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Winterville Community Garden

Winterville is proud to now host its very own city-sponsored community garden near Pittard Park - 2019 is our sixth year and we hope you will come going in for the fun!

Winterville Community Garden vision:

The Winterville Community Garden is a place for sharing gardening knowledge in a collaborative environment; promoting self-sufficiency; providing healthy and productive activities for members of our community; promoting a chemical-free and sustainable source of food and beauty; and fostering a sense of community in Winterville. 

What is a community garden?

A community garden is a piece of land gardened by a group of people for the production of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers.

Why join a community garden?

  • Space to grow food
  • Experience the fresh air
  • Get some exercise
  • An opportunity to connect with your neighbors
  • Time with nature
  • Peace & relaxation
  • Share and improve your gardening skills
  • Save money by growing your own food
  • Enjoy pesticide-free food

How do I join the Winterville Community Garden?

For a modest fee, you can own a raised garden bed measuring 8 x 4 feet, shade-free and a food deep in fertile compost and soil mix. Each bed is ready to plant, comes with its own drip irrigation system, and is watered on an automatic timer. All you need to do is choose your favorite seeds, do the tending, and enjoy your harvest.

Please print the Community Garden Registration Form 2019 - 2020 (.pdf) or pick up a copy at City Hall and return the form with your payment. Please read the Community Garden Rules & Guidelines (.pdf) as well.
This Garden Planting Schedule (pdf) may be helpful to you.

How much does it cost to join?

2019 Rentals: Payment for your plot is due by March 1st, and this will cover one whole year until the end of February 2020.  The rental fee is $40 for one year.

Please fill out the form and take it, together with your payment, to City Hall.  There will also be forms available at City Hall.  There are a few boxes vacant at the moment, and after March 1st, those, and any that have not been rented will be available to new gardeners.  So encourage your friends and neighbors to join us!

The “Rules and Regulations” is a separate document for you to keep for reference.

For more information:

Contact WintervilleCommunityGarden@gmail.com

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Garden Updates...

Dear gardeners,

 
Let's all get together for a meal and conversation in the Depot on Monday, November 11 at 6:00 p.m.  The committee will provide lasagna (meat & veggie), salad, and bread, ask folks to bring sides or desserts to round it out.  Please put this on your calendars now.  Topics to discuss will be sent out closer to time.  We'll also be collecting canned goods for donation to the Food Bank.
 
Due to the heat, we've decided not to have our usual work session on Saturday, August 31.  Obviously, folks are welcome to come and work and to log your hours on the list in the shed if you work on common areas.  Those tasks could include clearing out the Food Bank beds and weeding the Pollinator Garden.  
 
I know I'd said we could talk about garden thefts that day, but the committee talked about it at its last meeting.  We decided to ask gardeners who wish to announce excess produce for sharing do so only by emailing wintervillecommunitygarden@gmail.comand giving their box number(s) and the dates for harvesting, and note what is available to take.  We will take it to the Food Bank if possible, or forward the information to other gardeners.  If you have anything else to share or suggest about the garden thefts, please send us an email.
 
Thanks,
Brenda
WCG Committee chair

 

8/1/19 -

Dear WCG gardeners,

 
We have had multiple reports of veggie thefts from the garden.  We have just added signs that hopefully will discourage unauthorized picking, and I've asked city employees to keep an eye out for anyone who may be picking from the whole garden instead of one box.
 
Here are some other things we can do:
 
Attend group meetings and work days so we'll know who are neighbors are.
 
Keep veggies picked in a timely manner so they won't tempt others to pick them.  I've had people comment on veggies that are obviously overdue for picking, so they do get noticed.
 
The steering committee will discuss this at our next meeting on August 19, and we encourage as many people as possible to come to the work session on Saturday, August 31, so we can discuss this as a whole community.  If you have other ideas in the meantime, please let us know.
 
Thanks,
Brenda
WCG committee chair

 

7/27/19 - 

There are few things finer than getting sweaty in a garden and then taking a cool shower!  Especially if you follow it up with watermelon right out of the fridge!  Thanks to those who worked in the garden this morning.  Folks who didn't come are MISSING OUT on news, helping hands, and veggie & herb swaps.  Our next work session will be Saturday, August 31.  Time will be announced later, but please mark your calendar and join us to celebrate the waning summer!

