View of my greens garden after the rain. Hurrah for the rain!
Report from the Winding Garden Section
We will dedicate Garden Plot 4 to Mother Nature.
Garden Plot 4 washed away as a result of the monsoon (by Garland standards) yesterday. This is a good thing. Plot 4 was empty and unassigned. (Plots 1, 2 and 3 as well as plots 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14 are assigned and five of these plots have gardens already planted.)
We can see now the park area is designed so that any deluge of rain will flow through plot 4 and down to the creek. Plot 4 will become a walkway to access the backs of the gardens. We will keep it clear of plants. When things dry up a little bit more we will put the soil (from plot 4 that washed away) back in other garden plots.
A Strawberry Thief Amongst Us
At about 9pm on Wednesday, May 7, I put four pots of strawberry plants on a pallet in our mulched area--three black pots and one larger green pot that contained two strawberry plants. I thought about cementing them to the pallet with gorilla glue, but then didn't. Today when Charlie and I walked down to the Garland Community Garden to check on things, I saw the big green pot is missing.
The thing that puzzles me is why the thief only took the big green pot and not all four pots?
Perhaps they wanted a Mother's Day present? By the way, mothers, if you get a strawberry plant in a green pot for Mother's Day. . . please inquire regarding its source.
Everyone says it: All community gardens can expect to have theft -- from people and animals.
I refuse to be cynical about this. Going forward, I expect people to do better. There is no need to ever steal anything from the garden. This garden belongs to the people of the City of Garland. Anyone who removes plants from the garden is stealing from their own community and robbing others from the chance of enjoying and learning from garden.
Furthermore, it is totally unnecessary to steal from our garden. Those who want or need plants can attend our meetings for Loving Garland Green. Many of our members have plants and seeds to share.
In the meantime, we are looking into installing sensors in our containers to enable us to track a stolen container to its source.
And, by all means, if you see that a friend has a new green container with strawberries in it, please inquire as to where they got it.