Monday, September 12, 2022

President's and Site Coordinator's Report

September 8, 2022, by Janet Crozier

It has only been a few weeks since our last board meeting and I didn’t think there was too much to report. I was wrong. To bring you all up to date on the status of our grants, as you know from my excitement, we received the Square Foot Gardening grant and a check for $2000 will be mailed to our PO box. I called Jolsna Thomas with the Rosendin Foundation to inquire about the grant I wrote in February for the water collection. She said the application for the grant just closed the end of August and will be considered and awarded the end of October. So we are still waiting on LCRA’s determination, also at the end of October. This will get the ADA Compliant raised bed project started.

The fall gardening has many of the gardeners excited and planting or at least planning their gardens. We have 2 new gardeners to date with a few more thinking about it. When you are in the garden and see a couple of women you haven’t seen before, welcome them to our community. Paulette Murry became interested as a result of our mutual participation in the water aerobics class this summer. Zalina Filha (Crozier) is my daughter-in-law from Brazil. She may need some guidance as she has experience gardening in a very different environment with different plants that don’t grow here.

Our gardening classes have drawn a lot of attention. We have had a big write up in the Lampasas Dispatch Record a week or so ago. ( A copy of the article is on the bulletin board in the shed for anyone interested is reading it) I had a call from Teresa Thornton who wants to do another article highlighting us as a non-profit charitable organization This article is sponsored by First Texas Bank. She asked for a photo of the board and/or the gardens. I will send her both. She also wants a description of our mission.

I will have a Square Foot Gardening class this Saturday at 10 am in the community garden. I have given out some flyers and just put an ad in the Radiogram. Angel, the new station manager, promised that he would put it on the radio as well.

I have purchased 20 bags of compost to be available to gardeners to replenish the compost in their beds after pulling out the plants that are no longer viable.

I cleaned out a garden bed that had a lot of herbs in it and Julie potted many of them up. I am hoping that they will get through the shock and look good for the plant sale at the Fall Fling.

If you have been to the garden, it’s obvious that we need a workday soon. The grass and weeds are really benefiting from the recent rains.

Friday, September 2, 2022

President's Report


August 19, 2022, by Janet Crozier, president and Certified SFG Instructor.

This has been a busy month with a lot of deadlines for grants and notifications for workdays and our annual gardeners’ meeting. In the midst of this, Nancy Love resigned as treasurer due to a family crisis. Fortunately, Geoffrey and Krista Spurgeon offered to be co-treasurers. Geoff comes in with a lot of business expertise and Krista is very detail oriented. The added bonus is that they are good gardeners. It was important to me to have someone/s that are acquainted with the needs of the garden and will be able to bring those needs to my attention. So welcome aboard Geoff and Krista.

We have been talking about a raised bed area to service the physically challenged for some time. Potential gardeners either in wheelchairs or those who have mobility problems that keep them from bending or kneeling have asked for this. Chris Eicher, the Parks Board director, offered some help in finding a way to make this happen. Having an ADA-compliant walk from the parking lot to the garden area will be provided by the Parks Dept. The plan is to remove the fence that butts up to the swimming pool and replace it with a gate that will allow gardeners to come in, leaving the current gate available to trucks and carts.

The flattish area next to the fence measures 14’ X 45’ long. It was decided that that is the best location for these raised beds. Mr. Dibble, a concrete contractor, gave us a quote that includes all the ADA requirements. He comes with a lot of experience and has done extensive work with the city.

LCRA (Lower Colorado River Authority) was offering grants for projects such as this. With the help of Geoff and Krista and suggestions from Sheila Slagel with LCRA, we were able to complete the grant and send it off before the end of the month. We were required to provide 20% of the grant amount and show evidence of that.

During the Spring Ho event, I just happened to run into Kelvin Barkowsky, the president of First Texas Bank. I had mentioned to him previously our desire to work on this ADA-compliant project after the pavilion was completed. He reiterated his desire to help with this and asked me to come to the bank and discuss how they could help. I met with him the next week and he offered $5,000 with the approval of the Bank’s BOD. He called and said the bank would give $2,500 immediately and another after the first of the year. He said that they would possibly provide $2,500 each year after that. Mr. Barkowsky contacted Mike Irvin and asked him to donate a small shed, which he agreed to do after the concrete is laid down.

I wrote another grant to the Square Foot Gardening Foundation for $2,000. That was mailed off this week.

