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.
Please mark your calendars:GARDEN WORKDAY and POTLUCK -Next garden start-up Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 9A.M. -------------------------------------------- garden clean-up October 26, 2019- "your attendance is expected." (garden rule #4) 9:AM- Please be punctual. Our meeting is important. This is our opportunity to meet, greet, share and work side by side as we build community.
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 and fun with you. Bring your favorite dish to share: appetizers, BBQ items, salads, drinks paper cups and napkins. Unable to attend?(work or emergency),email me early for an alternative task- to be completed before the workday. Five things to be completed before October 26, 2019. 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 in action. 3- Check for any faucet leaks and any damage to hose posts and wooden borders. If any, let me know. Public Works wants to make the needed repairs. 4- Disconnect all drip and watering 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 diseases,insects, and rats 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 in the compost. ************************************************************************************************************** We thank you for becoming actively involved in "growing with us" in our garden community. We miss you when you leave, and we want to remember you fondly for your care in keeping our garden looking so nice 😇and for being an excellent part of our community even when you need to go and grow in other ways. A reminder: Our garden rule #3 j. "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. “ We try hard to start new gardeners with a clean garden palette for the gardener to plant without the unwelcome imposing remnants of the last garden. Some gardeners, however, have left us having to re-clean gardens which were only partially cleaned or not cleaned at all. We trust you will return the garden to us in the same way you received it, even better with aisles and a garden in near pristine condition. Special thanks!We have much to be thankful for. To all those who provided food for others through our food bank. Thanks to those who delivered to those in need. Thanks to those who helped in our orchard, turned and watered the compost and weeded along our fence lines. Thanks to those who put their leftover greens and vegetables into our compost instead of their home garbage. Thanks to those who planted, harvested and tended well their gardens and helped each other with watering and weeding. Thanks to the earth who gave the increase. 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____________________________________________________________ P.S. This is a good time to make your 2020 garden design plan. Remember to feed your soil with amendments and/or organic fertilizers and a good amount of mulch, ( leaves, straw, or bags of store bought mulch ). It will hold water and suppress emerging weed seeds. Compost helps to increase good soil, more worms and microorganisms which are necessary for growing great vegetables. This is organic gardening. FYI.This year our focus will be upon keeping our plants within our gardens. Plants too close to the edge will get larger and grow over your border. They may look pretty, but alyssum, calendula, nasturtium, artichoke, zucchini, vines, roses, zinnias, geraniums etc.. need to be kept inside your border. Please give them a wide berth to grow. If needed, transplant them further into your garden so you don’t have to keep cutting them back just as they look good. Both they and you will be happier. We want our new gardeners to bring their new ideas into a clean garden and not have to contend with any left-over remnants of former gardening. If you should ever need to leave our garden community, we hope this is the way you will return your garden to us. Thank you to everyone who helps make our garden look so nice. See you in the garden, Stephen
-Mulch, mulch, and mulch. Can you water twice or even just once a week?
- Food Bank begins in July 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.