Saturday, May 30, 2015

Garden Tidbits

Good Saturday Morning Gardeners,

            What a great rain!  It did slow down some of our yard and garden work for a day or two, but it soaked in deep and when the sun warms things up everything is going to grow ( including the weeds).

A number of tidbits for you:
Plants:  Several gardeners have had extra plants that they are making available for other gardeners.  They are on the bench under the seed exchange box.  Most of them are tomato plants, and that is good, as there are a number of you who will be needing replacements for tomatoes that are not going to survive the flea beetles.
Seeds:  Yesterday, I was delivering posters for the upcoming Herb Seminar and stopped in the Village Gardens.  The manager, Rhonda, gave me a huge bag of seeds from 2014.  There must be 150+ seed packets! It is a mix of vegetables, herbs and flowers.  I am going to split them up with some of the other community gardens in town.  I am going to keep a collection of them for our gardeners.  They will be in a separate plastic container placed on top of the seed exchange box.  There will be two bags: one of vegetables/herbs and one of flowers and ornamentals. Help yourselves! 

Paths:  Please remember that each gardener is to responsible for removing any weeds growing on paths adjacent to your plots.  There are not very many, but we need to stop any that may be getting ready to seed.  While tilling and working the plots this spring, some of the dirt end up mixed with the chips on the plots.  Please clear that dirt back into your plot so we do not encourage more weeds to grow on the paths.
- Consider the need to keep plants from growing out into the pathways when you are planting.
   - Place any unwanted rocks on the grass outside any of the exit paths around the edge of the garden.  I will occasionally go around with a wheelbarrow and collect them to go on the rock pile.
- Several plots have seen no activity and are needing attention. 

 Wood Chips:  Yellowstone Tree Service has brought us another load of wood chips, which are stacked by the composting area.  You are welcome to use them as you wish in the garden or at home.  These are more like mulch, as there are quite a few leaves and green material in it, and the stack is heating and composting a bit.  One suggested use: put chips down in the troughs between the raised bed rows to reduce weeds and make it easier to work when muddy.

Extra Help:  I will be at the garden much of next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday trying to get caught up.  I would really appreciate any extra help.  This will include completing the filling of trenches, tilling in the Open Area, sorting and cleaning the storage sheds, mowing, weed eater trimming, etc.

Enough for Saturday morning!!