 
Thanks,
Brenda
WCG committee chair

 

7-16-19 - 

Greetings gardeners,

I hope you're all having a great summer!  The WCG steering committee met last night, and here are some updates we want to share.
 
July's work session on Saturday the 27th will begin at 7:30 a.m. due to the heat.  Although our usual focus is on common areas, there are enough personal boxes that need attention that we are encouraging gardeners to deal with those, with particular emphasis on dealing with plants that are overflowing into paths.  Other tasks are adding compost to food bank boxes and pulling weeds from the Pollinator Garden.  Sorry for the early start time, but the garden is in full sun by 8:15.  It is okay to come later, but it can be fun to accomplish a lot while it's cooler and then reward yourself with breakfast at Little City Diner or a biscuit from Off the Vine.
 
I hate to sound like a broken record, but it seems like some folks haven't taken note of earlier emails, so I must repeat.  The loose hose that's been left by the gate is a tripping hazard and needs to be removed.  Unharvested veggies are going to waste.  You can add a note to the whiteboard on the storage shed side of the garden if you want to give others permission to pick from your box, or you can email us about donating to the Food Bank.
 
The whiteboard is going to be cleaned soon.  If you have trouble finding a marker that works, check in the storage shed.
 
Please remember to close gates and the storage shed doors whenever you're done in the garden.
 
All gardeners agreed to help garden-wide as a condition of membership. If you're unable to come to the monthly work session, remember you can note any work you do in common areas in the log that's in the storage shed.  Hoping to see y'all on the 27th!
 
Thanks,
Brenda
WCG Committee chair
 

6/27/19 - 

Last Saturday of the month – June 29, 9 a.m.   “Bugs in our Garden”.   Instead of a regular workday on June 29th, we have a guest speaker, Dr. Paul Guillebeau.  He will discuss the insect pests you see in your gardens and ways to control them.   Dr. Guillebeau is a well-known UGA entomologist and makes bugs fun!  He will talk for about 30 minutes and then answer your questions.  This will be well worth hearing, and we encourage you to attend.   We'll have a pot-luck breakfast, with coffee provided, so please bring your favorite dish to share!  We’ll start at 9 a.m. (set-up time at 8:30).  And we have shade!  
 
Hope to see you there!
Averil
(for WCG Committee)
 
6/21/19 - 
 
On Monday, June 17th, the boxes flagged for fire ants were treated with Spinosad.  This product is granular and yellowish in color.  The flags were removed from the treated boxes.  Those who identified and flagged alerts for ants, please carefully check your box.  It might be the ants are still there or have moved around in the box, or perhaps outside.    If ants remain present in the recently treated boxes or fire ants are identified in other boxes, please flag and send an email alert to:
 Sally Elie, WCG Committee Secretary

 

5/29/19 -

After quite a few discussions, the Community Garden Committee has decided the best way to get a shade feature is to have a shed (approx. 8'x12' or so) built along the fence on the street side.  I'm putting out the first call for carpenters/builders to give us a quote here, in case y'all have anyone you want to recommend.  If I don't get responses from this list, I'll post it later on the Winterville listserv and Nextdoor social media site.  We'll also be getting some benches.  With this unseasonal heat, we need the shade more than ever!

Thanks,
Brenda
WCGC chair

 

5/20/19- 

Good Afternoon, WCG Gardeners -

Our next workday will be next Saturday, May 25, starting at 8:30 a.m.  If you want to start earlier to beat the heat, that's fine.  We probably want to be through as soon as we can, so we can skip the pot-luck this week, though if you have something delicious to share I'm sure everyone would  enjoy it!  Do bring your drinking water.
Volunteer hours.  Gardeners who cannot make it to regular work days are making good use of the job list and sign-up sheet in the shed.  Two more easy tasks have been added, both in the Pollinator Garden - 1.  Pull any spent poppies - they come up very easily.  2.  Pull all crabgrass from the garden.  Thanks!
The pots at the side of the garden shed are free for the taking.  Please help yourselves.  Just dump the contents somewhere sensible!    
Fire ant bait has now been put out in all garden boxes.  Leave it for a while, and if you still have fire-ant activity flag your box and email us.  We'll do a second round where needed.
Mosquitoes have arrived in force!  Please make sure to upturn any pots, wheel-barrows, tubs etc. so that water doesn't pool and encourage mosquito breeding.  We'll all be grateful to you!
Mowing/trimming has started.  Please keep all pathways clear so that they can do a good job.  Thanks!
 
