Beautiful gardens and paths :)
The gardens are looking great! What a great combination of rain and sun an heat we have had eh?
A reminder that not only are you responsible for weeding your garden plot, but we also ask each gardener to look after the garden path adjacent to their garden. This means keeping the path, and especially right along your ‘cribbing’ (the wooden board alongside your garden) free of weeds. Now is a great time to do this while the ground is soft from all the rain – it gets really difficult when the crusher dust path is rock hard! You can pull, dig or hoe, but please pat the path down again afterwards. (We hope to order in more crusher dust later this season.)
What to do with those weeds? – Compost bins are back!
Thanks to GFL (Green for Life) for their assistance, we again have compost pick up in the gardens. THESE BINS ARE NOT FOR GARBAGE!!! Organic garden waste only – No Rocks. No PLASTIC BAGS. (Empty your plastic bags of weeds into the bin and take your plastic bag away with you!) More details about (hopefully) more bins, larger bins, and bin pick up will be coming soon ...
Church Parking reminder: We are so fortunate to have wonderful neighbours in St. Mark’s Church and the permission (via a lease) for Grow Regina gardeners to use their parking lot. St Mark’s has asked that we remind you all that there is NO PARKING in the church parking lot on Sundays, 8am to 4pm. Also, of course, not during funeral services.
Unplanted gardens: If you notice any gardens that look like no one has planted them, please pop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org Each season, we do unfortunately get a few ‘no shows’ and we need to work quickly to get these assigned so they do not grow weeds all summer! Thanks for your help.
This leads me to ... Garden Inspections! We are in need of between 2 and 4 individuals to help out on the “inspections team”. Just to be our eyes in the garden as 3.5 acres is a lot of ground to cover! You would be responsible for an area of the garden and report back to the Inspections Chair if there are gardens that are unplanted; overrun with weeds; or where the paths have not been tended to. Please email email@example.com if you think you may be interested.
Speaking of weeds ... we want our cultivator back in use! As discussed at the AGM, we have a great little cultivator we could be using on the paths (to lessen all of our workload in weeding those paths), but our little tractor is not up to the job of pulling it. The board is looking at the purchase of a bigger tractor but are they expensive! It would be great to get a ‘deal’ on it or a partial donation? Second hand? To lessen the cost. Any ideas, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
One other garden committee could use some help. Email email@example.com if you might like to help out with the Flower Bed Committee. We need individuals to look after the ‘succulents bed’ and the “Iris & Lilies bed” in the accessible gardens area. They are in pretty good shape right now ... And we could use a few more folks to assist with weeding the two main flower beds at the front.
Yum – raspberries! The two raspberry patches in the gardens (along the north path) are free for all gardeners to pick. They also need some care! The NW raspberry patch (near north shed) is currently tended to by one hard-working volunteer. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help look after the NE raspberry patch (near the orchard).
Mmmm rhubarb! There are some shared rhubarb plants everyone can help themselves to – in moderation! They are in the orchard area and raspberry patches. (Please don’t take rhubarb from gardeners’ gardens!) Pull ready (red) stalks straight out, don’t cut. And in return, feel free to pull a few weeds while you are there! :)
Free “No Pesticides” signs! At the south shed, the Canadian Cancer Society has donated some lovely “Pesticide free” signs. Please help yourselves for your garden plot, home, or a friend. A good reminder that no pesticides or herbicides of any kind are allowed in the gardens (that includes ‘powder’ for potatoes). Fertilizers and soil amendments are allowed.
Ok, are you tired of reading yet? Watch for future emails for updates on the Gazebo ... work bees! ... and more!
Happy happy gardening everyone - Yvette.