Benjamin Franklin Community Garden Tour Saturday, June 24th

Please join us for a tour of Benjamin Franklin Community Garden on Saturday, June 24th. We meet at the Orange Village Community Garden at 9:15am and carpool to the Benjamin Franklin Community Garden at 1805 Tampa Ave, Cleveland, Oh 44109.

The tour is scheduled to last approximately 1 ½ hours, starting at 10am.  This is the first community garden in the USA, founded in 1929. It is also the largest community garden in the state, covering 5 acres and 180 plots.

Garden Meeting Notes

We had a good Orange Village Community Garden Meeting in the garden at 10am this morning. Most gardens are looking great!

Cucumber Beetles have been seen in the garden so it may be a good idea to spray for them early. Some gardeners use Garlic oil or neem oil. Eddie, our local Master Gardener, suggests using a solution of neem oil in water. He uses 1 ounce of neem oil per 1 gallon of water. Some recipes online also suggest adding a small amount of castile soap as well. Another gardener uses homemade garlic oil to deter pests.

Gardeners took a tour of the garden and enjoyed all the beautiful plants gardeners are growing.

A few gardens had tall weeds growing and need to be removed. If you have not visited your garden in a while, please stop by to make sure that there are not weeds growing. Warning letters will be sent soon.

Field Trip: June 17th: we are planning to take a tour of a local garden. More information to come..

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.