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What you need to know...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
By Jane Hoinville

All volunteers are welcome at the garden in the summer. Benefits include learning vegetable gardening without having all the bother of setting up your own; getting to meet people from other parts of the College; there are Master Gardeners on hand to ply with any questions and it's a great way to get away from your desk for an hour, or unwind after work.

If you are fit enough to make it up the hill to the garden and can bend down with a reasonable expectation of standing up again, the work is not strenuous. It consists mostly of basic garden maintenance: weeding, watering and monitoring for pests and problems. This sometimes requires taking pictures, going away to consult the all-mighty Google and coming up with a trouble-shooting plan.  And then, importantly, there's the harvesting and sharing of the bounty.

It's good to keep in mind that even light garden work and most office-wear do not mix well. So with this in mind, this week, while you're still interested enough to have read this far, put together a bag with some old clothes and shoes, a hat, sunscreen, a water bottle and a towel. If you have a favorite pair of gardening gloves throw them in too, but there are gloves available in various sizes at the garden. You may not need it all, but on hot days, it helps. Also old shopping bags come in handy for carrying away the bounty.

I look forward to seeing you soon in the garden.


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