Special notes to garden adopters:
Notes on Bulbs:
- Please try not to move bulbs or remove them from gardens. BULBS ARE EXPENSIVE. We want bulbs in the gardens!
- Bulbs are great to have in every garden and some are actually historic. Move them if you must but keep them in the ground at Mayfield.
- Remove bulb foliage after it is brown and dried. If bulb foliage is removed while still green, bulbs will not bloom next year.
- If bulbs are moved please replant them in the garden area, or place them in the volunteer shed bulb basket so others can plant them.
- The exception is cat’s claw vine bulbs, which are invasive and should be removed and thrown away.
Finished with the gardening tasks in your garden? Consider helping with the following:
- Cat’s claw vine can be dug up anywhere in volunteer garden area. These invasive bulbs should be thrown away in the trash.
- Tall Ruellia (Mexican petunia) has been a problem in the garden area and should be removed from all garden plots.
- Any garden plot marked as available can be weeded and trimmed.
Notes on compost and healthy soil:
- Healthy soil has to have organic matter in it. It needs to be mixed into the soil at a 1/3 compost to 2/3 soil ratio. Compost is a host of micro-organisms living in the soil which are continually generating a free supply of naturally slow-release 10-5-2 nutrients along with a long list of micro-nutrients. Compost also improves the structure of the soil in a healthy way because the organisms are aerobic.
- There are many bulbs in the various beds which may make mixing in compost difficult. In this case spread a thin layer of compost on top of the garden, even on top of the mulch and wash it with a hose.
- Look for the ready to use sign in the compost area for a supply of compost as it is prepared regularly.
Notes on mulch:
- Add mulch in a THIN, loose layer throughout the beds for a nice look. A thin layer works better as it will allow water from the irrigation system to soak through.
- Mulch should not be placed at the root of plants as this can cause rotting. Mulch the areas between plants. Irises should not be mulched at all.
- The hardwood mulch compacts and needs to be worked every so often to break it up.