Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Opening day and orientations

Hello all -

This is a reminder that Opening Day at EHCG is this Saturday, March 28. Plot assignments will be posted that day on both the website and the bulletin boards at Eagle Heights and University Houses gardens. While checking your plot assignment and taking the trip to your plot, be sure to pay attention to detail. If you have a half plot (example: 627A), please be absolutely sure that you end up in 627A and not 627B. If you are uncertain at all, please email Gretel (, the registrar, for more information. You can also ask any of your new neighbors, many of whom (about 2/3) are returning gardeners and familiar with the system.

Speaking of your neighbors, it is a great idea to get to know them right away. One's "neighborhood" is an important resource in the community garden. Whether you are interested in learning more about gardening structures, uncertain about the best time to plant tomatoes, or even confused about plot boundaries, your neighbors are likely to be able to steer you in the right direction. This sense of community can also be helpful in resolving minor disputes or confusion that can arise in any group setting. We highly value neighborliness at EHCG.

Another important resource for beginning the 2015 gardening season on the right foot is Orientation. We will hold 8 Orientation sessions this year, 5 at Eagle Heights and 3 at University Houses. We highly encourage new gardeners to attend an Orientation session, but feel free to stop by if you are a returning gardener as well. Orientation will begin at the sheds at both EHCG sites.

Orientation Sessions: Gardening Season 2015

Opening Day: Saturday, March 28

                    Noon at Eagle Heights and also at University Houses
                   5:30 pm at Eagle Heights with Mandarin translation

Sunday, March 29

                     Noon at Eagle Heights

Tuesday, April 1

                    5:15 pm at Eagle Heights

Seed Fair Day, April 11

                   Noon at Eagle Heights and University Houses
                  1 pm at University Houses with Mandarin translation

Gardens Maps (to help you find the sheds)

Next week, expect a post about what to plant in your garden this year, with expert advice by EHCG Field Staff Will Waller. The Seed Fair is coming up quickly, so get your plans in order for April 11.

Happy gardening!

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