Thursday, April 30, 2009

What's The Deal With Roosevelt Island Garden Club And Advice On Balcony/Terrace Gardening


You Tube Video of Monarch Butterfly at Roosevelt Island Community Garden

Responding to this recent post on the "Steaming Pile of Dung" RIOC President Steve Shane advised:
Even city folks should be able to tell the difference between "dung" which is always of animal origin and "mulch" which is almost always vegetable material.
As one of those "City Folk" who did not know the difference between the two, I thought there might be some other Roosevelt Islanders who might want to learn more about gardening. By coincidence, I had previously asked Mr. Shane about the Roosevelt Island Garden Club that is located between Manhattan Park and the Octagon Building.
I have had several inquiries regarding how one joins the Garden Club and gets a plot of land? Are there any guidelines as to who and how long one gets to keep a plot of land for gardening? Who makes those decisions RIOC or some other entity? Did not see anything on RIOC web site about this.
Mr. Shane replied:
I think the subject is shrouded in the fog of time, but will make inquiry. RIOC has no role in the administration of the garden or the club.
The next day, Mr. Shane followed up:
See statement on p.28 of the HOT Guide:

"Roosevelt Island Community Garden: The Community Garden, just north of the soccer field, has 139 plots on less than 2 acres of land. Membership is $35 per year. To sign up for the waiting list, mail P.O. Box 127, RI, NY 10044. There are about 6 plots available per year. Tools are available in a shed at the garden for members. Trees are forbidden, and gardens that are not maintained are grounds for expulsion from the club. The garden is open for visitors during the day and can be accessed by members with a key during off-hours."
Good job by the Hot Guide in ferreting out this information!

Roosevelt Island 360 discovers that at one time the Garden Club, not RIOC, may have governed Roosevelt Island.


For those that just want to do some gardening on their terrace, balcony or patio, the New York Times had some recent advice:
...One of your most important goals should be to protect your plants against the elements. Wind is the main enemy of an elevated garden. Summer storms can cause lasting damage by breaking limbs, drying out soil and knocking over pots, while icy winter gales can freeze and desiccate leaves.Be aware of where the prevailing wind usually comes from — off a river or through a wind tunnel. Create a barrier on that side with a hedge or a more informal windbreak, preferably evergreens like hollies, which will ground the garden aerie visually and make it more inviting year-round....

50 comments :

Anonymous said...

I am on the waiting list to get a plot at this Garden Club for at least 3 years. I wonder how the plots are distributed.

ROOSEVELT ISLANDER said...

wow, that's a long time. Have you followed up with the Garden Club to see why such a delay?

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