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Archive for June, 2010

Project Day
Saturday, June 26, 10AM – 2PM
Wood Chips Everlasting!
Noon-1PM – Pot Luck Lunch – Bring a dish to pass
2:30-3:30PM – Garden Council – Informal Gathering
See you in the garden!

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Garden Adventures

Well, it’s a good thing it’s raining, ’cause our hose got run over by the lawnmower. Never fear, we have enough in the budget to cover new hoses. In fact, it was a planned expenditure for this summer anyway, so perhaps it was a good thing the lawnmower ran over the OLD hose… Anyway, there will be new hoses out before the weekend. With more rain coming today (Wednesday), no one should have too much of a problem.

Slugs, We Got ‘Em
So those slimy little guys on your lettuce are, indeed, slugs. What can you do about them? Well, you could put out little saucers of beer, and theoretically they are drawn to the brew and drown in it. You could put a small piece of board out, and when the slugs collect underneath, move them out of your garden. Or squish them. But I must warn you, in addition to their other charms, slugs are cannibalistic – the only thing they like better than your lettuce is other slugs – ew. So if you leave squished slugs in your garden you will attract more slugs.

There was a conversation on the Victory Garden Initiative email list on the topic, “What good are slugs?” The best answer I saw was from Howard Lewis who suggested they can be an inspiration to those who believe in reincarnation to live a better life.

Wascally Wabbits – We Got Them Too!
We seem to have a whole new order of intelligence in our rabbits this year. Last year they didn’t bother us much, just because they didn’t seem to figure out that they could hop up into the beds and nibble the plants. They either seem to be much smarter or much hungrier this year, because they’ve been doing a number on the Swiss chard and some of the brassicas (broccoli and cabbage and such).

What to do? We could fence, but what a pain. I’m going to plant a bunch of Swiss chard – which is their favorite food above all others – in some ground level beds away from the garden. Maybe that will lure them away. Probably just make them smarter, but worth a try.

Also, if the weather ever clears, maybe our garden cat will come back. That helped keep them away last summer.

(Thanks to Carol for the pictures of chard devastation and sluggishness.)

Garden Council – Saturday – 2:30-3:30PM
Some of you expressed an interest in an informal garden council to meet and talk about garden issues. Maybe we can try that on Saturday afternoons.

How about if we set a time this Saturday from 2:30-3:30PM to gather and talk. We might also identify an evening or afternoon during the week that would work as an additional time. Let’s have some feedback on that – what do you think?

Powering Down – With Music in the Garden – Friday Evening
Have some of you been involved with the Riverwest Power Down Week? We have an event scheduled for this Friday evening, June 25 at 8PM.

It will be a make-your-own music event. Please come and bring an instrument and make sweet music for the growing plants. It should be fun!

Wood Chips
The ongoing task of putting down wood chips around our beds is ongoing as advertised. Our interns have been doing a great job, helping out every Saturday. We can have another project day to do another round this Saturday – should be fun! Come on over for some fun, fellowship and a pot luck lunch.

Hope to see you in the Garden!

Make Your Own Music
Friday, June 25, 8PM
Bring an instrument and play for the plants… and each other!

Project Day
Saturday, June 26, 10AM – 2PM
Wood Chips Everlasting!
Noon-1PM – Pot Luck Lunch – Bring a dish to pass
2:30-3:30PM – Garden Council – Informal Gathering

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We all worked hard last Saturday. Our intrepid interns filled the last of our beds and spread about half the pile of woodchips. They also started a project adding three raised beds to a neighbor’s yard, where they are going to be growing additional vegetables for sale. Thanks Miles!

This Saturday, we have more woodchips to spread, so let’s get at it. Woodchips are going to be a reoccuring theme for a while, so let’s cover up that decorative orange landscape fabric.

I’m going to be adding some posts on garden pests a little later. There have been reports of slugs and smart wabbits that have figured out there’s delicious swiss chard in our beds.

See you in the garden!

Project Day
Saturday, June 19
10AM – 2PM
Pot Luck Lunch – Bring a dish to pass!

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It looks like we’re very close to having all the beds filled with soil. Now begins the ongoing quest for wood chips to cover the blazing orange ground cloth. We have some of our gardeners on the quest. I have enlisted all the usual suspects plus a couple of new prospects this year.

Lucky Catch!
I was just driving down Bremen Street and spotted the city forestry guys working on a fallen branch. I asked them to please dump their truck full of chips in the garden – they said they would! If they really do, we will have some wood chips to start on tomorrow!

Project Day
Saturday, June 12
10AM-2PM
Potluck Lunch – Bring A Dish To Pass!

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Great project day this morning – the Joshua Glover guys came through for us once again! We built and placed the last seven beds we’ll be doing this year. Thanks, guys!

Beds 117-123 in the NEW section are done, and just need to be filled with soil from the pile at the garden. I’ll be there for a while this afternoon if you need access to the wheelbarrow and shovels. I have emailed everyone who is on the list for the new beds.

Call if you have questions or if you did not receive an email from me… 414-430-4795.

See you in the garden!

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Welcome to our 2010 garden interns! They worked really hard today.


Thanks to all the hard working gardeners who turned out this morning for the Project Day. And special thanks to our teen interns! That dirt just flew!

We got all the beds filled through number 116. And we have more dirt. AND we have just a few more people who really, really really want a garden plot.

So we’re calling a special project day. The guys from Joshua Glover House said they may be able to come tomorrow morning and help us finish off building and placing the last few garden beds, so the last few folks can come tomorrow afternoon and fill their beds. I’ll be there for a while in the afternoon so we can use the COA tools and wheelbarrow, or there are some buckets in the garden we can use for carrying dirt.

Let’s try an ad-hoc work day and see if we can get the last few folks in their gardens this weekend…

SPECIAL PROJECT DAY
Sunday, June 6
9AM to NOON – Build and Place Beds
AFTERNOON (for a while) – Tools & wheelbarrow availble to finish filling beds.

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Dry Dirt!

Hooray, we got the dirt delivered yesterday. And I got out early this morning and put a tarp on it. It got a little wet – but overall I get wetter. And muddier. It should be fine for tomorrow. See you then!

Project Day
Saturday, June 5
10AM-2PM
Potluck Lunch – Bring a Dish to Pass!

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