Thursday, August 4, 2011

August Elati Garden First Friday Art Fair + Bake Sale PreView!

Come on down to the garden this coming First Friday August 5th for the next Elati Garden First Friday Art Fair + Bake Sale. The wonderfully designed flier by Vanessa Coates.

Ricky Rodriguez will be back with his Guitar!

And Max's Lunch truck is joining for the first time as our food vendor, he'll be serving up some Elati Garden Ratatoulle!

See ya there for a summers night to remember...

Click on Facebook invite for more details!/event.php?eid=154112197998682

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

July 's Elati Garden First Friday Art Fair + Bake Sale ReCap

Below is a photographic recap of July's Elait garden Art Fiar + Bake Sale. All images by Shauna Intelisano

The bake sale run by our miniature gardeners was a success!!

Shannon Ochsner's concept of fluid in acrylics

Shauna Intelisano's documentary photography

Chef D serving up some Elati Garden Tacos

A Chicago visitor arrives straight from DIA

Our new Cuban addition to the Garden helps Shauna

The garden Spread

Clint Woods nature and scenic photography

Josh Lapree's found object mobiles

Bob Coates Mona Lisa Grids

Friday, July 1, 2011

Elati Garden Arts and Crafts Fair

Extend your First Friday Art Walk on Santa Fe a few blocks east to the Elati Garden Arts and Crafts Fair and Bake Sale. Enjoy meandering through this urban oasis from 5-10 pm and enjoy food from Chef D and the artwork of Bob Coates, Shauna Intelisano, Adam LePree, Danielle Mattison Owen, Shannon Ochsner, JoHanna Weber and Clinton Woods.

The Elati Garden is located at 840 Elati Street, a few block stroll east of Santa Fe.

Proceeds benefit the Elati Garden which is in need of new hoses, tools and walkways.

We hope you'll stop by this fun family event and say hello.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Cream of Sorrel Soup

With an abundance of sorrel in the community herb plot, it puts one in the mind for the classic spring soup. There's nothing light about it, but we have it from good sources that this is a delicious recipe. Brought to you by the New York Times.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Elati Garden WOrk Day Saturday May 14th...

Elati Garden Work Day Tomorrow Saturday May 14th 9-2pm.

A few housekeeping notes...

IMPORTANT REVIEW of the Elati Garden Agreement you signed
*Watering before 10am and after 6pm is not a request it is a rule
*All dogs must be on a leash at all times

*Center Planters & Herb Garden committees, please come prepared to plant. You can bring seeds and/or starters
*Back Brigade and/or Irrigation committees, we have a water leak we need to tackle
*Lawn committee, Shauna has re-seeded the lawn and needs help watering
*There will be a list of committees there so you can familiarize themselves with the committee(s) you signed up for. Committee details below in previous post
*We will be collecting donations at the work days so if you have spare change or a few dollars to bring it will be greatly appreciated. Monies collected will be used towards our needs list OR please bring things on needs list: 1)Paint for the tool box 2)Paint brush or roller to paint with 3)Hose couplings with off/on toggles 4)Hose repair kit

Snacks to share at the work day are always appreciated!

We look forward to seeing y'all...

Thank you,

Happy gardening!
Elati Garden Steering Committee
Vanessa, Lola & Shauna
Look for us on Facebook too!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Elati Garden Commitees 2011

Elati Garden Committees

Shauna is the Steering Committee contact for the following teams:

~Lawn and Chrysanthemums as well as Garbage Can Emptying
this team waters the flowers along the front fence that borders Elati Street. The beds on both sides of the fence need to be watered and weeded. The lawn inside the garden by the toolbox will be reseeded in May and will need regular watering throughout the summer. I will send an email to this committee when the garden is re-seeded and ask for watering help. It is crucial that the grass seeds stay wet for the first10 days after it is spread. Lastly, please check the garbage can every time you go to the garden. If it is half-full, empty it. It is much heavier to carry to the alley and dump in the dumpster when full.

Gretchen K.
Jim M.
Theresa C.
Shauna I.

