A few Quick Things

Hi gardeners ‘n’ wait listA few quick things:

A) Keri won’t be at the garden tomorrow night because some work is being done on the hive and I am allergic.

Via Kimbly: Tomorrow, Friday, April 26th, we will be doing a full HIVE INSPECTION at 3:30. The bees will be very active and possibly a bit feisty, please be aware of this if you plan to be in the garden between 3:30 – 6:00 pm. All are invited to attend and participate or just watch, but please bring protective gear.
B) please don’t use the lime that is on the pallet in the shed. It is for the baseball field and is not food grade.
C) There are wood chips at the garden! Next time you see our city workers (and our resident councilman!), thank them for doing such a great job! Now, get to spreading them chips on the pathways! (Just maybe not tomorrow, Friday >> See point  A)
D) there is a small pile of compost in the parking lot. It is part of an individual group purchase. Please don’t take this material; it was purchased by a small group of gardeners that were in need of an immediate delivery. No funds from the garden were used in the purchase.With that said, we are going to talk about compost delivery options at the next board meeting (thurs., may 2, 6pm at the garden). As a reminder, all resident gardeners are welcomed to attend board meetings. Your opinions matter!

Lastly, I want to thank all of you for your hard work at the garden last weekend. Like many of you, I have a very busy work schedule, so I hadn’t been able to visit the garden until this evening. Kimbly noted, and I agreed, that the whole garden is looking spectacular, really. So thank you again.
———- to wait list, I’m hoping to make up garden hours over the weekend. I’ll be sending you a note with more details as to when we can meet up and get the last few plots assigned!

Workweekend Update

Hello Garden Community!

Saturday (yesterday) turned out to be an amazing day to be down at the garden! The weather was surprisingly perfect and the rains on Friday made for very easy weeding around the plots.

Please be advised that the combination to the shed & gates has been changed. The new combination is on your contract. If you haven’t given me a contract for this year, please see me as soon as possible. If payment for your plot is an issue, it is no issue! I will be happy to wait on payment, so long as I have your commitment so that i may finish fulfilling the wait list. In other words, just let me know that you’re coming back.

The “to-do” list is on the bulletin board on a clipboard but here it also is with notes.

  1. Pull everything out of shed; rearrange with new stuff we rescued from New Leaf’s trash.
  2. Weed around all plots, pathways, fence & community areas.(note: weeds with seeds go in drowning buckets or brown bags to try to prevent compost from getting clogged up with viable seed). A lot of this was done today, but please walk around the pathways and look for spots that were missed.
  3. Construct or reconstruct brick or stonework and stepping areas as necessary
  4. Pull up any instance of Japanese Knot Weed
  5. Pick up any trash you see anywhere in or outside of the garden. Pay special attention to rocks or stones that would be in the pathway of the riding mowers that the city workers use. SUPER IMPORTANT: rocks can easily get caught in the moving parts of the mowers and be hurled at extremely dangerous speeds that could hurt any number of people. Please, if you ever see any stones or rocks in the grassy areas, just pick them up and bring them to the perimeter.

Norma & her posse really put out a lot of work today. There are new frames on many plots that desperately needed it! If you see a flag in your plot, it means that it is marked for fixing, that is all. If you have any questions or concerns about it, please see me. Also please note that I probably won’t check email until later this week; I’m not ignoring you.

Meanwhile, if there are any pressing concerns, you may ask them here and any community member may answer!

Workweekend: 4-20/21-13

Hello Gardeners & those on the wait list!

I am writing to remind you that this weekend, Saturday & Sunday, April 20 / 21 is our first work weekend of the season.

Please wear comfortable, sturdy shoes; bring gloves, hand tools and a friendly disposition!Norma & her posse will be fixing uip plots with new lumber. If you want to be part of her posse, bring a cordless drill and any other tool you think would be useful! I’m not sure what time they’ll be starting on Saturday, but my guess is in the cooler-but-not-too-early hours, say, 9:00

We’re going to leave the hours open; drop by whenever is convenient for you! I will be there around 10 on Saturday and will stay until I get too tired to continue.

There will be several things in the shed that may be pertinent to you:

1) a login sheet. Please don’t forget to log your time. Even if you don’t already have a plot, write your information down.

2) a list of things to do! I’ll have this posted on the bulletin board as well. Off-hand, I know there is a TON of weeding to be done. All the pathways are overrun with red dead nettle

3) contracts for those of you that still need to commit for the season.We will be changing the padlock codes to the locks this weekend. I don’t need your payment, but I do need your commitment so that I can give your plot away if you’re not going to be using it.

That’s it for right now. I look forward to seeing and meeting you on Saturday & Sunday!