February 6, 2016
attendees: Mindy Gallagher, Carla Helfferich, Deirdre Helfferich, Ruth Rutherford (Scott Allen hauled boxes of books and had a couple of comments but didn’t participate in the full meeting)
- introductions, approval of agenda
- review of library’s garden programs and facilities
- garden-related events (past and potential)
- garden and homesteading books
- garden plan (grounds)
- seed library
- events: seedswaps/Seedstock, turnip project, seedsaving workshop, Calypso workshops
1) library garden programs include the community garden, seed library, and related events and resources such as the seed swaps, garden and homesteading books, seedsaving workshops, Seedstock, talks on related themes, etc. Cooperative events such as the turnip breeding project are also part of this.
2) library garden facilities include the community garden, the historical/heirloom gardens at the Clausen Cabin, the gardens at the Ida Lane Clausen Gazebo (perennial beds, flower baskets, and vegetables). All of these will need regular care throughout the summer. The space between the composting outhouse and the perennial bed needs soil and fertilizer (horse manure from Lorna and Clutch was suggested), as do several beds at the Clausen Cabin.
3) The beds at the Clausen Cabin need rebuilding. Community garden to continue but this time to require actual sign-in and contact info. (Should be library member. DH adding this suggestion post-meeting.) Scott Allen to be in charge of making sure garden members sign up. In previous years beds start out well but end up bedraggled by end of season and nobody harvests food or takes care of vegetables. This is a major concern of Phil and Scott—lack of followthrough.
4) Plantings will require a plan. What do we want to plant at the gazebo and the cabin? Planning to be done another day, but basic sketch includes the following elements: remove Siberian peas; transplant flowers at cabin and from Malemute (purple asters, daisies, trolius, rhubarb, columbine, delphiniums) into available space; get shrubs with edible fruit or noninvasives (crabapples, honeysuckles, honeyberries, etc.). Other plants that are coming back each year are dianthus (a.k.a. pinks/Sweet Williams/Stinking Billies) and the strawberries, chives, and rhubarb at the gazebo (also some lilies). All agreed that perennials are easier.
Extra plants could also be given to the Golden Eagle or Ester Community Association as good will gesture.
- a) lectures – fruit trees, turnip project (something Trey may be able to help organize)
- b) Seedstock – musical event, big open house/seed library event. Date TBA.
- c) Seedy Saturdays – two to three in a row, Mindy suggests as early as Feb. 20, with March 5 as Seedstock. Need to coordinate with ECA and chili feed. DH to check with Monique.
- d) Garden Work Weekends – April 30/May 1 garden bed prep & repair
May 21/May 22 plant/transplant weekend
Possibility of working with 1st graders (Laura Hueffer—Mindy to contact) as part of one of these events (plant flowers such as lobelia for hanging baskets or squash).
Along with, say, Seedstock, or garden party later in spring, raffle Ida’s escapee raspberries and extra rhubarb. Possibly delphinium seed packets?