Frequently Asked Questions
Video by Michelle Bachand
Pollinators in the Garden - There are Honey Bee Hives on the north-east end of the garden. Read more about Bees in the Garden and watch a short video of Bees inside the hive.
Fertilizing Your Garden - Periodic soil sampling is done.
The soils are tested for 3 nutrients N-K-P ; N- Nitrogen needs to be reapplied yearly, K-Phosphorus is in ample supply so does not need more; P- Potassium is low over all. Yearly apply 1 gallon of wood ash from only natural wood ashes (not treated wood) or green sand or Kelp meal in quantities recommended on the package.
What is the Hardest Job in Gardening? Weeding although not hard to do but it becomes hard when weeds are not attended to on a regular basis. Mulching early on WILL help keep them under control.
Compost -- When ever we can locate good compost, we let gardeners know where to get it.
Honey Bee Hives --- a valuable pollinator as we all know. Please stay a 15 to 20 foot distance away and not in front of the hives. More on the page Bees
Common tools for your use are in the shed. Please clean off any soil and return when you are through with using them.
Who to contact by phone -- the Board Members names and phone numbers will be posted inside the shed.
When Does the Garden Open? How long is the Season?
The garden opens when spring tilling and staking is done which is about the 1st of May. An email will go out announcing the opening. The end of September is about the time of a killing frost. The Garden Manager decides the date.
What are the size of plots? What is the Rent? Full plots are 20 ft X 25 ft; Half plots are 20 ft X 12.5 ft Multiple plots can be rented with 4 being the limit. $30 for a full and $15 for a half.
NO-TILL Plots -- What does No-Till Mean?
No-Till is a garden and agriculture practice that does not turnover soils but instead allows numerous microbes to break down organic waste materials. Our No-Till Plots are east of Pepper Pathway on the map. Article - Pros and Cons on tilling
Photos and Art Work by Kathy Westaby
We all pitch in... It is expected that gardeners, if able to, help with mowing, taking out your own garbage, help with weeding rhubarb and asparagus patches (if you harvest from them) and other activities that are either posted on the black board or a "call out" by email.
Have more transplants than you can use or seeds? Leave them in the shed - put a label on that they are FREE. Do the same at harvest time.
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