STATE OF THE GARDEN
Redwings were all over the garden yesterday.
I was happy to see this sign of spring until
I realized that they were probably eating the oat seeds everyone put down last fall.
• Saturday, April 14, 8:30-10:30 a.m.--Plant sale, in the garden. Cool weather starter plants will be for sale. If you have extras to donate, bring them for the sale. All proceeds go to raise funds for the garden.
• Saturday, April 14--10:30-12--Opening Day work party (more party than work this year). Come and help prep the garden, meet your garden neighbors. If the weather is lovely, bring a picnic.
• Saturday May 12, 8:30-10:30 a.m.--Plant sale in the garden. Warm weather starter plants will be for sale. If you have extras to donate, bring them for the sale.
• Thursday, March 29, 5-6 p.m.--Seed exchange, at Watkins Details to follow.
• Maintaining a community garden requires more than each gardener tending his/her own plot. To be successful, everyone's effort is necessary. For this reason each gardener needs to contribute 10 hours to the community garden.
• Begin thinking about what you can contribute this season. What are your passions or talents? Some people love to weed; others hate it. Some people are handy with tools, others good at organizing a fundraiser. All kinds of jobs need to be done to make our garden function, even ones we haven't thought of yet.
• In last Fall's survey, 20 out of 27 responses felt that those who do not fulfill their work hours and don't clean up their plot should not be invited to return the following year. The board voted to adopt this as our policy beginning this year.
• However, doing your work hours should be as hassle-free as possible. Here is the system:
◦ A list of jobs to be done will be posted on the shed and on the blog. There will also be a list of all the gardeners posted on the shed. Check to see what needs to be done, then log your hours as you go along.
VOLUNTEER HOUR OPPORTUNITIES
• Make and hang another bulletin board for the east window in the shed. Contact Jan for details and materials.
• Set up our watering system for the year. This involves digging a small trench and setting up the faucets. (2-person job, probably). Contact Jan for details and hoses.
• Workers are needed for the plant sales on April 14 and May 12. We need people to set up, take down, handle sales, make posters and price plants. Contact Lea or Jan.
NEW GARDENER ORIENTATION
• There will be an orientation for all gardeners new to the garden. I will send out a separate email to set a date.
• Our garden blog address is
• All State of the Garden messages are posted there, plus occasional tips and links that I think people might be interested in.
• Any of you may comment on postings or post your own garden-related items, pictures or links. If you are interested, I can set you up as an "author" .
• The Fundraising Committee is planning a "Backyard Farmer" tour later this summer. On this tour you will be able to learn how to build, raise or make: bees, chickens, rain barrels, garden stones, pizza ovens. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a dinner raffle. This sounds like fun. More details as they become available.
See you in the Garden!