There is something about being in a garden at sunrise. Photo by Kathy Westaby
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Garden Update for 4.27.20
To help new gardeners get acquainted with the garden and general information.
It is best to contact Willie, the garden manager, with your questions Texting is best for him: 612-718-2140. Start by telling him who you are.
Read the Garden Rules – helps understand how things work
Water – Willie will get it turned on May 1st. We ask all to take notice if a faucet is leaking and report to Willie. If more than a drip leak and water is streaming out and can’t be shut off, turn the water off inside the water box at the main gate. Call him or someone on the board. Phone numbers below. Please add to your contacts. A new hose will be run to the reservoir. It makes it more convenient for those gardening in that area. Willie will buy more nozzles. You are welcome to use your own nozzle.
We will be looking at extending the water lines out north and south and should have estimated costs and a plan by July/August.
Monika H – Last year she tracked how much rain we received and recorded it on the chalkboard. This helped us see if we needed to water. Hope she will be able to do that again for us this year. Our water conservation since using straw for mulch is excellent.
Wood Mulch Pile - This mulch is ONLY for the Orchard and Raspberry Patch Pathways.
Weeds Pile – It is located through the back gate to the right. Dump you wheelbarrow contents way back. Corn stalks and sunflower stalks do not decompose well and will need to be taken to the city recycling site. The pallet compost units in the back are for vegetable material. Steve H oversees this. Signs will be posted.
Compost for Gardeners – Last year, the gardeners approved a compost purchase for this year. It will amount to about 2 pails (5 gal pails) for every plot. This will be coming in late May. It is intended to be used as a side dressing next to your plant. We are always looking for quality compost. Gardeners do purchase their own in bags or have other resources.
Here is a resource for horse manure from Charis Collins—“I have lots of horse manure - most of which has been composting all year (there is some newer stuff toward the front). Free to all - you will need to load it, but we do have a pitchfork you can use”.
Located right in town in Menomonie at 1704 14th Ave E up the hill from Dick's Fresh Market. You all are welcome any time - just give me a small heads up so I can make sure our vehicles are out of your way. You can text 715 309 2309.
White wire fences found in the shed and outside the back gate – they are for your use A donation last year for the United Way of Dunn County. You can bring trellises and other accessories for your space but they must be taken home at the end of the season.
Weed control around your garden plot – Carpet strips are not allowed. Keep the barriers you use to inside your garden.
Straw for Mulch – The best way to keep the soil evenly moist and definitely decreases the need for water. Willie said he will arrange for straw for a June delivery. When they are purchased from a farmer, they are less expensive.
Mowing Lawn – Scott Ray does the outside of the garden fence mowing. The gardeners are responsible for inside the fence in a shared job. Work with your garden neighbors on who does what. Willie will get the mowers ready. Other things to do would be straighten up the inside of the shed. Clean off the tables and benches.
NO TRASH PICKUP – We ask everyone to take trash home for disposal.
Annual Picnic – Held in August yearly (no date set yet) –wonderful food and brat fry. It is the highlight of the year.
Honey Bees – there are several hives along the north fence. Our policy is on our website. Bees require a 6 to 10 foot flyway in front of the hive. Stay at least 20 to 25 feet from a hive to observe. In the fall of the year when nectar is scarce, bees may buzz around a person. Scented shampoos and lotions will attract them. Willie owns the hives. He can answer any of your questions.
Contacts to put in your cell phone.
Willie Miller – Test preferred 612-718-2140
Judy Zimmerman – 715-308-5022
Mary Lotten – 715-556-4241
Garden Update May 6, 2020
Please review the Garden Rules sent out in email in April. A copy is in the shed.
1. Wood Mulch or Wood Chips – Not allowed in any garden plot. Will be included in the Garden Rules update. The mulch on the north side is for the orchard and raspberries.
2. Compost – Will be delivered at the end of May. There will be 2 -5 gallon pails allotted for each plot. This is the first year we have been able to do this. We hope it goes well so it can be continued. Half plots = 1 pail.
3. White wire fences – you are welcome to use them. They are in the shed.
4. Lawn Mowing – an ongoing task during the season. Mowers will be checked and tuned up soon. Everyone who is able consider doing your walkway plus. We have not had assignments as it seemed to work out. The orchard area also needs to be done except for in front of the hives.
5. Need someone to be in charge of keeping the gas can filled. Leda, our treasurer, will have a gas card for you, keep the receipt and give it to her. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for getting the card.
6. Planting – A tip for new gardeners – hold off on planting live plants until we get consistently warmer weather especially the nights. When night time temps in the high 40’s plants will do better. Another week at least.
7. Straw Bales – Willie will get straw bales in June.
8. A gate will be installed on the south fence
9. Thank you for following the Covid 19 Guidelines for our garden – Perhaps we will see some lessening of restrictions shortly.
Have questions, email to this address or ask:
Willie – 612-718-2140
Judy – 715-308-5022