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  • Salem Community GardensMonthly members’ newsletter http://growsalem.org Vol. 2, Issue 1 June 2010Potluck Kicks off 2010 SCG SeasonSalem Community Gardens cele- our fourth season of organic commu- the addition of the 105 raised bedsbrated its second-annual pot luck on nity gardening. at Winter Island Park, SCG now hasMay 2, at the Winter Island Pavillion. This year’s party not only signalled expanded to three locations within Sa-Warm weather and friendly faces re- the start of growing season, but also lem, tended by nearly 200 gardeners—convened to mark the beginning of the new growth within SCG. With and there’s still a waiting list! We are delighted to see this growth in community spirit and environ- Meet Your Garden Captains mental awareness. Thank you all for being a part of this effort! It’s vacation week and you need someone to water your garden so the lettuce doesn’t die. Who can you turn to? Your friendly neighborhood garden captain! These special volunteers have committed to help make each garden site run more smoothly. This year’s captains are... Mack Park: Shannon Bott and Asyim Dalmau (MP@growsalem.org) Palmer Cove: James Tierney, Daryl Stoner, and Cresene Sanglap (PC@growsalem.org) Winter Island: Lorena Hawkins, Sharon Smith, and William Hanger (WI@growsalem.org ) We are so grateful for the willingness of these gardeners to step forward and help out in such a big way. Don’t forget to thank them when you see them in the garden! 1
  • Planting Deadline Is June 15 Mack Park NewsGarden plots should already be com- If you built or own one of the fencepletely weeded. The planting deadline boxes at MP, put your name on it be-is June 15th. If you do not have plants fore June 15th. After that date, thesein the ground by that date, your plot spaces will be made available to who-will be reassigned to an applicant ever wants them.on the waiting list. Please contactShelby at registrar@growsalem.org ifyou are concerned about making thedeadline.Volunteering Made EasyIf you’ve been unable to join us for a e-mailing volunteer@growsalem.org.work day, there’s still plenty to do. Check Please be sure to include the shift youout the volunteering opportunities on would like in the e-mail, and we’ll getthe calendar at www.growsalem.org you on the calendar. If you suddenly(scroll to bottom of webpage). Look for find yourself with free time, you cana volunteering shift that needs people always e-mail your garden captains to(starts with “NEED”). Then sign up by see what needs doing. Seed Exchange The seed swap basket is back at Crunchy Granola Baby. Stop by to choose from the extensive selection of seeds available. It’s a great oppor- tunity to try something new, or save money on an old favorite! You can also drop off any labeled extra seeds you have. SCG on Facebook SCG has extended its web presence to Facebook. Visit our page for remind-Discount at Cornerstone Books ers and news updates, or post yourCornerstone Books offers a 15% discount on three of our favorite gardening titles: latest garden photos. It is also a great forum for exchanging ideas with fel- All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew low gardeners. The Garden Primer (2nd Edition) by Barbara Damrosch Four-Season Harvest by Eliot Coleman h t t p : / / w w w. f a c e b o o k .Just mention that you are a Salem Community Gardener when you purchase c o m / h o m e . p h p ? # ! / g r o u p .any of these titles. php?gid=72081295119&ref=ts 2
  • Don’t Waste the Water Now that the warm weather is upon us, all good gardeners should do their best to use water responsibly. Understand how much water you use. A garden hose measured directly through a meter uses water at the rate of 20 gallons per minute. Ten minutes of water uses approximately 200 gallons of water. When 50 gardeners water for ten minutes each, 10,000 gallons of water are used. With this in mind, we all need to do our part to reduce water waste. Conservation tips: •  aintain 3-6 inches of mulch on top of the soil. M •  void overhead watering. Practice spot watering, or set the garden A hose to trickle at the base of plants. •  se intensive-spacing methods to create self-shading. U •  se compost to increase water retention in the soil. U •  void watering at the hottest time of day. Watering in the early morn- A ing or evening improves conservation and avoids plant disease. For more ideas on water conservation visit Boston Natural Areas Network’s website: http://www.bostonnatural.org/cgGTips_WaterConsurv.htmFree Classes and WorkshopsSalem Community Gardens’ own An upcoming BNAN class thatLisa Spence will be holding an infor- may be of interest is: “Vegetable Gar-mal introductory gardening course den Basics” on Saturday, June 12, fromon Sunday, June 7th at 7 p.m. Space 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. at City Natives,is limited, so please RSVP at Lisa@ 30 Edgewater Drive, Mattapan.growsalem.org if you’d like to attend. Maximize your vegetable gardenWe’ll cover the basics and answer experience! Learn about soil build-your gardening questions. ing, plant spacing, water conservation If you need more inspiration, or and how to develop a garden schedule.want to learn some new techniques, BNAN’s Jo Ann Whitehead will helpcheck out Boston Natural Areas Net- give you answers regarding crop rota-work. They offer free classes, and info. tion advantages, succession plantingVisit their website: Bostonnatural.org. and ideal planting times for the season. Contact Us Salem Community Gardens P.O. Box 82, Salem, MA 01970 info@growsalem.org 978.335.1825 3
  • Calling All Cooks—Send Us Your Recipes Friends of Winter IslandDaryl Stoner and her daughter Cath- share your recipes! Most of us would Picnic on June 19erine Von Rauch, both Palmer Cove welcome fresh ideas for dealing with What could be a better way to cel-gardeners, have a passion for cooking the glut of cucumbers and zucchini ebrate summer than to picnic at Sa-and a desire to tap the SCG’s collective that will soon be descending on us. lem’s own island retreat?knowledge. Last year Daryl started All profits from cookbook sales The Friends of Winter Island picniccollecting recipes from SCG garden- benefit SCG. Daryl is donating her is slated for June 19th, 4-7 p.m. Allers to make a cookbook that would time plus the printing cost to this SCG gardeners are invited to attend.be used as a fundraiser for SCG. project. Catherine is developing the Bring your own picnic, or purchase She had gathered 75 recipes to design. delicious treats provided by Rothwelldate, but needs 150 total to make Send recipes to Daryl at Troggle- Catering. Live music, Rebel Shake-a cookbook worth printing. Please soup@yahoo.com by Sept. 1. speare, and sailing with Sail Salem are among the featured activities. A $10 donation is suggested for this benefit to preserve the island. In addition, awards will be given for the most creative “green” trans- port to the picnic. So, pedal, paddle, walk, run, or swim to this benefit to preserve Winter Island! For more info visit: www.winter- island.org.Companion Planting Improves HarvestCarrots and dill may taste great to- the right plants are paired, such asgether, but they make horrible neigh- lettuce and cucumbers. It can also re-bors. Whether you are familiar with duce productivity when incompatiblethe concept of companion planting plants are placed too close together,or not, it is a useful thing to consider like carrots and dill.when setting your plants and seeds in For a quick guide to the compat-the ground. Companion gardening, ibility of some popular vegetables,or the positioning of plants based on download the PDF from our hometheir compatibility, increases the pro- page.ductivity of many vegetables when http://growsalem.org/ On a Personal Note... Do you have some news or info that you’d like to share? Send it our way: news@growsalem.org. 4