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 Drive Community 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:

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 in a black tarp at the east end of the garden -- almost gone, but there's still a little left.

TOOL SHED

As a reminder, there is an tool shed where you will find buckets, hand tools and more. Let's try and keep the shed tidy; please hose off muddy tools before returning them.

EYES ON THE GARDEN

I encourage everyone to let me know with an email or phone call if you happen to see something in the garden that doesn't look right, like graffiti, vandalism or garbage dumping.

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 we do not see anything growing in your beds by May 15th we will assume you are no longer interested in gardening at The Drive and will relocate your beds to a new gardener.

GROWING TIPS

Check out this West Coast Seeds blogpost, Seeds to Plant in May (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=747416b6d6&e=2fd3e85f60) . And speaking of tomatoes, here's a very informative video:

** (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=e41b3e76c7&e=2fd3e85f60) A video about growing tomatoes.

Enjoy those first home-grown salads!

Adrick

Garden Manager garden@shiftinggrowth.com shiftinggrowth.com

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