Notes from the spring meeting
Arlene Guest, Barb Curran, Ginny Reed, Miranda Clemson met at Ginny’s
We talked about “scheduling” work sessions at our town installations.
A list of time related tasks in the case of the 7-11/Cumby planter
- -May – beginning – end of May: Clean up winter gravel and debris, pull any grass, replace or add plants.
- -End of June: Cut spent iris stalks
- -July/August: Cut daylily stalks
- -End of October: Cut plants, put the garden to bed
All follow pretty much that same program. Spring cleanup and weed, midsummer weed, and late October put the garden to bed. Rather than scheduling specific times it might be easier if we just had general weeks on the calendar and any of us should feel free to email the list asking for company on a day when we feel like working.
We talked about the library beds and whether we wanted to formally commit to maintaining those. Arlene will check with Samantha.
Miranda has an email from Keith Callahan the regional manager at Applegreen, PLC authorizing us to continue working on the 7-11 planter (formerly Cumby’s)
Ginny will followup with Gray Electric regarding an outside tap next to the Gypsy Garden
We talked about getting the gardener at the Lake Morey Inn to do a lecture on “Planning a 4 season garden” as we had discussed in the past. Ginny will follow up as she has the contact info and we will aim for January and coordinate with Fairlee Community Arts, hoping to have it in the auditorium in January.
On June 5th there will be a lecture on the Emerald Ash Borer at the library. Peter Guest has prepared a document on the borer and possible response from the town. Arlene and Peter would like help making an inventory of town ash trees.
Barb has been busy working on the garden at St. Martin’s. and also doing a lot of work with SME kids. She’ll be constructing a labyrinth at St. Martin’s and is there working Fridays 4-6
We discussed traffic calming ideas as brought up during the Planning Commission panel discussion of May 16, some involved using planters which would be moved during the winter to allow for plowing. We discussed how plantings might be maintained.
Possible new project: dig up the long line of orange daylilies in front of the Railroad Station and neaten, redistribute and augment the plants for better appearance.
So far this spring members of Fairlee Gardeners have:
7/11 bed – weeded, cleaned up and fertilized with Pro-Gro. Added some pansies and more Catmint.
Gypsy Garden – Put down landscaping cloth and mulch on paths between the raised beds. Divided/moved some plants. Added a few new ones.
Raised bed between Chapman’s and 7/11 – Weeded and cut down old growth. Swept and cleaned road sand and debris from around the edge of the bed.