Friday, October 23, 2009
Suggestions from the Tower Garden Manager
Our 2009 Fall cleanup for the Master Gardener "Tower Garden" took place October 17th. This year the cleanup was done in one day thanks to the help received from Master Gardeners Jeanne Jensen and Keith Harris and Community Volunteers Virginia Miller and Lisa Lake.
When a work party is needed, I send out a notification specifying a day and what time I'll be working in the garden. I invite them to join me for part or all of the day; whatever works for their schedule. Included in this notification is a list of suggested items to bring for example: gloves,tools, coffee, water bottle and I include weather information so volunteers can dress accordingly. Volunteers appreciate the organization and time flexibility and enthusiasm of the garden project.
The garden has a volunteer base of about 15. Master Gardeners, friends and employees of the Umatilla-Morrow ESD make up the volunteer pool. Students from the Pendleton Alternative Education School also put in time last Spring getting the garden up and running. This is the 5th year for the garden,which means clean-up has been fine tuned to be done quickly and efficiently.
Also, once a volunteer is comfortable with the garden purpose and routine,they are invited to stop in anytime and do light maintenance (weeding,trimming, etc) at their convenience. Volunteers give me a heads up of their plan and I give them the approval to go ahead. It has been a great way to have volunteers share with me another view of garden needs. As reported by Annette Frye, Garden Manager.