The mission of the Canillas Community Garden is to develop a community of organic gardeners whose common goal is to grow healthy food and create a place of beauty, peace, and inspiration in Lebanon, NH.
* Canillas is an organic garden. Any composting, fertilizing, mulching, and pest/disease control should be by organic methods. Weed control should be done without chemical herbicides (e.g. by physical pulling, mulching, and cultivating.) Fertilizers can be compost, worm castings, composted manure, mulches, and/or organically-certified amendments such as blood meal, bone meal, alfalfa meal, fish-based liquids, seaweed, etc. No dyed bark mulch and, please, no cocoa bean mulch which is toxic to dogs.
Physical removal of insects is best, and is practical for these small plots. If you are buying plants, we hope they will have been grown by organic methods. Please do not plant anything that has been sprayed with pesticides, grown with Round-up,neonicitinoids,etc.Many seeds are pre-treated with pesticides – please use organic seeds. Don’t be afraid to ask if you are not sure.
*We encourage gardeners to do minimal tilling of the soil so as to minimize disruption of the life and structure of the soil. We also encourage gardeners to not leave soil bare; use mulch between rows and consider planting a cover crop post-harvest. (We shredded many leaves last Fall and hope we have enough to use as mulch in each bed.)
* Conserve water by watering in the morning or late afternoon, applying water to the base of plants when possible. If you turn on the hose, please take responsibility for seeing that it is turned off. Unattended watering is not allowed.
*It is each gardener’s responsibility to keep paths around their plot clear, weed-free, and mulched with wood chips (half the path around the raised bed.) Do not plant sprawling vines that block the space between beds; look for bush varieties. (Sprawling plants are likely to be wiped out as the hose is dragged around the garden.)
* Work Days are scheduled two or three times each year and are a community effort. All are expected to help. If you are unable to attend a work day, please notify the Garden Committee and we will suggest other ways you might help.
* Plots must be obviously worked and weed control begun by June 1, 2018. If you are unable to keep or maintain your plot, please contact the Garden Committee immediately. Temporary help will be sought or your plot will be reassigned permanently,depending on the circumstances. No refund will be given after June 1st.
* Gardeners are responsible for cleaning up their garden debris by November 1st. Those who want to extend the season should notify the Garden Committee.
* There will be an effort to allow gardeners to keep the same bed each year, but that is not a sure thing; keep that in mind when adding your own compost, or planting perennials or over-wintering crops.
* We hope you will make an effort to meet the other gardeners – enjoy!
Tha Canillas Community Garden Committee
Polly Gould, Helen Brody, Cherry Angell, Pat McGovern
p.s. The Union of Concerned Scientists has published The Climate Friendly Gardener available for free on-line. We encourage you to check it out – it is a great handbook for promoting healthy soil, nutrient-rich vegetables, and helping to mitigate the effects of climate change.
Another on-line resource is The Carbon Sequestering Garden, a NOFA/Mass publication and available for free.