Work Weekend, This Weekend June 12-13

Hello Gardeners,

This is both a reminder and a heads-up on what needs to be taken care of this weekend.

Saturday 8:30am: Norma will be your point of contact for any details that need to be taken care of for the new plots. Please bring cordless drills, work gloves, good shoes and a kind disposition.

Most of the plots are already in place, but they need to be filled with soil and compost which should be delivered to the addition area in front of the gate.

Very Important, Please read this carefully:
Gardeners who wish to get rid of rocks, pile the rocks near the trash barrel. ROCKS MUST BE PILED ON THE ASPHALT. He stated that in other gardens, the gardeners had thrown rocks onto the grass. THROWING ROCKS ONTO THE GRASS IS AN EXTREME HAZARD FOR WORKERS NEAR THE MOWERS, since the mowers are so powerful and rock fragments that are hit and thrown by the mowers are very dangerous.

Sorry for the caps and bold, but it’s really, really important that everybody knows about this, first for the safety of our city workers who so diligently keep care of the grounds, but also for the safety of the garden’s existence.

Sunday, I’ll be there by 10, but you can start any time you like. I know some people like to get going early and I’m not one to stop you.  Both workdays will continue as long as there is light. I will be there most of the day.

Okay, onward.

Some of the plots are looking really, really shabby. I want to put some emphasis on the fact that plots will be reassinged at the end of June without refund if they aren’t taken care of before then. I hate to be hard on this, but when your plot is unkempt it spreads weeds into other people’s plots and it’s truly not fair to any of us. And there are a lot of people on the wait list who would love to have your plot, so please, don’t make me reassign it. I’ll be contacting individuals after this weekend.

The compost bins are looking fair; not great, but fair. Those of you that have been taking care of it, be aware that it is noted! The big bins in the North end of the garden need to be turned. A few light words about it:

  • Please break down large chunks of wood. Wood is great for the pile, but it should be no bigger than your thumb.
  • Please turn the compost, even if just a little bit, every time you’re at the garden.
  • Please add new material to the leftmost bin (as you’re looking at it from inside the garden) only.
  • Please do not add any meat, bones or whole eggs into the pile.
  • Please do not add any knotweed to the pile.

Thank you to all of you who helped clear that area on Thursday. It smells worse, but looks better!
There is still a lot of weeding that needs to be done in the community areas and  along the fences. If you’re unsure of what’s a weed and what’s not a weed, just ask another gardener or me and we’ll get you on your way to plant identification!

Wood chips should be delivered either Monday or Tuesday. Please feel free to drop by any time of the week and spread some chips in the pathways. That’s a good way to satisfy your community requirement and there’s no workday necessary to do it; however, Thursday “manager hours” are unspoken work nights, so if it makes a difference to you, you can always come Thursday night, too.

New gardeners: I will be assigning your plots by Thursday, the 17th of June. I will be in touch with you directly about it.

If you have any direct questions about any of this, please reply to this post so that when I answer them, everybody can look here instead of waiting for an email. I will do my best to answer everything as quickly as possible.

Thank you for all your help, and I hope to see you tomorrow!

Warm regards,

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