Tuesday, November 21, 2023

President's Report by Janet Crozier


With the LCRA grant and all the other grants and donations, as well as our several fundraisers, we have finally raised enough money to begin and complete the ADA-Compliant Gardening area in the community garden. This truly is the time of Thanksgiving!

Not only has the concrete been laid in the garden area, but the sidewalk from the Sculpture Garden was poured. The irrigation to the beds will be added starting November 21. Each bed will have its own emitter. A shed will be added soon after. Our thanks go out to TJ Wright and Ralph Bullard for their speedy efforts to get this garden in place before winter.

I am so happy for the gardeners who took a chance on the fall weather and planted their beds with plenty of good fall veggies. They are amazing! You can see them on our Facebook group and pages. And no doubt Renee will post them on the website as well. I just planted onions this morning and we have another tree to add to our orchard too.

Now is the time to think about growing your own garden and start making a plan to start living a healthier life. We are here to help. Not only do we provide a space for gardening, but we offer classes that teach various methods of gardening. Most of the gardens in the community garden are Square Foot Gardens, but we offer other methods to suit different situations.

For example, you may have a small area in your home where a hydroponic garden might be an option. Actually, you can get as elaborate as you want with this method. Robin Smith is coming to the Lampasas County Extension Center conference room on December 4 from 6-8 pm to demonstrate and teach the hydroponic method. She is a captivating instructor. I am very excited to share this unique opportunity with you. There is a $10 suggested donation requested.

We are planning other gardening and nutrition classes during the winter months before we get busy planting.

I have a request; we are looking for more board members who can help with spreading the word about our community garden. There are so many new people coming to Lampasas and may want to garden or become a volunteer. If you are interested in helping with this, contact me at lampasascommunitygardens@gmail.com or text me at 512-434-9293 with your contact information, and I will be in touch with you.