Gorgeous in the garden!

It is gorgeous in the garden this spring.

A few reminders for you:

Garden Potluck: Save the date: Sunday September 11, from 4 to 6. It’s our third annual garden potluck and your opportunity to share the fruits [and veggies] of your garden experience. It’s family-friendly and a fun way to get to know your garden neighbors.

Maintaining your plot: As you know,  Midvale Community Garden is a great place. Others think so too — we are experiencing a lot of interest in our garden and have a long waitlist of eager gardeners-to-be! Because we have a limited number of plots, we hope that all of them will be used and productive throughout the season. If you find you cannot maintain your plot for whatever reason, please email Monica as soon as possible. If you are having a health or other issue keeping you out of the garden, we can help get you caught with the weeds and grass. If your plot looks unused for a long period of time, you may receive an email asking how things are going and reminding you that weed control is an essential requirement of our community garden.

Thanks!

 

 

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A few things…

Solar dehydrators:

Those contraptions that appeared at the garden this week are solar dehydrator prototypes build by UW engineering students. We will be discussing how to put them to work.

Signage:

Do you have experience in designing or having signs produced that would be helpful to the garden? We have a lot a needs for signs, everything from larger signs explaining the garden and asking passersby not to pick from the plots, to signs explaining how and when to harvest the rhubarb, fruits and asparagus, to signs on how to use the water. If you can help with this, please email Monica.

Watering Wisdom:

When you water your plot, the best practice is to water at the base of the plants [especially tomato, peppers, etc] and avoid watering the leaves. Water on the leaves can promote fungus and other diseases and is basically wasted since little gets to the roots. Avoid splashing water and soil on your plants, too. The pathogens that cause diseases of tomatoes, in particular, are in the soil and cause problems when they get on the plants leaves.

Almost there!

We’re almost through the winter – hurrah.

A couple things:

  • You should have received a quick survey in email from your fellow gardeners in the garden committee. If not, please contact Terry.
  • The Gardens calendar page has been updated, so you can now plan your summer. Yes, that was a joke — sort of.
  • Join us at the next committee meeting! Sequoya Library, April 18. We’ll be discussing new garden signage, among other things. This is just one of the little things that make a big difference in the garden. Only an hour!
  • Thanks and see you soon.

 

Beginning to look like spring

Well, at least it’s feeling more like spring lately…

Three Midvale Community Garden committee members attended the 2016 Community Gardens Summit in Warner Park today, February 20th, and had a wonderful morning full of composting, community building and gardening talk and trainings. We look forward to sharing ideas and plans with all of our gardeners soon.

Other tidbits and dates:

  • Please watch for a Gardeners Survey from the committee coming to your inbox in early March.
  • Opening day: Sunday Apr 24 1-3 pm
  • Closing day: October 16
  • Everyone is welcome to join us at 6:30pm in the Sequoya Library for the garden committee meetings:
    • March 7
    • April 18
    • May 9
    • June 6
    • July 11
    • September 12
  • Interested in a plot for 2016? Please send your name and contact info to the Registrar
  • Thank you and see you soon in the garden