The gardens are beautiful!  We hope to see you on Saturday!
Averil
(for the WCG Committee)
 
 
5/16/19 -

Good Evening, WCG Gardeners - Just to let you know that we'll be putting out fire ant bait this week - it looks as though we won't have rain for a few days.  The bait will be scattered around the inside edges of all the garden boxes.  So when you see these granules of bait, please try not to get them wet.

 
Thanks.  Gardens are looking great!
Averil

 

5/4/19 -

Good Afternoon WCG Gardeners - Just to let you know that we now have enough 1/4" irrigation tubing to replace any that has been damaged by rodents, or is blocked.  Just let us know by emailing us at this address (wintervillecommunitygarden@gmail.com) and Bob will fix it as soon as he can get to it. 

On walking around the gardens this morning, there did seem to be several boxes that had the water turned off.  If you would like to make use of the irrigation (four times per day, at least 5 minutes per session), remember to turn the green valve so that it is in line with the 1/2" (wider) tube i.e. position it lengthwise along the tube.
 
The gardens are looking great.  Brenda and I enjoyed showing them off to a group of Coile Middle School students this morning.  They took lots of photos!
 
Averil
 

4/22/19-

Good Afternoon, WCG Gardeners –

Here are a few updates from the gardens.  Please do read them!

Next workday – This Saturday, April 27th, starting at 8:30 a.m.  This will be a pot-luck breakfast, so please bring your favorite dish to share.  The Committee will provide cold drinks. Come out and meet your fellow-gardeners.  Hope to see you there!

Marigold Festival – Saturday, May 11th.  The Community Garden will have a booth in the Eco Village at the Festival.  We will provide garden-related activities for children, and our hours will be from 9 am until 2pm.  It should be a lot of fun!  If you would like to volunteer your timeto man the booth (you’ll be with at least one other person), and/or provide some suitable activitiesfor the booth, please email us.  It would be great to have a good number of volunteers – the more we have, the shorter the time we each need to be there!  And you know you’ll be at the Marigold Festival anyway – you can’t possibility miss Winterville’s greatest day of the year!!

Irrigation – The irrigation is up and running – four times a day, five minutes each watering period.  Please realize that the water soaks into the soil, and the surface of the soil won’t necessarily look damp.  If you are concerned about how much water you are getting, feel down about an inch or so into the soil.  If it’s damp then your plants are getting enough.  If you think you have a problem, please email us to let us know.

Please remember to bury the half-inch tube to prevent rodent problems, but make sure the thin tube is on the surface of the soil.  If it gets under the soil its holes will get clogged.

If you spot a problem of over-watering in one of the boxes, probably caused by a cut or hole in one of the tubes, please turn off the water in that box (using the green valve) and email us with the box number. Although that is a nuisance, remember we have faucets and watering cans, so it isn’t a major problem! We will deal with it as soon as we can, and we’ll notify the gardener involved.

Volunteer hours-  For those of you who cannot make it to Saturday workdays, we are providing a list of garden chores and sign-up sheet for volunteer hours (in a green binder in our garden shed).  This will allow you to record the hours you work to fulfill your volunteer requirements as set out in the agreement you signed!  

Membership– We are full!!!  There are no more vacant boxes.  And the gardens are looking wonderful!  We’ve had several great compliments recently.

Please note that we are trying to emphasize the “community” aspect of these gardens, and one way to do this is to communicate with each other. If you have garden questions, please email us, and we will start adding a Q&A section to the Updates.

We hope to see you at the workday on Saturday – and don’t forget the Tree Tour in the afternoon.

Averil

(for the WCG Committee)

 

3/11/19-

Good afternoon, gardeners  -  Just a quick update - Bob has ordered some new filters for the irrigation system at the gardens, and once they're installed he will turn on the water to the faucets.   It doesn't look as though we'll be getting any more frosts, and I see some gardens planted already - and we seem to be getting plenty of rain at the moment!

 
The garden box system needs some upgrading, but he will be getting on with that soon.  I'll let you know the water is turned on. 
 
