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PlotstoPlates 2017 Fall Newsletter

We are wrapping up season number five at the Plots to Plates Community Garden and celebrated this milestone recently with food, fellowship, and many expressions of gratitude at our picnic. Emma Hedrick and the Main Street Band provided groovy jazz music for the party. We thanked our first donors who made the garden possible, school administrators, Roger McMichael and Ron Farrand who had the idea for the garden, the scouts who created so many features of our garden, and the Hamilton County Master Gardeners who help us teach the many hundreds of students who come to the garden for field trips. Special thanks also go out to Joyce Myers, assistant to Roger McMichael, for handling all of our financial accounts. Our gratitude is extended to Margot Gibson for planning the whole celebration. Our end of the season workday is on Saturday, October 21st. Come and put your plot to bed, help prepare the communal areas for winter, and more! This will also be a great time to talk about how the season went and share any ideas for next season. We look forward to seeing you then!

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PlotstoPlates Summer 2017 Newsletter

Although we are in the height of the growing season enjoying the fruits of our labor, now is a good time to start planning for fall and winter. We strongly recommend planting cover crops in your plot this fall. These powerhouse plants provide many vital services: erosion prevention, soil nutrient replenishment, weed suppression in both winter and spring, and vital organic matter that improves soil structure. You can even use cover crops as mulch around your plants next year!

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PlotstoPlates Spring 2017 Newsletter

Welcome, garden friends, to our 5th season! Whether you are one of our veterans or this is your first year, we are excited to grow with you this season. For those who may not know, in addition to providing a place for Carmel residents and district staff to grow their own fresh produce, our garden is a place of hands-on learning for hundreds of our district’s students each year. We also have been growing fruits and vegetables for local food pantries since our very first season.

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PlotstoPlates October 2016 Newsletter

At our recent plot holder meeting and picnic, we discussed some items of importance. If you could not attend, please read the following. First, we discussed this year’s growing season. Some plot holders shared how they dealt with tomato wilt and blight.

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PlotstoPlates September 2016 Newsletter

You may have noticed recently that the northwest corner and the southern fence line of the garden have been spruced up. This work was not done by garden fairies; plot holders like you and I did it, with the help of a few Hamilton County Master Gardeners.

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PlotstoPlates August 2016 Newsletter

Several plot holders tell us that they have experienced problems with their tomato and cucumber plants this season. Some tomato plant leaves are turning brown and going limp. Some cucumber leaves have white spots on them.

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PlotstoPlates July 2016 Newsletter

As we approach the apex of summer, our garden is in full swing.  The rain has been dependable so far, and some of our plot holders have been able to use water from the rain barrels as well.  As our garden grows, so does our weed problem in and outside the plots.

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PlotstoPlates June 2016 Newsletter

Recently, employees from Avant Healthcare Marketing came out to the garden and spent three hours performing a variety of tasks.  They cleared out the landscape beds in the meditation area, repainted some plot markers, weeded the paths and plots in section D, and laid down cardboard and straw.  All with smiles on their faces!  This company encourages their employees to give back to the community and allows them to volunteer during the work day.

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PlotstoPlates May 2016 Newsletter

Welcome to the 4th growing season at the Plots to Plates Community Garden! Whether you are brand new or one of our veterans, we are glad you will be in the garden with us this year.

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PlotstoPlates October 2015 Newsletter

As the season winds down, the cooler temperatures bring us back indoors after living outside these past few months. Before succumbing to winter, please remember to do the following:

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