Saturday, June 13, 2015

Franklin Community Gardens - June Update

Hello Gardeners,

The garden is looking good as we move into the middle of June. 

Open Registration for Additional Beds

We still have a handful of open beds in the garden. At the last committee meeting we decided to open the registration on these gardens to existing gardeners, allowing you to obtain and additional bed if you so choose. This bed would only be available for this season, and when you renew next year you'd need to choose which you'd like to keep. If you are interested in an additional bed please visit the Recreation department to register.  

Garden Work Day & Pest Control Tutorial - June 13th 9am to Noon

I apologize on the late e-mail for this, but tomorrow we'll be holding the first official work day of the season and we will be doing a tutorial on organic pest controls. The workday runs from 9am until Noon and allows you to get your required volunteer hours done in one shot. The tutorial will start at 9am.

Future Work Days for the 2015 Season

  • June 28th
  • July 18th  - Will include a tutorial on tomato plant maintenance and diseases.
  • July 26th
  • August 8th - Will include a tutorial on fall planting
  • August 23rd
  • October 12th
  • October 27th

Sluggo Plus

There was a discussion at the last committee meeting about the prevalence of cutworms in the garden this spring, along with additional pests. One of the potential remedies would be to apply Sluggo Plus to the garden beds, but for it to have long term results it would need to be garden wide. There are conflicting reports on its toxicity to some beneficial critters such as bees and earthworms. 

Franklin Community Garden photo from 2014 season
Franklin Community Garden photo from 2014 season

We will discuss this further at the next committee meeting, so if you have any strong feelings on the subject please let us know or attend. 

As always if you have any questions let us know!


Chris Clay & The Franklin Community Garden Committee

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