Happy Gardening!
Averil
 
 
3/7/19-
 
Dear gardeners,
 
Because the organic chemicals that we use for ants require warm soil and dry weather, we haven't been able to apply them to the whole garden thus far this year.  If you're having a problem with ants and want to be proactive, a good option is to mix equal parts of boric acid (available at pharmacies and perhaps some garden stores), flour, and sugar.  Sprinkle the mixture over the top of the soil and the ants will carry it down into the bed.
 
Thanks to new committee member Chris Holland for the info on the seed swap.
 
The Winder Community Gardens are having a seed swap this Saturday. See link below for flyer. 
 
Happy gardening, y'all!
Brenda
committee chair
 
3/5/19-
 
Good Morning Gardeners -
 
Just a quick follow-up to my last email.  It was good to see some of the WCG  gardeners at the meeting last night.  There were probably over 50 participants, including several farmers, and it was a great meeting - lots of very good ideas and discussion.  It would seem the most likely place for the Market to happen is at Pittard Park.  Dodd is forming a committee for further discussion, and I, for one of many, hope this Farmers Market happens.  An exciting project!
 
FYI - There are 6 vacant garden boxes.  The deadline is past, so if anyone is interested in a second (or third!) box, please let me know.
 
After the freeze tonight, I hope we'll be in for Spring gardening weather.  See you at the gardens!
 
Averil 
(WCG Membership and Rentals)
 
 
3/1/19-
 
Good Afternoon WCG gardeners - 
 
First a reminder - There will be a Town Hall meeting at the Winterville Depot this coming Monday, March 4, at 5:30 pm.  The topic is specifically to discuss a Farmers Market for Winterville.  As vegetable gardeners, we expect that you would be interested in this, and very much hope that you will be able to attend.
There will be food provided, partly from Little City Diner, and from Off-the-Vine.  The WCG Committee is providing a salad and some dessert.  If you have a favorite dish that you would like to share, it would be much appreciated, but this is certainly not necessary to attend the meeting!
 
Second - and you have probably seen this already - I just want to make sure that you know that at the moment the weather forecast for next week has a couple of nights of very low temperatures - mid-low 20s!  If you have planted non-hardy veg, or have anything that is flowering, e.g. blueberries, you might want to make sure they are covered each night to protect them from frost-damage.
 
Thanks, and we hope to see you at Monday's Town Hall meeting!
Averil (for the WCG Committee)
 
 
 
2/20/19 -
Dear gardeners,
 
First THANK YOU for the excellent turnout at the potluck on Monday!  It was great to see those of you who could come.  Remember we're having a work session on Saturday at 9:00.  The work portion will be cancelled if it is raining; however, for those of you who couldn't attend on Monday, Averil and I will be there to collect rental fees and go over the guidelines.
 
Have a great week!
Brenda
Click on image for full-size printable flyer
 
2-3-19-
 
Dear gardeners,
 
A couple of folks have asked if they can just mail their registration check if they can't attend the registration meeting on Mon., Feb. 18.  Because we've had problems with folks not keeping their boxes weeded and other things, we're asking any new or returning gardener who can't attend the registration meeting to meet with a committee member to go over the rules before we accept their check.  If you can't attend, please send an email to wintervillecommunitygarden@gmail.com (replies can be hard to see in the string) and schedule a meet-up time OR come to the monthly work session on Saturday, Feb. 23.  We haven't officially set the start time yet, but I'm sure folks will be there at 9:00 unless there's inclement weather.
 
Thanks,
Brenda
 
 
1-22-19

Dear gardeners,

 
Remember we'll be doing all-at-once registration at a group meeting on Monday, February 18, at 6:00 at the Depot.  The garden committee will provide meat and vegetarian lasagna, bread, water, and plates & utensils, using rental fees to pay.  While we're asking folks to bring side dishes, if you don't have time to bring something, please just bring yourself and your payment.  We'll provide registration/agreement forms.
 
NEW THIS YEAR:  Garden membership will not be automatic on receiving payment.  Participants must attend this registration meeting OR meet with a steering committee member(s) to review garden rules and sign your agreement.  If you register and pay at City Hall, you will not officially have your box and your check will not be deposited until you've done the review--so we encourage you to come to the meeting so we can all be on the same page.
 
Due to cold temperatures, we will not have a garden work session this coming Saturday.
 
Looking forward to seeing y'all on 2/18!
 
Thanks,
Brenda Keen
WCG committee chair 
 

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