The latest GardenMail:
Every indication shows that we've passed the last of the cold weather, and have entered into prime gardening time. The average last frost date for Franklin Massachusetts is May 1st, and the extended forecast shows pleasant weather in our future. If you haven't had a chance to get down to the garden an prepare your bed now is a good time. We have early weeds that are starting to go to seed, so get them pulled now before they spread the next generation into your bed and your neighbors! Remember that you are responsible for weeding your bed and the area around it!
When you visit the garden you may also notice a new structure in it, we now have a garden shed with tools in it thanks to a generous grant from the Franklin Rotary! The shed has a keyed lock on the front, and you can obtain your key to the lock at the Recreation department. Please be sure to lock the shed after you leave, and return any tools you've borrowed. If you'd like to further suppress weeds in your area feel free to take woodchips from the large pile and add them on top of any weed hotspots. The wheelbarrow and tools in the shed makes moving them easy, and there are gardening gloves in the shed to aid handling.
The water seems to be running slowly, but hasn't been officially turned on. We're in contact with the town to have to water turned on fully as soon as possible.
We have a number of gardening events coming up in May!
May 12th: 9:30 am to 11:30 am - An Introduction to Gardening and Garden Planning at the YMCA 45 Forge Hill Road Franklin, MA
May 19th: 9:00 am to 11:00 am - A Tomato Planting & Support Demonstration at the King St. Memorial Garden
May 28th: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm - King St. Memorial Garden 1st Anniversary Celebration at the King St. Memorial Garden
We hope to see you there!
The Franklin Community Garden Committee
Additional Event Info
An Introduction to Gardening and Garden Planning
Hosted By: Chris Clay, Friends of Franklin Community Gardens, and the YMCA
May 12th: 9:00 am to 11:00 am
YMCA 45 Forge Hill Road Franklin, MA
This class will give you a basic introduction to gardening and what you need to do to have a successful harvest. We'll also go over the basics of planning out what you'll be putting in your garden throughout the growing season, and have materials on hand to help you plan your garden for this year. All those who attend will also be able to pickup some free seeds, and meet fellow gardeners.
A Tomato Planting & Support Demonstration
Hosted By: Chris Clay and Friends of Franklin Community Gardens
May 19th: 9:00 am to 11:00 am
King St. Memorial Community Garden
Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable among home gardeners, and with good reason. The flavor of a tomato fresh off the vine is something you simply cannot find at the supermarket. They also happen to be my favorite vegetable, and in this presentation I'll go over the tips and tricks for successful tomato growing I've collected. I'll also cover additional information on tomato varieties, how to prune tomatoes, and setup proper support structures for optimal tomato health.
King St. Memorial Garden 1st Anniversary Celebration
Hosted By: The Friends of Franklin Community Gardens and the Franklin Community Garden Committee
May 28th: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
King St. Memorial Community Garden
On May 28th, 2011 the King St. Memorial Community Garden official opened for gardening. Join us as we celebrate the our first successful first year of gardening, and the many years to come. There will be seedlings on hand for sale to support The Friends of Franklin Community Gardens efforts to continue to expand on the garden, and other events and activities. Drop by to share a story, a piece of cake, or just the view.
Thank You, Chris!!!