for our next Meetup event
Next Monthly Meeting Please join us for information on MCG
Monday, February 15th, 2016, 7p, Morrisville Aquatics and Fitness Center, 1301 Morrisville Parkway, Morrisville
The map has been updated to show what needs to be cleaned up for end of summer season.
Hot Weather Reduce Vegetable Yield
– Whenever you come to the garden sign in & out on Volunteer hours sheet on back of shed door (we need to keep track of hours for regulators) ***sheet will be put there tomorrow morning
– Put back any tools, gloves, etc. before you leave
– DO NOT LEAVE STAKES, HOSES, OR ANY OTHER ITEMS LAYING AROUND THAT WILL GET CAUGHT UP IN MOWER OR TRIMMER
1. Build front entry gate – Make sure the door is wide enough for a wheel barrow.
2. Create a seasonal area for planting seasonal crops.
3. Fix up the children’s garden.
4. Build trellis for the hanging garden.
5. Fix fence wherever necessary.
6. Tilling the northern area of the garden.
The only rule is to put a stake in with the name of the crop, its variety, date planted and expected harvest date written on it in permanent marker. Otherwise, you can’t complain if someone destroys your work.
However, it is polite to not take over half-completed projects that others are doing.
Its a good idea to plant for 30 people: otherwise you may not be able to harvest any of the crop you wanted the most, since no one will feel guilty about harvesting it before you. The by-laws say, “Harvest anything you can eat!” not, “You have first nibs on the plants you tended and cared for”.
If you write to wormturners with the area you want to take on, we can update the map.
Needed chores are mowing, completely preparing the Western side of the main bed,
mowing, drying and turning in the cover crop on the main bed.
All but two bamboo beds and one or two wood-framed beds are nearly ready for planting – just amend and fertilize as you see fit before planting. If you are up for a bigger chore, work on the main bed.
Happy gardening! (P.S. Click on the map to actually view it)
A survey was sent out asking members what they like to see in the garden this year and the results are in! Looks like tomatoes and beans have the most votes for this year! This is great since we definitely grew a lot of these last year and will continue this year along with other vegetables. Thanks everyone for participating in the survey!
Measuring and Sawing
Drilling and Screwing
Digging, Erecting and Tamping (and Stamping)
The rabbits have been devouring our lettuce, so we are continuing to work on fencing the children’s garden. This weekend the children, their parents, and garden coordinator Don built a built the gate. Afterwards we harvested radishes we planted and broccoli from the main garden.
Kyle, Vincent and Don
Kyle, Vincent, Nidhi and Don
Kyle, Vincent and Suma
Kyle, Vincent, and Nidhi have been hard at work with their parents Wayne and Suma and garden coordinator Don building a childrens’ garden. First they layered a lasagna garden in a keyhole design. Then they transplanted broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage and lettuce and sowed bean, squash, lettuce, and radish seeds. Next came mulching. Currently they are building a fence to keep the rabbits out.
- Donna Willard
- Jane Davison
- Rob Smith
- Karsten Baumann
Call to Order
- Motion to approve agenda – passed
- Review of Minutes from previous meeting being passed around for acceptance/approved. Minutes reviewed & approved.
- Legal – Donna received e-mail from Toni stating it would be best if the mission is discussed. Donna needs to send the addendum to the initial 1023 that was filed. We need to determine the best path forward considering what has already been filed and our options. Donna and Toni will talk shortly.
- Communications – BCBS check has been received and has been deposited in our savings account. We are awaiting delivery of sign from BCBS and the press release is underway (Donna is working with Jerry with the Town of Morrisville to complete).
- Garden Coordinator – Don is out working his internship. Need to determine areas for planting of fall crops. Need to prep unused beds for the fall plantings.
- Educational/Outreach – Donna, Karsten & Jane worked the Education Booth at the Western Wake Farmer’s Market on Saturday, June 15th. At the WWFM we met a Master Gardener from Ohio as well as Virginia who has great experience and quite a bit of information to share. She has sent two & one half pages of excellent resource materials/books. Another person came by who heads up a girl scout troop who is interested in bringing them out for some hands on education. We will post this information on the web site. Donna sent note to the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) Extension & Outreach coordinator a note regarding hosting a workshop for composting. We are awaiting a response at this time.
- Treasury Report – Reported bank balance / bills paid / membership dues collected. We need to pay out website dues, insurance, water bill and our next PO box rental.
- Equipment – New tiller needs to be cleaned after each use! When tools are used it’s important that the tools be cleaned and tools with sharp edges be placed with edges towards the wall rather than the door.
- Outreach – placed position on hold until other members are available to fill this position. Motion proposed / passed.
Next meeting time & location:
Monday, July 15th at 7 pm at Teaming for Technology (United Way of Wake County), 5151 McCrimmon Parkway, Suite 225, Morrisville.
Adjournment of meeting
Jane donated a new, small rototiller to supplement the larger one that always seems to be in need of repair. Our equipment manager Rob broke it in, and showed us how to use it.
Morrisville Community Garden was at the Western Wake Farmers’ Market Education Booth on Saturday, June 15, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Check out the photos below.