It's a challenging site, even for an urban garden. The aerial photography of Google Maps revealed that the site is completely covered by trees. It didn't show that the property spans a steep slope.
Whatever this slope is, believe me, when you're on the side of it using edge tools to cut through the brambles, it feels a lot steeper!
Even more challenging are the weeds, which include:
- Ailanthus altissima, tree-of-heaven
- Fallopia japonica, Japanese Knotweed
- Gleditsia triacanthos, Honeylocust
- Hibiscus syriacus, Rose-of-Sharon
- Lonicera japonica, Japanese Honeysuckle
Fallopia japonica, Japanese Knotweed, at Windsor Farm. These stalks, 3-6" high now, will grow to 8-9' tall by the end of the summer, and produce thousands of seeds.
On Sunday, the community volunteers began clearing the site, cutting and filling to terrace the slope, and removing debris. I don't know the history of the site. I came across several piles of concrete and rubble that appeared to be construction debris rather than an on-site foundation. It's possible that the site has endured some dumping, though there was no evidence I found of serious trash that has been overcome in the formation of other community gardens.
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