Sunday, March 31, 2013

Workday: Saturday March 30, 2013

Thanks to all who came out this morning to work.  We finally enjoyed some warm weather and accomplished quite a lot:

-Moved the tomato cages out of the garden and into a neat pile next to the compost pile.
-Removed garden garbage. Thanks to Susan Weis-Bohlen who offered to place a post on the community list-serve for anyone who might want the duck pool.
-Made repairs where the garden fence was sagging.
-Completed tilling the remaining beds.
-Raked the tilled beds so they are ready for planting.
-Began moving fresh wood chips onto the garden paths.
-Weeded beds.
-Began our mushroom garden, thanks to the garden committee:
Holes were drilled in oak logs and shitake and Italian oyster mushroom "plugs" were inserted into the holes.
The holes were then covered with wax. 
The logs have been placed near the wood chip pile for now. 
They need shade, moisture, and about a year before producing mushrooms.

Many thanks to Shane Carpenter for adding a roof to our former duck house.  We will soon have a completed garden shed!

Next week, workday on Sunday, April 7, at 10:00 a.m., we begin planting!! 
All the best,
Garden Update:

Larry is working with the landscape architect who helped develop the master plan for Northwest Park in order to get approval for planting additional crops outside the fenced garden.  It looks likely that will happen once they receive a sketch from us, drawn to scale.    Once we receive approval, we will then have to run it by the M.W. Improvement Association as well.  
Note: We will need to find another location for the raspberry bushes.  They are located on the sketch in an area that will interfere with the planned Jones Trail path. Also, the "access road" referred to on the sketch is simply a cleared pathway through the tree lined area.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

2013 Workday Schedule

Note: Workdays begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.
           When the weather gets warmer we will begin at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, March 30
Sunday, April 7
Saturday, April 13
Sunday, April 21
Saturday, April 27
Sunday, May 5
Sunday, May 12
Sunday, May 19
Saturday, May 25
Sunday, June 2
Saturday, June 8
Sunday, June 16
Sunday, June 23
Sunday, June 30
Saturday, July 6
Sunday, July 14
Saturday, July 20
Sunday, July 28
Saturday, Aug 3
Sunday, Aug 11
Saturday, Aug 17
Sunday Aug 25

Garden workdays will continue into the fall.  Dates to be determined.

Monday, March 18, 2013

A New Season Begins!

Naomi writes:

Our First Workday of 2013
March 16, 2013

Our membership has now grown to 55 households in this, our third year!  Today we began to prepare our 21 beds for planting.  Beds were weeded and mushroom compost was piled onto existing beds which were then turned and tilled.  The edges of the beds were delineated and neatened with flat shovels.  While we made a lot of headway, there was only  one tiller and work will continue next Saturday, March 23.