Posted by: silverspringsgarden | March 9, 2016

Silver Springs Edible Garden Group – June 2015

Activities are in full swing at the Edible Garden. An early spring must have set green thumbs aching and we have all of our garden boxes assigned and everyone seems anxious to get going.

On Saturday April 25, we held our annual spring clean-up day and 14 hardy souls turned out to rake leaves, clean-up leftover garden box debris, and install edging around much of the perimeter garden. The perimeter garden is continually besieged by quack grass and in an attempt to prevent further incursions we installed 5” plastic edging around the perimeter, below ground, in an effort to block the rhizomes that creep in from the field and choke out many of the plants we put in to beautify the garden. Time will tell how well it works.

In addition to clean-up duties we ran quick information sessions on how our watering system works, how our composting system works and a quick orientation session for new gardeners about how we all work together to accomplish a community garden.

The clean-up was followed by coffee and goodies and some socializing before we wound up the session after a couple of hours.

Thanks to all who volunteered.

One May 2 and 3, a number of our gardeners participated in our annual Shop Hop. Gardeners gathered at the Garden in the morning and carpooled to several local greenhouses and garden centres to begin selection of plants for their garden. Two routes were planned with some visiting facilities south of the city and others travelling to centres north of the city.

The ride out gave everyone an opportunity to meet and socialize with gardeners they may not have met and visit garden centres they may never have visited. In addition to exchanging gardening ideas, some undoubtedly bought plants they had never tried before. That’s the adventure of gardening. It might grow and thrive and it might not, but you won’t know until you try it.

This first week in May we’re in the process of planting early vegetables in our perimeter garden. We’re planning peas, sunflowers, cucumbers, and squash. We’ve also installed a new watering system so that our perimeter garden gets a consistent supply of moisture throughout the summer.

Our asparagus is already up and we look forward to more green shoots in the next weeks.

We have volunteer gardeners, most on the waiting list for garden boxes, that help out with and share in the produce from our perimeter garden.

If you are interested in getting involved, email us at: silverspringsgarden@gmail.com and we will get back to you. Check out our Website at: https://silverspringsgarden.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

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