~Communications Committee
This group is responsible for helping make the Elati Garden blog and Facebook page informative and interesting as well as maintaining the garden bulletin and signage. Our social networking sites can be used to post upcoming Elati Garden events, workday reminders, recipes, images, and link the community to the garden. For example, Deb will be posting recipes on the blog and then posting a link to the blog on facebook each time she adds a recipe. Make sure the signage is up and readable: front gate, back gate and compost. If the signs are damaged or fall down please fix them. It is important to maintain the gate signage because it educates the community about the garden and asks those who enter to be respectful by staying out of individual plots, not taking from the gardens (stealing) and encourages neighbors to enjoy produce from our donation baskets. This team also oversees the 3 compost signs that Lola made at the start of the season. On the bulletin board you can post a plot map, info on water conservation, upcoming classes and events and other information pertinent to the garden. This committee would be most productive if each person takes on one or two tasks from the list. If you are interested in blogging please email Shauna for log in info.

Shauna I.
Vanessa C.
Eric P.
Leigh Ann D.
Deb W.
Adam L.

Vanessa is the Steering Committee contact for the following teams:

~Weeding, Watering, Deadheading of Common Areas
This includes the pathways, entryways, and strips on the inside and outside of the east and west fences. While each gardener is responsible for the care of the perennial beds adjacent to their garden plot, this committee takes care of the edges of the garden that do not border gardens such as the front perimeter bordering Elati Street (both inside and outside the gate). The committee also provides oversight for the entire perimeter managing watering and weeding. If you find an area that is being neglected please let Shauna, Lola or Vanessa know. We suggest Erik & Monte are excellent resources (because it was their design and hard work that brought these beds to life), to identify perennials at all stages of growth as well as educate re: best composting and watering practices.

Erik P.
Monty L.
Kenneth R.
Maryann B.
Vanessa C.
Steve C.
Deb W.

~Grapes and Raspberry Hedge
Prune, water, cultivate and put to bed. This team also prunes, cultivates and harvests the grapes. Please harvest all grapes and raspberries at end of season and use or donate.

Maryann B.
Amy K.
Kim W.
Sue R.

~Center Seating/Flower Beds Planting, Watering, Weeding
& Shade Trees/ Watering/Pruning/Cultivating
This committee is responsible for keeping the four center planters bursting with plants! To do so, each committee member can either purchase plants, have them donated or plant flower seeds. This is the centerpiece of our garden so we need to stay committed to making it beautiful, lush and inviting. This group is also responsible for keeping the center beds watered, weeded and deadheaded. Please make it a habit to check the center beds when you go to the garden to see if they need water or weeding. Because there are several people on this committee we encourage you to use the water meter in the toolbox to see if the beds need water. If it does need water please water thoroughly. This committee also needs to keep an eye out for the lilac bush, the big apple tree in the front and the 3 apple trees in the back. All the trees in the garden need a slow 20 minute spray watering once a month on cool months and every other week on hot and dry months around the of the branch parimeter (the width of the branch spread where all the main water sucking rootlets are) .. Folks in the group should divide up the trees for each to take care of one or two trees and set a ground spray to water while they come to work in their plots keeping with the tree watering schedule.

Vanessa C.
Sue R.
Monty L.
Kim W.
Theresa P.

Lola is the Steering Committee contact for the following teams:

~Compost Maintenance
These committee members love worms, digging in the dirt, and fiddling with the whole life cycle and recyle process. They are responsible to organize for general compost bin maintenance, produce compost using clean compost practices, and provide garden community education for general garden water conservation practices.
(1). Cleaning out or cutting up "too big" items and pulling out trash items into the alley trash bins,
(2). Watering (damp sponge-like but not drippy or soaking)
(3). Turning once a week,
(4). Cleaning up spillage & keeping the whole area clean.
(5). Making decisions about readiness to use fresh made compost, rest, adjusting quality of material, or starting a new. Decisions on when to move signs, start a bin or rest a bin are made in collaboration (contact the committee leaders and one or two other members when making these decisions an ongoing learning experience).
(6). Education: encourage educational contacts on how make the compost process work as well as how to effectively use the compost for water retention and soil health. Encourage gardeners to add coffee grounds in our compost or straight to their plot.

Lola H.
Laurance L.
Kim W.

