Registration for 2023 garden plots at the Ewing Community Gardens on Whitehead Road Ext. Begins Today, March 1st
Mayor Bert Steinmann invites you to get involved in Community Gardening in Ewing and to be a part of the “grow local” movement. The 2023 Registration for Garden Plots at the Ewing Community Gardens on Whitehead Road Extension Will Begin in March.
Location: Office of the Clerk, 2 Jake Garzio Drive, Ewing, NJ 08628 (upper level) Cost: Plots are $5.00 each and you can purchase up to two plots.
March 1, 2023, Registration will Open for PREVIOUS YEAR PLOT HOLDERSONLY
March 15, 2023, Registration will open for NEW APPLICANTS. Owners of plots in 2022 will have an opportunity to reserve their same plots from the prior year.
If there are still plots available on April 15th, 2023, you may purchase additional plot(s). Please call the clerk’s office at (609) 538-7608 to find out if more plots are available.
You must be present to buy your plot(s).
Ewing Township residents only (proof of residency is required) No Exceptions!!!
The official opening of the gardens is weather determined and announced later in the season.
The Ewing Community Gardens Association was formed in 2012 in response to the need for organizing the gardeners who participate in gardening at the site. These gardens were revitalized during the 2013 season. Amenities included site wide deer fencing, water, a porta-john during the growing season, and more. For more information and to get involved in the Ewing Community Gardens Association go to the Ewing Community Gardens Association website at http://ewingcommunitygardens.wordpress.org.
More than just bird feeders, birds need food, shelter, nesting sites and nesting materials to survive. The Ewing Green Team is extremely excited to invite you to an introductory program on how gardeners can create a bird-friendly backyard, attracting a far wider range of species, using native plants that provide needed food and shelter.
Join the Ewing Green Team for a 1 ½ hour workshop on Wednesday, March 30th at 7 pm at the Ewing Senior and Community Center (Zoom alternative may be substituted) and learn how to make simple changes in your garden that will transform it into a year-round haven for birds by providing the essential elements needed for their survival. Mary Anne Borge, a local naturalist, writer, photographer, and educator, will tell you what you can you do to attract birds to your garden and which plants are best to entice bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects to make their homes with you. She will also share maintenance techniques that are the most hospitable for these garden visitors and residents.
This presentation is a part of a series of programs sponsored by the Ewing Green Team to help gardeners live more sustainably and harmoniously with nature by gardening for wildlife. And once you’ve created a welcoming haven for local wildlife, we encourage gardeners to certify their properties with the National Wildlife Federation. The NWF is engaged in a nationwide movement to support local wildlife and restore and reconnect America’s natural spaces through their Garden for Wildlife program. The Ewing Green Team believes that this is a critical effort and we have enrolled Ewing in their Community Gardening for Wildlife Program. Every Ewing garden that certifies with the program ups our point tally in the community program and moves us closer to our goal of becoming a NWF certified community.
We hope that this will be start of a great gardening season for wildlife this spring and for the future!
Date: Wednesday, March 30th Time: 7pm Location: Ewing Senior and Community Center, 999 Lower Ferry Rd., Ewing Cost: Free and open to the public, Masks required. Presenter: Mary Anne Borge
Mayor Bert Steinmann invites interested residents to get involved in community gardening in Ewing. Ewing Township invites interested residents to register for a garden plot at the Ewing Community Gardens on Whitehead Road Extension.
Spring is not far off and it’s time to get involved in community gardening in Ewing.
Returning gardeners can register beginning on Tuesday, March 1st. New applicants may register beginning Tuesday, March 15th.
There is an active gardening organization so be sure to meet your neighbors and get involved. Regular site clean ups will be held.
The 2022 registration for garden plots at the Ewing Community Gardens on Whitehead Road Extension will begin in March in the
Office of the Clerk (2nd floor) 2 Jake Garzio Drive Ewing, NJ 08628
Plots are $5.00 each and you can purchase up to two plots.
