Well, we sure have had our abundance of produce despite all the challenges. We are averaging about 30 lbs per week. And a big thanks to all especially since we lost all our squash and the beans are completed.
The committee met last week and I wanted to share all the things and concerns we shared:
- Weeds both in the common areas and around the plots. How do we motivate gardeners to keep both their plots and the area around their plots clean? Just a reminder we all signed a set of guidelines that everyone who rented a plot agreed to keep an area two feet around their plots clean. While most have done an outstanding job, others definitely have room for improvement. At the end of this coming week, we will inspect again and begin a one on one plan with a post in your plot. Also pull the weed around your pots and if you are not using them please pull the weeds inside the pots as well. This fall we will be placing plastic under the pots with mulch to help reduce this. However, we do understand that with it being summer, some may be out of town. We also understand that there could be a crisis or circumstances that is prohibiting from accomplishing weeding. Please, please let me know. We are here to help. Discard the weeds in paper bags found in the shed and not in the compost bins. Keep in mind we pride our community garden and many outsiders come to see our garden. Let’s take pride not only in our produce but in the ownership we have as part of the community.
- Produce not being picked. Please, let us know if you are not going to be able to pick your produce and you want us to. So much produce needs to be picked and my fear is it will go to waste. We can bring it to the food pantries.
- What to plant next..Below is a link to a document on what to plant each month in Georgia. I found this extremely helpful. You can print it out as well and keep as a reference. Here is a good publication for what vegg to plant when from the UGA extension: Vegetable Garden Calendar | Publications | UGA Extension
- Childrens area. This fall we will be focusing on putting in more pollinator plants to attract bees and butterflies. Bees are great for pollination.
- Other community projects coming: Two scout projects are underway. These include benches, flower boxes and a bulletin board. Garden Bible study using elements in the garden from July 20th to the 24th.
Hope your summer is going well.