- Hello Gardeners October 29, 2017 Yesterday there was so much of a community spirit at our workday gathering. You could feel it in the warmth of the laughter which shook the bleachers. You could see it in the smiles of the gardeners and you could taste its’ sweetness in the wonderful assortment of potluck treats. Everyone participated. We began with Alternative Tasks, now completed, and pitched in to finish with the common projects of deadheading, pruning trees, trimming shrubs, removing and replacing 300 feet of Orchard irrigation, removing a fruit tree, cutting back tree suckers, weeding, painting Orchard benches, turning the compost, taking out a swath of embedded Bermuda Grass, wheelbarrowing gravel to the aisles and filling a dumpster with debris. This concluded our preparation for the season. All this effort has made our garden a showcase. We have now completed our 39th season of organic gardening. We were informed by Jill Hutchison about the exceptional volunteers who made a success of our Food Bank donation program. Jay Shirley led us in a good discussion about ways to diminish the rodent population with traps and garden vigilance, e.g.. fill in holes, keep produce harvested and off the ground. Compost coordinator Paul DaSiva instructed us about the general composting rule of 1/2 green to 1/2 brown with a little water added to the mix. We were encouraged to bring more to the compost. Katherine Jones, our Orchard lady coordinator, thanked the Boy Scouts for their donation of four Orchard benches and three planting containers which they built on the spot. Our next Orchard day is January 6th. Mark your calendar. AND The Mandarin Oranges are ready. Enjoy! Did you know that when you see a bulb sprouting, it is warm enough to plant other bulbs? FYI. We had a Monarch butterfly born in the garden. This year we replaced three new shovels, 2 fan rakes and a stirrup (hula) hoe. (We do find broken tools left in the Tool Shed, yet, no one replaces the one that they broke while using it. We trust that was just an oversight.) Park and Rec applied for a grant to replace our redwood borders, asking for $10,000. We are grateful to have received $2500, which will be used for the most extreme cases of border breaks. Successes this year— Sweet pea flowers,- dianthus around garden kept snails out, and “Anaheim” peppers. BTW. Rats don’t seem to like zucchini and eggplant. We all need to feel the pride in our community. Thank you to everyone. See you in the garden, Stephen PS. There remains some gravel outside the compost area. Please help move it and use it all in our aisles.
Next garden Workday and Potluck - Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 9:A.M.
-Mulch, mulch, and mulch. Can you water twice or even just once a week?
- Food Bank begins July 5th and runs through mid October.Please be generous. (see "Fresh Dirt" for more information.)
Visitors are welcome to tour the garden when there are garden members working. Visitors are always invited to ask questions. We ask only that you stay on the paths and not walk inside individual gardens, and of course, no picking. Thank you.
In an Organic garden the soil is the foundation of a healthy eco system. That is why Organic gardeners feed the soil and not the plant. The soil then serves as the reservoir for water and the vital nutrients that the plant requires for growth.