For most of the spring and summer leading up to the phased reopening of gyms, the parking lot behind Ironbound Gym on New Town Avenue has been quiet, but for the Foundation Square Landscaping Committee, a group of nearly 20 members, the summer has been a bit of hustle and bustle. The group made some significant expansions and improvements to their Children's Garden.
The Foundation Square Landscaping Committee, led by resident, Master Gardener, and Committee President Jim Kavitz, were honored earlier this year for their notable contributions to the aesthetic of the neighborhood. The Arbor Day 2020 Award of Excellence, presented by the Williamsburg Area Council of Garden Clubs was awarded to the group in the beginning of the year FULL STORY HERE
Don warmke, Janice Kavitz, and Janice Simmons take a break from planting day back in May for a quick photo
The expansion includes some improvements to the existing garden as a covered seating area complete with tables and a few socially distanced chairs (undoubtedly a great spot for a small afternoon book club) as well as new planter boxes in the median areas in the parking lot and underground irrigation. The expansion was greenlighted by the New Town Commercial Association. Kavitz noted that the empty median space often ended up being littered by cans and food wrappers and felt expanding their garden would add to the beautification of the area.
The existing garden, home to herbs, artichokes, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, has yielded a bountiful harvest this year so far. Kavitz reports the fig trees have yielded hundreds of ripe figs with more on the way. In the newly planted garden area the residents grew corn, squash, carrots, okra, eggplants, and beets. Unfortunately, says Kavitz, a wiregrass encroachment threatened the health of the new planters late this summer and the plants had to be removed.
Undiscouraged and determined, Kavitz and his band of willful and skillful gardeners have flipped the planters, acquired new quality soil and will soon be replanting cooler weather crops to include lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, and more.
The Committee is supported by a line in the budget, but has also raised about $900 in unsolicited donations from local residents who are enthusiastic about the garden but may be unavailable to contribute sweat equity to its success. If are interested in contributing financially to the future of the Children's Garden, we will be happy to connect you with Jim Kavitz. Send us an email st NTRA.firstname.lastname@example.org
New planter boxes nearly ready for cool weather crops to include lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, and more
New seating area in existing garden
green figs will soon be grown, ripe, and ready to harvest