SPRING WORK DAY - MAY 25th
Thank you, Jane, Linda, Sabra, Becky, Pam, Elizabeth and Steffi -- volunteers planted tomatoes, broccoli, peppers, beets, beans, lettuces, bok choy and Asian greens, herbs and flowers, too!
SPRING WORK DAY - APRIL 23rd
Thank you, Mark, Chris, Cathy, Jane, Becky, and Chris! We raked all the compost and set the paths, even planted spinach and lettuce! Aren't those rows neat!? Also we love our new coconut mat paths. We also had a visit from Kate Irish Collins of the Current-- you can read the article here (PDF).
We had a great time with all our friends who stopped by ACE Hardware (at Oak Hill) this weekend -- thank you Anne and Dan for inviting us to be at your annual garden party! And it was great to share a table with the Scarborough Garden Club and the Cumberland County Master Gardeners. We gave a way a lot of seeds, soil test kits, and some planting advice, too!
It's time to ready the garden for the coming season of planting and harvesting!
Jane and Becky are all smiles as Dennis from Jordan's Farm drops a dump truck's worth of rich organic compost in front of the garden. Now we have to shift and spread it. Can you help?
Helping hands are needed at the Community Garden on Saturday, April 23rd to shovel and spread compost, set cold crop seedlings into the ground (lettuce, chard, etc.), and make plant markers (fun for kids!). Meet at the garden at St. Nick's at 9:30. Bring gloves, shovels and sturdy rakes. This will be the second growing season for the Community Garden which grows organic veggies and herbs for the food pantry.
Today Dennis from Jordan's Farm delivered 6 yards of organic compost "surf & turf" which is locally produced. This, along with the soil amendments put in last fall, will set us up for a great growing season. A few days earlier Chris roto-tilled the seaweed and shredded leaves which were put on as we put the garden to bed last fall. Look what he found: a beet and a carrot! And Jane spied the first garlic scapes coming through.
There is another community garden sprouting in Scarborough! At the "Garden of Eaten" (located at St. Max on the Black Point Road), there are eight large raised beds (10' X 12') and 50 kiddie plots (2' X 4') available for parishioners at St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. John & Holy Cross, and St. Bartholomew. One plot will also be set aside for growing produce for the South Portland Food Cupboard and/or Scarborough Food Pantry. >>Learn more here...
We are looking for a few helping hands for two workdays at two community garden locations, one at St. Max and one at St. Nick's:
WHEN: 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 2nd
WHERE: St. Max, 150 Black Point Road (Directions)
BRING: shovel, gloves, water (if you can, a wheelbarrow is also helpful!)
WHEN: 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 23rd
WHERE: St. Nick's, 350 US Route One (Directions)
BRING: shovel, gloves, water
Both events are rain or shine. Both will be moving lots of compost/earth into the gardens to help ready them for the growing season ahead. Pictured here: the new garden at St. Max!
June to September 2015 Harvest Total: 147 pounds
WEEK THIRTEEN: September 29, 2015
WEEK TWELVE: September 22, 2015
WEEK ELEVEN: September 15, 2015
The Higgins Beach Association recently held a 'welcome back' supper for its members, a time to catch up on what's been happening here and away. The annual event included a silent auction for which members of the neighborhood association collected great prizes from local artists and businesses. With good-natured and spirited bidding, members of the HBA raised a very generous donation for Project GRACE. While much of the gift is designated for fuel assistance, a portion of the gift will be used to help the Community Garden grow. Thank you, neighbors!
We are grateful to all who joined us, and the Cumberland County Master Gardeners, for our first-ever Community Garden Work Day on Saturday, May 2nd. Nearly 30 volunteers helped us to get so much done! We planted early seeds and seedlings, created paths and planting areas, pruned and cleared brush, removed stones from the soil, made plant markers and plant pots, organized the tool shed, nourished the children's garden, and tended the St. Nick's meditation and perennial gardens. AND we moved 8 yards of loam, too! We thank all the volunteers for their hard work and generous spirits, and hope they enjoyed the day as much as we did.
Please join us for the
Scarborough Community Garden
Dedication Ceremony & Open House
11:00 a.m. Sunday, May 31st
St. Nicholas Episcopal Church
350 US Route One, Scarborough
We hope you will join us in the garden on May 31st for a few words
of welcome, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and light refreshments.
At 11:15 St. Nick’s Vicar, the Reverend David S. Heald, will offer
a blessing and dedication of the garden. All are welcome.
Hosted by: friends of St. Nick’s and the Scarborough
Community Garden Steering Committee
Scott and Jane Ducott/St. Nick’s, Pam Hillman, Bill Nixon,
Elizabeth Richter/Scarborough Garden Club,
Kathy Sparda/St. Max, Steffi Cox/Project GRACE,
Roger Doiron/Kitchen Gardeners International, ChrisTaylor.
RSVP appreciated: 883-9437 or 883-5111 or online.
Scarborough Community Garden at St. Nick's