The Hanover Garden Club is holding its annual plant sale on Saturday, May 19 from 9 am to noon. The sale takes place at the Garden Club shed at Pine Knoll Cemetery, 121 South Main St., Hanover. Proceeds of the sale are used to support the planting of Hanover Town Gardens.
They will have hardy field grown perennials, potted and hanging geraniums and other annuals, heirloom tomatoes, peppers and more vegetables, herbs, small shrubs, raspberry bushes and a large selection of pollinator friendly plants. Cash or Check only.
There are currently 3 full plots (20’ x 20’) available in the lower garden and 1 half-plot (20’ x 10’) available in the upper garden. If you would like to expand your garden, or if you know someone who would like to take over a plot and garden with us this summer, please contact Francis Kennedy (email@example.com) for one of the lower garden plots or Shelley Sanyal (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the upper garden half-plot.
Garden Plot Payment
Please make your payment for this year’s garden plot ($40 for full plot, $20 for half-plot) by early June. Make check payable to Hanover Community Gardens and send to Megan Holthoff at 10 Reservoir Rd., Hanover.
We’ve made lots of progress toward getting a year-round fence around the Hanover Community Gardens, but we aren’t there yet.
- The Garden Fence Committee, led by Doug Deaett, came up with a design of a year-round fence that would be supplied by Critterfence and installed by Critterfence Installation for a total of a bit over $6000, including installation.
- Joanna Whitcomb worked with Dartmouth College, on whose land the gardens are located, to get their approval for the erection of a year-round fence around the gardens.That approval was granted and the license allowing us the right to garden on the land is being updated. The Town of Hanover has also given their approval.
- More than half of this year’s gardeners responded to our poll about a fence, and they unanimously voted to have a year-round fence instead of a seasonal fence.
- Many of the gardeners also pledged donations toward the fence purchase; a total of over $750 was pledged and those pledge payments are coming in.
- Proposals for funding were submitted to several organizations in the Hanover area.One of them, Hanover Improvement Society, has responded favorably by giving us a grant of $500.
- As of May 1 we had less than one-third of the funds required for purchase and installation of a year-round fence, so were unable to contract with Critterfence to get a new fence installed before Memorial Day.
- We have decided to reinstall our seasonal fence, at least temporarily, and plan to do so onMay 12 (see below). This will allow the gardeners to start planting this month.
- Assuming sufficient funds for a year-round fence are obtained during the summer, the seasonal fence will be taken down later in the summer and the year-round fence will be installed at that time.
Saturday, May 5th at 9:30 am
Saturday, May 12th at 9:30 am
During the past few years there has been a rapid growth of mint, invasive weeds, and even some bushes in the area around the gardens. They have grown into the fence and have caused deterioration of the fencing. Those plants and other detritus, including discarded posts, needs to be removed before any fence can be installed at the gardens, and the grounds in general need a good cleanup. For that purpose, we hope to get as many gardeners as possible together this coming Saturday, May 5, at 9:30 am for a garden clean-up work party. If anyone can bring weed whacker, clippers, rake, hoe, etc. to assist in the effort, that would be much appreciated. With a decent turnout, it shouldn’t take more than an hour. The ground may be rather soggy, so wear appropriate footwear.
A second work party is being scheduled for Saturday morning May 12, also at 9:30, to put up the seasonal fence and install hoses. Again, assuming a decent turnout it shouldn’t take more than an hour.
Please plan to come to one or both of the work parties. In case of rain, they will be rescheduled. Please check the garden webpage (www.hanovergardens.org) for updates.
We will put the gardens to bed on Sunday, November 7th at 10 am. With a good turn out, we will be done with everything by noon.
Thanks to William and Sue and others who pulled the hoses from each terrace. Thanks to Bill, Sophia & the Gosselins for cleaning & rolling them up and then putting them in storage. Also a big thank you for the wood chips and those who have applied a thick layer to the aisles. It looks great and will be ready for action in the spring.
Before the ground freezes, it’s important for you to clean out your plot thoroughly. It’s your responsibility to our fellow gardeners and also it’s required to maintain the land lease.
Happy Fall! It’s that time of year for tidying up the gardens. It’s been an amazing season – can you believe no hard frost yet?!
Please clean up your plot during the next few weeks. We’re looking for a work morning in early November 7th or 8th or the following weekend.
We have been asked by the Upper Valley Localvore group to open up our gardens for “self-guided tours” on Sunday, August 30 between 3 and 5 pm. Our garden will be one of several gardens in the Upper Valley Localvore Edible Gardens tour. The news item is shown below.
Sunday August 30th
45 East Wheelock Street
As a finale to NH Eat Local Month, UV Localvores invite you to visit two vegetable gardens on East Wheelock Street in Hanover this Sunday, August 30th at 3:00 p.m. One garden demonstrates how to get a great veggie yield from a small south-facing front yard and the use of cold frames to extend the season. The other will fire your imagination as to making a garden child-friendly and fun. All ages welcome to join us outside rain or shine. Stay for light refreshments. All are welcome to do a self-guided tour of the Hanover Community Gardens on Reservoir Road (Hanover) after seeing the East Wheelock gardens.
Our friend Barbara sends the following news:
For the past few weeks we’ve been in the asparagus patch daily, picking Japanese beetles off the plants. At first, there were hundreds, but of late just a few or none.
At one point, this wonderful spider appeared with her web in the tops of the plants. She wanted to catch the numerous beetles; I guess she finds them tasty.
First she spent time adding a vague white design down the center of the web, and a few days later pulled this material into the lovely zig zag pattern you see below her. Maybe bugs find that attractive?
When she caught a beetle, she wrapped it completely in her silk like a neat package, and these were placed on the web for future dinner …. we saw as many as four of these bug packages attached to the web — but once she was done with the meals, the bug-packages were cast off.
In this photo (it took many tries to get one in focus), she is eating her last package…she huddles over the bug bundle, sticks her jaw into the package, manipulates the package with her elegant long legs, and neatly seems to pull out the insides of the bug.
Such simple entertainment. We’ve spent hours watching her patient progress.
Now I know why EB White spun that wonderful children’s tale about Charlotte. Maybe it is time to re-read that story? Doesn’t she give Wilbur advice about life, and other good things? It’s a good thing we didn’t spray anything on the plants to kill the bugs — look what we got instead!