Date(s) - 31/12/2017
St. Croix Vineyard
October 14, 2016
We’d like to encourage everyone who can make it to come out this Saturday morning to get the garden cleaned up for the winter and to get it ready for the gravel and benches that are coming soon for the centre area of the garden.
So this Saturday (15th) from 10am until noon. Hope to see you out.
September 23, 2016
We have been blessed with a huge pile of pine mulch and are having a mulch-spreading work party this Saturday! It will start at 10:00 but please come whenever you can (but there will be fresh baked goodies and coffee if you come around 10). If you aren’t available this Saturday, you can always grab a wheelbarrow from the shed and top up a few paths at any time. All help will be greatly appreciated! (And will help keep the weeds down around your bed so there will be less work later!)
Hope to see you Saturday!
Just a note…..the large wheelbarrow is missing from the shed …..
We could use a few of them for Saturday if anyone has one at home
See u there:)
August 6, 2016
July 22, 2016
Hi all. We’ve just heard word that some granite benches will soon be ready for the centre area of the garden! This means that some preparatory work is required. There are also some ongoing shared tasks that would probably be best done at a shared work party (weeding unused paths and around berry bushes, mulching, cultivating unused beds, etc.). So please consider coming out to a work party either this Saturday morning at 9:30 or Monday evening at 7pm (it would be great if you respond here – but just hit reply not reply all – by saying which time or both you will make it out). Remember that if you participate in these work parties, your membership fees for next year will be waived!
Remember, you can keep in touch with all garden things on the FaceBook page, Victoria Street Community Garden
Contact person for the garden this summer is Carol Thiessen email@example.com
May 4, 2016
We’re a little slow getting information out but the gardens will not be slow being ready. There might be a few frosts still ahead, but the garden beds are all ready to go. First time that we could start a year with this kind of readiness.
On Saturday, May 14, we will be having a garden registration day. You can show up either between 10 – 11am or 1 – 3pm to pay your fees for the year and confirm your garden bed. Of course, the starting assumption is that you will have first chance of keeping the same beds you gardened last year. If you will not be taking a garden bed this year, please reply to this email and let us know as soon as possible.
If you know of anyone who might be interested in being a part of the garden this year, please invite them to come on Saturday(or have them contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org)
The fees are the same as last year: $10 for registration and $10 per bed (up to 2 beds)
We hope that we’ll be getting a load of mulch in again this year – when that happens, please feel free to spread some of that in any paths that need it. The berry border on the west side of the garden seems to be doing well – feel free to weed or mulch around that anytime.
Our only big projects for the year will be finishing the sign (hopefully soon!) and then planning and executing the design for the centre of the garden – but that will have to wait until later in the summer.
Walter (for the Victoria Street Community Garden)
June 22, 2015
So heading toward the end of June there are two important announcements:
1. WORK PARTY – SATURDAY @ 10am: We’d like to have one more work party with as many hands as possible next Saturday morning. This will be to fill the last beds (we have soil now), to lay landscape fabric, to plant green manure on the new beds, to do some weeding and clean up and – if the mulch makes it 🙂 – to finish mulching the last pathways.
2. 6 EXTRA BEDS READY TO GO – Any member who would like another bed and commits to having it put in before the end of June can have it for free (first come, first served). If you sign one up but don’t get it in by the end of June, it will be claimed for SSU. Let Carol (email@example.com) know as soon you can.
Hope to see you on Saturday if you can.
June 19, 2015
The garden is looking great! The beds are filling up (38 beds are currently being used!!) and soon we will have more soil to finish the last of the beds. We also will be getting more mulch for the paths. When the mulch and soil are here we hope to have a work party to complete these tasks. We also have started the process of getting some granite benches made for the centre section and have thoughts about creating a labyrinth there.
Just a reminder to weed the paths around your bed(s) and to not toss weeds onto them (or into the compost). The paths around the empty beds could use some weeding too, so if you have any extra time and energy, clearing off the weeds around one or two of them would be great!
May 29, 2015
Beds are still available!!!
