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Radishes are a staple of early gardens. They take as little as three weeks to grow from seed to harvest. They’re perfect for young gardeners as they can watch the plant literally grow overnight and eat the product soon after. These were some of the radishes we’ve harvested from out plot so far this season. Just watch out for radishes left in the ground too long, their woody taste is quite a turn off.

Do you have an early harvest this year? Send a picture to the list-serve and we’ll get it posted on the blog.

The community garden rules have been updated for 2013 and can be found here. They serve as a guideline to make sure we all cooperate and enjoy the garden together.

Southside Community Land Trust has put out the calendar for gardening events this spring. There are lots of great workshops and activities all over Providence. There will also be a Hub-day for gardens and gardeners on the East Sid on Saturday April 6th.

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There is a great article in today’s ProJo on starting seeds in the next few weeks.

Easy seeds to start indoors include: tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, cabbage, eggplant, spinach, chard and many kinds of herbs.

I was optimistic over the winter and tried growing chard in the garden. But what a winter this has been!

Last year some of us had crops of cold-hardy plants going all winter long.

If the ground hog was accurate – we are poised for an early spring – so get your seedlings going!

Cheers -

Rebecca

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All though the garden is dormant at this time of year under a fresh layer of snow, a lot is going on behind the scenes. Once again all the plots are accounted for and we’re looking to welcome the new gardeners joining us this year. In the near future we’ll do another round of soil tests. The idea is to set up a yearly regular pattern of testing to slowly account for all the plots in the garden and get a good picture of our soil health. We have to be aware that individual plots differ as people grow different plants and compost differently.

It’s time to start thinking about what you want to plant this season. Adventurous gardeners could start seeding herbs and leafy greens inside for an early harvest. Once the threat of snow has passed we’ll be doing some cleaning up in the garden, stay tuned!

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The city delivered a truck load of mulch this morning.  They make this mulch from downed and removed trees around the neighborhood.  On Saturday we’ll spread over the walkways, keeping the weeds down and making the garden look fresh for spring planting.

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We turned the water on yesterday and it’s flowing in the garden.  We’ll set up the hoses on Saturday after we put new mulch down.  Until then there’s one free hose in the garden, feel free to move it around but remember to shut off the water by the gate when you leave.

Gardeners pull on your gloves, get out your trowels, your shovels, your rakes.

To kick off our gardening season, the BSP Community Garden work day is THIS Saturday (to coincide with Earth Day celebration in the Park) from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.

We have lots to do. Let’s all come out for part or all of the afternoon and get our projects done, followed by a potluck early supper celebration.

Bring a dish to share and a blanket and some good gardening stories!

AND if anyone has a small wooden or metal table to spare, or some garden chairs no longer needed, please bring them as contribution to create a corner for rest and contemplation within our garden!

List of tasks for our garden clean up:

1. cementing posts into three plot-ends for hose reels

2. working on compost — turning, securing structure, making a game plan for the season — a google calendar sign up for whose week it is to tend/turn.

3. cleaning out and around fence/shed

4. repairs to fence/shed and any wood frames of beds that need repair

5. distribute new wood chips

See you there!

Questions???? Contact Rebecca – rleuchak@rwu.edu

Here’s a handy calendar to help think about garden tasks for this month: http://urbanext.illinois.edu/gardencal/.

You should be thinking about how you’re going to divide up the space as well as starting some early plants inside. It’s also worth it at this time to do a quick once over your plot and check the soil for things left over from the previous growing season. Also if you have compost at home you can bring it in an incorporate it into your soil.

The A Way to Garden blog had some interesting tips on starting out tomatoes from seed.  Among a whole list of planting, culling, and transplanting tips were two interesting ideas that stuck out:

  • brushing the seedlings with your hand once a day to stimulate hardy stems,
  • and similarly to train a low power fan on them (from a distance) to do the same.

You can read the article here.

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