Workday Recap: May 2018

So far this year, growth has been slow, with only 50 pounds donated through April. But today we turned that around, donating 76 pounds just today!

Important note: The next workday will be Saturday, June 2, from 9-11 a.m.!

We moved the date to the FIRST Saturday of the month because June is a busy travel month and many gardeners will be out on the second Saturday.

It’s time to harvest all your cold-season crops like kale, lettuce, carrots, and broccoli. Harvest and make room for something new–can we recommend some hot-season crops?

Many thanks to the Young Men’s Service league for coming out again to help with mulch and turning our compost. It was great to have you out!

We focused on harvesting and weeding, and had a watering demonstration ahead of the summer heat. Hint: the top isn’t enough! Water slow and deep, until water puddles on the surface. Your plants are thirsty!

Thanks to all who made it out!

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Workday Recap: March 2018

We had a bumper crop of new gardeners attending today’s workday: welcome!

Today we focused on a new gardener orientation, preparing our beds for the spring planting, and tidying up the cardboard and mulch on our pathways that was washed away in all our recent rains.

The Young Mens Service League joined us again; we thank them for their work improving our mulch pathways.

We even had a special visit from Leila, our Compost Queen! She brings greetings from North Carolina, and we particularly appreciated her work on our compost piles and biodigesters.

Thank you, Lynne, for our new community plot markers! This makes it much easier to identify the plots that everyone shares!

We are just past the average last frost date, so check the notes on any plants or seeds you have to see the exact “best planting” date. This will vary by species!

It’s a good time to plant many kinds of crops, including tomatoes, herbs, beans, cucumbers, and soon peppers, and squash.

We still have three open garden spots, so new gardeners are still welcome to join us at the next workday, April 14. See you there!

Spring has sprung!

Great weather is finally here…just in time for our next workday, this Saturday, March 10th, from 9-11am. We have some new gardeners joining us, and if you have a friend or neighbor that wants to join our community garden, please invite them to tag along. We will be planting spring crops, talking tomatoes, and cultivating our soil, and friendships. Can’t wait to see you there.

Workday Recap: February 2018

WANTED: Aspiring gardeners! We still have a few unclaimed plots, so if you know anyone who would like to join, please invite them! New gardeners MUST attend the next workday in order to reserve a plot.

The theme of today’s workday was “replenish.” With a cold winter, we had no crops to harvest and few that can safely be planted, but we had a lot of new compost we could use to replenish our garden beds!

Special thanks again to the Young Men’s Service League for their help. We made quick work of the compost pile and filled all the beds!

The cool temps also let us see science at work: that’s steam coming from the hot interior of the compost pile!

We also rotated our very full compost boxes to help ready for planting season.

Work done, we headed inside to warm up and plan ahead for the growing season. In summary: think ahead for your plans for spring, and let’s all wait for the last frost!

Our next workday is March 10 from 9-11. We hope to see you there!

Workday Recap: Jan. 2018

Today’s workday started at 28 degrees so we opted to meet inside!

We talked about best bets for January (not much when it’s chilly!), explained how the garden works to some new folks, and set a new donation goal. This year we’re aiming for 2,500 in donated produce in 2018!

We’ve received several bags for our compost pile and we’ll keep integrating material into our pile. We’ve got another load of prepared compost coming in February to fill our beds.

Gardeners committed to open plots but there are still openings! If you know someone who is interested, they MUST attend the next workday, February 10.

If you haven’t yet paid the $35 fee per plot, please bring it to the next workday.