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Message from the President

 

I hope that everyone had a bountiful year in their (Spring/Summer) gardens this year.  For some of you, it’s time to prepare for the first frost, and for others it’s time to plant a Fall/Winter garden or cover crop.  

It’s also time to start collecting the free carbon that is falling from the sky!  LEAVES!  Leaves for mulch and leaves for COMPOST!  Bag the leaves, throw them under your shrubs; but save them any way that you can for composting all year round to make great organic soil nutrients for your garden.

Just as your garden needs nutrients for plants to flourish, ACGA needs your input, feedback, ideas, and volunteer time to help the organization grow.  ACGA committees meet monthly by conference call and connect by email to tackle a variety of tasks.  New ideas and skills are always welcomed.  

And if you don’t have time to help, consider making a donation to ACGA.  It’s never too early to consider making a year-end donation to ACGA in support of our training programs, conference scholarships and sponsorships, re-granting program, or just to help support ACGA to continue doing our work across North America.  Your donation is tax deductible and will be put to good use in moving the organization forward for the next 37 years!

More Gardens!

Bill Maynard

ACGA President

 

 

Photo of the Month

Denver Botanic Gardens Community Garden located in Congress Park  – Used Tool Entry Arch

By Bill Maynard

 

ACGA at the National Heirloom Exposition in Santa Rosa, California

For the 5th year, ACGA President Bill Maynard staffed the ACGA information table where he gave away seeds, ACGA informational flyers, catalogs and discounts from some of our partners including Gardeners’s Supply, Durable Green Bed, Brunswick Insurance for community gardens, Don Sebastiani Wines, Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply, and our newest ACGA member discount from Lotech Products – the Compost Crank.   
The three day show held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds drew 20,000 adults and a huge number of kids on kids day at the Expo.  Three buildings of speakers offering sessions every hour, a large vendor hall, and huge display of thousands of varieties of every vegetable and fruit that was in season. Outside was great food,
displays and hands on activities and even more vendors that made the Baker’s Creek Seeds 5th annual event another great one.  Plan to attend next year’s event happening around mid September 2016.


National Heirloom Expo, One quarter of the display hall – Amazing!
 


 

Possibilitarian Garden Explores the Possibilities 

By Diana Sette, Leader of Possibilitarian Garden

 

Possibilitarian Garden, a permaculture-based community garden located on E 117th St. in the Buckeye neighborhood of Cleveland’s East side recently accomplished great things as part of our “Harvest Party & Work Day” event.  Community members of all ages and backgrounds came together to paint a hand-built, up-cycled wooden palette fence; sheet-mulch the front bed and perimeter of all raised beds; and planted a welcoming front native flower bed to attract pollinators, beneficial insects and create beauty on the street.  Community also came together to harvest and eat from the abundant garden, listen to spoken word, and enjoy each other’s company.

 
Possibilitarian Garden is a participant of OSU Extension’s Summer Sprout community garden program, and a recent winner of grants from both Neighborhood Connections and Cleveland Climate Action Fund.  With community volunteers and financial support from the grants, Possibilitarian Garden plans to expand within the year by planting a community orchard, an edible forest garden with nut trees and native medicinal plants, a rain garden; increase art and cultural programming on-site, and revitalize its greenhouse (formerly an aquaponics system).
  
One of the grant goals includes researching the formerly vacant lots’ capacity for carbon sequestration and ecosystem services through regenerative agriculture and storm water management practices.  This research will be conducted in an open-access format to enable the greatest opportunity for community hands-on engagement and learning.  A primary design goal is to create a functioning demonstration site that exhibits the ecological, social, cultural, and regenerative potential of community gardening.
 

Come visit us in Cleveland, and like us on Facebook at Possibilitarian Garden.  To find out more, you can contact me at diana_sette@yahoo.com.

 

New ACGA Member Benefit! 

