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Garden News Letter May 2016

posted May 4, 2016, 10:13 AM by Kenosha Farm Community Gardens   [ updated May 4, 2016, 10:13 AM ]

Spring is here and it's time to plant!  Composting rules and water is now available.  
Kenosoha Farm Community Garden • 1245 Lombardi Street

Water lines and the first compost bin are now available for use. 

The Town of Erie turned on our water!  Yay!  To access the water, you will need a quick coupler key and a little bit of instruction. If you happen to see Kelly or Miguel at the gardens during the week and you ask nicely, they will be happy to share. Otherwise, they will plan to do a quick tutorial this Saturday from 9-10 am.

The first composting bin is ready for use and the second will be ready soon. Composting also requires a small amount of instruction to ensure a healthy end-product. Please see below for guidelines.




Don't dump and run:

We need to maintain a 50:50 brown to green ratio by volume. When you add green material grab some leaves from the bags in the adjoining bin and cover the greens you added.  The compost bins are a community resource. They will supply future compost for the garden plots. Please be mindful of what you add.

Please do NOT put any garbage or weeds into the trash bags near the fence. Any garbage should be taken off-site as the gardens do not have trash service. Weeds and grasses that are seeding should also be removed from the site.

Herbicides used to kill lawn weeds do not break down in a compost pile.  To avoid any contamination that will hinder the growth of your plants we will NOT allow grass clippings in the compost bins.

Allowed Items

  • Garden trimmings
  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Eggshells
  • Coffee grounds & filters
  • Tea bags & filters

Prohibited Items:

  • Grass clippings
  • Meat, fish, poultry & bones
    • This is a Boulder County Ordinance
  • Dairy products, oils, grease & fat
  • Weeds and Grasses with seeds
  • Cat, dog, human waste
    • This is a Boulder County Ordinance
  • Charcoal or Duraflame® ashes
  • Treated wood products
  • Cat litter  
  • Manure

Composting Workshops:

If you are interested in learning more about back yard composting,  you can enroll in an upcoming compost class provided by the County of Boulder through the month of May.  Or if you have any questions feel free to ask me directly.
Source: Boulder County Composting



Saturday May 7, 9-10am:

Stop by the gardens between 9 and 10 am to get a quick coupler key (one per 400 sf plot) to access water... and to get basic instruction for using the valves. 

Attach your hose to the quick coupler key before you install it for each use. The key is easy enough to install - push down and twist into the connector inside the round green box. However, the key will have water pressure as soon as it is installed. It does NOT have a shut off valve of its own... you will need a nozzle on the hose to control water flow. 

Gardeners are welcome to use outside couplers with shut off valves - but should ensure that they are compatible with the water lines and connections. 

Gardeners will be responsible for the quick coupler key that is issued for their shared plots (one per 400 sf plot), and should coordinate use and storage with their plot-mates.  We recommend leaving the key under the green irrigation cover but we'll leave it to gardeners to coordinate use for shared plots. Lost keys will incur a $15 replacement fee.  

Shed Access:

The shed is available to all gardeners for storage starting on May 7th. Use this resource at your own risk. The key is stored in a lockbox next to the door. We will provide the combination when we distribute quick coupler keys.  The combination will be changed each season.
  • Label anything you store in the shed or it will be considered community property.
  • Return any equipment that you borrow.
  • Keep the shed as clean and organized as possible.
Tip: In order to close the lock box you will need to clear and enter the combination again. Keep the key flat against the box for easy closure.


Miguel Zuniga, Composter
Kenosha Farm CG
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