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Posted by Kurt | Posted in News, Resources, Supporters | Posted on 30-04-2013
We asked the Douglas County Community Garden Network how they deal with late season frosts. Here are the responses we received (more coming as we get them):
I have always found that row covers help (any old sheet will do). You can also cut off the bottoms of plastic milk or pop bottles and put those over the seedlings- kind of a terrarium effect. Hope that helps
Beth Drickey, BS, PHR
OneWorld Community Health Centers
The important thing to remember is that certain vegetables can handle frosts and snow just fine. These would be cool season crops like brussel sprouts, kale, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and radishes. For these vegetables, the cold weather actually enhances their flavor.
Lettuce and spinach can handle some cold temperatures—to about 28 degrees F.
Warm season vegetables like tomatoes and peppers will need to be covered.
Posted by Steph | Posted in News | Posted on 27-04-2013
Please join us on May 4 at 8am for our “Fancy a Fence” work day. We will be staining our wooden fence that surrounds the garden, so please dress accordingly. We welcome any extra brushes you may have and look forward to beautifying our community garden!
Posted by Steph | Posted in News | Posted on 14-04-2013
BCG and Omaha Organics will be hosting the 2013 Earth Day After-Party Saturday, April 20 from 6-9pm with featured guest speaker Paul Tukey (more info on “the godfather of the natural lawn care movement” below).
We’ll celebrate the Earth with music, a beer tasting contest, gardening give-a-ways and more! Stephen Monroe will be our rockin’ solo performer, sharing the stage with Tukey throughout the night.
For those wanting to participate in the beer tasting contest, your entry fee is your I.D. (must be 21 or older) and you must bring a 6-pack of your favorite beer. All participants will get to sample the beers everyone has brought and then vote on their favorite. And oh, yes–prizes are included for the winner. Yeah, your community garden is cool like that.
Friends are welcome, so ride your bike on over from Elmwood Park and prepare to have a tree-huggin’ good time!
Paul Tukey, bio
Tukey is an American journalist, author, filmmaker, TV host, consultant and motivational public speaker, who has a particular expertise in environmental issues related to landscape management and water quality. He has been featured on Good Morning America and in National Geographic, Readers Digest and the New York Times.
Please plan to join us on Saturday, April 13th at 9 a.m. for a garden walking path workday. We’ll be removing existing ground cover from the pathways, putting down a weed-barrier membrane, and covering the paths with new wood chips. Hope to see you on the 13th!
Because of the cold, snowy weather, we’re moving our annual Introductory Meeting to the Benson Community Center, 6008 Maple Street, in downtown Benson. 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Posted by Kurt | Posted in News | Posted on 11-03-2013
An opportunity to help a school garden…
Lothrop School has received funding to improve their school gardening experience for students. Pam Galus is wondering if there are some more experienced gardeners that would like to work with her to help plan a better program.
Pam says, “During the school day, I can arrange to work with volunteers just about anytime. I have enrichment camps afterschool for students on Monday and Thursday from 4 pm to 5:15 so we can also work those times. We need to plant lots of seeds, mixing Omagro into the potting soil would be best and I don’t have a way to move it. We started planting some things but I need to get a lot more seeds in soil. The kids are recycling paper and putting seeds in the pulp to hand out to people at Earth Day for butterfly gardens. I will be at school over Spring Break most days to work on planting. We have the greenhouse with lots of room.”
So Pam is asking for
- Expert volunteers to help with planning
- A truck to bring more Omagrow to the school
- Maybe even some volunteers to work with the students. Please remember the district does require a background check on any individual who will be working with kids.
If you can help Pam please call me contact information listed below. Thanks in advance for your help and consideration. maryb
Lothrop Science, Spanish, Technology Magnet
Omaha Public Schools
On Sunday, March 24th at 1:00 p.m. there will be an introductory meeting for gardeners. This will be a wonderful opportunity to get acquainted with fellow BCG gardeners and find out more about our wonderful community garden. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this fun and informative introductory meeting.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2012
4:30 P.M. to 11:00 P.M.
1302 NORTH 60TH STREET
ADMISSION: $10.00 per person
5:00pm: Knife Fight Justice
6:00pm: Stephen Monroe
7:00pm: Above Ground
8:00pm: An Evening – John Denver tribute band
9:00pm: Hector Anchondo
1) A few people have asked if they can bring side dishes. ABSOLUTELY! If you do, please bring serving utensils, too.
2) Can people bring their own beer & wine? YES! You are welcome to BYOB, but ONLY 21+ are allowed to drink on the property. IDs will be checked by security and wristbands must be worn by all.
3) How much is admission? $10 per person (all ages). 100% of the funds raised that day go to support the operation and maintenance of the community garden.
4) What type of food is available? We’ll have Omaha Steaks hamburgers and Bratwurst on the grill. Freewill donation.
5) Will the Husker game be available? YOU BET! We’ll have a large screen television in the garden playing the Nebraska/Ohio State game.
6) Can I sign up for a garden plot for next year? You can sign up to be on the waiting list for next year. We always give our gardeners the first option to return. Those who don’t return are offered to the people on the waiting list.
7) Do you need anything for the event? YES! We’re looking for donations for our silent auction (gift certificates, artwork, items, collectibles, etc.). We also need a few extra strands of Christmas lights for the fence. If you would like to donate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or drop them off on our picnic table in the garden.
Is this a family-friendly event? YES!