The Demonstration Garden has awakened from hibernation! The crew has already planted seeds in the (old) greenhouse for lettuce, collards, chard, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, dill, kale, and scallions. That was just the first day! The crew will be working Monday’s only during February (9am until noon), and then adding the same hours on Thursdays in March. We’ll be making hundreds of paper pots for seed starting, and yards of seed tape for that distant time when the ground is warm enough for direct planting.

Within a week we will be installing trellises and digging some manure into the Square Foot Garden. This is real gardening folks, not just hiding in the greenhouse! (although there are plenty of jobs in there in case the weather is really nasty!)

Annex paths under construction   

Annex paths under construction


The Annex will need to dry out a bit more before construction can continue. Besides construction, many of the perennial bed designers will have work scheduled soon. Hundreds of plants have been ordered from some of the plant sales going on. On February 17th, starting at 12:30pm, there will be a work day to get these new plants heeled-in.

As soon as a bit more of the pathways have been completed, we’ll be ready to build raised beds. Watch for an announcement in the DemoGardenNews listserv of a free class on building raised beds with wood. This will be a hands-on class! You’ll be making some of the beds which will produce food for delivery to food banks!

On April 17th, the Demonstration Garden crew will offer a five hour workshop on propagation. This workshop will serve as one of the workshops that this year’s trainees might take for credit. There should be some room for regular folks as well. Watch for the signup opportunity announcement in DemoGardenNews and elsewhere.