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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

From the Gardens Registrar: Warm Weather Plant Sale at Eagle Heights May 20; Free Fencing, Stakes, and Tomato Cages; Volunteers Needed for Weed Juries

Hello Gardeners,

PLANT SALE ON MAY 20 - Here's a list of the plants that Scott Williams of Garden to Be will bring to sell on Sunday, May 20, at the Eagle Heights Gardens, near the shed. 11am – 2-pm. These will be sold as individual plants, $2.50 per plant:
Tomatoes: Sun Gold Cherry, Super Sweet 100 red cherry, Big Beef red slicer, Valley Girl red slicer (determinate/bush type), Cherokee Purple, Brandywine, Juliet, Green Zebra, Valencia orange slicer, Striped German
Peppers: Green/Red Sweet Bell, Jalapeno, Serrano, Spanish Padron, Habaneros, Carmen Italian Frying (super sweet red!)
Tomatillos, Eggplants (Asian Long, Italian Globe, and Bianca Rosa), Diva cucumbers, Muskmelon/Canteloupe, Zucchini, Butternut Squash, Acorn Squash, Curly Parsley, Thyme.

Plants in 4-packs will be Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Green Cabbage, Red Russian Kale, Napa Chinese Cabbage, Italian Flat Leaf Parsley, Broccoli, and Basils – Genovese, Purple, and Lemon.  In 6-packs, there will be 5 different varieties of lettuce, plus sweet corn and kohlrabi. Each pack will be $2.50.

Scott says he is bringing lots and lots of plants. You won’t find a better selection or better prices anywhere else. So please stop in and give Scott your business!

FREE FENCING, STAKES, AND TOMATO CAGES: We have had a large donation of garden accessories – much of it brand new. When you stop in for the plant sale on Sunday, take a look around the share shelves, and help yourself.

WEED JURIES - We will be starting Weed Juries in June, and we’re looking for volunteers who like inspecting  other people’s plots. The purpose of Weed Juries is to find garden plots that may be abandoned, or are extremely weedy, particularly with invasive plants such as thistles. (Jurors can also take note of very well-managed gardens.) After a jury meets, they send me their notes, and I contact the owners of the problem gardens. Some gardens get cleaned up; others are given up and are given to new gardeners.

This year, we’re going to organize this a little differently than last year. Each jury will have three people, and will be responsible for one section of the garden. The jurors will inspect their section three times over the summer - in June, July, and August. Each jury will set their own schedule. The total amount of time should about equal three hours, and it’s the equivalent of a workday. The areas at Eagle Heights will be 100’s – 300’s, 500’s – 700’s, 800’s – 1000’s, and 1100’s – 1300’s. So we’re looking for 12 people altogether. You’re welcome to apply for the jury in your garden area, or a different area, if you prefer. People who served on juries last year and want to do so again are welcome, and I hope that some new people will also want to sign up. It’s also good to have a mixture of experienced gardeners and new gardeners.

At University Houses Gardens, the three jurors from last year are returning this year, and they did a fantastic job, so we won’t need any new volunteers there.
I will get more specific instructions to jury members before jurying starts. Let me know if you are interested, and if so, which section of the garden you would want to inspect.

Happy Gardening,

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