Midvale Community Gardens is open for applications for 2014

The Midvale Community Garden is getting ready for the 2016 season. Registration materials will be sent to returning gardeners in March. When we know how many plots are available, we will begin contacting those on the waitlist in the order their inquiries were received.

If you are interested in plot, send an email to midvalecommunitygarden@gmail.com to be added to our waitlist. Happy Gardening!

2013 Garden Season notes

End of season closing notes from Monica

1.      We had an excellent closing day on Oct 20, with lots of energetic volunteers. Thanks to all who helped out. We got the garden waste onto the Midvale Blvd curb [and now will be hoping the city gets it picked up soon] and, with help from Sean Gere of Gere Tree Service, hauled the brushy waste away also. The shed got cleaned, sorted and organized; broken branches on the fruit trees were trimmed; the kids garden plots near the shed were cleaned out. The rain mostly held off until we were finished. Again, thanks to all who helped.

2.      If you haven’t cleaned out your plot yet, please do so soon. If the waste pile is still on the curb, add your waste to the pile there. If the City has picked up the garden waste on the curb, take your waste to the compost bin. Please, if you think you won’t be returning in 2014, be a good neighbor and clean up your plot so someone else doesn’t have to do it in the spring. Although the garden is “closed” you are free to continue working in your plot.

3.      Several gardeners were talking about planting garlic. It is a rewarding crop and quite easy. If you want to plant garlic, you should do it in the next week or two.  Here is a useful link: http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/growing-garlic-zmaz09onzraw.aspx#axzz2iIvNKCbI  . Basically you just separate the cloves from a bulb of garlic [there are about 6 to 9 cloves per bulb]and plant the individual cloves about 4” apart and 3” or 4“ deep,with the pointed end up. A good helping of compost worked into the soil before you plant will improve production. Cover with a 5” or 6” layer of hay. [There is some hay in the compost bin, but much of it has already decomposed.] Leave the hay on as mulch through the growing season. You can get garlic to plant at the farmers’ market or even from the grocery store.

Each planted clove should yield its own plant and bulb. The shoots will start to appear in early spring. In June, many types of garlic begin to produce seed heads on long curly stalks called scapes. Cut the scapes off and use by sautéing or in recipes that call for garlic. By mid-July, the leaves will begin to brown and you can dig out the bulbs. Allow them to dry in a shady place for a week or two, then trim off the roots and tops and store. You will be able to plant another crop, like beans, in the area after you harvest the garlic.

4.      I have taken the box of seeds to my house for the winter. If any of you want seeds, especially tomato or peppers, to start indoors in March, email me and I’ll arrange to get some to you. I haven’t looked at the box carefully, but I think there are quite a few pepper and tomato packs left. I will return the box to the shed when it gets warm enough in the spring.

5.      The garden committee welcomes new members. We are all sort of “self-appointed” volunteers, so if you are interested, please come. Notices of meetings will be sent to all gardeners. Midvale Garden only exists through the work of its gardeners, so please join us and get involved.

6.      Registration materials should be available in early March. Unless you request to move to a new plot, you will be in the same plot next year. Until then, have a restful winter and sweet garden dreams.

Block the Bindweed

Bindweed has begun growing in earnest! The best way to keep this tenacious weed out of your plot is to monitor the borders. That means pulling it up from along the path and edges. It readily re-sprouts so be prepared to pull again. And maybe once again.

Before flowering, bindweed is easily identified by its arrowhead-shaped leaves and vining habit. When in flower, you’ll recognize it by its pale pink morning glory-like flowers.

bindweed in flower

Thanks everyone for your help in keeping this weed under control.

Midvale Garden’s Plant and Bake Sale to Support School Gardening

Just in Time for Mother’s Day!

Midvale Garden’s Plant and Bake Sale
Saturday, May 11, 2013
at Midvale Elementary School
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

What does mom love more than plants and treats? Not much! So come to Midvale
Elementary School for our annual plant sale, sponsored by the Midvale School
and Community Gardens and the Healthy Lawn Team. Local gardeners will be
donating perennials, ornamental grasses, herbs, and other delightful plants to
add to your home’s beauty and value. Proceeds from the plant sale will be used
to further our work in the school garden, including the new Global Garden. What
a wonderful way to celebrate the diversity of the Midvale community! The bake
sale, coordinated by the 4th-5th grade class of Ms. Solchenberger and Ms.
Gustafsan, will help fund the students’ class trip.

What you can do to help:

Donate Plants
Volunteer at the sale (children are welcome!)
Bake tasty treats
Shop the sale on May 11th

If you would like to donate plants, bake treats, or volunteer at the sale, please contact Mari Fleet at mcfleetwhite@tds.net or 231-2902