How To Use This Blog

We have set up this blog as a way to share with the community what we are up to and so members can see what needs to be done in the garden week to week.

How to use this blog:
We will post the to-do's and you simply write in the comments what you will be taking care of so we know it's getting done.
  • After you have entered your comment, simply hit the arrow next to profile, select anonymous and make sure you write your name in the comments section so we know who you are!
  • To make sure you don't miss an update, please enter your email address in the "Get Alerts for New Posts" form on the right column of this blog.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Saturday in the garden: September 29th

Saturday, September 29th:  meet Barbara in the garden at 10:00 to harvest.  Dick Motika, this week the produce will be donated to the All Saint's program. Can someone come up on Saturday and take the  produce to the All Saint's kitchen for us?

Friday, September 21, 2012



  • Girl Scout troop 10855 will be in the garden harvesting this Saturday. If you go up, please fill the butterfly bath and check for any wilted plants that need to be watered with the hose. I think squash and basil are ready, but not corn/tomatoes.
  • Remember to bring up a bag of cottonseed meal, bone meal, blood meal or any other organic soil supplement you can find. We are storing them in between the beds, or up on the edge of the beds.
  • It should be easier to make a comment now as Soozie has twitched that a bit. Use the comment section to let us know what time you will be in the garden, so you won't be alone!Send me a comment after Saturday to let us know how it went.
  • Bring food for the compost bin!! (coffee grounds, egg shells, dead leaves, shredded newspaper. And water the compost.
  • Remember the City only wants us to use the middle Doheny gate between 8 and noon. Thanks.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Doheny Road Gate Closures

Doheny Road Gate Closures

  • Note:  Due to some filming going on at The Mansion this week and next, the middle gate on Doheny Road will not be open. If you would like to access the garden area on either of these next 2 Wednesdays, go to the gatehouse and tell the ranger where you want to go, or park on Doheny Road and walk in through the most westerly gate on Doheny Road, which is always open during the week.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Welcome to our blog!

Hello Greystone Gardeners,

We have set up this blog as a way for both our members and surrounding community to see what we have going on! Please make sure you enter your email address in the box on the right side of the home page so that you receive notifications of new posts.

Our plan for this page is to be a means of letting our members know what needs to be done from week to week. The success of this garden depends on all of us taking an active part in making it flourish. Our leader, Barb Linder, will be posting weekly to-do's on here. All you have to do is "comment" on the post to let us know what you will be taking care of. The tasks could range from making sure the Butterfly Garden pond is full to weeding to creating a pest control concoction. We will also be posting the contact information for the individual who will be collecting the harvests from week to week.

Happy Gardening!

This week in the garden (September 19th and 22d)

This week in the garden (September 19th and 22d):
  • Wednesday: Meet with Steve Hough and Barbara Linder to make decisions about the next planned raised bed project. 11:30 a.m. All are welcome to attend.
  • Saturday: Please come harvest with Martha Galvan and Pantea Shakib (Martha will you post when to to meet?)  Sign up to harvest in the comments section of this post.
Whenever you come to the garden:
  • Use the hose to fill the butterfly bath. If you notice any limp plants in this heat, by all means water them with the hose! If the hose and hook up are not visible, call Steve Clark and ask for some help in locating them (310) 285-6835.
  • During the week, collect compost items such as egg shells, coffee grounds, bags of dead leaves or grass clippings from your yard and bring them up for the compost bin. Please water the compost, which is located at the far end of the beds.
We will be posting times on this blog each week for meeting others in the garden on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  I will post chores on a regular basis. Use the blog to notify the rest of us if there is a problem or you feel it's time to do a garden chore.

Upcoming dates:

Saturday, September 29th: Harvest Day. Keep an eye out for a post for signing up.

Saturday, November 3d:  Eagle Scout Chanan Batra will be in charge of installing our new raised bed!! Please plan to be there to lend a helping hand. A post will come up in October so you can sign up to attend.

Fall Crops - please sign up!

We are already planning our FALL and WINTER Crops:
  • We are planning on peas, kale and chard, radishes, beets and lettuce. 
Please start purchasing packs of seeds. You can bring your seeds on the planting day for beets, radishes and lettuce (date to be determined) please begin seed starts at home for peas, kale and chard.

We will be growing peas in their own raised bed, kale and chard together, radishes and beets together and a variety of lettuces together. We say that so everyone knows we need plenty of seeds and seedlings come planting day.

Please sign up in the comments section to let us know what you are bringing.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Come Grow With Us!

Just wanted to show you what a little sweat and dedication can do. At the end of June our first raised beds were built and just two months later, we have quite the bounty. Keep checking this blog to find dates and times when you can come and join us!

                          BEFORE                                           AFTER

A big thanks to Jeannie Cohen for being our Garden Historian! She has taken pictures from the very first meeting and is keeping great record of this project.

Pictures of the Garden's First Season

Our Junior Gardeners hard at work feeding the now bountiful plants.

The historic Greystone greenhouse.

The planning committee deciding where the summer crops go.

You should see how big this little plant is now!

Hmmm....where should we put the tomatoes?

City of Beverly Hills Parks and Urban Forest Manager Ken Pfalzgraf with Park Services Supervisor Stephen Hough and gardener Soozie Eastman.

Girl Scouts troop 10885 water the newly planted babies.

Soozie Eastman with garden founder Barbara Linder smiling after a hard day's work.