Good Earth Community Garden
2019 End-of-Season Bed Clean-up
As you know your plot must be cleared out by December 1st. By leaving much of the microscopic ecosystems in place the soil will be enhanced throughout the winter. We ask that you read and following these instructions:
- PULL OUT thick stocked plants and plants that can harbor disease. This includes the following plants: Brussel sprouts, Parsley, Kale, Celery, Cabbage, Broccoli, Squash, and Tomatoes. Also harvest all root crops (Beets, Carrots, Turnips and Radishes). Be sure to knock off as much soil as possible.
- CUT OFF all other plants at the soil line, leaving the roots in place.(like lettuce, beans and legumes)
- Deadhead all flowering plants going to seed as flowers contain seeds and dispose of the blossoms in the garbage can. Cut up and compost the rest of the plant. Be especially careful not to leave or compost nasturtium, calendula or borage seeds.
- Chop up marigold greens and leave on top of plot so it can be turned into the soil. This helps with bad bugs.
- Compost only the healthy foliage as usual. Place diseased debris in cans provided. Do not compost thick woody stalks since they will not breakdown over the winter.
- Diligently and thoroughly weed your plot; remove all hoses.
On December 7th, starting at 10:00 AM, we will have our final work party of the year. We need all the help we can get.
- Lime will be applied to counteract the acidification that naturally happens here.
- Beds will be topped with straw to limit weeds.
- Final weeding around the inside perimeter of the garden and around plots, as well as final weeding of your own plot.
- Final cut back and mulching of front and west flower beds and herb bed.
- Trimming of bushes and weeding on 8th Street path and hill.
- Wood chips will be distributed where needed.
Note: In the spring the beds will be topped of with compost (much of which we’ve created in our own compost bins). If possible the beds will also be topped with organic aged horse manure.
Rain or shine, please plan to attend on December 7th at 10 AM. This is a great time to add Volunteer Hour time, AND you would be helping our Community Garden get a good winters rest in a well-needed way!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for taking these steps to winterize our garden, and we look forward to seeing you at the December 7th work party!
Recap of 2019 Garden Classes
March 30 Beginning Gardening – Leslie Wirt
May 25 Gardening with Herbs – Jennifer Ewing
July 13 Proper Harvesting and Watering 101 – Jennifer Ewing
July 20* Critters in the Garden – Leslie Wirt
August 10** Perennial Plant Care – Jennifer Ewing
August 18* Eating the Harvest – Leslie Wirt
* Children’s Program
** Note: This class is held at a private residence. Please arrive at the Good Earth Garden for carpooling at 9:30 AM.