April Showers Brings May Flowers

Hello fellow gardeners,

April has indeed been a wet one, and here's hoping May will provide a bit more sun! Beds at the Hastings North Garden are starting to show off the best of spring: overwintered garlic and kale, new spinach, arugula, leek, peas, strawberries. This month is a good one to turn your attention to warmer-season vegetables like cucumbers, zucchini, peppers, lettuce, chard, and tomatoes (which technically are fruits, I guess).

Here are a few garden updates for May:

PAINT YOUR GARDEN SIGNS

I'll be in the garden on Wednesday May 6th, from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm with paint, cedar placards, and a drill. If you're a new gardener (and there are quite a few -- so welcome!) this is a good opportunity to make your personalized name sign. If you want to touch up your pre-existing sign, all the better.

COMMUNAL BEDS

I want to remind everyone that there are 3 communal beds in the garden. They are located by the open space in the middle of the garden, opposite the sheds. These have historically been for herbs, but all manner of good things are growing in there: berries, root vegetables, flowers, herbs, leafy greens. If you have any extra seeds or transplants that you can't quite fit into your bed, feel free to plant them in the communal beds. (Feel free to harvest anything from the beds, while you're at it).

COMPOST

For those who haven't made use of the compost (our newer gardeners, especially), be sure to add some to your beds before you plant your seeds and starts. The compost is located on a blue tarp at the east end of the garden -- a dwindling pile, but there's still a lot there, believe it or not.

TOOL SHED

As a reminder, the combination for the lock on the tool shed is 000. Inside the shed you will find a shovel, buckets, hand tools and more. Let's try and keep the shed tidy; please hose off muddy tools before returning them.

2015 REGISTRATION

There are still a number of returning gardeners who haven't registered for the 2015 growing season. Please (please please) head over to our online registration page at www.shiftinggrowth.com/garden-members/.

If you do not intend on growing with us this year, please send me an email so I can relocate your plots to a new gardener. If you haven't planted anything in your beds by May 15th, we will assume that you are not interested in growing with us this year and will give your plots away.

GROWING TIPS

Check out the West Coast Seeds blogpost, Seeds to Plant in May (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=37ac66e5f4&e=46b9d57ae1) . And speaking of tomatoes, here's a very informative video:

** (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=3d07b55eba&e=46b9d57ae1) A video about growing tomatoes.

Enjoy those first home-grown salads!

Adrick

Garden Manager garden@shiftinggrowth.com shiftinggrowth.com

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