The 341 Midland Avenue community garden is a narrow lot owed by the Land Bank. Half of it is wooded. Between the wooded portion and garden itself is the Syracuse Grows’ tool shed. Its roof runoff empties into two rain barrels which provide the water for the garden. Next to the shed is an unfenced open garden where we plant what the ground hogs don’t eat – garlic, potatoes, rhubarb, hot and sweet peppers, onions, potatoes, raspberries, basil, mint, thyme, oregano and sage. Next to the open garden (towards the road) we have eight 12’x4’x4′ raised beds built with Gifford Foundation “What If” grants. Each is surrounded by welded wire fencing to keep the ground hogs from climbing in and helping themselves. In these beds we plant collards, lettuce, cilantro, parsley, spinach, arugula, turnips, mustard greens, okra, eggplant, tomatoes, beans, zucchini and yellow squash. On the south side of the lot we have two picnic table. And facing the street we have a community garden sign. Currently, we have about eight people working most Saturdays during the growing season from 9 – 11 am. We share the produce with each other. Some are from the neighborhood and others are friends who love to garden. A neighbor mows the lot twice a month for us.
Please contact garden coordinator Aggie Lane to find out more about getting involved at this garden.