the Conflict of Interest Policy for Loving Garland Green prepared by Margie and Liz. [Note:  as part of the filing requirements for a nonprofit, you must have a written Conflict of Interest Policy.  This is a policy that the IRS pays particular attention to.]
  • Review, edit and approve the completed Form 202 - Certificate of Formation - Nonprofit Corporation that is required by the State of Texas in order to file as a nonprofit corporation.
  • Review and assign tasks for completing the paperwork for the 1023 filing with the IRS.