Let’s welcome new gardeners and kick off the growing season by meeting up! Join us at Trusty’s.
Gardeners, if you are unable to make the work day on March 18, please join us for a make up work day on April Fool’s Day! (No joke.)
Gardeners! Break out those gardening gloves and join us for the first community work day of 2017!
(Make up day will be held on April 1 if you can’t make this date.)
In the Asian garden: lemongrass, Chinese broccoli (cook and eat the stalks), Thai amaranth (greens cook up like spinach), Chinese long bean (ready in late summer). Help yourself to a sustainable harvest! Tomatoes and kale volunteering as well, along with some other herbs.
Post Food section recipe to use flowering cilantro, which we have in spades in the herb garden!
Coming soon: blackberries!
Beets and carrots growing in harmony. How’s your garden coming along?
I’ve put this information on our yahoo group, greenseedgarden, so remember to join our group if you haven’t already! Our yahoo group is where information like this will almost exclusively live–but I want to be sure everyone sees this info:
Joanna and I wanted to update everyone on the status of compost in the garden.
Compost bin rebuild
Rebuilding the compost bins in the common area of the garden is taking much longer than anticipated. It seems the rebuild won’t happen until well into the growing season. We’ll be sure to keep you updated along the way. There will be compost hours this Sunday May 1 from 10am to 12pm to move the weeds and other garden waste in the alley (photo attached) BACK into the compost bins. If you are looking to put in volunteer hours for the garden, and / or want to hang out with some cool kats, please join us this Sunday.
What’s up with the smaller compost bins?
You may have seen the smaller compost bins in the south and north garden and the near the herb garden. Please do continue to add your garden materials to these smaller bins. Keep in mind that if the small bins are overflowing, do not add more items to the bins. Give them a few days to reduce in size. They’re doing a good job cooking right now, so you will see that the volume will decrease. If you have garden materials to add but the small bins are full, please do add to the bigger compost bins (we’ll let you know which one to add to, and which one is off-limits while it cooks) or keep your garden materials in a bag and add to the smaller bins when you can.
1. For compost to work well, items need to be small. That means it’s up to YOU to cut up big weedy clumps! It’s up to YOU to chop up twigs before adding. It will take you a few more minutes, but goes a LONG way in supporting a healthy compost system.
2. Use the resources we have at the garden! If you’ve not put in seeds yet and your plot is low on soil, by all means do use the biosoil, (photo attached) and the rest of the soil we created with our compost. I’ve seen a lot of plots with not a lot of soil inside. Remember, the biosoil is nitrogen rich so if planting tomatoes, but sure to add potassium and other nutrients that tomatoes need to thrive.
I wanted to be sure everyone knows about AmpleHarvest.org! It’s a great way to donate your surplus food you grow. Ample Harvest connects you to a food pantry and you can then create the relationship to determine when you can drop off your fresh fruits and veggies!
Peas, radishes and greens are sprouting up all over the garden!