From the Gardens Registrar: New Garden Worker; Plant Exchange and Compost Sale; Weed of the Week: Comfrey; Lakeshore Nature Preserve; Workday; Rhubarb
NEW GARDEN WORKER – We are very pleased to announce that we have a new garden worker starting work this week. His name is Micaiah. He’s new to Eagle Heights, but he has lots of gardening experience, and we think he’ll do an excellent job. Say hello and introduce yourself if you see him in the gardens.
PLANT EXCHANGE AND COMPOST SALE - On Sunday, May 28, we will have a plant exchange at Eagle Heights, near the shed, from 10am – 12:00 Noon. If you have extra plants, please bring them, and maybe you can pick up a plant you want from somebody else. Please note that these plants have not been raised in greenhouses and are not guaranteed to be free from disease. (You might want to quarantine them under observation for a few days before adding them to your garden). We will also have free seeds available – for summer crops, such as summer and winter squash, cucumbers, and melons.
Also, compost from the University’s West Agricultural Research Station will be for sale. The price will be $5 for half a garden cart, approximately 3.5 cubic yards. Our garden workers will load the carts. Payment will be in cash – please bring exact change.
WEED OF THE WEEK – COMFREY – Many new gardeners have asked me to identify this plant, which is a very widespread weed in our gardens. It’s very difficult to dig out, but the plant is pretty, especially when it’s flowering, plus it makes excellent fertilizer and green mulch. So if you can’t get rid of it, learn to use it. Here’s a link to some information: https://permaculturenews.org/2010/10/01/the-wonderful-multi-purpose-comfrey-plant/
WORKDAY AT UNIVERSITY HOUSES ON SUNDAY – This weekend’s workday will be on Sunday, May 21, due to a good chance of rain on Saturday. The times will be 8am – 11am. The task will be building a light retaining wall for the last four plots along the main aisle, and then levelling that section with woodchips. U-Housers and especially the gardeners at the end of the B row are particularly invited to participate. Please bring gloves and hats. Here’s the link to sign up: http://doodle.com/poll/qsazxw2wunsrzbz7
RHUBARB – The first produce from the garden, rhubarb is tart and juicy. Most people use it in desserts, such as rhubarb crisp. But as delicious as that is, you can easily get tired of it. Here is a collection of recipes and other information, from a website that seems to be everything you ever wanted to know about rhubarb, and possibly more: http://www.rhubarb-central.com/