Can’t water or weed? Mulch Your Plots

I have some exciting news:

Southside Community Land Trust (SCLT) is partnering with Cluck–Providence’s new urban farm supply store in the West End–to offer high-quality mulch to SCLT members at a special discount of $10/bale!

Pick up your mulch at Cluck (399 Broadway) on Saturday, July 27th from 10am – noon. Enjoy complimentary snacks and refreshments, and learn how to properly use the special Lucerne mulch blend! Additionally, shop at Cluck for your other gardening needs, and if you are an SCLT member, enjoy a discount of 10% off gardening tools.*

Make a pit stop for local produce at the Little City Growers Cooperative’s farmer’s market located right in Cluck’s parking lot during the event.

Do you know someone who would be interested in supporting SCLT and becoming a member? If they sign up for membership at the event, they can enjoy the same discount on mulch and gardening tools. Plus, anyone signing up for new membership at the event will automatically be entered into a drawing for a raffle prize courtesy of Cluck!*

Why mulch your garden?

Mulching your garden is a low-maintenance way to keep your gardens growing healthy throughout the season. It’s a huge time-saving measure that helps prevent weeds from germinating and retain soil moisture. Plus, when the mulch decomposes, it will add organic matter and nutrients to your soil!

What kind of mulch should you use?

We’ll be distributing a mulch called Lucerne Groundcover, which is grown on a family farm in Maine. The mulch is a blend of straw, timothy and alfalfa hay that has been heat-treated to kill the weed seeds

How much mulch should you use?

In order to effectively reduce weeds and retain moisture, you should spread the mulch 2-4″ thick across your garden. This will take approximately 6-8 weeks to decompose. Let me know if you have any questions, Liza Community Growers Director (; 401-273-9491 ext. 25.) Forward this email

*Some exceptions may apply. Contact Cluck for details

Mexican Bean Beetle

A note from Terra, a new gardener, and her bean beetle infestation:
I just wanted give you a heads up about a beetle that has infested my green beans.  I pulled them all out today and found 100s of little bright yellow grubs am larvae on the underside of leaves.  Here’s an article on them:

Damage caused by the Mexican bean beetle, Epilachna varnestis Mulsant.

Figure 4. Damage caused by the Mexican bean beetle, Epilachna varnestis Mulsant. Photograph by James Castner, University of Florida.

They are related to lady bugs and the adult look like lady bugs, but don’t be deceived!  I thought you might want to alert the garden community.


Bee Merge / Use Caution

The captured swarm from a couple weeks ago has been merged back into the garden. Use extreme care around them for the next couple of days, as they’re probably a bit agitated. Please do not go near the hive(s) at all tomorrow, Monday, July 8, probably until about Wednesday. That means if you have anything in the greenhouse (I don’t think you do), you’ll just have to wait or take extreme caution (cover up). They should be all settled by the end of week for sure, but just give them a little room. Imagine if you had been uprooted twice in the last month 🙂 Thanks for your patience! swarm