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ORGANIC GARDENING for Beginners Workshop

Where:   Dunwoody Community Garden at Brook Run
Date:   Saturday, June 5
Time:   9AM 

Experienced gardeners will share information and answer questions in an informal, hands-on setting.  Free for garden members.  A $5 donation is suggested for non-members. Reservations required, space limited.  Email us at:  membership@DunwoodyGarden.org or Dunwoody Community Garden on Facebook

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More than forty people gathered at the garden yesterday for our first membership meeting of the year. What an enthusiastic crowd! Members chatted, shared seeds and knowledge, planted plots, threw footballs, and enjoyed a pleasant afternoon outdoors. But this was more than a social event; we had business to conduct. And where did we assemble to tackle each important point on the agenda? Well, of course, in the heart of our sunlit garden, hedged with playing kids.

VOTING RESULTS.   One point of business at the meeting was a vote. Members voted roughly 3 to 1 to change the bylaws to allow non-organic seeds and transplants. The rule now reads:

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

What does that mean? Well, we are an eco-friendly garden committed to organic practices, so please seek out organic seeds and transplants first. Farmer D’s, Home Depot and other local retailers do carry limited varieties of organic seeds and transplants, so please select those when possible. When you can’t find your favorite pepper transplant grown organically, you may now buy the non-organic one to plant in your community garden plot, but you MUST grow it using strictly organic methods. Use ORGANIC soil mix, fertilizer, pesticides/herbicides/fungicides, etc, all of which are readily available at local garden centers. Okay, you might be thinking, but I’m still confused about this organic hubbub. That bring us to another point of business we covered at the meeting…

WORKSHOPS.   Members completed surveys indicating what they’d like to learn—from making birdhouses from gourds to planting with the moon cycle. The tallies were very tight because we have a knowledge-hungry and diverse membership, but the top five requested workshops are:

  • Organics Demystified
  • Companion Planting
  • Spring Gardening Basics
  • Summer Gardening Basics
  • Cool Season Gardening Basics

PROJECTS.   In addition, members also completed surveys indicating which garden projects most appeal to them and which they might like to help create and maintain. The projects ranged from planting a rain garden (to divert standing water from the road to the creek) to building universal access beds for the physically challenged. The top five picks are:

  • Worm Farm
  • Communal Herb Garden
  • Edible Hedgerows
  • Flower Gardens
  • Toolshed

We are on our way to getting those flower gardens planted. Click here for a great story about the raised beds that now line the front of our garden and will be used for non-edible ornamentals after we acquire seeds, transplants, and bulbs. Let us know if you have any thinnings from your yard to donate.

Please check our blog in the coming weeks for workday announcements, workshop dates, and updates on our various garden projects.

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