Earlier this month the Cedaredge Community Garden Committee held its third annual meeting to kick off the 2012 gardening year.
Newly elected officers are Gerry Mendralla, president, Frances Starkey, vice president, Dea Jacobson, treasurer, and John Steighner, secretary.
According to Mendralla, the 2011 financial report shows the organization is financially in good shape, making it possible for routine maintenance and replacement of some worn out equipment, as well as being able to accomplish some of the upgrades and improvements planned for 2012.
Improvements in 2011 included installation of windows and painting of the storage shed; raised herb garden beds were built; landscaping was started around the sign; expansion of the garden area to the west to accommodate a greenhouse; and installation of the greenhouse.
In the works for 2012 is the construction and installation of eight raised garden beds near the greenhouse; the construction of a water supply line to the raised beds and to the greenhouse; the building of more shelves in the greenhouse; installing a covering for the central walkway to help with weed control; and finishing the landscaping around the sign.
According to Mendralla, the raised garden beds will be approximately 30 inches high and will be for use by gardeners who have difficultly working ground level plots.
Mendralla said that in years past, gardeners donated any bounty in excess to their needs to the food bank. This year, a garden plot will be available for the Food Bank to grow its own produce and gardeners can still donate to the food bank.
Mendralla said this is the start of the garden club's fourth year and another rewarding year is expected.
Mendralla also noted that several garden plots are now available for new gardeners and a limited number of the raised gardens will be ready by June. The fee for a garden plot in 2012 is $20.
For more information or to reserve a garden plot, call Gerry Mendralla at 856-4878.blog comments powered by Disqus