Thanks to all that came to the garden this past week. It was nice to see all of you! We were able to accomplish quite a lot in the garden while practicing social distancing. All of the trellis fencing for the peas, tomatoes and cucumbers has been put up!. Thank you to all the volunteers that helped with that project. We are now waiting for the soil to warm up to about 45 degrees before we sow the peas, radishes beets and spinach- maybe by the end of next week we will be able start succession planting of he peas in the 6 prepared beds in the NE quadrant and begin sowing seeds in the raised beds. Thanks you Jeanne for weeding all 6 pea beds!
John cleaned the old fencing, wood and other debris that was piled up the outside of the fence area. Ginny cleaned out and organize the shed after the mice and birds occupied our shed over the winter. Cathy and her husband cleaned buckets of rusty garden staples over the winter and Sherry cleaned and sharpened our hand tools. Andy took the header and door off the hoop house. No more hitting your head getting in and out of the hoop house!! Thank you all for all for all of your help.
John and Bonnie Hall owners of Maple Breeze Farm in Westbrook donated a truckload of cow manure for the garden-Please check out their website- maplebreezefarm.com. They have wonderful pork and beef products that they sell at the farm as well as dairy products..
Julie's Cup of Joe ( Route 1 in Westbrook ) is donating coffee grounds to the garden this year. The coffee shop has great coffee and the most delicious bagels in the area. Please support Julie's Cup of Joe, Maple Breeze Farm and other local businesses. . It t is more important now than ever during this difficult economic time to support small businesses. These small businesses are the backbone to our community and are the ones that support local non profits and organizations.
We would like to plant pollinating perennials around the garden. Jamie has researched and compiled a list of pollinating perennials. Thank you for working on this project. If anyone have pollinating perennials that need dividing ( or know someone that does ) and would like to share them with the garden we would welcome them. We hope to plant along the east side (future home of mason bee hotel) as well as sporadically around the garden. The goal is to have flowering plants in the garden from early spring through fall.
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The Clinton Food Pantry distributed to 171 families on Wednesday. The pantry is in need of rice, tomato sauce and cans of tuna. If you are grocery shopping and can pick up these items to donate. It would be greatly appreciated.
The produce the garden supplies to the pantries will be greater than ever this year. We are not sure what will happen in the next few weeks but I hope we still will be able to continue working in the garden of course keeping a distance of at least 6 feet apart
We will not be working in the garden Saturday. We are fortunate that we are ahead of getting the garden ready and the weather forecast for Saturday morning is chilly.
Please take care of yourselves and reach out and support others if you can. Feel free to visit and walk the garden at any time. it is a wonderful open air space to take a little stroll.
Hopefully we can can together next Wednesday. Please volunteer if you can and thank you for your continued support.
March 9, 2020
If the weather continues like this, we will be in the garden soon! Seeds are ordered, seedlings have been started and we're getting excited about digging in the dirt again!
Check back soon for a notice about when we will start working in the garden.
January 5, 2020
We are having our first planning meeting of the season this week. Feels like winter has only just begun, but we can't wait to get started!
We will post updates about when we will start working in the beds. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we will be on our way by April 1st!
Fri, Aug 2, 4:00 PM (10 days ago)
It's hard to believe we are already into August. Time flies when your having fun and producing high yields for the food pantry! We harvested, for the second week in a row, over 475 pounds of produce.
Tomorrow there will be more harvesting cucumbers, squash and cabbage along with the regular garden chores of weeding and preparing the beds for seeds..
Good news ...the Swiss chard seeds that were sowed last Saturday have germinated the bad news ...bunnies are munching on the beans and sweet potatoes. Rabbit scram was sprinkled around the beds hopefully it will help deter them.
Clinton Sport shop has generously offered T shirts for $8.00. You may have noticed our packaging and distribution volunteers sporting them. They are medium blue with the Food for All Garden logo. If you would like to take a look at the T shirt it will be at the garden tomorrow and Tuesday. If you are interested in purchasing a shirt please let me or Donna know.
Reminder the Summer Fair is Aug. 9th and 10th. Thanks to those who signed up to volunteer at the booth. If you would like to "buddy up" with someone there are a few slots to fill. The sign up sheet will at at the volunteer sign in.
We will be hosting the Chamber of Commerce Business after hours in the garden on Aug 20th 5:30pm -7:30pm. Please note the change in date. More information to come.
The plan for tomorrow is to plant 6 beds of eggplant all donated by Shoreline Gardens in Clinton! The new raised bed built by John Gagne is ready for fresh compost and turnip seeds too. Maybe zinnia seeds can be sowed as well- Planting is always an exciting time in the garden please come out and join us. Weed cloth should be put down in the rest of the prepared beds (North Annex beds and the last bed in the SW quadrant.
