Garden Clean up day was a success!

Please take a look at what volunteers accomplished to improve organization  and functionality of the shed and surrounding area!

The shed was cleaned out, repaired and reorganized. The bulletin and dry erase boards were moved to create space for a tool organizer for shovels, rakes, broom, etc..  If you would like to, please add your name to the list of names and plot numbers on the dry erase board so that fellow gardeners can learn your name.

The area surrounding the shed was cleaned up as well. The muddy space behind the shed that had filled up with broken wire cages and muddy tarpes was cleaned. Tarpes were refolded and stacked outside of the shed under a wood base topped with a planter of nasturtiums and lunaria. Wire cages were reshaped and some reused by gardeners and others are stacked inside the front of the garden by the gate.

The area behind the shed was planted with raspberry plants donated by Fred. The berries will be for community use. So if you see berries ready to pick in coming weeks, please take some. Thank you Fred!

FREE STUFF:

Please take any items that are stacked inside the front gate of the garden. Items by the trash are more broken and those on the other side of the gate are in better condition. Please take what you would like by the end of Memorial day. After Memorial Day, the  items will be thrown away.

THANK YOU!   Thank you to everyone who participated in OVCG clean up day!

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Garden Meeting Notes

We had a fun garden meeting this morning in the Village Hall.

Here are some notes from the meeting:

Season Start Clean up request:

If you have not already, please remove weeds from your garden beds and paths. Letters to gardeners in violation of the weed rules will be sent to those who don’t clean up soon. Some gardens have weeds that are going to seed, and we want to avoid the weed seeds from spreading to other garden plots. Thank you for your help keeping beds and paths clean of weeds.

Herbicide will need to be sprayed in paths (not garden beds) if weeds grow. If we all work together to keep weeds picked, the need for herbicide use will be reduced.

If you have been away or need to be gone, you may cover your plot with plastic or other covering to prevent weed growth.

Garden Work Day: Saturday, May 20th (rain date May 21st):

Please join your fellow gardeners for a fun day cleaning up in and around the shed!

Wood Chips:

After the composted horse manure and Rid-All compost (for gardeners who purchased it) removed from the bins, wood chips will be delivered for gardeners to spread in the paths around their beds to prevent weeds. If you have a few extra minutes, please also consider spreading wood chips to common areas.

Garden Gate Lock:

Please make sure the lock is locked and the numbers turned away from the open combination.

Garden Gatherings Fridays from 6-8pm

As soon as the weather is nice enough, we will start holding garden gatherings every Friday from 6-8pm. Please bring a beverage and snacks if desired.

Giving Away excess produce:

If you would like to donate produce to any particular organization, please let us know what date and time you will pick it up from the garden, and we can announce to gardeners in advance. If any gardeners have excess produce at that time, they can leave it in a designated spot in the garden for you.

New Directions is one Orange Village organization that would love to have extra produce. Closer to harvest season we will publicize a date and location in the garden to place your donated produce for it to be delivered to New Directions.

Thank you to the Service Department and Administration:

Later in the season, we may have a lunch for the service department, as we did last year, to thank them for all of their hard work making the garden beautiful. They built two new beds to accommodate new gardeners, they fixed the fence, they do maintenance to the garden, and they deliver leaf hummus and wood chips to the garden.

We would like to also thank some key members of the administration with produce baskets. More to come later, but please keep this in mind.

Garden Blog contributions?

If you would like to post gardening tips, garden related announcements, recipes, photos or other items of interest to your fellow gardeners, please email to orangevillagecommunitygarden@gmail.com or come to a garden meeting.  We can post on the blog or garden bulletin board, as appropriate.

Next Garden meeting: Saturday, June 3rd at 10am

Garden Meeting 10am Saturday, May 6th

Garden meeting
The next garden meeting will be held at 10am on Saturday, May 6th in the Village Hall.

Rid All Compost – is here (left bin).
Gardeners who ordered one portion can take 3 wheelbarrows full. Gardeners who ordered two portions can take 5 wheelbarrows full. Please pay Fred in person at the garden meeting, when you see him in the garden, or mail him a check. If you did not receive Fred’s email with his contact information and wish to send him a check, we can forward you the email if you let us know at orangevillagecommunitygarden@gmail.com.

Water has been turned on in the garden.

Composted Horse Manure is available for free in the right bin outside of the garden.

Rid-All Compost is here!

Rid-All compost is in the “Leaf Compost Only” wooden bin just outside of the garden.

This compost was purchased by Fred on behalf of gardeners who contacted Anna by Friday, April 28th. The compost is only for those who requested it in advance. Stay posted for how to pay Fred back.

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(The bin on the right that is normally for garden waste currently contains compostedhorse manure, and that is free to gardeners.)

Horse Manure is at the Garden!

Horse manure was delivered to the garden and deposited in the “Garden Waste Only” bin outside of the garden (because it was empty). Please take 1 wheelbarrow full per gardener for now to ensure enough for everyone.

On Monday, you may take another load, if available.

Until the horse manure is used, please temporarily do not put garden waster into the “garden waste only’ bin.

