This November was the fourth year the first graders from St. Andrew’s School on Whitemarsh Island toured the Farm to gather information to bring back to their own gardening projects at school. The children garden in raised beds at school, a part of the curriculum. Nice! Future Gardeners.
A big thank you to Jane Kollman and Carol Stiles for all the work they do at the garden with the children’s programs. They are helping to establish in many a lifelong love of gardening!
Present: M Welsh, J Kollmann, M Hughes, C Adler, J Tyson, B Rogers, R Hinz, M Hahn
1) Financial Report per B Rogers: Operating : $15,038.72, Reserve: $11,263.88
Bob also reports our donated computer is on its last leg. Authorization for new computer approved, motion per C Adler, second per J Kollmann, approved by all.
After research and discussion with Geek Squad at Best Buy, was determined pkg for computer and install of updated Quick Books cost would be around $500. Bob will discuss with R Cunningham how best to backup farm data.
2) Swamplike area by raised beds in section A needs to be resolved, improved as farmers in that area are discouraged with the mud. After discussion, it was determined per R Hinz’s suggestion to get a load of stone to build the area up. Motion made per M Hahn,second per C Adler to get a load of stone for the area, approved by all. Ralph will research cost and get back to the board.
3)Organic farmers requesting to go to overhead watering. Ralph has been working on details to get the section up and running, however, upon locating the box and noting some disconnected wires is unable to get the section to run. Ralph doesn’t have the equipment to determine the problem so an irrigation fella has been called to work the problem.
4) Discussion re the need for farmer work parties to spruce up the farm, will schedule one during the week and one on a weekend to capture more help, dates to be determined .
In Georgia, our weeds are persistent growers year round. When we clear our plots for the summer though, or between seasons when our veggies are not growing, weeds spread, multiply and celebrate! That’s one of the reasons to plant a cover crop or spread some helpful mulch to the soil. One of our farmers sent me photos of some of the rascals that are common in our gardens and need to be pulled before their spreading roots take over. So be vigilant, stay on top of the weeds and when you see one, pull three!
Be vigilant, the army worms and other pests are about!
They can be treated with BT available at Hester and Zipperer, or Captain Jacks Bug Juice available at Herb Creek. Both need to be reapplied after rain/ watering. Neem oil is a good organic alternative.
To those who have sweet corn, the first farmer has been robbed by the squirrels! If your corn looks ready, pick it otherwise the squirrels will!
As always, keep your garden free of weeds and diseased debris, this can be a breeding ground for pests and more disease.
Lastly, feed your plants as needed. Frequent watering causes the nutrients to leech through the soil.
On May 1st we had 26 visitors from the Presbyterian Preschool Program. A fun garden discovery tour with Farmers Jane, Carol and Jill was the first order of business! Following the tour a picnic in the pavilion 😊. To top off the field trip, the children potted a plant to give to Moms for Mothers Day. A good time was had by all!
Our shed is cleaned up and looks downright spiffy. Let’s keep it that way. It is so important to clean any tools thoroughly with water before returning to the shed to prevent nematodes and germs from spreading to gardens. We appreciate your help with this!