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We're starting a seed exchange for community gardeners and we hope you'll participate. Most seed packets have lots of seeds, more than you can use. So rather than let good seeds go to waste, share your extras with fellow gardeners.

Here are the seed exchange ground rules:
  • Bring seeds that are for cold-weather crops only (we'll exchange warm-weather seeds later in the season). Some examples are:
    • Beans
    • Beets
    • Bok choy
    • Chard,
    • Collards and other greens
    • Kale
    • Lettuce
    • Peas
    • Radish
    • Scallions
  • Seeds should be in the original envelope so other gardeners know what they are planting, how to plant it and when to expect to harvest.
  • Put seeds in the plastic container inside the garden box. We'll have the container in the box starting this weekend.
  • Use what you need and leave some to share.
  • Keep the seed exchange container closed and dry. Return it to the garden box when you are done and put it on one of the shelves to keep it off the ground.
If you already have some extra seeds, note which ones you want to share in the comments below, so gardeners get an idea what is out there.

See you at South Orange Community Garden!



 
After we completed our garden preseason prep work on Sunday, we randomly drew lots to assign plots for the 2013 growing season. Open the attached spreadsheet to see the location of your plot.

Row 1 in the garden is nearest to Third Street. Row 17 is farthest away. Aisle A is closest to the front of the garden, the side where the gate is located.  where the gate is located, Aisle B is in the center and Aisle C in the back. If you're unclear where your plot is, please ask. One thing on our to-do list is painting row and aisle numbers on the planting beds.

We typically do not like to switch plots at this point. That said, if two gardeners agree to swap plots, the executive committee will consider it. Contact us via comments below or e-mail and we can discuss.
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Gardeners,
We're meeting Sunday, March 24, in the garden to try to finish the final prep work for the season ahead. We will:
  • Rebuild the irrigation system
  • Move fresh bags of compost into the garden
  • Complete mulching the garden paths ... IF we can get more mulch
  • Assign garden plots. You don't have to be there to get your plot assignment.

We're meeting at 9 a.m., but we will be there long after that, so please come down and help out. All of the work goes much faster when we all pitch in.

Check our About page to see where the garden is located.

 
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We've scheduled a preseason prep day at South Orange Community Garden Saturday March 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to get us ready for the season ahead. Here's the work that needs to be done:
  • Clear leaves and other debris from the garden
  • Pull any leftover weeds from the garden paths
  • Gather all leftover plant supports left in the garden from last year and put them near the garden locker
  • Lay down newspaper on all bare patches on the garden paths
  • Put a thick layer of mulch on top of the newspaper
  • Spread cornmeal gluten on all paths throughout the garden. Cornmeal gluten is an organic weed inhibitor that will work with the mulch and the newspaper to hinder weed growth.
Come to the garden ready to work. Wear work clothes and sturdy shoes. You will get dirty. Bring full-sized tools, not hand tools
  • Shovels, garden forks for moving mulch
  • Garden rakes
  • Leaf rakes
  • Wheelbarrows
  • Garden spreaders, for spreading cornmeal gluten
  • Newspapers, to cover bare spots
We hope all of our preseason work will be done Saturday. We'll assess where we are at after Saturday and let you know our next steps.

Right now, we'd like to assign plots and open the garden Sunday March 24, when we'll also be rebuilding the irrigation system. More to come on that later.

We look forward to working with you to get the garden ready.

 
We're eager to get growing in the garden this season. However, we've got some work to do to get ready for the season. Here are some dates to reserve as we get ready for the season ahead.
March 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Village Hall: Garden class with gardening experts from Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Learn how to get the most out of your garden plot this summer. Garden experts will teach you what to plant, when to plant it, how to care for it and how to handle common garden problems. This mandatory class is free to all registered community gardeners.
March 16-17, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the garden: Preseason Work Days: All gardeners should come out and be prepared to work. We will be mulching paths in the garden to stop weeds, clearing leaves and other debris left from the winter, making repairs to the garden structures and more. We can't open the garden for planting until all the work is done.
March 23-24, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the garden: Complete any additional garden prep work. When the work is complete, we will hand out individual garden plot assignments and you'll be free to begin working on your plot.