Garden Update: Work Day on Saturday!

Hello friends!

The plants for the house church garden plot are sprouting! Remember, we will plant on Sunday, May 19th. Hope you can join this celebration!

plants

Also, there is a garden work day this Saturday. Please join us, whether or not you’ve been to the house church; come and get your hands dirty! Check out the info below from Transition Staunton…

 

Newtown Garden News

Sat. May 4, Garden Work Day 10am-1pm

Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 10am-1pm, we’ll host the second 2013 All-Garden Work Day which is followed by a plant and garden swap (details below).

On Saturday we’ll get together to socialize and reconnect on our shared project of developing this valuable Newtown resource.

The day will include:

  • Creating soft raised beds for a Three Sisters planting (corn, beans, and squash).
  • Building a children’s teepee hut with bamboo poles and vining plants.
  • Working on our compost pile.
  • Weeding the corner perennial garden bed.
  • Snack break and idea sharing for our June workday.

Joining us is JaneEllen Glover, a Master Gardener, who will be offering an interactive nature activity around the three fundamentals: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Children should wear their gardening gloves. All children welcome whether the family is involved in the garden or not.

All those with plots are asked to please attend. All others welcome — if you volunteer to work, you can also earn hours in the hOUR Economy. Here’s the Facebook event for the All-Garden Work Day. Please RSVP if you’re on Facebook.

Because the three sisters plantings will be for all garden members to take home at harvest time, we’d love it if you would donate any amount to the cost of the this portion of our garden development. So please bring change, bills, checks (made out to Virginia Organizing) if you can. Any amount is greatly appreciated!

Also bring:

  • Water and a lunch or snacks.
  • Sunscreen if you use it.
  • Tools (shovels, weeders, spades, gloves)
  • Items to trade in the plant swap (see below)

If you can’t make it, we’d love for you to volunteer to bring coffee, lemonade, water, or other snacks for the workers.

Newtown Plant and Garden Swap New Location

Everybody is welcome to the first Staunton Plant and Garden Swap of 2013 after the All-Garden WorkDay. It happens May 4, from 1-2pm. Newtown residents Shirley and Craig Peterson have hosted this plant swap for about four or five years at their Newtown home but now, as friends of the Newtown Community Garden, they’ve asked us to host it at the garden location (the corner of S. Madison and W. Beverley Streets in the Newtown Neighborhood of Staunton). Bring any of the following to swap:

  • Plants (indoor/outdoor, edible/ornamental, sun/shade, any!)
  • Seeds
  • Seedlings/Starts/Divisions
  • Bulbs
  • Compost/Soil/Mulch/Fertilizers
  • Garden Tools (non-electric and electric)
  • Stakes, cloches, bell jars, skeps
  • Garden and Plant Books
  • Fresh Food Cook Books
  • Garden ornaments
  • Pots (starting plastic or decorative of any kind indoor or out)
  • Lawn furnishings
  • Seed saver tools, plant markers
  • Bird Houses
  • Or anything else you can think of

Feel free to post on the Swap Event Page on Facebook what you’re bringing, and to say what you’re seeking (it helps give people ideas). Or  post a wish list. All FREE — you give away, you take away.

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