Monday, August 22, 2011

Start your weekend off right...

Please join us for the
Greenvale Park Community Garden Harvest Potluck
Saturday, August 27, 2011
11:30 AM
Cherry Park
Meet other gardeners, enjoy fruits of the harvest, and share experiences you've had this year at the garden.
Please bring a dish to share with others (containing ingredients from your garden, if possible!) Also please bring your plates and flatware.
Directions to the park: From Highway 3, go west on Greenvale Avenue about three blocks and turn south on Cherry Street. Park is at the end of the street (it is a dead end)
We hope to see you there!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Oh Deer.

The garden leadership team met last week and discussed possibilities that could help with the deer problem at the garden. In the meantime, what's happening in your garden plot? Which plants are the deer favoring and what are they leaving alone? If you are doing something that is helping to ward off the deer, please comment and share so we can get some individual ideas circulating.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Time to Dig in (at Last!)

Spring Work Day
May 7, 2011, 10 am till done

Edge the garden, dig some new flower beds, mark plots, fix compost bins, hang gates, fill water tanks and more

What to bring with you for the work day:

Work Gloves

Flat-Edged Shovel (if you have one!)

Snack to share (if you want)

We also will need a few extra hammers & long measuring tapes, and a cordless drill, so bring along if you have them!

PS: The Sharing Plot will need extra seedlings and seeds, so if you have extras, please save them and contact Emily Z ( to let her know what you have. Questions: 507-649-0707

Bad Weather Backup Day: Sunday May 8

Watch email for an announcement if weather is questionable.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Mark your calendar!

Please join us for the


Sunday, August 22, 2010

4:30-7 PM

Greenvale Park Community Garden

Meet other gardeners, show and tell about the crops you’ve planted, informally share your knowledge about the common weeds and insects living in the garden, and enjoy the evening together.

Please bring a dish to share with others (containing ingredients from your garden, if possible!) Also please bring your plates and flatware.

We hope to see you there – Questions: please contact Sheryl Joy at 649-0707.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Arrg! The Potato Bugs!

In spite of dutifully squishing potato beetles, nymphs, and eggs every other day for months, there seem to be more of them than ever in our plot. That makes me imagine the quantities of pesticides that have to be used on potato plants not lucky enough to have personal human guardians.

We are going to dig one hill tomorrow, to see what reward we have for our vigilance. We are looking forward to new potatoes and dill!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Thanks, Painters!

Many thankyous to Sarah Dennett, Jamie Stanley, and Heidi Muller- Peterson and her daughter Caroline for helping to paint in the color blocks on the rear water tank on Sunday. We had a beautiful day to work outside, we got to listen to the baby wrens in the perennial-plot wren house, and I had my first taste ever of tomato aspic -- yum! (thanks Sarah!) Thanks also to Shirley Hansen for helping draw the design on the tank. Sometime soon I'll get the brown lines painted on.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Oh, What Beautiful Gardens!

While weeding the garden plot I share with Gretchen Baune on Thursday morning this past week, I overheard and viewed a young teacher talking about and demonstrating how to turn basil into a wonderful pesto that they all helped create (and ate). My mundane task was much more enjoyable due to her enthusiasm for what she was doing and the exciting interaction with her 4-5 students.
Our garden plot experienced a terrible problem with potato bugs, and as we saw the problem reach out to the neighboring potatoes and tomatoes, we uprooted them and planted flowers instead. We have a very healthy and prolific tomato crop (eight plants) and our zucchini, beets, green peppers, parsley, basil and green beans are all doing very well. We are especially fond of our zinnias for cutting purposes and bringing them indoors. I hope everyone is enjoying their gardening work this summer - it looks like we will have large payoffs for our efforts!
Shirley Hansen