Friday, June 26, 2015

Hello Gardeners

Hello Gardeners,           

            My thanks to Phil for looking after things in my absence.  The garden is starting to show signs of recovery from the flea beetles and the storm with small hail did not seem to have caused a lot of damage.  Weeds seem to be the main challenge for us now.

            Here are updates by topic:  

            Watering:  Phil has been running the sprinklers three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  We will stay with that schedule for now and may increase the amount of water applied each time as the temperatures soar over the next few days.  Some of you have applied leaf mulch from the compost pile around your plants and that slows drying and holds moisture.  I will put yellow cans out at path intersections so we can check if we are getting an even distribution of water.  Please help us keep them in place.

            Weeds: Request that you place weeds that you clear from the garden on the stack at the north end of the fenced compost area right next to the labyrinth.  I noted yesterday that the church dumpster was overflowing with weeds yesterday.  Also a reminder to clear weeds that spring up on the paths adjacent to your plots.  If dirt from your plot has gotten onto the paths, please pull that back into your plot to reduce the potential for weeds to grow there.

            Picnic:  When: Sunday, July 12, starting at 4:00 in the afternoon.  Where: Lon the grass between the plots and the labyrinth.  To help with the planning, Karla Mahan created a survey to get input from you.  It uses a web-based program called Survey Monkey.  She had it ready to be sent out when I got back yesterday, and I think I succeeded on a second try.  Please respond – it is short and will only take a couple of minutes to complete.  

            Cherry Wood:  The pieces of cherry wood from the orchard trees are still in crates between the sheds for any of you who would like to use them in your smoker.