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Garden Work Day Saturday 4-16-2016

Our first Work Day is finally coming on Saturday, and it looks as if we will have sunshine and mild temperatures. It’s just possible that the standing water in the garden will have dried up!  Some of the work we’ll do will depend on garden conditions and I encourage you to wear footwear that can get wet!

The official Work Day runs from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  At 12:30, Akilah Campbell and Mario Caritos (our Education Coordinators) will offer a short workshop in Square Foot Gardening and Companion Planting.  All are welcome to come for that added bonus.

At 1:00 Ellen Karelitz (Garden Steward) and John Hart (Steering Committee Chair) will hold a garden orientation for NEW gardeners and for any RETURNING gardeners who would like to attend. Meet at the picnic tables – far end.

In the meantime, I will be signing people in and COLLECTING money from those people lucky enough to get an additional bed.  (If you wanted another bed and haven’t heard from me, that means that you didn’t get one – Sorry!)

We could use extra wheelbarrows and shovels (be sure you have your name on tools), CLEAN CARDBOARD (with no tape or staples attached) and newspapers (with no glossy inserts).

We know that there are beds that need repair and we’re hoping to do some repair work on Saturday, but that requires people who are knowledgeable and can wield the right tools!! Lumber needs to be moved from the barn as part of that project.

Other Jobs:  Clean the strawberries out of bed #31 (bring a container if you would like to take some HOME – we do not want you to replant in your raised bed); Check and weed all paths; Begin conversion of the Northeast compost area to a lasagna plot Debby Byers and Bob James will lead the way on that project); Check and weed the Food Pantry plot to be sure it is ready for planting. Check the status of your own bed, weed and pull away woodchips from the outside of your bed (wet wood chips are encouraging rotted boards.)

Come for as much time as you can.

Hoping to see you,

Kay Morgan, Membership Coordinator

All-Garden Meeting 3/6/2016 2pm

I’m writing to remind you of the All-Garden Meeting this Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in the new Durham Town Hall building (across Rte 108 from the old building). If you are in the range of this email, we expect you to attend! This is an important chance to meet your fellow-gardeners, ask questions, pay for your space and get up to speed on garden policies.
An important note: As costs have risen, we are raising the membership fee to $30.00. The fee for additional plots will stay at $5.00.  You can calculate what you owe and please make your check payable to Community Gardens for All. Please notify me if this presents a financial hardship for you as we have limited scholarship money available.
In order to expedite the registration and payment process, I am attaching the current Membership Form and the current copy of the Garden Guidelines. Please read through the Guidelines before the meeting.  There are a few changes to the Guidelines.If you have trouble downloading either document, I will have a few copies available at the meeting.
Additionally, if you haven’t read the Pest & Disease Guidelines that Ellen emailed earlier, please read through those and come with any questions you may have.
Come and celebrate the 8th birthday of the Wagon Hill Community Garden!!

Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015 – Garden Closing

The gardening season will close this coming Sunday, November 1st  with our final Wagon Hill garden work day from 1 – 4. Rain date, if we should need it, will be Saturday, November 7th from 1 – 4.

By 4 p.m. on Sunday, your garden should be:

  • weed free
  • topped off with dirt
  • covered with straw

Growing kale and other crops that have survived the cold nights so far?

  • leave them in place and continue to harvest
  • remove them before real winter arrives

Garden-wide chores to complete:

  • turn the compost piles
  • leave the compost areas in good shape for the winter

Join us at 2:00 p.m. when we will:

  • present the Golden Gloves award for service to the Garden
  • offer suggestions for changes to the garden for next year
  • share our intentions to return to the garden next season

Garden Work Day THIS SATURDAY!

Our next work day is this Saturday from 9-12 at Wagon Hill Community Garden. We will work on the compost areas.

Let’s get ready for winter!


Garden Work Day Sat. July 11, 2015 from 9-Noon

Greetings fellow gardeners,

It’s that time again when we hope to see a lot of you at the garden Saturday morning from 9 – noon, or some part of that time, to help with regular all-garden maintenance.  The weather is looking good for the weekend and in case you’re wondering what sort of tasks we have lined up, here is a sneak peek:
Pest removal:  There are HORDES of potato bugs that need to be picked off and squished – bring your gloves and work out some inner hostility….If we don’t attempt to reduce this population, guess what, they eat more than just potato plants…….so if you value your beans and tomatoes….please come help.
Compost:  Compost piles need to be turned and the areas need to be weeded, woodchipped and a third and final area cardboarded, woodchipped, etc. Bring your favorite shovel (marked with your name) and a wheelbarrow and help make black gold.
Pathway maintenance:  Weeding, weeding, weeding and maybe some clipping.  Bring grass clippers if you have them.
That is only the beginning. . . . . come lend a hand, your enthusiasm and your special talent and meet your fellow gardeners.  Discover the fun of COMMUNITY in the Community Garden.
Hope to see you,
Kay Morgan, Membership Coordinator

Garden Orientation for new gardeners 4/11/15

We will be holding a garden orientation on Saturday, April 11th at 1:00 pm for brand new gardeners, and if you were new in the garden last year, you are welcome to join us.  Kay Morgan will be at the garden for anyone who just MIGHT still owe money or a form.

Location: Wagon Hill Community Garden, Durham

Dig Your Garden Events – UNH Cooperative Extension

Dig Your Garden Flyer Link

The following is a message from the UNH Cooperative Extension…

AUBURN, N.H. – Visions of planting season may keep gardeners warm this time of year, but if you want to learn the rules of gardening from the ground up, here’s your chance.

Discover the ground rules of gardening in a workshop series beginning March 4, sponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension, Rockingham County Master Gardeners, the Massabesic Audubon Center, and NOFA-New Hampshire.

Ron Christie, UNH Cooperative Extension agriculture program coordinator, will lead the series, taking gardeners through every phase of the growing season. There are 11 sessions from which gardeners can choose.  The workshops take place Saturday mornings and Wednesday nights at the Massabesic Audubon Center, 26 Audubon Way, Auburn.

The “Dig Your Garden” series begins with “Garden Planning” March 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. Each session is $7 per person or $12 per couple/family. Contact Ron Christie at or (603) 679-5616 to register or for more information.

The workshops run March through April, designed for both new and experienced gardeners.

The entire series is as follows:

  • March 4, Garden Planning, 7 to 9 p.m.,
  • March 7, Healthy Soil and Garden Fertility, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.,
  • March 11, Starting Transplants from Seed, 7 to 9 p.m.,
  • March 18, Containers and Raised Bed Gardening, 7 to 9 p.m.;,
  • March 25, Pollinators: Good Bugs, Bad Bugs, and Pest Control, 7 to 9 p.m.,
  • April 1, A Fungus Among Us – Preventing Disease in your Garden, 7 to 9 p.m.,
  • April 4, Growing Blueberries, Raspberries and Strawberries, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.,
  • April 8, Growing Veggies and Herbs, 7 to 9 p.m.,
  • April 15, Growing Tomatoes, 7 to 9 p.m.,
  • April 22, Season Extension, 7 to 9 p.m., and
  • April 25, Growing Apples and Pears, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.