Monthly Archives: May 2017

Garden Updates — 5/22/2017

Hello Gardeners,

Just wanted to say thanks for the great teamwork yesterday on continued clean up and planting. So proud of the job everyone has done. Everything is looking amazing, we have to keep the momentum going! We planted a variety of squash, potatoes, and the sweet potatoes Sue planted last week. We also planted a number of tomato and pepper plants. We now have the benefit of a nice rain to perk things up. Thanks to Sue we are in the process of getting a number of blueberry bushes which will make another great addition to the raspberry and strawberries.

It was also great to have a visit from Bob Cullen. He has been a great supporter and friend of the garden, and for that I am truly thankful. One piece of advice he offered us in better weed control. That is creating two layers of newspaper which is in plentiful supply to lay down around our plants and any areas where we want to prevent weeds. Then we would add a layer of mulch or straw on top. This has the potential to do a better job than the weed block we put down, and has the added benefit of being able to be tilled in the soil at the beginning of the next season as it will naturally decompose.

Also – I have a small number of tomato and pepper plants left, if anyone would like some please send an Email to me or the group.

In other news — Last week we recycled approximately 100 lbs. of batteries and dozens of fluorescent bulbs. These batteries and bulbs have been kept from landfills. Currently battery waste is generated at a rate of about 20,000 – 30,000 tons per year, while we are only recycling about 1,000 tons. It takes about 50 times the energy a battery provides to manufacture it. Consider using rechargeable batteries wherever possible.

Please see the latest pictures below:

Jason & Jaimee

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Garden Updates — 05/09/2017

Hello Gardeners!

On Saturday Rich and I completed the tilling of the open area. So far over the last 4 weeks we moved from box building to replacing soil/compost and finally rototilling. At this point most of the preparation work for us is behind us, but it’s really the beginning of routine stuff like weeding and trimming, with the exception of closing off the fence for the season. We need to put the post back in so we can secure the perimeter from deer, groundhog and any other of our furry friends from the animal kingdom Over the last few months, Jaimee and I have raised a small batch of tomato and pepper plants to share. It will be time to plant in the next week or so, as the threat of frost is now diminishing. Please let me know if you want any and when we could arrange to get them to you.

Giving everyone off for Mother’s day weekend and the Saturday breakfast, I’m proposing the next workday be May 21st from 10:30AM-?. We can begin planting.

In the mean time I need a few people to volunteer for the following tasks, which can be completed on or before the workday.

1. Raking — We need a few people willing to rake some of the weeds and roots that we tilled over out of the garden (2-3 people).
2. Weeding — Hand weed strawberry area. Chris F. started this, but it is tedious work, we need some extra help. (2 people).
3. Fence Closing – Drive fence post back into ground, re-connect and close fencing.
Mowing & Trimming (1-2 people). We will need to fix or replace the lawn mowers. I believe Rich brought his from home last time.
Stay tuned for more information!

Please see updated pictures below:

Jason & Jaimee

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