May 15, 2015 –
The Victoria Street Community Garden is ready for the season! There are raised beds available for anyone who is interested. The cost is $10 for annual membership and then $10/bed (max. 2). If you’re interested or have questions, email Carol (firstname.lastname@example.org) or come out to the garden on Saturday, May 23 between 1 and 3pm.
We’re a little later getting going this year, but that’s not such a bad thing since we have such a great garden filled with raised beds all ready to go!
First some new contact information for the year. I (Walter Thiessen) will be heading up the communications this year and Carol Thiessen will be handling registrations. The best contact address for most questions is a new email that we created for the garden registrar – email@example.com. That’s where you can email and apply for or confirm your garden bed(s) for the coming season.
If you are planning on continuing with the same bed(s) as last year, there’s nothing stopping you from diving in any time you like. There will likely be a few of us out doing some garden work this Saturday. But the official opening day will beSaturday, May 23 from 1-3pm. That’s when you can come by and confirm your bed and pay your registration fee for the year. It’s also a good time to meet your fellow gardeners and get excited about the coming season.
If you’re not already on the Facebook page – search for Victoria Street Community Garden and join up – you’ll hear a bit about what’s going on in the garden as well as getting a heads up when some people will be out so you can work alongside others and hear what’s working (and what’s not) in other’s plots.
If you’re interested, we’ll be hosting a Bread & Soup (and dessert) Lunch at the St Croix Vineyard on May 31 at 12:30pm. Everyone is welcome. Our hope is to raise funds to beautify the central space in the garden (trellises, benches, etc.).
Happy gardening and hope to see you out on the 23rd.
November, 2014 – Thanks to all, the garden is sleeping for the winter!
November 16, 2014
Thanks to everyone who came out and helped finish off the year a couple weeks ago. We managed to clear out overgrown beds, move the pile of soil, lay fabric and fill existing paths with mulch, and even transplant a few berry bushes. Oh, and we had fun!
I need a couple of things from everyone at this point.
– Let me know how many times you came out to volunteer. This is so I can report volunteer hours in our funding report, use the information for future funding applications if we apply, and determine if membership fees will be carried forward to next year or not.
– Let me know if you’re interested in a plot(s) next year, or if you know of someone else who is.
Thanks again everyone
October 15, 2014
September 10, 2014
Just a few items…. while weeding in one of our beds i got a handful of poison ivy so watch out. Who knows where that came from.?
Box no. 5 really needs to harvest their produce , the tomatoes are ripe and spilling out and getting squished.
If anyone doesnt want or have time to harvest their veggies , please let me know and frances and i will harvest them for the food bank.
Lots of positive feedback from people walking by.
A gal walked by today, just moved here , loved the garden and gave me her name and phone number for a couple of plots next year.
Food bank beds are producing lots, no thieving as of late.
Thanks to all, kelly
August 14, 2014
Hi everyone, I’m long overdue for an update, so here’s a quick one.
August 1, 2014
July 26, 2014
Hi all, just wanted to let everyone know that we have a few gooseberries that are ripe, if anyone wanted to try one, (I had never tasted one myself)
They are on a couple of small bushes at the end of the perennial bed. (Elm street end) Watch out for the thorms, they are wicked!
And a reminder that the compost in the bin closest to the shed is ready to use! I want to dig it out of there and start putting the fresh stuff in that bin now. Then I’ll close off the far right one, let it “cook”.
July 22, 2014
Hi all, just to let you know that we took our first veggies to the food bank on Monday. Beans, peas, lettuce, cucumber and 1 broccoli. Lots more to come from the look of things. Kelly
July 11, 2014
Mat thinks it’s time for that second work party we mentioned a few weeks ago. So this Saturday morning, starting at 8, we’ll try to put the rest of the beds together that we have wood for, fill them and mulch them in. Reply to this or let Mat or I know if you can make it, thanks!
The hurricane left some great moisture in the ground, so hopefully the heat pairs nicely with that to help all the gardens take off. I think I had a deer chew up half my bed, mostly onions and one squash plant, so let us know if you see bugs or other things that we should all know about.
May 30, 2014
If you are interested in making something for the soup, bread and dessert fundraiser on June 8, please reply to this email and let me know what you are planning to bring. If you want to make something, but don’t know what, contact me and we’ll come up with something (I have lots of delicious ideas.)
