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Spring is not far off and it’s time to start making plans for the 2017 garden year. The Ewing Community Garden Association will meet Wednesday, February 15, 7:00 p.m. at the Ewing Township Senior and Community Center, 999 Lower Ferry Road.
Our agenda will be:
- Review of the Good Garden Neighbor guidelines
- Update or re-approve garden bylaws
- Elect Garden Council members
- Review of the plot sign-up process for existing gardeners
The Fall Clean-Up at the Ewing Community Garden would not have been possible without the help of the more than twenty College of New Jersey student volunteers who joined gardeners to clean out compost piles and weed and beautify the community areas of the garden. Teams of students were lead by gardeners, Bob Ellis, Dorothy McMillan, Pat Mulligan, Meg and Stuart Rich, and Karen Serach. Thank you to all the gardeners who worked to clean their plots and get the garden ready for winter.
There will be a meeting on Wednesday, August 31, 7:00 p.m. at the garden (Ewing Community and Senior Center, 999 Lower Ferry Rd, if it rains). This is an important meeting to organize work teams for the fall garden cleanup on Saturday, September 17. We are fortunate to once again have student volunteers from The College of New Jersey helping us with the clean up, and we need gardeners to lead work teams to have a successful work day. Hope to see you in the garden.
The agenda for the meeting is:
- Planning informational sessions on composting, irrigation, companion crops, soil improvement, and types of gardening (perennial, vegetable, flower, square foot, intensive, etc.)
- How to handle excess produce (community table, compost or giveaway)
- Garden issues/questions needing community attention. We will start a list of gardeners interested in taking over abandoned plots. If you cannot make the meeting and want to be on the list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Weather permitting, we plan to meet in the garden in the community area behind the kiosk. There is limited seating, so please bring your own lawn chair to be comfortable. If the weather is inclement the meeting will be held at the Ewing Senior and Community Center.
See you in the garden.
Attention Ewing Township Resident Gardeners!
Mayor Bert Steinmann Announces
The 2016 Registration For Garden Plots At The Ewing Community Gardens On Whitehead Road Extension Will Begin In March In The Office Of The Clerk, 2 Jake Garzio Drive, Ewing, NJ 08628
The Plots Are $5.00 Each And You Can Purchase Up To Two Plots
MARCH 1st, 2016 Registration Will Open For Previous Year Plot Holders
MARCH 15th, 2016 Registration Will Open For New Applicants
OWNERS OF PLOTS IN 2015 WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO RESERVE THEIR SAME PLOTS FROM THE PRIOR YEAR
If There Are Still Plots Available On April 15th, 2016 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).
- You Must Be A Ewing Township Resident (Proof Of Residency Is Required) No Exceptions!!!
The Official Opening Of The Gardens Will Be Weather Determined And Announced Later In The Season.
For Information About The Ewing Community Gardens Association Email Ewingcommunitygardens@Gmail.Com
Those of you planning to sign up for Ewing Community Gardens plots at Whitehead Road Extension this Spring, please mark your calendars for 7 pm on Weds Feb 17 at the Ewing Sr & Community Center for the first organizational meeting of the season.
- Registration for returning gardeners should begin on March 1st.
- Registration for new gardeners should begin on March 15th.
- After April 15th if there are still unclaimed plots, you may register for more.
We intend to check with the Township offices on the following prior to the meeting:
- confirming signup timing and details with the Township Clerk, and
- with Parks and Rec on their tentative schedule of activities for tilling of the non-organic half of the gardens, and the dates for turning on the water and porta-potty placement.
We also should consider who if any wish to keep the Garden Council alive, and who if any is willing to be the go-between to the Township on needs and wishes and concerns.
If you have neighbors or relatives intending to garden this year, please get their contact info to us via our web form at https://ewingcommunitygardens.wordpress.com/learn-more/.
So as the first serious winter snowstorm rolls in, think Spring flowers, veggie sprouts, bird songs, honeybees & little critters.
All plots have been claimed for the 2015 gardening season!
Many thanks to everyone who came out last Saturday for the site clean up. Though it was cold, a lot was accomplished. We’ll look to connect with you all again at the gardens and at the April 15th 6:30pm meeting there.
