Explore the Garden

GARDEN MAP

Jonathan P. created this plan of the garden in 2009. Elizabeth updated it in 2012 with plot numbers and the addition of plot 25.

CHICKENS

In September 2012, the garden adopted Rhode Island Red hens. “The girls,” as they came to be known, quickly charmed the garden and the neighborhood. Everyone is welcome to hold them and feed them greens (ask a gardener for help, or see the signs on the coop). Please don’t let them roam around the garden, and be sure their coop is secured when you leave.

 

 

POND AND SOLAR PUMP

The frogs and goldfish in our pond bring lots of visitors. Keeping the pond clear is an ongoing challenge, and many gardeners have been knee-deep in algae. Since 2010, we have been working on a solar-powered project to filter and pump clean water between the pond and the water harvesting tank by a babbling brook. Stop by to see our progress or lend a hand. 

Water Harvesting

Greene Acres harvests rainwater. From the roof of the neighboring building, water flows down a three-story downspout into the water tank. We use the water for plots and common areas, and to fill the water barrels around the garden. Diverting rain reduces flooding, and storing water reduces our reliance on water from the fire hydrant. 

Fruit trees and bushes

We grow seven kinds of fruit at Greene Acres. In late spring, look for strawberries, mulberries, raspberries, blueberries. Peaches and blackberries follow in summer. Finally, late summer brings abundant figs (and their hungry fans.)      

Tea Garden

The tea garden revitalized a neglected berm by the pond. We built and planted a garden of about 30 different herbs and medicinal plants for use in teas and infusions. Aromatic and colorful throughout the season, plants like verbena, poppy, lavender and hyssop draw in passersby, and all are welcome to enjoy their benefits. 

Rainwater water tank

Rainwater water tank