Monarchs for Moms

TOTAL MILKWEED PLANTS PLANTED AT THE TIME OF THIS POST: 18,264

Plant Milkweed for Mother’s Day

Send a mom you admire an e-card now!

The beautiful and majestic monarch butterfly is disappearing. One major culprit: native milkweed plants, which monarch caterpillars need to survive, are disappearing due to the overuse of dangerous herbicides.

No milkweed means no monarchs.

But this Mother’s Day, you have a special opportunity to help bring monarchs back from the brink. NRDC is partnering with Monarch Watch to get 100,000 milkweed plants in the ground to help save North American monarch butterflies.

Sign up and NRDC and Monarch Watch will dedicate one milkweed plant in honor of your mother, mother figure or another mom you admire to save monarchs.

Go to THIS LINK. 🙂

Find out more about the importance of monarch butterflies and the threats they face today.

Beginning Chore List…

Hi Folks!

I just wanted to pass along a list that some of our favorite folk put together for Saturday‘s (4-29, 10am-2pm) workday. This list may get updated Friday night, and I will update it on the website, so please check the website ahead of time. As far as weather goes, it will be updated on the website if we have to postpone. We only postpone if it’s really raining. If it’s just misty / cloudy, we will not postpone.
Please come to the garden prepared to work: 
  • wear sturdy shoes, long pants / sleeves / gloves / apron; 
  • bring hand tools and /or electric tools like cordless drills if you have them. 
  • bring any helpful tools, especially tools that chop, pull, cut, or hold things together. 
But especially bring a good attitude!
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Presently the plan is to do the purchasing the evening before the work day, so the truck can be loaded at Home Depot and unloaded at the garden the next morning at the work day, (if weather allows).
Here is a list of the plots needing work:
1- repair
13- repair
15- repair
18- replace plot frame
19-repair
30-repair
33-corners
40-repair
44-replace plot frame
47/48 consult James before repair
51-corners
53B-corners
62-repair
64- replace irregular shaped plot frame
71- corners
74- custom repair
94- repair
105-corners
All participants sign in.
  • Wait Listers are expected to put in 2 hours work before being assigned a plot.
  • Gardeners are advised to wear sturdy footwear, gloves are advised.
  • Bring charged cordless drills to work on building projects.
Suggested Chore List:
  • There are presently no chips to spread., but there are abundant weeds to pull in all pathways, fence line exterior, terrace, and common areas.
  • All weeds are to be bagged in brown leaf bags.
  • Old boards and other wood debris goes out next to the green trash barrel on the ground. The barrel is for trash only.
  • Remove all obstacles from pathways.
  • Chop and compact compost in compost bins, both ends of garden.
  • Tidy/organize shed. (See Kimbly)
  • Prepare and erect new signage.
  • Paint new signs.
See you soon!

Contracts

Hi Gardeners

I want to remind you to send in your contracts if you haven’t yet already.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MEpblIifNP9wu6tDvq0ExbHiZFompsi_IRD-OFgWnzc/edit?usp=sharing

I also want to thank you for your patience.  If you haven’t heard back from anybody about your plot, not to worry; if there’s any trouble, you will hear about it.

A Successful Seed Swap

Thank you to everyone who came out for the seed swap tonight! It was great to see familiar faces again and get geared up for spring, even if we’re due to get the first of two snowstorms tomorrow.

We had good food and plenty of seeds to trade. We also got some business taken care of, thanks to Kimbly who manned the plot renewals.

Will was good and renewed his plot. Did you?

There was plenty of good conversation and catching up after months away from the garden. I even took a break from the camera and managed to be in a picture for once.

But the stars of the show were the gourds, grown in the garden by Norma last summer. Norma led everyone in making them into birdhouses and ladles. Here Holly is about to drill into an unsuspecting gourd.

Thanks again to everyone for participating, and thank you to Norma for the gourds! We’ll see you soon for the Work Day and the official kickoff to the growing season!



Two Weeks Away!

Hi Folks!

It’s only two weeks away to our annual seed swap at the Portuguese American Social Club (32 Sheldon), from 6-8pm.

Things you can do at the seed swap:

  • Trade collected heirloom seeds (no collected hybrids*, please)
  • Trade purchased heirloom or hybrid seeds
  • Renew your plot for the 2017 season
  • Make a gourd planter (wow!)
  • Bring and eat snacks
  • Buy yourself and your neighbor drinks (to support the PASC)
  • See some of your old pals!
  • Ask and answer precious and burning gardening questions…
  • and certainly more!

Need a flyer for your fridge? Print one here: .pdf for printing 

 

* We don’t allow trading of hybrids simply because one cannot know which trait the plants will take once germinated; there is nothing wrong with hybrids overall, but collected hybrid seeds should not be traded.

For all collected seeds, please note any information you have about them: what kind of plant is it? How long does it take to germinate? To harvest? Full sun or part? Drought tolerant or swamp lover?  This information helps everybody.

The Portuguese-American Social Club has been very supportive to us over the years. Please support them in return by buying a drink (they have a full bar, plus sodas and water, too) to thank them for their continued support.

The contract is going to change slightly, so it is very important that when you renew your plot, that you read it completely.

Once the contract is finalized, it will be emailed to you to either fill out ahead of time or bring with you to the Seed Swap.  We will, obviously, have copies there, too.

Thanks, and see you soon!

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