Friday, June 18, 2010

Fodor Farm Update

Would you believe we're not officially in summer yet? No, we'll have to wait until June 21st for that. But on some of the warm days we've had, you'd be hard-pressed to think that you were in spring!
As people on the waiting list get their plots, you'll be seeing new faces around the farm. Please take the time to say hello and help out if you can.

Here's what's going on at the farm:
  • We have our first two speakers coming up this weekend. On Saturday we have Organic Gardening by Nick Mancini at 11am, and on Sunday we have Bees and How They Help Gardening by Becky Newman at 11am. Please come down and see these wonderful speakers.
  • If you're in the lower level, please remember to keep whatever "fencing" you put up around your plot low - you should be able to bend over it easily. Mike has approved netting, not internal fencing. If you have a high fence, you will be asked to lower it.
  • The Mexican bean beetles are back! If you're growing any kind of beans, please be on the lookout for them. If you have bean beetles, you'll see the leaves start to become riddled with holes or have entire leaves eaten. If you flip the leaves over, you'll find the beetles. They look very much like lady bugs - same size, similar coloring. The only good method of controlling them is physical removal and extermination. So stomp on them, squish them, place them in a bucket of soapy water. You may also start seeing a bundle of small yellow eggs on the underside of the leaves. Squish that, too, as we don't want to help the bean beetles breed. If we all take care of the bugs in our plots, the overall health of all gardens will improve.
  • On Wednesday, June 16th, the Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Affairs Council gave its approval for $17,400 of taxpayer money (not DEP grant) to lay a concrete slab that will be the foundation for a three car garage. This garage will be built in the style of the existing building on Fodor Farm, and will be used to store city vehicles and machinery.
Thank you, and see you at the farm!

Shari Reilly

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