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Welcome To The Community Garden


May 2013
SoTre Properties Newsletter


June 2013




WELCOME to the
South Tremont (SOTRE)
Community Garden!

Q: What is the SOTRE Community Garden?
A: The SOTRE Community Garden, located at the corner of Brainard Ave and W. 21st Place in South Tremont, is a common garden area divided into plots for the community to plant veggies and flowers during the growing season.   

Q. Why have a community garden? 
The concept of a community garden developed long before World War II, actually the oldest known community garden in the US is 250 years old.  The idea of taking a dead brown space and bringing life and functionality to it to benefit the community is an effort that spans time and brings communities together to this day.  It also:
  • Improves the environment by teaching and inspiring sustainable land use
  • Builds community through residents working together to build something beautiful.  If we can work together to build a sustainable green space, just think of what we can accomplish together!
  • Promotes social interaction.  We know the summer TV programming is awful!  So, lets leave our TVs off in the evenings and gather together to garden and have fun this summer!
  • Improve physical and mental health. Taking care of plants, watching birds and butterflies, enjoying the outdoors, and getting exercise are all good for the body and spirit...relieve stress without a prescription!
Q: Who can participate?
A. Anyone!

Q: What is the cost?
A: There is an annual $20 fee to help with maintenance costs of the SOTRE Community garden.  Other related costs are the plants you purchase and the tools you may need, like a shovel or a trowel.  If you do not have a gardening tool and would like to share with the other gardeners - that is great.  Sharing is not only expected, but is encouraged!

Q: What if I have never gardened?  Where do I start?
A: First, there are no failures at this Community Garden!  If you need help, other gardeners are available to provide advise and answer questions.  You should get your plants in by mid-June and expect a harvest in July and August (depending on the plant).  Most veggies are completely harvested by Sept 1 with the exception of pumpkins and gourds which harvest a little later.

Q: I am not in great physical shape - is gardening hard?
A: One of the benefits of this garden is you have a manageable plot to garden.  There are three rain barrels and a hydrant for watering (no carrying water buckets).  Just plant your favorite veggies, water once in a while when there is not enough rain and make sure the weeds are kept to a minimum.  Mother nature will do the hard part!

Q: How do I get my plot for this summer?
A: There are only a few plots left and they are available on a first come/first serve basis.  Please email Chelsea at to reserve your plot and start your very own garden this summer!

Now that you have all these awesome veggies to eat, let's talk about where they should end up...


Garbage Disposal Rules To Live By...
A garbage disposal is one of the most useful gadgets in your kitchen. It sits under the sink and shreds food waste so it can pass easily through the plumbing. However, you just can’t put anything and everything in the disposal.
If it’s hard…keep it out of the disposal.
Never put bones, pits or shells from shellfish through the disposal.
Fiber is good for your digestive system…bad for the disposal.
Certain vegetable fibers will certainly jam your disposal and can cause drain blockages.
The following should not be put through the disposal:
  • Banana peels
  • Celery
  • Coffee grinds
  • Corn cobs
  • Onion skins
  • Melon or grapefruit rinds
  • If it’s not food, it doesn't belong in the disposal
  • Don’t shove…the smaller the better
If the disposal is running…the cold water should be running also. And…keep the water running a full minute after you are sure the food waste has been eliminated. Never use hot water.
Clean means efficient
A dirty disposal can cause an unpleasant odor. To prevent this, WHEN THE DISPOSAL IS OFF clean the inner side of the rubber lining in the center of the sink opening. A paper towel wiping on a regular basis will do the trick.
With the cold water running and the disposal on, toss in some ice cubes. The cubes will dislodge any debris on the edges.
Hands off !!!
Never, under any circumstances, put your hands in the disposal when it is running.
There’s a jam!
Please let us know and we will have an experienced, licensed plumber to come and take a look.
Common sense will make a world of difference!


Spring Cleaning in less time than it takes to watch a "Breaking Bad" marathon...
We have all done it - say we're only going to watch one episode ofBreaking Bad (or Mad Men or Dexter) and the next thing you know five hours have passed.  Well, let's take just a few of those precious hours and do some simple spring cleaning.  Your spring cleaning may never become effortless, but you can make the project more manageable --  and even enjoyable. Here are a few tips to quicklytake care of your spring cleaning:
  1. Clean window treatments - Wipe wooden and plastic blinds with a damp cloth; warm water mixed with a mild dish washing liquid.  Most draperies can be machine washed.
  2. Dust your home thoroughly - This includes hard-to-reach placed, such as top of ceiling fans and window casings.  Always work from the top of the room down, vacuuming the dust that settles on the floor.
  3. Wipe walls and ceiling - Use a vacuum to remove dust.  Tackle stubborn surface grime, especially prevalent in kitchens, with a solvent-free degreaser.
  4. Wash the windows - Everyone can do windows!  Use either a mild dish washing liquid or white vinegar with warm water (1/2 water and 1/2 vinegar or dish washing liquid).  Use cloth to wash and dry or use a squeegee.
  5. Clean out your closets - Donate or dispose of items you no longer wear and straighten everything up.
Good Luck!
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In This Issue:
  • Welcome to the South Tremont Community Garden!
  • Garbage Disposal Rules To Live By...
  • Spring Cleaning in less time than it takes to watch a "Breaking Bad" marathon


Tremonsters Movin'...
  • Harrod
  • Joshua & Eddy
  • Scott & Carrie
  • Adriana & Adam

...Until We Meet Again!
  • Caitlin, Annie & Anastasia
June Dates To
June 1 - Tremont Church Tour

June 2 - Yoga rocks Lincoln Park

June 4 - Tremont Farmer's Market at Lincoln Park

June 14 - All plants should be in your plot at the SOTRE Community Garden

June 14 - Tremont Artwalk

June 15 - Tremont Trek Home Tour

June 16 Show Your StuffNeighborhood Yard Sale
Tel: (216) 233-1511