It is time to start planning your gardens…and it’s time we fill you all in on what is going on with SCG.
This winter we hired a consultant to help us put together a strategic plan for the gardens. We have had successes and challenges over the past 4 years, and we thought it was time to take stock. Hopefully you all got the survey that we sent out this winter.
Here is the information we gained from that survey:
The people of Summit County want education! You want to learn how to grow successfully in our unique climate.
Most of you responded that you are not that interested in renting a plot, and you are not that interested in helping to maintain community gardens.
You asked that SCG help neighborhoods start their own gardens.
That information, combined with challenges we have had with the current garden location, has led us to these decisions for the coming season:
We will be closing down the current gardens and remediating that site
We will focus on education this summer with numerous adult and child classes
We are partnering with Copper Moose Farm and the Park City Day school to hold classes at their facilities as they already have beautiful gardens and greenhouses up and running.
We are hoping (in the future) to build a new demonstration and education garden closer to the Matt Knoop park where water, parking, restrooms, and other facilities will be more convenient and reliable. We need to gather support for this next phase, so that is what we will be working on this summer.
If you were a plotholder last season, thanks you for your support and we will send you a follow up email shortly.
We hope to see you at some of our great classes we have planned for the summer! Below is a list of the classes to start off the 2014 season. We will announce new classes every few weeks so be on the lookout for our next newsletter!
Adult Gardening Education (click on class below for more info & sign up)
Bee Keeping Series - learn everything about bees and bee keeping over 4 classes (April 12 - August 9)
Kids Gardening Education (click on class below for more info & sign up)
The Secrets of Seeds - Seed dissection and comparison of a variety of seeds-- Root view box with bush bean seeds (June 11th)
Fabulous Flowers - A close up look at flowers and how they work--- Pansy in a pot (June 18th)
Don’t Bug Me! - Good bugs and bad bugs in the garden—bug collection jar
Look for more to come!
Early April Gardening Tips
Spring is springing, but it may not be time yet to plant outside, unless you are practicing some serious season extension! It is, however, time to start your garden indoors. Crops such as scallions, celery, beets, onions, leeks and Chinese cabbage should be started indoors in the next couple weeks. Crops like Chinese Cabbage and scallions can be started a few different times in the spring so that you have a couple smaller harvests in early summer, rather than just 1 larger harvest (I would recommend spacing them out by 2-3 weeks).
For potting soil, it's easiest to pick up an organic potting soil at IFA in SLC, Homedepot, Walmart, or one of the nurseries if they are open yet.
There are a number of options as far as containers go. You can get little plastic 6 pack containers most places you can buy potting soil (hopefully you will reuse them year after year). You can buy little peat pots that just get planted right into the soil at transplant time. You can also use egg cartons - recycled and biodegradable! You can use the side that holds the eggs for individual starts (Chinese cabbage, onions, leeks), but you can also use the tops of the cartons as little flats and just broadcast seeds in them to prick out later (beets would be a good one).
For more in-depth information and practice on seed starting, sign up for our "Seed Starting" class on April 19th (see 'Adult Education' for more info on all of our classes)