Small amount of Garden Soil available to top off low plots

Letter from Fred

  • Immediate action item: Please contact Anna Girardi if you would like to have compost from Rid-All. Email by April 28th. Anna’s email: girardia@orangevillage.com

    Fellow Gardeners,
    Since our last monthly garden meeting, as promised, I have met with Damien Forsche, one of the principals of Rid-All Green Partnership to see if an arrangement could be made to buy some of their terrific compost. They are willing to deliver the compost to our garden site at a rate of $35 per cubic yard with a $35 delivery charge. The delivery charge is per load, not per cubic
    yard. In any case, if you are interested in participating in this endeavor, please contact Anna by April 28, 2017 as I would like to complete this order ASAP.
    I have calculated that one cubic yard of compost will give you approximately 1 ¼ inch layer of compost on a 10×20 foot plot and that approximately 4-6 wheel barrels full equals one cubic yard. Therefore, my suggestion is to order one cubic yard of compost per person, unless you would like more.
    Also, please note that the composted horse manure should be delivered shortly. We will be initially limiting the manure to one wheelbarrow full per gardener. We plan to give everyone 7 days to get their first load and if there is any left we will send another email concerning second loads.
    As a reminder to all gardeners, if you plan to store any tools or garden hoses in the shed it will be considered for use by all. If you do not want your items shared with others, please bring them home. Garden hoses that are attached to a water outlet are considered to be able to be used by all. The hoses, of course, should be re-coiled or put back neatly where they belong. Please do not leave hoses in the paths as that would constitute a safety hazard.
    Fred Rosenberg

Orange Community Garden Rules and Regulations

These rules are taken directly from the Orange Village web site (www.orangevillage.org):

Orange Village Community Garden Rules and Regulations (Updated October 2016)

The Community Garden, consistent with the Codified Ordinances of Orange Village, is under the control of the Service Director. The Service Director is authorized to promulgate the Rules and Regulations governing the use of the Community Garden, subject to the approval by the Mayor. Issues that arise should be taken to the garden committee chairs and who will then consult with the Service Director. A Community Garden Registration form, signature of acceptance of the Rules & Regulations, full payment of required fees and deposits and execution of a Release of all Claims forms must all be completed by a gardener prior to that gardener doing any work in the Garden.

GARDEN COMMITTEE

The Orange Village Community Garden governance will consist of the Orange Village Service Director, Garden Coordinator and Assistant Garden Coordinator as well as the following committees:

  •   Administrative Committee
  •   Enforcement Committee
  •   Maintenance Committee
  •   Communication Committee
  •   Social Committee

    The Mayor or Mayor’s designee has authority to make final decisions regarding maintenance, nuisances, and appeals in consultation with the Committee Chairs.

    Committee Chairs will be selected at the first Garden Meeting of each calendar year by those present at the meeting. If there is a vacancy in a Committee Chair, it will be filled at the next Garden Meeting by those present at the meeting. If vacancies have not been filled committees will be combined as determined by the Service Director

    EXPECTATIONS OF GARDENERS

  •   Control weeds and overgrowth of plot and surrounding paths. Walking paths are not to be blocked or damaged. Weeds shall not be left in the pathways. Dispose of garden waste in designated areas only
  •   Do not leave hoses charged
  •   Keep shed neat and return all shared tools to shed daily
  •   Be respectful of other gardeners’ produce
  •   Lock garden gate upon leaving to ensure garden remains secure
  •   If you incur a hardship and cannot maintain your plot due to injury or illness, please

    notify the Enforcement Committee Chair or the Maintenance Committee Chair. An effort will be made to help the gardener with volunteers

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Enforcement Committee Chair, with the support of the Service Director:

ENFORCEMENT

  •   First violation: Notification of infraction with expectation of resolution within TWO WEEKS
  •   Second warning: Notification on continued infraction with expectation of resolution within ONE

    WEEK

  •   Third warning: Notification of continued infraction with expectation of resolution within THREE

    DAYS.

  •   If infractions are not corrected as outlined above the appropriate measures will be taken as follows:

o If the infraction involves weed control or plant overgrowth of the garden plot, the plot will be possibly be sprayed with herbicide and the plot will be covered with a tarp

o If the infraction involves paths which are not properly maintained, the Service Director will spray the paths with an herbicide.

Any of the above infractions which are not corrected after three warnings will result in the loss of the gardener’s deposit and garden and gardener will not be allowed to rent a plot in future years without input of the Garden Enforcement Committee Chair and approval of the Service Director

 Appeals may be made to the Garden Enforcement Committee Chair who will make a recommendation to the Service Director for enforcement of infractions. The Service Director will have final authority on enforcement of all infractions

FEES, DATES AND ASSIGNMENT OF PLOTS:

Annual fees are $25.00 plus a deposit $75.00. The Mayor or Mayor’s designee will collect fees and deposits and assign plots to tenants.

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Gardeners that violate any of the above expectations will face the following action at the discretion of the

Dates:

Existing gardener who is an Orange Village resident
New gardener who is an Orange Village resident
Request for second plot who is an Orange Village resident Non-Orange Village residents

Assignment of Plots:

January 1 – January 13, 2017 January 14 – February 3, 2017 February 4 – February 17, 2017 February 18 – March 3, 2017

  •   Orange Village residents will be given priority over non-residents when requesting location and quantity of plots.
  •   Assignment of plots is at the discretion of the Mayor or Mayor’s designee
  •   Within each time category above, priority will be given on a first come basis with the date/time

    set by the Mayor or Mayor’s designee receiving signed forms and payment of fees.

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Deposits:

  •   At the end of October (weather dependent) the Enforcement Committee Chair along with at

    least one other member of that committee and/or the Service Director will survey the garden

    plots to determine which gardeners will be eligible for a deposit refund.

  •   A notice will be sent to all gardeners regarding their refund status and if they will be eligible to rent a plot for the next year. Gardeners that will be renewing their plots will have their deposit

    rolled over for the next year.

    I ________________________________________, have read and accept the above rules and regulations and agree to abide by the above rules.

    My current email is:___________________________________________________
    My current phone number is:___________________________________________
    □ By checking this box I request to OPT-OUT of email correspondence from other gardeners.