Please fill out the following (Please prefill to help shorten the wait):
Tuesday, March 1, 2022. Registration will Open for Previous Year Plot Holders. (Owners of Plots in 2021 will have an opportunity to reserve their same plots from the prior year.)
Tuesday, March 15, 2022. Registration will Open for New Applicants
Friday, April 15, 2022. If there are still plots available on April 15th, 2022, you may purchase additional plot(s). Please call the clerk’s office at (609) 538-7609 to find out if more plots are available.
New applicants must be present to buy their plot(s). Garden plots are open to Ewing Township residents only with proof of residency required. No exceptions will be made!
We request that you supply us with a valid email address to ensure that we can keep you up to date on all information related to the gardens.
The official opening of the gardens is weather determined and announced later in the season.
While we hope that COVID-19 transmission is finally waning, we recommend the following guidelines to help prevent its spread and keep both the garden and gardeners safe.
MOST IMPORTANT: IF YOU FEEL AT ALL SICK, STAY HOME.
Ask a friend or fellow gardener to water your plot if you need to. You can email garden leadership if you don’t have someone to help. They may be able to help your make alternate arrangements. It is essential that we continue to work diligently to reduce the spread and keep this virus out of the garden.
We recommend using tools that you bring from home if you have them (and take them home with you when you leave). If you need to use the community tools such as the wheelbarrows and hoses, please follow these guidelines:
Wash or hand sanitize your hands before touching the tools. Gloves help here.
Don’t touch your face while using the tool (and until you remove your glove and wash/sanitize your hands).
Be sure to wash your hands frequently, especially before and after touching the shared tools, hoses, etc. Carry hand sanitizer or bring a Ziplock bag or other container with soap, a washcloth, or nailbrush inside.
Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
We will not have paper towels at the garden, so air drying or wiping on the inside of your shirt is best.
Garden gloves are not a substitute for proper hand sanitation procedures. The outside of your glove can transmit diseases from one surface to another, including transmitting the disease to yourself and others. It is a good idea to wear gloves while in the garden, but not a replacement for sanitation.
Follow CDC recommendations for wearing masks, especially when you might be close to others. A well-fitting face mask might not filter out the virus, but it will keep you from touching your face and keep you from spreading the virus if you are asymptomatic yet infected.
MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCE INCLUDING
Stay 6 feet from other gardeners
Young children should stay in their garden plot or with an adult
Work at being efficient when you are using shared spaces or during joint projects.
Returning gardeners can renew their plot leases beginning Monday, March 1, 2021. New applicants may register for a plot beginning Monday, March 15, 2021.
To lease a plot you will need to contact the Ewing Municipal Clerk’s Office, 609-538-7609, to schedule an appointment. In order to limit exposure time for staff and residents please print and complete the Plot Application and Gardener Guidelines we’ve provided. Fill out the forms and bring them to your appointment along with your lease fee. Plot leases are $5 per plot and residents are limited to two plots. Checks should be payable to Ewing Township and exact currency is required.
A form outlining the gardening practices during the COVID-19 pandemic is also provided. Please take the time to review them to keep yourself and other gardeners healthy.
A meeting for members of the Ewing Community Garden Association will be held on Thursday, February 13, 2020, 7:00 p.m., Room 208 at the Ewing Community Center, 999 Lower Ferry Road. On the agenda is a review of the current garden bylaws and guidelines, spring garden cleanup day, long term garden projects, and community partnerships.
The next meeting for members of the Ewing Community Garden Association will be held on Wednesday, April 3, 7:00 p.m. at the Ewing Community and Senior Center, 999 Lower Ferry Road. The agenda for this meeting will include welcoming new gardeners, planning for the spring garden clean up and creation of a children’s garden.
The Ewing Community Garden Association and the Ewing Green Team are hosting a presentation on gardening with birds, bees and other pollinators. Mary Anne Borge, a naturalist and educator, will be presenting at the Ewing Public Library at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 25.