May 21, 2014
A few of us came out Saturday and finished arranging existing beds, dug out around and filled our beds, and a couple even got planted! We’re now approaching the town to see if they’ll give us mulch from the spring clean-up.
If you haven’t come out yet, you’ll need to register with Helen 465-8989 or myself, and then you can fill your bed with 3 wheelbarrows of soil and 8 bags of compost (2 from each pallet). Then use a cultivator tool from the shed to mix it together and get planting.
May 17, 2014
The weather has finally decided to submit. The forecast for Saturday looks gorgeous, so we’re going to start at 9am on Saturday, May 17, to finish off some more beds, put the soil and compost in, and dig out paths if we can. The crew on Monday night was able to build 14 more beds, which was a big help!
So bring the money for your bed ($10 for plot and $10 for membership fee), and if you want to plant later on Saturday, let me know so we can start the process of assigning beds.
Contact Mat (467-0904 or firstname.lastname@example.org), or Kendall (466-6729/321-9665 or email@example.com) if you want a plot or if you know someone you think would like a plot or if you have any questions about anything!
May 9, 2014
So, good news. The soil has arrived. The second batch of wood has arrived. Half of the compost has arrived. Kelly and Francis proposed a new plan for the layout that Mat has put online here (feel free to comment). Grass is growing everywhere. More people keep expressing interest in the garden!
Now we just need the weather to cooperate. We’re planning on going ahead at this point and will make a final call tomorrow afternoon.
Mat will be getting things ready tomorrow afternoon from 3-4:30 if you want to join him then.
Two things that we still need volunteers for are: taking in registration forms this Saturday and next (when we plant!), and organizing a soup and bread fundraiser. Let me know if you’d be up for helping with either of those.
Hi everyone, we’re going to have our next round of building raised beds next Saturday, May 10. As the St. Andrews yard sale is on in the morning, we’ll start at 1pm like last time.
This Saturday, April 19th @ 1pm we are going to build raised beds at the garden (current forecast is sunny!). If you plan to have a plot this year, or just want to volunteer, come join us. We could use some corded drills, extension cords, sawhorses, and 9/64 drill bits for the pilot holes. Bring your own gloves and a snack to share if you can.
Now that winter has given it’s last hurrah, it’s time to think gardening. As an update for those who haven’t heard, we’ve received a grant for $3000 this year from ESIC that will help us to take on our major project of transitioning to raised beds. We have an article going out in the Courier on Friday welcoming anyone to participate, so let me know right away if you want a plot(s) as we will be allocating them on a first come, first served basis.
This year plots will be $10 each and will be 4 feet by 10 feet. We’re working out final details on this one, but there will also be a $10 per year membership fee that you can earn back/put toward future years by participating in group work times and maintaining your own plot. You can have up to two plots per family, but if some plots are unclaimed by planting time you could ask for more than two. Plots you had last year will not be the same for this year since we are raising them and adding soil, but they will be permanent for as long as you keep them now.
For those wanting to volunteer or have a plot, our first work time is set for Saturday, April 19th to begin building the raised bed frames, time TBD but likely in the morning. We are hoping to have a soup and bread fundraiser at the Vineyard Church on May 4th, and to plant Saturday, May 17th (long weekend). These are weather permitting, and assuming that we have been able to bring all of the details and materials together in time for these dates, so they are a little flexible at this point.
There will be a meeting after church next week Feb. 9 upstairs in the Cafe for anyone interested in participating in the garden this year, whether holding a plot and/or participating on the planning committee. Bring lunch supplies (for yourself or to share) so we don’t starve while we talk!
Carol told me today that there’s a nice big pile of manure next to the community garden that’s been waiting there since at least Saturday!
It’s been a fun year, and now it’s time to finish it off. Everyone needs to harvest their remaining fruits, and uproot all of their plants (put in compost) and/or weeds (put in garbage) by this weekend.
