The garden has two spots available for this season. We have one half plot in the upper garden and one full-sized plot in the lower garden. Please email Shelley at email@example.com or Francis at Francis.E.Kennedy@dartmouth.edu for more information.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for one of the lower garden plots or Shelley Sanyal (email@example.com) 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.
Alas, flowers are blooming. The gardens are pretty soggy. It’s the perfect time to put up the fencing and be ready to plant when the sun shines.
We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday, May 13th at 9:00 am to install the fences, hook up the hoses, and clean up the grounds. Should it rain on Saturday, we will try again at 9 am on Sunday, May 14th. We will send a reminder at the end of the week.
Please bring your work gloves and your ideas for the new season. If you haven’t had a chance to pay your garden fee, please bring your check made out to Kathy Tefft (Hanover Community Gardens). The full plot fee is $40 and the half is $20.
See you on Saturday in the garden.
Thanks, Fred Tefft, for mowing around the garden entrance, and for clearing out the path. It looks great!
This afternoon, en route to weeding and watering, a gardener surprised a woodchuck in the lower garden. It is not clear where it had come through the fence, but everyone should check the portion of fence adjacent to their plot and make sure that it is as tightly staked as possible. We recommend that the same be done in the upper garden. Although we have not yet had any reports of critter sightings there, some young broccoli heads show signs of nibbling.
Also, please do not dump garden waste down by the lower garden because there is no easy way to retrieve it from there at this time of year.
The gardens are looking lush and wonderful and represent an impressive amount of work. Bravo to all!