Thursday, June 12, 2008

Garden Update

Dear Friends,

This email is intended to update you on the status of the garden. Please provide me with the number of hours you spent working on Green Town Waukegan from June 1 to June 15.

• All raised beds have been planted with vegetables.
• All beds except for beds 8 and 15 (Giving Garden) have been weeded. Compost has to be put down on all beds except for 2, 3, 6, 5, and 8. (Madeleine will give instructions for Beds 5 and 6.) Putting down mulch should help to control the weeds.
• Forever Construction was notified on 06/02/08 that they could begin the construction of the gazebo, help to upright and secure the west arbor and repair the lattice.
• All beds have been edged.
• Flowers were planted in beds 4, 9 and around the Buddha.
• Remaining vegetable plants were planted in the six pots at the back of the garden.

The following is a list of tasks to be completed:
• Remove wire in tool shed.
• Remove 5-gallon bucket of paint.
• Add compost to beds – see above.
• Weed bed 8 and 15.
• Create structure for climbing plants with cane poles.
• Cross braces for raised vegetable beds.
• Order mulch.
• Plant annuals
• Plant perennials - ongoing.
• Mulch beds with composted bark.
• Install aqua cones in vegetable beds
• Plant calla lilies
• Evaluate existing benches
• Plant herbs in labyrinth.
• Stepping-stones for children’s garden.
• Fill two pots on the south of the garden.

Ongoing tasks:
• Ongoing work is weed control, edging the beds, staking, insect and disease control, etc.

I still have plants at home that need to be planted. Plants that were brought to the site Saturday were left at the site with pots buried under mulch. Shade plants will be available for sale on Saturday.
• Wadsworth Feed – Victorian bed
• Waukegan Park District – annuals
• Pasquesi – gomphrena – pink and white, cockscomb.
• Dianthus for perennial bed.

Please ask your friends and neighbors if they could help us with our garden opportunities. The plants that are at the garden and the many in my driveway have to be planted.

Many thanks for all your help and support. I was at the garden today and it really looked wonderful. The sunflowers that started from dropped seed are rising to the sky. Because of all the rain we have had everything seems to be doing well.

I hope to see all of you this Saturday.

With warm regards,