We’re going to have a group work day this Sunday afternoon at 4pm to help a couple people who need help with weeding, to finish tilling and then sow buckwheat in the vacant plots, and do some other general maintenance
And yes, it will be sunny on Sunday, in case you’re wondering, I’ve put an order in for all sun that day.
So there’s three ways that plants are or need to be reduced right now. First, Mat has tilled under the empty plots so they can be seeded down with buckwheat soon to improve the soil. Second, some plots appear to be a little overloaded with plants, so check to see if you need to thin some out so your remaining plants have a chance to grow.
We wanted to let everyone know that we’ve been approved for the Charlotte County Community Inclusion Network grant that we applied for this year. Huge thanks to Keith, who volunteered his time to put the application together! We received close to $2800 and we’ll be using it to help cover costs of soil improvements, water access and a shed to house equipment.
…from May 30, 2013
So here’s another try at it. The forecast is suggesting showers, but very minimal ones, so we’re going to aim for this Saturday morning.
I’m going to say tentatively around 9:30am for a group planting time, but stay posted in case I make a small change to that.
A reminder that you can plant any time now so long as you register with Shelley first (that’s how you get your plot :).
…from May 24, 2013
Soooooo, Walter’s idea for planting rice tomorrow didn’t go over well when I thought about it, so we’re going to postpone plantingtomorrow. At this point we need to wait and see when the ground is going to dry up enough, so the message for now is keep posted. As before, if you want to get started on your own, you can contact Shelley to get registered firstname.lastname@example.org.
…from May 19. 2013
Bigger change this time, it looks like the rain is going to win out tomorrow, despite my constant checking of the weather forecast. So here’s how we’ll go forward. We’ll postpone the group planting time to Saturday morning, starting sometime between 9 and 10am (I’ll give a firmer time closer to Saturday). If you want to register/pay sooner so that you can get planting before Saturday, you can stop by mine and Shelley’s house tomorrow afternoon.
…from May 14, 2013
First off, thanks to everyone who helped spread the goodness on May 1st. Check out the pics, especially Walter relaxing https://www.dropbox.
…from April 29, 2013
Let’s get our hands dirty!
It’s been a little while since the last update, with lots of work going on in the background. Our soup and bread fundraiser brought in a little under $400, Keith Turner submitted an application to the Charlotte County Community Inclusion Network (CCCIN) partnering with the Family Resource Centre, Mat put a lot of work into gathering what we need for soil prep, and several people helped Helen and I sort out budget items. All that work means we’re ready to do something!
Mat called Valley Run Monday morning and they have a dumpster of manure coming today. So Wednesday, starting at 6:30pm, bring pitchforks and wheelbarrows to help spread the goodness! It’s important that everyone helps out at times like this to make the garden work. We’ll let you know about other opportunities to pitch in soon.
The first soil till will happen this weekend, and Mat’s aiming to have us planting on the long weekend, which brings up some other points. To cover costs for amendments, tilling, water supplies, etc. plots will be a recommended donation of $20 each this year. Contact Helen or I if you need help with that.
Only a few people have responded to Shelley email@example.com for plots, so if you or someone you know wants one, let her know in the next couple of days (if you had a plot last year, you can request the same plot this year). After that, I’ll start making wider announcements about availability.
That’s enough for now, see you all soon and have fun on Wednesday!
…. from March 11, 2013
Here’s an update on the community garden at the St. Croix Vineyard this year. As Raymond won’t be here this summer, he called together a group of people to start handing off tasks. I got the role of communications, so you’re hearing from me. Here are the other people who have been willing to take lead roles so far this year so you know who to talk to if you need some information or want to help them out:
Mat Rouleau – soil care and strategy
Shelley Kadatz – registration, summer schedule
Tom Wiebe – maintenance and water systems
Francis and Kelly – community garden section
Carol Thiessen – gardening mentorship connector
Helen Soucoup – the money lady
Kelley Hughes – composting
Raymond Funk – helping us all figure out what to do
So if you’re interested in a personal plot (to plant!) or know someone else who is, talk to Shelley. If you’d like to help with one of the areas above, contact the person owning that area. If you have other questions, aren’t interested this year because of too many other wonderful things in your life, or want to tell me how awesome I am, email me. Kendall Kadatz .