It's almost time to bid adieu for this school year. We were looking at the calendar at the end of Garden Club this afternoon and realized there are only four more meetings for this year.
We didn't waste much time today, planting carrots, beans, watermelon, sunflowers, and marigolds. We also spent a little time catching up on the weeding while Mr. V patched up the fence. It had developed a few gaps from being hit with soccer balls. While we were out there we noted that the corn is about 4 inches high already and a few of the pumpkins are already flowering. If we can keep them watered and keep the bugs off of everything, we should have a pretty good harvest. Speaking of which. . .
I've set up a Google Calendar for the Garden Club. I'll add events like our Garden Parties, planting dates and other stuff. However, the main reason it's there is for YOU to sign up to help in the garden over the summer. Neither Mr. V nor myself can put as much time as we'd like into the garden this summer and could really use some help.
As of now it's empty (almost), so feel free to check it out sign up for a time. Once you've decided when you'd like to come help out, you'll just need to send me an email so I can give you permission to add and change events. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Then you'll be free to sign up for anytime you'd like. If you have any trouble with the process, let me know so I can get it sorted out.
Ideally, families could adopt the garden for a weekend or week, taking care of weeding (the biggest job) and watering (hopefully it won't be a big job depending on the weather, but I'll keep the water barrel full and the watering cans available) and helping themselves to anything that is ready.
I'll be putting up a chalk board on the fence next to the garden entrance. Feel free to leave messages about what you've done, what still needs to be done, or what's ready to be picked. I'll leave messages as well. (Please feel free to clean up an inappropriate messages you find. I hope it won't be an issue, but "hope for the best, plan for the worst" seems a wise strategy.) It should be up by mid to late June.
The Spring Garden Party will be on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 11th. We'll get started around 2:45 and wrap up by 4:00. By doing the party at this time, we're hoping we'll get more kids and families interested in coming out to the garden this summer and in the fall. The party will be potluck, so bring your favorite after school snacks to share with a crowd.
One last thing, if anyone with a weed eater or small lawn mower would like to help out, I can't seem to convince Building Services that we need our grass cut. But we do! Any assistance with that would be tremendously appreciated.