If your are curious about the garden and may not be sure if you want to volunteer we would love to have you visit and see for yourself .
The Pierson School after school garden club will be joining us tomorrow in the garden,. The program runs for the next 4 weeks from about 3-4pm. They will be planting marigolds at the ends of the beds, alyssum with the lettuce and brussel sprouts, nasturtiums and dill in the cabbage beds learning about the benefits of these plants or pest control in an organic vegetable garden. We welcome volunteers to join the young gardeners and assisting with the planned activities.
We will be working in the garden tomorrow Saturday April27th. There is a possibility of early showers but the light rain should be over with by 9am so please come out and join us!
The focus will be on preparing beds for flats of seedlings (they are ready and waiting for us at Shoreline Garden ) planting 2 beds of scallions and weeding 2 beds of spinach. There is something for everyone to do in the garden tomorrow or any Wednesday and Saturday.
Apr 16, 2019, 2:03 PM (17 hours ago)
Good Afternoon Volunteers,
Tomorrow promises to be a fantastic day to be in the garden! I stopped by Shoreline Gardens this morning to see if the early crops are ready for us. Jen at Shoreline Gardens thought the seedlings would be ready for us next week. There will be flats of lettuce, cabbage and leeks to plant very soon!!
Tomorrow we will finish putting down compost on the beds that did not get a top dressing in the fall (SW rows 9-12) and cover the beds that are ready with ground cloth to keep the weeds at bay. The soil temperature should be warm enough to sow beet seeds in the raised beds too!
Ginny stopped by the garden earlier this week and reported that the spinach and radish seeds have germinated!
I hope to see you tomorrow anytime between 9 am-12 noon. New volunteers are always welcome and remember no gardening experience is necessary!
Apr 1, 2019, 6:26 PM (4 days ago)
Dear Gardening Friends,
We got so much accomplished on Saturday. All beds in the northwest quadrant were raked and fertilizer was put down. A very special thank you to John Wagner for pounding in all the poles needed for the trellis fencing in all 6 pea beds. It is one of our most labor intensive jobs. Many thanks John. Beth and Jeanne cleaned 2 front beds and the beds are ready for spinach. Maureen and Sherry tackled the chickweed that is invading beds in the northeast quadrants. Donna spent the morning with the tedious job of cleaning the rust off of the garden staples . Many thanks to all that came out to help, it was a beautiful day to be out in the sunshine and it was nice to see everyone again!
On Wednesday the plan is to sanitize and put up the pea fencing and if there is enough time planting the peas!! With rain in the for the end of the week it would nice to get the peas in the ground. Spinach seeds can be planted in the front beds on the SW side. The compost pile needs to be moved so work can begin on the raised bed designated for that spot.
Bill Russell solved the mystery of why we did not have water in the garden. He found two other valves around an old meter downstream of the main valve that needed to be turned. Now we are good to go! Thank you Bill for all your help. We are so glad it wasn't a major water issue.
The forecast for Wednesday and Saturday is iffy so please check our Facebook page to see if we will be in the garden on Wednesday and Saturday!
March 28, 2019
Dear Gardening Friends,
Saturday is going to be a beautiful day to be outside enjoying the sunshine and fresh air. Please join us this Saturday March 30th at the Food for All Garden for the opening of the 2019 season. We will be in the garden from 9 a.m.-12 noon. I hope you can stop down and give us a helping hand for an hour or two. There is plenty of work (or think of it as exercise) to be done before we start to plant. The focus will be on prepping beds for our early crops of peas,cabbages and beets.Trellis fencing and ground cover needs to be sanitized before we put them in the beds along with raking the compost back on the beds that migrated onto the pathways along with adding organic fertilizer to the beds. We should begin planting in the next few weeks so there are plenty of chores that needs to get done beforehand and opportunities to help.
If you considered volunteering at the garden this year or you know of someone who is interested volunteering please stop by the garden and see what it is all about. Remember no gardening experience is necessary. We would love to have you join us! If you cannot make it to the garden this Saturday we will be in the garden every Wednesday and Saturday from 9-12 weather permitting. Come when can and no worries if you only stay for a short time. There are also plenty of opportunities to help out in the garden on days besides our scheduled 2 days. Please check us out on Facebook for updates and happening in the garden.
There will be a Pot Luck Supper Friday April 12th from 6 pm-8 pm in the Parish Hall behind the Episcopal Church. This will be a great opportunity for newcomers to find out about the garden. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are planning to attend.
Shop Local The Food for All Garden has teamed up with Steward's Ace Hardware in Clinton for the Round Up Program. Customers can donate to the garden through March 31st by rounding up their purchases. All donations will directly benefit the garden help support the garden and in turn Ace Hardware rounds total donated. Ace Hardware supports many local organizations so pleases support Ace by shopping local..
Hope to see you Saturday or sometime in the near future,