The next weekend, October 18-19, will be the last volunteer cleanup days. The workdays start at 8:30 a.m. and run all day. Bear Creek Garden Association board members will be present to direct the work and record volunteer hours. Much work needs to be done, from clearing abandoned and donation plots, to hauling garden mix and helping those in need with rototilling.
Garden Mix & Rototillers: Don’s Garden Shop will deliver a truckload of garden mix (a combination of compost and manure) October 9th. The garden mix is to be used only by gardeners who have ordered and paid for it. Two white buckets will be left by the pile of mix. Twenty level buckets equal a half a cubic yard; 40 level buckets equal one cubic yard. Please measure carefully. Wheelbarrows will be available for hauling garden mix to your plot. Rototillers will be available to gardeners Oct. 18-19. Rental cost for use of a tiller is $8. Release forms are required to use the tillers, though if you signed one in previous years, we still have that on record. We will have release sheets available during the cleanup days.
Dumpsters: Dumpsters will continue to be emptied on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays until the garden closes. If a dumpster is full, please keep your weeds piled on your own plot until there is room in the dumpster. Please do not leave weeds piled around the dumpster.
Cleanup: Put all heavy, coarse items such as corn and broccoli roots, and all vines (squash, tomato) into the dumpsters. Lighter material and any straw gardeners have put on their plots can be tilled into the soil with the garden mix. Gardeners who do not choose to rototill vegetable matter into their plots must clear them off completely, leaving only bare dirt.
Cornstalks: Gardeners who grew corn can donate their cornstalks for the cornstalk sale, which will be held this Saturday, October 11. You can leave cornstalks on the vacant half plot just north of the main gate. All proceeds from cornstalk sales go into the goat fund.
As the BCGA Board has done for many years, we will be purchasing a soil amendment (called Garden Mix - a mixture specifically for our soil consisting of manure and compost) in bulk from Don's Garden Shop. If you plan to garden the same plot you have now in 2015, this is a very good amendment to apply this fall, once you've cleaned off your plot. We strongly recommend that once you've applied an amendment in the fall, that you till it under. You are not required to purchase this amendment, but about 50% of the gardeners who plan to return the following year have purchased this mix in the past.|
The cost is the same as last year: $40 per cubic yard. We'll also provide tillers the weekends of Oct 11-12 & 18-19, which you can rent for $8. It takes about 20 minutes to till a full-sized plot.
Most folks who use this mix apply 1 cubic yard on a full-sized, 20' by 40' plot (so 1/2 cubic yard would work well for a half plot).
|The Charmaine Nymann Community Garden is located in beautiful Bear Creek Regional Park, on the west side of Colorado Springs.
The oldest community garden in the Pikes Peak Region, with some of the best amended soil anywhere.
Gardeners, upon renting a plot, become members of the Bear Creek Garden Association (BCGA), a Colorado non-profit corporation, which runs the garden under a land-use agreement with El Paso County.
The garden was a community garden for 10 years before the BCGA assumed management responsibilities. The property was previously a county-run poor farm, and was gardened and farmed as early as 1900.
Bear Creek Garden Association, P.O. Box 38326 Colorado Springs, CO 80937
Phone: 719 634-4433 or 719 576-2664, E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org