WELCOME The Larkspur California Community Garden provides Larkspur residents space in 72 small garden plots, a tool shed, a compost area and a communal orchard. This Organic garden, located in Piper Park was established in 1982.
If you are interested in joining the garden community and if you live in Larkspur or Greenbrae, contact and sign up with the Larkspur Recreation Department.
October 27, 2018 Welcome to our Community garden workday- Today, with this meeting, we are ending our 36th Summer season of growing organically, today we are finishing the last of our common area garden projects which will complete the digging, weeding, and trimming needed to showcase this garden that is cared for by our community. There is satisfaction derived from our own achievements. They show the pride we take in our entire garden. ...And finally, our gardeners have brought delicious food items, some are their own recipes from home, for us to share at our Potluck. As a community, we have agreed to have prepared and cleaned our own gardens and aisles before this workday gathering. The weeding, removal of all tomato plants, relocating our plants to grow only inside our borders and the disconnecting of any irrigation systems--has all been done. The 15 gardeners who could not be with us today - have all completed an Alternative Task as part of their community involvement in our common area garden projects. See you in the garden, Stephen
Announcements: Please mark your calendars: GARDEN WORKDAY and POTLUCK - garden clean-up October 27, 2018 -your attendance is expected. (garden rule #4) This is our opportunity to meet, greet, share and work side by side as we build community. 9:AM -Please be punctual.Our meeting is important. Workday Agenda (times are approximate) 9-10 A.M. General Meeting --Bring your joys and concerns and garden gloves. 10-11:30 A.M. Community Garden Projects 11:30 A.M. Potluck —Stay with us for a while. Meet other gardeners and enjoy community. We look forward to seeing you and plan to share this time and terrific food, surprises, laughter and fun with you. Needed: Your favorite dish to share: salads, appetizers, BBQ items, drinks, paper cups, napkins.
Unable to attend? (work or emergency), email me early for anAlternative Task-to becompleted before workday.
5Things to be completed before October 27, 2018. 1- Weed both garden and aisles and bring back into garden all plants growing over borders - and (if desired), plant a September/Fall garden . 2- Accept and complete all Alternative Tasks and email me when they are done. Your participation is community inaction. 3- Check all faucets for leaks; all hose posts and wooden borders for damage. If any, let me know. Public Works wants to make the needed repairs. 4- Disconnect all drip and soaker systems from October through March. This is to avoid freezing problems during the Winter. Any remaining plants can now be hand watered. 5-Harvest and remove all remaining tomato plants. (garden rule#4 a."In order to prevent any widespread tomato disease within our Community Garden, and for the good of the entire garden, It is necessary and required of all gardeners to harvest and remove all tomato plants from their gardens prior to the Fall Workday gathering.") .Tomatoes ripen at night when warm. The nights turn colder after October. Plants left in the garden are forgotten and will attract over-wintering insects, rats and diseases to your garden. There are always green tomatoes left on the vine in the fall. Don’t panic. Your tomato plants aren’t meant to last forever, so be thankful for the crop you've gotten.Some tomatoes will ripen at home. Green fried tomatoes are delicious. Please place all debris in dumpster,- not compost. ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-- Attention: those leaving our garden Our community always is encouraging and welcoming gardeners to become actively involved in "growing with us" in our garden community. We miss you when you leave and your care in keeping our garden looking so nice.
When leaving, all gardeners are expected to completely clean their plot of everything, all weeds, all plants, stepping stones, tomato cages, wood, debris, etc... You may either accomplish this yourself or pay someone to complete it before you leave. Do not leave anything in the tool shed. Our garden rule #3 j.
Some gardeners have left us having to re-clean their gardens which they only partially cleaned or did not clean at all.
We try hard to start new gardeners with aisles and a garden in near pristine condition. (A clean garden palette for the gardener to plant anew without the unwelcome imposing remnants of the last garden.) We trust you will return the garden to us in the same way you received it, even better. We want to remember you fondly, as being an excellent part of our community, even when you need to go and grow in other ways. Special thanksto all those who provided food to others through our food bank. Thanks to those who delivered to those in need. *Thanks to those who planted, harvested and tended well their gardens and helped each other with watering and weeding. *Thanks to those who put their leftover greens and vegetables into our compost instead of their home garbage. *Thanks to the earth who gave the increase. We have much to be thankful for. Our Garden Coordinators and I are thankful for all of you in our garden and for all your enthusiasm and efforts which bring us together as community. See you in the garden, Stephen ***************************************************** June 8,2018 We have just finished! I want to sincerely thank you, all of you, our community minded gardeners who came out to help clean up the serious weed problem at garden #17. For two days you weeded, shoveled, dug down 16 inches, sifted through soil and broke up clods of dirt with your hands. All this to remove the many roots from Bermuda grass and bindle weed and to restore the garden and make it plantable again. All that remains to be done is to remove four rebar posts and rake the soil evenly throughout the garden. We have decided, that for the rest of this year, OUR GOAL is to keep the garden weed free and to allow you (our helpers only) to work together in this plot and plant and care for the garden with a total of 15 tomato plants which will bear fruit for our Food Bank program. As you water the garden, any overlooked weed root will regrow. If a weed returns you can easily remove it by digging down to its root in the ground. All donations of tomato plants and fertilizer will help make this a success. Please oo-ordinate your efforts. Here are the names of everyone who helped. -Patrick Dotterweich, Tom Guildman, Jill Hutchinson, Geno Parfitt, Dawniele Pasha, Jane Riney, Dick Whitley and Chris Young. To participate you can call each other or offer your email for others to contact you. Send your email permission to me. I will pass it on to these helpers only. Again, you are the best! Stephen
Hello to all Community Gardeners, March 24, 2018
Welcome to our 36thyear of organic growing at The Larkspur Community Garden and enthusiastic gardeners who continue to build community and renew their relationships with their gardens and each other. Thank you for all your support.
What a great time we had today at the garden. There was a lot to cheer about. Today was not rained out and we had our new gardener's Orientation, introduced a new coordinator, received new volunteers for our Food Bank deliveries and year round helpers for our Compost bins. Our potluck was full of good recipes, (look for these new ones), to be put on our garden website. Everyone who asked for an Alternative Task completed it on time. New wood chips were delivered and placed in the Orchard and we found weeds in the most unusual places.
Everyone was upbeat and went home with a smile. We missed those handful who were absent, but look forward to your joining us next time.
Next garden Workday and Potluck - Saturday, March 27, 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 17th.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.
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