Monthly Archives: May 2011

We now have Water!

Hello Everyone,

The rain barrel is now full of water.  You can fill your watering cans to water your plants, we will try to maintain keeping it full, although 55 gallons should last us a little while!

Thanks,

Jason

 

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All Raised Beds Filled!

Thank you everyone for your hard work on Saturday.  We moved another 5 tons of dirt into the remaining 4 raised beds.  This brings us to 17 completely filled beds.  Several people have begun planting now, and several people have devised various mechanisms to temporarily fend off the deer until we can build an appropriate fence.

Here are some pictures from Saturday:

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Garden Pics

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Please Join Us – Work Day, May 21st 8:00AM

Hello Everyone!  The next planned garden work day is May 21st, 2011 8:00AM – ??.

He will finish filling the garden beds with dirt, mulch and compost.  We should have 5 more tons of dirt coming on Friday which will allow us to comeplete that aspect, phew!  This would be a great day to start planting your garden if you have not already done so.  Bring a Shovel, rake, old newspaper (non-colored) and possibly garden gloves if you can.  As of today we have 13 plots accounted for, with 3 still available.  If you or anyone you know would like a plot please let me know.   We now have 13 plots filled in with dirct, and several plots have already been planted.

A special thank you to to everyone who was able to lend a hand over ther last couple of Saturdays, especially battling the rain last weekend.  Especially Rich Chambers and Steve Caskie who were generous enough to let us use their pickup trucks, and Bob Cullen who brought his tiller.

Also, bring seeds and/or plants if you intend to plant.  There is certainly time to direct seed: carrots, beets, chard, kale,
lettuce,scallion, parsley, basil,leeks, zucchini, tomato etc…Rich Chambers has also started a number of plants from seed that he is willing to share as well.

However, if you are looking for organic plants and are having difficulty, you can try the following places:

 Sunyundalla Farms

1848 Clearview Rd
Coplay, PA 18037
 hjskorinko@verizon.net
610-261-1110
 
Blue Blaze Farm
Eric and Melody Shubert
www.facebook.com/blueblazefarm
D: 610-837-2738
E: 610-837-2738
 
 Rodale Institute
 http://www.rodaleinstitute.org/
611 Siegfriedale Road
Kutztown, PA 19530-9749
(610) 683-6009

We look forward to seeing you, and tremendously appreciate your help and support!!  Children are always welcome!

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Rain Barrel Workshops

Rain Barrel Workshops

The Saucon Creek Watershed Association in conjunction with the Lehigh County
Conservation District often conducts workshops that guide residents through the
process of constructing their own fully functioning rain barrels. District staff
and Watershed Association members have tools to share and plenty of rain barrel
building experience to help assemble participant’s barrels. The cost of the
workshop is $35. Residents can also purchase a kit complete with instructions
and all the necessary parts to construct a rain barrel on your own.

Rain barrels are great water-saving devices and ideal for gardens! The barrel
sits underneath a downspout to collect water from the roof each rain event; the
water can be saved and used to water plants in your yard. This helps save
groundwater resources, utilizes higher quality water for plants, decreases water
and sewer bills and also reduces the amount of pollution that could be picked up
from the rain water as it passes over driveways and roads (which are laden with
motor oil, road salt, etc.) before entering our local streams and rivers.

If your are interested in a rain barrel kit or attending the next workshop,
please e-mail Erin Frederick at  efrederick at lehighconservation dot org

 

A special thanks to the Weyerbacher Brewing Company for donating barrels.

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Please Join Us – Work Day, May 7th 8:00AM

Hello Everyone!  I remind everyone that the next planned garden work day is May 7th, 2011 8:00AM – ??.

He will continue on the leveling the garden beds, and filling them in with dirt, mulch and compost and we can use your help!!  This is another important step for us to get started.  If you are able to help that day, come anytime the weather is supposed to be beautiful and sunny on Saturday.  Bring a Shovel, rake, old newspaper (non-colored) and possibly garden gloves if you can.  If you have a small garden tiller or a Wheel Barrow that you could bring for the day that would also be helpful for moving soil.   This would also be a great time to pick out a plot and start working on your own garden bed!

A special thank you to Bob & Pam Cullen, Grace Caskie & Rich Chambers for their hard work last Saturday.  They accomplished quite a bit in a short period of time.  I was also able to construct 3 more beds, bringing our total to 16 beds (1 remaining to construct). 

We look forward to seeing you, and tremendously appreciate your help and support!!  Children are always welcome!

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Rodale Institute Workshop

The Garden Training session on April 30th at Rodale Institue was very informative.  We learned a lot about composting, pest management and many other things.  I wanted to share some pictures from the session. 

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Community Garden Work Days

Garden Follow Up – Work Days

Hello Everyone!  I wanted to follow up to let you know that Rich Chambers will be at the church working on the community garden on Saturday April 30th  at 8:00AM-11:00AM.

He will be working on the leveling the garden beds, and filling them in with dirt, mulch and compost and needs your help!!  This is another important step for us to get started.  If you are able to help that day, come anytime the weather is supposed to be beautiful and sunny on Saturday.  Bring a Shovel, rake, old newspaper (non-colored) and possibly garden gloves if you can.  This would also be a great time to pick out a plot and start working on your own garden bed!

The next planned garden work day is May 7th, 2011

We look forward to seeing you, and tremendously appreciate your help and support!!

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