Rose RootZone: April News from the Rhizosphere

Good Morning Organic Gardeners,

Registration is Coming to a Close! We are so close to the end of registration on May 1st, with only a dozen plots left to get purchased. Thank you so much everyone for all your help in getting this done a bit earlier this season.

  • Those of you who have purchased your plots are welcome to start planting early crops and prepping your soil.

  • Remember, if you have a partner who works in the garden too, they must do a no dollar amount registration to be covered under the DUG insurance. Just put zero in all the pay questions, unless you want to donate more. Here is the link: https://tinyurl.com/plotnp

New Member Orientations Laura has been a busy garden orienter, giving over 22 new gardener orientations so far. She has made notes and will be connecting people with interests in areas of the garden.

  • There will always be new questions, even as a returning gardener. Please let us know if you'd like a garden orientation. If you have not been contacted by Laura, email membership@roserootsgarden.org

  • Laura is hoping to have these done by May 1 so you can start gardening when the water comes on early to mid-May typically.

  • The garden officially opens June 1. All plots must be planted or at least have been worked or it will be relinquished to someone on the waitlist.

Spring Celebration!

So excited to say we are going to do this masked, socially distant FUN thing! Since Covid is getting a bit more controlled, we have decided it would be of great interest to have an opening day celebration this season. Please come meet your garden neighbors. Reminder, the event could be modified or rescheduled due to weather, but we are planning on SUNSHINE!

  • There will be live harp melodies playing, things for children to do, introductions of Steering Committee, questions answered, freebies, seeds... etc!

  • Please mark May 2nd, 2-4 pm on your calendar.

  • Masks and social distancing still required of everyone.

  • BYO Chair, adult beverages, and snacks

Operations Making things Operational

Operations have some projects in mind to get things rolling this season. Check it out...

  • They will be repairing a couple of ADA boxes that need help before May, weather permitting.

  • Hose hangers replaced, with a workday to prep the garden included.

  • Lawnmower garages at the compost areas.

Spring Compost has Arrived Some of you have probably noticed the pile of compost on the northwest open area outside the fence.

  • Please ONE level wheelbarrow per plot, for now, to be sure that all gardeners get some.

  • Traditionally, if you need more, we have a deal through DUG, so we'll see what comes up to purchase at ACE or somewhere else.

  • Once the weather warms up we'll be making our own amazing compost too.

  • The pile that has a cover on it is horse manure that needs to cook for the summer to simmer it down a bit. Please do not disturb. Thank you Patty for organizing the pickup of these nuggets!

Bylaw Revisions The Steering Committee worked through some much-needed revisions on the Garden Bylaws since these were the originals from 2013.

  • Please take a look so you are familiar with what we stand for at https://www.roserootsgarden.org/by-laws

  • Thank you Erin for starting the process and to those that contributed!

Open Positions We are in need of some people who are interested in being leads for a couple of important positions. HELP WANTED:

  • Community Event Coordinator/Outreach - Organizes events throughout the season such as music, movies, education, workdays, open/closing celebrations, etc. Will need to attend or have a helper attend each event or at least setup.

  • Weekly Work Nite Leader - One night a week, lead gardeners that come to give back (i.e. volunteer) and complete jobs in the garden. Will need to be well versed in tasks that need completing in the garden. Training will be provided if necessary.

  • Many other jobs to be done as well. Please check out the website to sign up for a position. https://www.roserootsgarden.org/volunteer-hours

Resources We are part of a larger community of gardens Denver Urban Gardens (DUG) who have many good resources. We also have a Facebook page (members only, can post), Instagram, and our website. Several of our gardeners are Master Gardeners or very seasoned gardeners that have a wealth of knowledge. Get to know them!

  • Colorado Veggie Guide - https://cmg.extension.colostate.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2020/06/Colorado-Vegetable-Guide-2.1.pdf

  • DUG Earth Week Panels - Www.dug.org/earth-week/

  • Companion Planting = https://www.wideopeneats.com/companion-plants-for-cucumbers/amp/

Do something special for Earth Day this season...


  • clean up plastic along the road/park/greenbelt,

  • plant a tree/bush or simply hug one,

  • learn about recycling or composting and put to action,

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