Art in the Park: En Plein Air Watercolor

Baltimore City always has something fun going on and this year I learned that Mt. Vernon Place Conservancy holds several free events throughout the summer in the Mt. Vernon Place parks.  One of the series that piqued my interest was the “Art in the Park” series.  Art in the Park is a series of classes throughout the summer.  They teach watercolor, photography, cyanoprinting, etc.  Their classes fill up quickly so it is important to sign up early and/or get put on a waitlist.  You can view their events for the rest of the year here:  http://mvpconservancy.org/events/

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Art in the Park

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My City Garden and Square Foot Gardening Adventure

About 4 years ago I finally came up enough in the wait list to be called for a plot in the Baltimore City Farms Program (https://bcrp.baltimorecity.gov/special-programs/farms).  The wait list averages 2 years long and I put my name in for 2 gardens:  Heath St and Light St.  I got called for a plot for Heath St City Garden.

2016 garden

The plants I put in my 2016 garden. They did really well!

The first year I got the plot I was called at the beginning of June so I didn’t have much time to grow much of anything.  I quickly put in a couple of tomatoes, peppers, and basil plants and called it a season.  The plants did pretty well and I was happy with the location of my plot.

The 2nd year, I went all in.  I decided to execute the Square Foot Gardening Method and I planned it out in the finest detail and followed all the rules. If a square called for 16 plants, I put in 16 plants! I had tomatoes, beans, peas, turnips, peppers, cantaloupe, and zucchini.  I also added compost to my plot.  I ordered A LOT of yards of Bulk Organic Compost from Veteran Compost because my plot needed soil badly.

2017 Garden

Things quickly got out of hand! 😂

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