It's been cold and clammy, wet and rainy, but at last it's looking like planting weather! We have two garden work days coming up, and all are welcome!
Tasks include moving 3 yards of light compost and raking the beds, planting veggie seedlings and seeds, and planting herbs and flowers. Bring work gloves if you have them; tools and extra gloves will be on site, too.
WORKDAY ONE (Weather Permitting)
Wednesday, May 29th 3:00-6:00 CANCELLED (conditions too wet to plant)
WORKDAY TWO (Tentative, weather permitting)
Saturday, June 1st 10:00-11:30 (Fingers crossed, conditions will be ok!)
Saturday, April 6th 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
It's time for ACE's biggest, craziest event of the year! Their sixth annual Garden Party at Oak Hill Ace Hardware kicks off Spring on Wednesday, April 25th (4-7pm) in a colorful way with 20% off storewide*, free flat of pansies with any purchase, and, of course, their famous 10 for $10 dirt cheap sale. They're gearing up to top last year's sale of 2,500 bags of soil! Also, ACE is welcoming back friends from Cumberland County Master Gardeners, Scarborough Garden Club, and Scarborough Community Garden as well as other outdoor, gardening and farming experts. Bring your CFLs, batteries, old paint (in original containers with a label), American flags, and mercury thermostats and take advantage of our free in-store recycling programs. (Note: This event will be held at Oak Hill Ace Hardware only.)
The community is invited to a special Earth Day Festival @ the Scarborough Public Library from Noon to 3pm! The event will celebrate two new ReVision Energy solar installations at the Library: an electric vehicle (EV) charging station and a rooftop solar panel array. Earth Day activities will include an appearance by News Center Maine meteorologist Jessica Conley and weather van Stormy, live music by The Incredulous String Band, electric vehicle demonstrations by Pape Chevrolet, a Minecraft Lab where players can build virtual solar arrays in the Library’s Minecraft world (2-4pm), and exhibits by community environmental organizations, including the Scarborough Community Garden! An official ribbon cutting of the EV charging station will take place at 1:00 pm. This event is free to attend. Hope to see you there!
Sunday, April 22nd
Scarborough Public Schools and the Scarborough Police Department are co-hosting "Raising Healthy Teens (and people in general)" and Community Health & Wellness Fair. >>View PDF Flier
70% of the produce harvested by St. Nick's gardeners came in during August (110 lbs) and September (145 lbs). But for the 2017 season, the St. Nick's garden was also one of the first gardens bringing early fresh greens and herbs, with the first harvest coming in mid-May. The St. Nick's garden continued producing through the end of October.
The quality of our produce is very high. We use organic methods, pick with care, and deliver our produce within minutes of harvest to the pantry. Pantry patrons frequently comment on how delicious our produce is as well.
Monthly Totals Delivered to the Scarborough Food Pantry:
MAY: St Nick's 4.5 lbs (total all gardens 4.5 lbs)
JUNE: St Nick's 41.9 lbs (total all gardens 59.9 lbs)
JULY: St Nick's 43.3 lbs (total all gardens 90.38 lbs)
AUGUST: St Nick's 110.38 lbs (total all gardens 535.42 lbs)
SEPTEMBER: St Nick's 145 lbs (total all gardens 231.20 lbs)
OCTOBER: St Nick's 35.1 lbs (total all gardens 92.32 lbs)
TOTAL MAY-OCT 2017: St Nick's 380 lbs (all gardens 1006 lbs)
WEEK NINE (July 25)
Beans - 11 oz
Beets - 2.5 lbs
Lettuce, Kale, Chard - about 1 lb each
Peas, Garlic Scapes, Parsley - about a lb total
WEEK EIGHT (July 18 & 19)
23 1/2 pounds
Radishes: 1 lb
Beets: 2 lbs
Garlic Scapes: 1/2 pound (6 oz)
Parsley: 2 lbs
Radishes: 3 oz
Peas: 1 lb 2 oz
Beets: 4 1/2 lbs
Sw Chard: 3 3/4 lb
Lettuce: 1 lb
Kale: 3 lbs
Chives: 1 lb
Radishes: 15 oz
Parsley: 1.13 lbs
Swiss Chard: 2 3/4 lbs
Beets: 3.9 lbs
Kale: 2.9 lbs
Chives: 1.4 lbs
12.9 lbs - red and green lettuce
1.75 lbs - spinach
1.4 lbs - Swiss chard
2.32 lbs - kale
1.5+ lbs - chives
1.5+ lbs - parsley
8 oz - garlic scapes
4.2 lbs - beets
0.5 lbs - radishes
27 1/2 pounds
6 lbs - lettuce, kale, spinach, bok choy, herbs
1.5 lbs spinach
2 lbs green lettuce
1/2 lb parsley, chives, thyme
2 lbs - bok choy
3.6 lbs - red & green lettuce
3 lbs - spinach
2 lbs - kale and Swiss chard
10 1/2 pounds
2.0 lbs - Chives
2.5 lbs - Chives
4 1/2 pounds
The Higgins Beach Association recently held a fundraiser for Project GRACE, and a portion of the money so generously donated by our neighbors at Higgins Beach is to help the garden grow. Thank you! We appreciate the 'green' for the garden!
Another community garden is sprouting at the Hillcrest Retirement Community. Gardeners will tend their own plots or raised beds.Part of the garden will include a shady nook for visiting and quiet reflection. Lovely shade plants for the area at the far end by the woods have been set aside by the Scarborough Garden Club, following their annual plant sale at the historic Hunnewell House earlier this Spring.
Members of the garden club and the neighborhood will also be tending a couple of spots designated for 'planting a row for the hungry' to send fresh veggies and herbs to the Scarborough Food Pantry.
Thanks to the Desfosses family, a sturdy new fence is being installed by the B.B. Bussiere Fence Co. It will allow light and air to circulate, while keeping the critters out (we hope!) Compost from Benson's Farm will nourish the plants; wood chips from Jordan's Farm will make it easier to walk and should help keep the weeds down.
Scarborough Community Garden at St. Nick's