We will be having our first Garden Work day on Saturday, March 17th at 10:00AM. We can’t wait to get started with our second growing season! There are a few tasks I’d like to accomplish, so I think it will make sense to break into small groups, so we can divide and conquer.
- Raised Bed clear out and preparation. Clean up all the raised beds, clearing out and plants, rocks, or debris. Turn over the dirt in the beds in preparation for growing.
- Remove the mulch pile to make room for more growing area. We’ll start by separating the weeds and adding a few inches of mulch to the beds. This will help us determine how much top soil we may need to purchase as well.
- Fencing. We should have a small group looking at starting the fencing project. We should move the old fencing up to the garden as well as start marking off the perimeter and where we want our posts. Please let me know if there is anything you want purchased in advance.
- Compost bin v2.0. We should clear out the compost bins, and move any usable soil to the garden plots. This is a great opportunity to come up with a more accessible design before we start growing again.
- Shed Gutters. If we can get the gutters from the shed collecting water for the rain barrels, we will be in great shape for those “April” showers!
I also wanted to update everyone on other garden related things!
- Thank you to Andy and Lara Hurysz for the donation of a lawn mower and picnic table to the garden. They should make an awesome addition to the garden. Once the fence is up, mowing the garden area should be a breeze without running into netting, so having a good mower is key! I also can’t wait to have a nice area for us to sit an enjoy the garden!
- On March 4th, Deborah Appler, Bill Arnold and Clarke have started 6 varieties or tomatoes and 2 varieties of peppers from organic seed. There should be enough plants for everyone. We have Beefsteak, heirloom, cherry tomatoes, green, red and orange peppers and more. We’ll keep you updated as to how our little seedlings are growing.
- Joe Kempfer introduced me to Gary Martell at the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Bethlehem. We talked about the possibility of working together, including bringing in a group of boys and girls to help us with our garden plots and work days. We would basically teach them how to grow a garden with the hopes of helping them start a garden of their own in their neighborhood. Jason is expected to meet with Gary and his team on March 15th.
- Jason has applied for grants at Mantis (for a Mantis tiller), and to the Home Depot foundation for a Home Depot gift card that can help with a larger project like fencing. We also sent requests to Seeds of Change and Burpee for seeds. We will also keep our eyes open for other opportunities.
- It’s time to start collecting the garden plot fees. I think we are going to raise the plot fee to $25.00 this year, if this is a problem for anyone please let Jason know. Also, Jason would like to find someone who would be willing to collect the fees and keep track of the garden’s finances. If you would like to volunteer please let Jason know. Also, wanted to mention that although the garden will accept donations, I wanted to emphasis
that the garden like the Outreach Depot is considered second mile giving. Please make first mile giving your priority. Enclosed is the 2012 Garden agreement.
- We have negotiated and paid the screening fee to show the movie Gasland at Wesley Church. The date is still to be determined, but when we have a date Gasland will also promote our screening on their site and Facebook page.
- Last week we took 148 pounds of batteries and a box of CFL bulbs to AERC Recycling in Allentown. We prevented a great deal of batteries from entering landfills, for that we should be proud!