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March 11, 2010

Baltimore's City Hall vegetable garden: a first look

Baltimore's City Hall vegetable garden

Photos courtesy of Angela Treadwell-Palmer

Landscape designer Angela Treadwell-Palmer gives us a first look at her plans for the second City Hall vegetable garden in Baltimore.

Instead of the fussy Victorian style of last year's garden, which made maintenance and harvesting more difficult, Treadwell-Palmer is using a more minimalist, modern approach this year.

Baltimore's City Hall vegetable garden


Baltimore's City Hall vegetable garden

The vegetables will be planted in large squares that exhibit their different colors. The result will give a kind of giant quilt look to the garden.

This year, the garden will also more closely meet the needs of Our Daily Bread, the city's soup kitchen which feeds more than 700 homeless men and women each day and received more than 2,000 pounds of produce from the garden last summer. 

The staff there asked for more greens and beans and fewer "exotic" vegetables, such as eggplant or okra, which defied attempts to make large quantities.

Baltimore's City Hall vegetable garden

Baltimore's City Hall vegetable garden

Posted by Susan Reimer at 10:00 AM | | Comments (2)
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hey while you are at it, can you bathe the homeless, too? then maybe give them a nice massage and a manicure. since our taxes are paying for all of it, you might as well do it right.

Our Daily Bread is Catholic Charities. The Master Gardeners who tended the City Hall Garden last year were, reportedly, volunteers.

As John Lennon wrote, oz, Instant Karma's gonna get you...

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About Susan Reimer
Susan Reimer has spent 16 years writing about raising kids - among other topics - in her column for The Baltimore Sun. And every time son Joseph or daughter Jessie passed another milestone - driver's license, college, wedding or a move to a new military duty station - she has planted another garden. Now she will be writing about those gardens - and yours - here on Garden Variety.

Susan isn't an expert gardener, but she wasn't an expert mother, either. Both - the kids and the gardens - seem to be doing well in spite of her.

She lives in Annapolis with her husband, Gary Mihoces, who loves to cut his grass but has noticed that there seems to be less of it every time the kids pass another milestone.

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