 

ACGA is proud to offer a new discount for our members.  The Compost Crank by Lotech Products is a great tool for aerating your compost pile without the need to completely turn the pile.  What is different about this aerating tool is that it’s easy to use for all ages!  And what’s even more amazing, this aerating tool can never get stuck in the pile by large uncut green waste items buried in your pile.  The simple design of the crank makes it easy to crank into the pile or back it out if it gets in too deep or it finds a tangled mess in the compost pile.  The Compost Crank also saves time when aerating the pile (5 to 10 minutes) vs. turning a pile (15 to 25 minutes).  “Because the Compost Crank is so easy to use, we are For the 5th year, ACGA President Bill Maynard staffed the ACGA information table where he gave away seeds, ACGA informational flyers, catalogs and discounts from some of our partners including Gardeners’s Supply, Durable Green Bed, Brunswick Insurance for community gardens, Don Sebastiani Wines, Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply, and our newest ACGA member discount from Lotech Products – the Compost Crank.   The three day show held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds drew 20,000 adults and a huge number of kids on kids day at the Expo.  Three buildings of speakers offering sessions every hour, a large vendor hall, and huge display of thousands of varieties of every vegetable and fruit that was in season.  Outside was great food, displays and hands on activities and even more vendors that made the Baker’s Creek Seeds 5th annual event another great one.  Plan to attend next year’s event happening around mid September 2016.

finding that our gardeners are aerating the piles more often and taking more interest in making great soil for the garden…this is my new favorite tool!” raved Bill Maynard, Community Garden Program Coordinator for the City of Sacramento Department of Parks and Recreation.

Get yours today!  The ACGA member discount runs thru the end of the year; but why not order two or three as holiday gifts.  ACGA members can visit the member benefit page on the ACGA website to get the special discount code to use when ordering - Happy Composting!

 

 
 

Relaunch of Member Benefit


If you have been an ACGA member of a few years you have received a one year subscription of Rodale’s “Organic Gardening” Magazine.  Early last year, Rodale stopped the publication of “Organic Gardening” Magazine and relaunched the magazine as Rodale’s “Organic Life” – a magazine “…for living naturally in the modern world…”   The new magazine will contain “…information about global cooking, gardening, wellness, and travel.”  All current and new ACGA members will soon be receiving a FREE 1 year subscription to “Organic Life”.   We hope you enjoy each issue!
 

A Great Raised Bed


If you haven’t heard of Durable Green Beds (raised garden beds), you need to go the ACGA website and hit the link to take you to their website to discover what all the buzz is about - raised beds that last 25 years!  Made from woodchips and cement through a non-toxic process, these beds look great and are easy to assemble (about 1 hour) and come in 12” and 24” heights.  Sizes range from 4x4, 4x8, 4x12, and now 4x16; also available are double tiered beds and an “L” shaped beds.  The Durable Green Beds kits are complete and ready to assemble, stained cedar top rail with doweled joints, pilot holes in the side panels, stabilizing posts, and powder coated metal brackets make this kits one of the best around for  your backyard home garden or for a community garden (discounts for large purchases).

Here is an inside tip, lock in your price soon as prices may be going up on these very popular raised beds.

Your purchase of a Durable Green Bed gives back to ACGA! 



 
 
 

Is your garden on the map?


Be sure to add your garden to the ACGA National Map of community gardens.  It’s easy and FREE!


By adding your garden to the map others can find you to inquire about plot availability, donating to your garden or even volunteering at your garden.  So what are you waiting for?
Get on the Map and get counted here!

 

Plants We Like: Blue Mistflower 
(Conoclinium coelestinum)

 
by Ann McCulloh 
sourced from: 
http://www.gardenopoliscleveland.org/

Blue Mistflowers (Conoclinium coelestinum) are that lovely shade of periwinkle which falls between lavender and powder blue…
A hardy (to zone 5) native  perennial, its late-season nectar attracts lots of butterflies. It really comes on beautifully in September, making a nice, fresh contrast to the prevalent yellows and whites of other fall wildflowers. The stems are a sort of dark cherry color, and at 24″ stand taller than the similar annual Ageratum often sold for springtime bedding. A bit further south this plant is considered a too competitive, but here in Northeastern Ohio it’s often a welcome addition to partly shady or damp gardens. In our current bone-dry season, my newly-planted  specimen required only occasional watering. Here it is on September 25, 2015.

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