Soil and Water at the Dunbar Garden

Hello fellow gardeners,

We've turned a corner, don't you think? There's a verifiable heat to the touch of the sun, flowers are abloom, and the winter coats are finally being tucked away in closets for storage. Perfect time to plant a garden!


We'll be delivering bagged compost to the garden next weekend, on Saturday April 8th. We recommend top dressing your beds with a half-bag or so before planting your seeds or starts.

We'll also have the water set up by next weekend––the ON/OFF control is located in the northeast corner of the garden, by the row of blue barrels.

For gardeners looking to purchase seeds and starts, we'll have a fun opportunity to do so earlier in the day on Saturday April 8th, at our new Alma Garden, located at 10th and Alma. Pop by for one stop-shopping of seeds, bulbs, starts and advice!


Saturday April 8th will also serve as our deadline for registration and payment. Click here to REGISTER AND PAY FOR YOUR DUNBAR COMMUNITY GARDEN MEMBERSHIP 2017. The fee for the upcoming year is $15 per bed.

As always, returning gardeners will hold onto the same beds they gardened in 2016.


This will be old news to most, but here's a refresher on the day-to-day function of the garden.

1. The garden is open dawn to dusk.

2. There are tools and buckets in the garden shed for you to make use of. The combo on the lock is 604. Please hose off tools and buckets before returning them to the shed.

3. Green waste goes in the pallet box in the northeast corner of the garden.

4. Please get in touch with us about any garden-related concerns (such as leaky hoses, busted nozzles, theft, vandalism, or garbage). You can reach me at For emergencies, please call or text.


If you will not be returning to the garden for 2017, please let me know so that I can pass along your beds to a new gardener. To pass along your beds and unsubscribe from our email list, CLICK HERE!


Anyone with kids will appreciate this simple, informative video on how plants grow from seeds....who knows, maybe even the adults learn something unexpected from Jessi and Squeaks (I did, I'm only somewhat embarrassed to admit).

For those looking for something deeper, here's a very helpful guide to companion planting, broken down by flower/vegetable. This approach to gardening is age-old and very intuitive and totally worth a bit of research––you could save yourself majorly come June, when the aphids start to descend and BOOM, your nasturtiums are blooming in defense.

Hope to see you at the garden.