We should be hearing from the Rosendin Foundation regarding a grant I wrote in February for the water collection tank that we have been talking about for some time.

We have had Krista Spurgeon and Janina Lecker, both gardeners provide wonderful classes with attendances of around 10 people respectively. Karen DeZarn will round out the month with a class on preservation of the harvest on August 30. I passed out flyers to a few businesses, the pregnancy center, and bought an ad in the Radiogram, but was not allowed to place a flyer at the library because we were charging. I heard the same excuse from the Radiogram.

We have had 2 workday sessions on Saturday mornings with only a few gardeners attending. I had hoped by having the workdays early (8:00 am), we would have a good turnout, but those that came accomplished a lot, but we still have more to do. With cooler weather coming, perhaps it will be easier to get willing workers.

Monday, August 8, 2022

Meal Makeovers & Food Preservation

Event by Lampasas Community GardensNourished & Fed and Janina 'Kelly' LeckerWish you could make your favorite meal, but you know it's not, "good for you"? Do you have certain dietary requirements that result in frustration and back-sliding? Come join Janina in learning how to remake favorite dishes to be just as tasty and satisfying but more whole foods based and nutritious. Make sure you RSVP to save your spot! Email lampasascommunitygardens@gmail.com or RSVP on Facebook.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Donation from First Texas Bank


THANK YOU to First Texas Bank of Lampasas for their generous donation of $2,500 for ADA-compliant garden beds in Lampasas Community Gardens. They have committed to another $2,500 in 2023 too! We are eternally grateful for their support.

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Certificate of Special Recognition

Lampasas Community Gardens was honored today by the Cen-Tex Sustainable Communities Partnership and given a Certificate of Special Recognition by US House Representative, John R. Carter, Tx District 31.




Friday, March 4, 2022

News

 March 3, 2022, Janet Crozier on Lampasas Radio


March 4, 2022, The Square Foot Gardening Foundation’s executive directors, Steve and Laura Bartholomew came to Lampasas to visit the Lampasas Community Gardens and brought copies of Mel's best-selling book Square Foot Gardening for us. 

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

February Gardening Tips


Planting.

Even though it’s still wintertime, there are many types of plants that can or should be planted at this time of year. Early- to mid-February is vegetable planting time for cool-season crops including onions, Irish potatoes, radishes, greens, lettuce, spinach, sugar snap peas, carrots, broccoli transplants, beets, Swiss chard, and turnips. Early planting assures a good harvest prior to the arrival of summer heat. 

Don’t be in a hurry to plant summer vegetables such as tomato, peppers, and squash – the average last winter freeze for the Tyler area is mid-March. A late frost or freeze will result in re-peated plantings of frost-sensitive vegetables. Summer vegetables not only require warm air temperatures but also warm soils to quickly establish and grow vigorously.

February is time to plant many types of shrubs and trees including roses, bare rooted fruit and nut trees, grapes, blueberries, and blackberries. Hardy container-grown trees, shrubs, and ground covers can also be planted this month.

Some other gardening items for February include:

• Prune and fertilize peach trees.
• Check trees and shrubs for scale insects, and treat with horticultural oil if present.
• Prune roses in mid- to late-February.
• Prepare beds and garden area for spring planting. Till in several inches of compost, composted pine bark or similar material.
• Sow seeds in flats or containers to get a jump on plant growth before hot weather arrives. 
Petunias, begonias, and impatiens should be sown in February. Warm temperature plants, such as tomatoes, peppers, marigolds, and periwinkles, should be sown in early February.
• Need to move shrubs or young trees to a new location? Now is the time.
• Cut back perennials and ornamental grasses before new growth begins.
• Fertilize pansies and other cool-season flowers.
• Check compost pile and turn.
• Apply pre-emergent herbicide in mid- to late February to lawns for weed control (but ONLY if 
weeds were a problem last summer. No need to apply herbicides to thick, healthy, weed-free 
lawns). A pre-emergent herbicide will not control existing weeds.
• Wait until April to fertilize St. Augustine and Bermuda grass lawns.
• Keep bird feeders stocked for both winter residents and migrating species.
• Get bluebird and other nest boxes ready.
• Check junipers, other narrow-leaf evergreens, and roses for bagworm pouches. The insect eggs over-winter in the pouch and start the cycle again by emerging in the spring to begin feeding on the foliage. Hand removal and discarding of the pouches reduces future damage.

Source: https://agrilife.org/etg/2012/02/14/february-gardening-tips/