Ron Forest and Sons Co. installed our garden gate and fence today! They built it sturdy and strong so the fence can act as a trellis to support climbing plants, helping to maximize growing space.
The Cumberland County Master Gardeners will be helping us plant the garden on Saturday, May 2nd (9:00 - Noon). We're looking forward to having their help and expertise...and you are welcome to join us! Join our email list to stay in touch (the garden's email list is maintained by Project GRACE).
Tasks for the day include: planting early seeds and seedlings, creating paths and planting areas, pruning and clearing of brush, removing stones from the soil, making plant markers and garden signs, organizing the tool shed and setting up communication station.
Please bring your own: hand cultivators, pruning shears, sunscreen, hat, work gloves, sturdy shoes or boots, rain gear in case of inclement weather.
We have a pretty good idea about what we want to plant...what we may be successful growing. But we also wanted to know what our neighbors would like us to grow. So we polled patrons of the Scarborough Food Pantry to tell us which veggies were their family's favorites, and which were often too expensive to buy. Many asked for tomatoes, beets, and green beans. Also lettuces and salad greens, herbs, and carrots.
The Steering Committee is developing a plan for planting sequential, dense plantings and to focus on easy to grow and high yield vegetables and herbs for the first season. Crops that most closely fit the bill include: peas, lettuces, green and yellow beans, summer and fall squashes, tomatoes and peppers, spinach, Swiss chard, kale, spring onions, herbs (basil, thyme, parsley, cilantro, oregano, dill, etc.), as well as beets and carrots.
Our wish list includes:
-- tools in very good condition (spade, shovel, hoe, dirt rake, pitchfork, hand tools)
-- watering can
-- rain barrel
-- composter (we'd love one that spins!)
-- 5 or 6 bales of straw
-- wooden garden shed
-- seedlings and seeds
-- hardware gift certificates for supplies