Spring is (unofficially) here, and several of us are already preparing our garden plots for planting. Please Mark your calendar for Tuesday, March 20th, 6:30 at the Senior Center in Pacific (800 W. Union.) We'll welcome the "official" first day of spring. (Spring begins in the Northern Hemisphere on March 20, 2012, at 1:14 A.M. (EDT)
Tentative agenda: (please email me your additional suggestions)
1. How many of last year's gardeners are planting again this year? We need firm numbers so we know which plots are taken and which ones we can let new gardeners have. (Please reply with an email and let us know your intention for this year.)..........
2. Prior to the meeting on March 20, we'll spend some time cleaning up the garden and the corner lot on March17 and March 18 at 1 p.m. each day. For those who didn't see the article in the Current, the owner of the corner lot with all the trees has donated the lot to the City of Pacific specifically for use of our Community Garden Group. We need to form a committee to do some preliminary cataloging of the kinds of trees on the lot, their condition, etc. We can discuss ideas for use of the lot at the March 20 meeting.
3. The Brownie Scouts are expanding their garden project this year to four plots and want to present us with a new hose for watering. (Yea !)
4. We need to review the gardening "guidelines" based on what we learned our first year. Everyone has something to contribute to this discussion, for sure !
5. What should we do about the "community" plots? Maybe we need specific individuals to be in charge of each plot and organize the management of them.
6. Is there someone willing to oversee the compost pile and take care of turning it?
7. Report from the Beautification (flower planting) Committee
8. Our gardening advisors, Brandy Stockton and Alice Whalen, will be at the March 20th meeting to answer questions. We have a blog page at http://pacificcgg.blogspot.com/ As described on the home page, it is "A place for the Pacific Community Garden Group of Pacific, MO to share info, pictures and updates on the Community Gardens"
Alice also has a page on Facebook:
Let's keep our fingers crossed that this summer will be less of a scorcher than last summer was. We're all in the learning process, and it's wonderful to share ideas and experiences. We look forward to getting back together with you all.
Bobbie, Susan, Jim and Lloyd