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POTATOES.   It’s possible to harvest 100 pounds of potatoes from a two-by-two footprint.  Angela Minyard shared this fact with us, and two weeks later, our garden has its first potato cages. The potato harvests will be donated to Malachi’s Food Pantry.

PEAS.   Right now you see cinder blocks and wood chips in the corner of the garden. Now imagine a bamboo teepee draped in pea vines with an opening for kids to crawl inside. Pattie Baker, Don Converse, and Bob Lundsten set the foundation for this natural clubhouse yesterday morning and will soon build the frame and plant the peas. Children are encouraged to pick and eat the peas. Uneaten peas will be harvested from the teepee for the food pantry.

PLAY.   Do you know about our play plot? Jim Hines made this wonderful box for the kids last fall and then Van & Sally Malone mixed in some sand from their creek. It’s a great area for our youngest gardeners.

Got some ideas for garden projects? Want to get involved? Email membership@dunwoodygarden.org.

Potato Cage

Pea Teepee

Play Plot

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Join us March 7th, 3:00—5:00 pm for the Dunwoody Community Garden at Brook Run spring membership meeting! Cast your vote on a garden issue, share your thoughts on upcoming garden projects, swap seeds, and feel free to plant your spring garden! 

SEED SWAP

Bring 2-4 packets of seeds if you’d like to participate in the seed swap. You’ll start with only 2-4 varieties of veggies, but will swap enough seeds for a diverse spring garden! (Hint: an old egg carton or empty junk mail envelopes work great as seed containers.) This is a great opportunity to chat with experienced gardeners and meet fellow members. Click here for a planting calendar. 

GARDEN PROJECTS

Learn about ideas for future garden projects:

  • edible hedgerows
  • communal herb garden
  • beds of native ornamentals
  • a rain garden
  • a worm farm
  • universal access beds
  • communal pumpkin patch
  • compost operations 

Should we pursue these projects? How would you like to help?

JOIN A TEAM 

  • Food Pantry Team 
  • Social Team
  • Grounds Team
  • Education Team     
  • Beer Compost Team         
  • Fundraising Team
  • Volunteer Team 

IMPORTANT VOTE

You must be present at the meeting to cast a vote. 

Proposal:  Modify the rules (Membership Rules & Responsibilities, Chapter II: Plots, Section B: Maintenance and Use, Line 13) to reflect the approved use of non-organic transplants and seeds. Why this proposed change? While we encourage gardeners to seek out organic transplants and seeds first, we realize that they can be hard to find in our limited marketplace. We’d like to change the bylaws to reflect that reality. However, organic soil, organic herbicides/pesticides, and organic fertilizers are readily available in local retailers, so transplants and seeds should be grown using strictly organic methods.

Original:
13. Use only organic or heirloom plants and seeds. 

New:
13. The use of organic transplants and seeds, when available, is preferred.

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