Rose RootZone Sept 2021 Iss. 2: Gardener Updates

A lush gardening season for all! Well done gardeners!

1. Gardener Reminders

Wed Sept 15, 5:30-7:00 pm: Upcoming Live Music at Garden: A garden favorite Laurie Dameron. Bring chairs, drinks, snacks and friends and family to enjoy our last live music of the season.

Note: The Appetizer Contest has been canceled due to lack of participation in pre-sign ups. Feel free to bring garden appetizers to share anyway!

Pre-Registration for 2022 Season Available

Thank you to the 20 gardeners who have filled out our Pre-Registration form. As a returning gardener or new gardener, you can fill out the Pre-Registration 2022 Form Here. Returning gardeners please fill out by Dec 31, 2021 and also fill out to let us know if you're not returning. We will start assigning available plots in March 2022 to new gardeners.

Thurs Work Party offering individual garden plot support

Service Hours

Just a reminder, 12 service hours need to be completed by Oct 31 per plot, or $7 per hour will be invoiced. Thank you for giving in any way you can! A September tally is forthcoming, and in the meantime you can check online logged hours Here.

Going forward, you can log your Service Hours Here as we will soon need to remove the barn logging book for final tallying.

2. End of Season Compost Pile

We are starting an end of season compost pile West of the barn. Please put everything in a pile outside the west side garden fence line including all weeds, produce from the garden and sunflowers and corn stalks. Keep an eye out for new signage showing where to place this end of season organic matter. We will be testing composting methods mixing in manure.

We may or may not have a dumpster available due to pricing, scheduling, waste management companies requiring annual contracts when we only operate seasonally, and communication challenges with Waste Management companies, as well as changes in City policies. We will continue to seek manageable rates. In the meantime we hope to make soil from our end of season organic matter!

Patty Sacks, VP and Westside Landscaping Project Lead

3. Westside Landscaping Project

Please bring leaves, grass cuttings and cardboard and drop outside the west side garden fence line for our Westside Landscaping Project by the end of September.

Update from the Project Lead Patty:

"Many thanks to those who dropped off cardboard and grass for the West Side "Lasagna" Planting Beds on Saturday, September 4. Garden volunteer Donna Neill and I added 10 lineal feet of the second layer as well as laid out the area for the commemorative sculpture. Thanks to the many gardeners who dropped off cardboard and grass clippings. We'll continue to work on these areas through the fall, adding a leaf layer and additional manure to ready the beds for planting in the spring. Work continues on site plan revisions and working with the City of Arvada to activate the Grant funding to enable payment for landscaping materials and trees.

Tribute sculpture site preparation
Donna Neill helping prep Westside Landscaping Project

4. Friends of Rose Roots: Plant-A-Tribute Tree Program

Thank you to those contributing! We are still accepting donations for trees that will be planted to the West of the garden. These trees will shade a Farm-to-Table community space and natural reflective walking paths along with planting beds and seating areas. Those being offered tribute will be named at the dedication. To benefit the Westside Landscaping project you can donate an individual tree, or become a Friend of Rose Roots at Four Sponsorship levels:

Gardener Donna with her Newsletter reading prize!