- WORKDAY SATURDAY!
- Garlic Update
- Soil Data Program
- Is It a Weed
GARDEN WORKDAY – THIS SATURDAY
Meet us at the garden this Saturday for our June workday. We have several projects that will be easy-peasy with many hands contributing. As usual, we’ll have coffee and bagels and will be there 9:00 – Noon but come early or leave late.
See you there!
SCAPES: The garlic growing in the garden looks amazing! Don’t forget to cut your scapes.
Garlic scapes are just beginning to emerge and should be snipped off in order to send more energy to the development of the garlic bulbs. Here’s a great primer on garlic scapes, how and when to harvest, and best of all, recipes on how to use garlic scapes.
Continue to water your garlic as needed, and fertilize for another couple of weeks with the fish fertilizer in the shed.
HARVEST: Garlic should be ready to harvest when most of the leaves have turned brown and begin to fall over. This has typically been near the end of June and beginning of July. We always seem to be harvesting on 4th of July weekend. You can check your garlic to see if it is ready to harvest by digging up a sample bulb. If you can see clearly defined cloves on the bulbs, it is ready to harvest.
After harvest, bundle the garlic in small bunches (10 or so) and hang in the garage or basement for two or three weeks for the garlic to cure.
SOIL DATA PROGRAM
One of our gardeners, Tommy Polzin, has been working on a citizen science program to collect soil data in urban areas. The hope is the program will 1.) catalyze the general public in collecting and submitting soil data from their local areas, 2.) raise awareness and foster connection between soil health and human health. Longer term, we want this program to aid in improving public health, creating thriving food systems, guiding policy, and tackling food insecurity.
We are reaching out to people who love + care about soil to understand what exactly would motivate people to participate in this type of program. If anyone is up for a 30-minute interview with me over the next month, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
If there is a path that borders your plot, you’re responsible for maintaining that path. At the very least, keep it weeded (get ’em now while the ground is soft!). If you have ruts or the crusher fine (gravel) has worn away or washed away, you can patch it with the crusher fine (gravel) in the south east corner of the garden. We had a load delivered last Saturday so there is PLENTY for the new paths as well as repairing existing ones.
IS IT A WEED?
More than likely. If you didn’t plant it, it is probably a weed, or at the very least, invasive. This includes cosmos, dill, mint, amaranth (the red stuff that’s sprouting) and everything growing in a path. Need a second opinion? Ask a gardener or pull out your phone and do a Google image search.
WORK DAY Saturday, June 10, 2023, 9:00 to noon
VOLUNTEER HOURS OPPORTUNITIES:
(record volunteer hours here)SIGN UP TO HELP WITH BOKASHI
All gardeners are asked to participate in one Bokashi session during the season. One of the Bokashi team will be present at each session to guide the process and answer any bokashi questions you may have. Each session takes about 45 minutes. To schedule your session:
- Sign in to the Hours site, https://www.trackitforward.com/site/rosedale-community-garden
- Click on the Events Sign Up tab in the top menu,
- Search through the listed Bokashi dates(it’s every Saturday)
- Click the Bokashi date that fits your schedule.
- Click on the orange Sign Up box on the right hand side and sign up.
Bee Hives contact: Brad Volin at email@example.com
Compost contact: Gary Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.org
Donation Plots contact: email@example.com
Perennial Team & Herb Garden: Christine Franck, firstname.lastname@example.org
Plots/Membership: Priscilla at email@example.com
Website: Andrea at firstname.lastname@example.org
Leadership@rosedalegarden.org (Priscilla, Cindy, Sarah, Liz)
News@rosedalegarden.org (Send your updates for the News Email)
Mailing Address: Rosedale Community Garden PO Box 415 Englewood, Co 80151-0415
Visit us on the web at: www.rosedalegarden.org