All Hands Workday is coming up this Saturday

posted Jun 20, 2018, 11:52 AM by Lynn G   [ updated Jun 20, 2018, 11:53 AM ]

Our next All Hands Workday scheduled for Saturday June 23 from 9-11. Until then, please remember to

  • harvest your crops – if you don’t want them please donate them but don’t let them become over-ripe.  That is very, very attractive to critters and seems to encourage them to visit more regularly – not good!  In fact it is best to pick tomatoes a bit before they reach full redness and let them finish at home on the counter. 
  • weed or weed trim one foot around your beds.  We are trying to eliminate the need to have someone use the weed whacker around all the beds.  This saves on labor and also the danger that we might damage your vines etc. that sometimes come over the edges of the beds.
  • pick and use your donated veggies on Saturday for our luncheon for the Ortiz-Crispin family in our church on Sunday.  They lost everything in Hurricane Maria when it hit Puerto Rico and are currently living with relatives in Canton. Please come to the luncheon on Sunday June 24 at 12:30 – we are asking for donations and thought it would nice to use some of our bounty to encourage donations too.  We will display our garden vegetables and ask attends to make a donation to “purchase” them.

Help Needed

posted Jun 11, 2018, 2:02 PM by Lynn G   [ updated Jun 11, 2018, 2:02 PM ]

Thank you to those who have responded about helping in the garden with things such as mowing, weed trimming, and delivering produce.  In addition we need folks who could come by on Mondays when the weather is dry and help water the Feed the Hungry beds.  This is about 30-45 minutes as most of it has drip irrigation that must be cycled on for about 15 minutes each- while this is being done there are 3 other beds that require hose bib watering. Please email crcg2009@gmail.com if you are able to help with any of these opportunities.

Caring for Raised Bed Gardens

posted Jun 11, 2018, 2:00 PM by Lynn G   [ updated Jun 11, 2018, 2:00 PM ]

Fertilizing and watering practices in raised bed gardens are a little different than a row garden.  There is a great luxury with raised beds – good soil, no red clay, fewer weeds, and easy to cultivate soil.  But it does come at a bit of a price…when it is windy and/or with limited rain the beds dry out quicker than row gardens requiring more frequent watering. It is best to water more deeply and at the plant base in this way you should not have to water daily unless it is brutally hot.   Also when it is very hot test the temperature of your water coming out of the hose before placing on your plants – don’t put hot water on your plants- BUT while you are waiting for it to cool you can use the hot water on weeds near your bed and try to do them in!   Also fertilizer washes through quicker in most cases and we recommend about once a month to fertilize during the growing season. One good practice is side-dressing where you move 3-5 inches away from your plant stem and make a very shallow line and place fertilizer there and water in.  This helps keep it away from the stem where it might burn the stem and roots.  By this time it is a good practice to have a mulch around your vegetables too to keep the moisture in and the weeds down.

Now Taking Donations for Local Food Pantries

posted Jun 11, 2018, 1:53 PM by Lynn G   [ updated Jun 11, 2018, 1:53 PM ]

We “officially” started our donations for local food pantries today.  We will be helping MUST ministries, The Center for Family Resources, The Northeast Cobb YMCA feeding program, Marietta First Christian Church food pantry and others that come to our attention. Simply place your contribution in one of the baskets in the old air conditioning cabinet and we will remove, weigh and list the produce and keep it in a cool place until we can deliver. We ask that you try to donate around 10% of your yield but we also know depending on what you planted and when it comes in you will likely have light donation weeks and heavier ones – no worries. We thank you for your generosity and for helping others in our community.

Work Day Date Change, Pests, and Bed Maintenance

posted Jun 6, 2018, 7:01 PM by Lynn G   [ updated Jun 6, 2018, 7:11 PM ]

I hope you are enjoying your gardens and the great sunshine.  I have heard from several about bug watching…sounds like you are on it which will really help!  I have another to add to the list, I saw the adult Squash vine borer unfortunately and it was in my bed.  


I was not fast enough to grab it and do it in and these are not nice creatures.  They lay their eggs in the stem of your squash plant then the larvae eat their way out destroying the vine and the plant.  There is very little to be done once the egg and larvae are in there and discovering all this is well…almost impossible.  Your plant will wilt and look like it as has not been watered in days and if you look at the base you can often the slit where the borer came out (there is an example on the attachment).   Hopefully you got squash before this all happened because your plant now just needs to come out- but hey a great time to plant okra!

Here is some other important information:

  • We will be starting our donation bin collection this coming Monday, June 11.  Anything you wish to donate for local food pantries may be placed in the basket inside the old air conditioner cabinet under the trees near the picnic tables.  Please try and get the dirt off of it and place in the bin.  Remember we ask that you strive to donate 10% of your produce to this effort in our community.  Last year we donated over 1200 from this wonderful garden. Thank you!
  • We will be changing our workday from Saturday June 16 to Saturday June 23 from 9-11.  The original schedule was Father’s Day weekend and this might pose a conflict for families.  Also we are very excited to have a new Eagle Candidate, George Wilke, from Troop 955 working on a project in the Memorial and  CrossRoads Garden.  He will be working with his troop that day to do some improvements to the Memorial Garden and to enlarge/replace some of our Feed the Hungry beds and we would like to be in the garden then as well. Thank you George and Troop 955.
  • One more reason for moving our workday is to allow you the opportunity to donate produce to benefit a family at our church.  We have a member family who was displaced by Hurricane Maria and lost their home in Puerto Rico.  We have asked them if we might do something to help them.  We are hosting a cookout on Sunday June 24 and would like to ask that you donate vegetables that we will then sell along with a bake sale items and the cookout burgers.  I will get more information out a bit later on the cookout hours and menu hoping that some of you might want to come and join us.

 

We are now into the season and this is the time when our vegetables really take off but so do our weeds and many needs for more help!

We know that our Wednesday morning workdays are not convenient for all and the once a month Saturday can have conflicts too AND it is not enough time to do all that needs to be done.  So we are reaching out to see if you can help at other times or in other ways. Some ideas include maintenance around your bed and others involve helping the larger garden area.  If you can help with these please reply to this email (I will reply to you on Monday or Tuesday next week and see if we can work to schedule some things).

  • Personal area work.  It is quite time consuming hot work to weed whack around all the beds – we would like for you to be responsible for one foot around your beds.  You can pull the weeds, or use hand clippers to keep them trimmed, or work with each other to bring a trimmer up and do several beds together. In this way we can run the lawn mower down a good pathway and that will cut down on that job too.
  • Mowing twice a month in the aisles.  This is another time consuming and hot chore – we have several who have been very good about helping on this but if we had a few more it would spread the load. 
  • Helping weigh and take vegetables to the different food pantries in a timely  fashion.  We are always open to additional food pantries that need our help – currently we are helping MUST, Marietta First Christian, and The Center for Family Resources.  Marilyn has added another from time to time and I hope that we can work with our local YMCA’s fresh produce initiative this season too.

 

If you can help with any of these things or have other ideas that you think could help distribute the work load please email me at your convenience…many hands make light work.

 

Thank you for being a part of this wonderful garden full of beautiful vegetables, flowers, and gardeners.

 

Peace be with you,

Debbie Abernathy

Unveiling of New Website

posted Jun 4, 2018, 1:40 PM by CrossRoads Community Garden   [ updated Jun 4, 2018, 1:40 PM ]

Welcome to CrossRoads Community Garden's new website! We are so excited to unveil this new site, but remember, the URL remains the same, http://crossroadscommunitygarden.org/. Check back here for the latest announcements, photos, and more. 

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