~Community Herb Garden
This group makes being a chef so much fun. The committee members are delightfully and creatively responsible for planting, watering and weeding the herb garden that is available for everyone's use. This committee might encourage other gardeners to donate herbs for this plot.
(1) Plant and care for herbs amending and prepping the soil. Consider signs to identify herbs,
(2). Bulletin board posting for herb wish lists and notifying the community when herbs are ready for harvest.
(3). Responsible to control and divide large perennial herbs for best product and size.
(4). Use good soil preparation, composting, water retention and organic practices all during the season.
(5). Share herbs that are divided with the Elati garden community or market to help the general garden cash flow.
(6). This committee is responsible to prep herb bed at the end of season: harvest and use or donate, dig in compost, water deeply, use leaves to cover open ground.

Eric P
Leigh Ann D.
Shawnee A.
Theresa P.
Lola H.
Sue R.

~Tools and Irrigation Supplies & Carpentry and Masonry
This is a committee of fixers and organizers and mechanics who like to make things work and dislike clutter. This committee is responsible for the tools and hard ware of the garden.
(1) .They are responsible for the tool inventory. Marking for discard any broken or unfixable tools. Discarding broken ones that the gardeners do not want.
(2). Keeping the tool box clean and safe: Adding a hook on the lid so it doesn't slam shut. Painting the tool box. Posting on the bulletin board any rules about the tool care and cleaning the garden community should follow.
(3). They might create a wish list and post on the garden board for needed items encouraging and spearheading attaining items through garage sales, donations.
(4). The committee might organize pods of gardeners around each hose station to find hoses, purchase new or replace watering wands and brass faucit hardware or add hoses as needed. Committee members will usually do the actual work on installing hardware.
(5). The committee is responsible to periodically inspect benches, throw out broken chairs, repair broken wheelbarrows, etc (minimum once a month).
The garden has a small fund to replace some items and can reimburse on a case by case basis. If you have any questions ask Lola H.

Josh LePree
Kim W.
Monty Lambie
Leigh Ann D.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Elati Garden Summer Schedule 2011

Elati Garden Summer Calendar 2011

Work Days:

The second Saturday of each month 9am to 2pm &

The last Wednesday of each month 5pm to 9pm

April through October 2011

Each month you’re expected to attend 1 work day and put in 2 hours of work per plot


Saturday April 9th & Wednesday April 27th


Saturday May 14th & Wednesday May 25th


Saturday June 11th & Wednesday June 29h


Saturday July 9th & Wednesday July 27th


Saturday August 13th & Wednesday August 31st


Saturday September 10th & Wednesday September 28th


Saturday October 8th & Wednesday October 26th Winterize Elati Garden

Elati Garden First Friday Art Fair/Farmers Market:

Set up 3-5pm, Event 5pm-10pm, Clean-Up 10-11pm


July 1st

August 5th

September 2nd

Elati Garden Classes:

Classes to be announced...

Elati Garden Plot Map 2011

Elati Garden Agreement

Mission Statement: The Elati Community Garden is an all-inclusive Denver Urban Garden (DUG), that welcomes and supports gardeners of all levels to grow in a respectful and organic environment.


1) Be Present by attending at least one workday a month, attending to your plot at least twice a week and doing something for the communal space in the garden. For example, empty the trash if you notice it is full. Gardening at Elati is more than just watering your plot.

2) Begin the season with plot maintenance by cultivating the soil and adding chemical free nutrients.

End the season by putting your plot to bed for the winter by cleaning out plants, turning soil and removing props and structures.

3) Maintain your garden by weeding, watering, harvesting foods, trimming plants and maintaining structures. A unhealthy plot negatively affects others while a healthy plot inspires and encourages the community.

4) Conserve Water by watering before 10am and after 6pm, do not water from 10am to 6pm. Water at the roots instead of spraying water from waist level or higher. Filling empty space with plants also helps to hold water in.

5) Keep the garden chemical free by committing to use chemical free pesticides and fertilizers. Animal manure, compost and coffee grinds are just some of the natural fertilizers that can be used. Natural pesticides such as a spray bottle filled 2/3 with water, 1/3 vegetable oil and Dr. Bronner’s soap and a teaspoon of cayenne pepper is only one natural pesticide recipe that will last all summer and keep hour plants bug free.

6) Keep plants within borders to encourage pedestrians to stay on the pathways and out of gardens.

7) Respect other gardens by only picking food and flowers from other gardens with permission from that gardener, staying out of gardens that are not yours and keep children on pathways.

8) Timely planting. Gardeners must cultivate soil and start planting by the end of May. Growing season starts when the water is turned on the beginning of May.