FYI, for those in the inorganic section, the township hopes to till some time this week weather permitting.
Welcome to the unofficial start of the 2015 gardening season! We’ll begin with a garden clean-up this Saturday, March 28th and gardening can begin in the non-organic plots as soon as the soil is tilled the week after, and in organic, non-tilled plots, gardening can begin any time!
Announcements and updates
- Ewing Community Gardening Association (ECGA)
The ECGA is a township-recognized organization formed two years ago to serve as a liaison between gardeners and the township, plan and implement improvements to the garden site, develop guidelines for successful community gardening, and to create a community of gardeners. We meet monthly to make plans and socialize; you’ll receive occasional emails with announcements and reminders, and they’ll be posted on the garden site kiosk as well. Michael Nordquist is chair of the association and can be reached at email@example.com. More information about the ECGA and gardening at the Ewing Community Gardens, including guidelines, can be found at this website: https://ewingcommunitygardens.wordpress.com/
- March 28, 10am-4pm: Garden Site Clean-Up
This Saturday, March 28th, we’ll have a community garden clean up and workday, with assistance from TCNJ students. All gardeners are requested to come and help prepare the site for tilling, maintain the paths, and make some general improvements to the site as a whole. The community garden only exists because of the work that gardeners do for it; please do your part to make this important resource available to you and others now and in the future.
We will be cleaning up any trash, debris, or materials left from last year and working on extending the paths for the coming season. If you still have materials in your (non-organic) plots from last year, please use this as an opportunity to remove them. The township will be tilling the site shortly after this date, and we need to have the ground clear of anything that could damage or get caught in the tiller. If you have a site on the organic/east side of the plot, since your site will not be tilled, you can leave your materials there, if you desire.Any reusable materials that are removed from the non-organic plots will be set either along the fence or in the common plots near the back center of the site. If unclaimed by April 15th, the materials will be made available to anyone who would like them.Please bring gloves, tools (pitchforks, shovels, rakes), your wheelbarrows, cardboard for path maintenance, wear warm clothes, and work with some of your fellow gardeners to put the gardens in a good order for the beginning of the season.
- Registration Update
As of March 18, only 17 of 102 plots remain unclaimed. If you know of folks who are interested in getting plots, tell them to act soon! As of April 15, unclaimed plots will be made available to gardeners who would like more than two plots.
- New Gardeners Mentoring Program
This year, we would like to match new gardeners with returning gardeners so the new gardeners have someone to go to with their basic and more complicated questions. Of course, everyone should always feel free to ask anyone around the garden; we’re generally helpful people.
If you’re willing to be someone’s mentor, please email this account to let me know. You don’t need to be an expert, just have a few years of gardening at the site and be willing to be available occasionally to new gardeners.
If you’re interested in having a mentor, please email this account and we’ll try to match you up with someone. Also, if you’re interested in being part of a new gardeners’ email group for sharing information and experience with one another, please email this account to let me know and I’ll set that up.
- Isles Garden Support Network
For any interested gardeners, we will be purchasing a membership to Isles Garden Support Network. Isles, Inc., a Trenton-based community development organization, offers a series of workshops to new community gardeners to provide basic introductions to principles and practices of gardening. As members, any Ewing Community gardeners will be able to participate in their workshops. You can find more information about Isles Urban Agriculture program here and a schedule of the garden workshops here.
- Next meeting and Garden Orientation: April 15th, 6:30pm, at the garden
Our next meeting will be held at the garden. We’ll do a brief overview and orientation of the garden for new gardeners, going over the general guidelines and answering any questions gardeners may have. The earlier 6:30pm start time will allow us about an hour before official sundown. If there’s bad weather, I’ll send out an email that afternoon and we’ll meet at the ESCC instead.
Please plan on coming if you can so you can meet fellow gardeners and learn about the general practices at the garden.
Please plan on coming so you can meet fellow gardeners and offer up your guidance and mentoring skills to new and other returning gardeners.
March 20th marked the official start of spring, even as it snowed on us. Order your seeds, plant your seedlings, and start planning out your garden plot!
Click here for the full-sized PDF of the garden sign up announcement.