November 22, 2023
1. WHEELBARROWS – Please do not leave wheelbarrows locked in your
garden. Wheelbarrows are meant to be shared and should be returned to
one of the three wheelbarrow stations before you leave for the day.
2. TRASH - Never leave trash or garden stuff in the common lawn areas of the garden, the compost area, the stick pile or along the perimeter fence. If you are not able to dispose of trash during our spring or fall trash collection, it must be brought home and disposed of in your own trash. Remember - on
National Park Service land, what you bring in, you must bring out.
3. WATER – Please be mindful of water usage and water your garden
sparingly. Do not use sprinklers. Please detach hoses from faucets when
not in use. And last but not least, remember that there are water pipes
underneath the garden walking paths, so don’t dig up there or you might end up with a geyser and a bill to repair the broken pipe.
2023 NPS RULES: Please read the National Park Service’s 2023 Guidelines for Community Gardens in Rock Creek Park on the GPCG website and here The 2021 Guidelines that are included in the link shall be considered relevant for 2023.
November 20, 2023
2023 Annual Meeting on December 3
All gardeners are invited to the 2023 Glover Park Community Garden Annual Meeting to be held on December 3. Please review the email sent on November 16 for directions on the location of the meeting.
This meeting will be conducted virtually as well in order to maximize the number of participants. A Zoom invite will be sent out via email the day before the December 3 meeting.
The schedule for this year's annual meeting is as follows:
9:30 - 10:00 Refreshments and Collection of Renewal Forms and Dues
10:00 - 11:00 Annual Meeting
The email from November 16 also included your 2024 Plot Renewal form. Please bring your payment along with the completed form to the annual meeting for collection. If you cannot submit your payment during the annual meeting, you can mail it to the Treasurer Gerry Frost as instructed on the renewal form.
We look forward to seeing you all on December 3.
November 12, 2023
Water Shut Off for the Season
Due to nighttime temperatures dropping below freezing, we will turn the water off today.
October 10, 2023
Fall Cleanup Day and Picnic
Weather permitting, we will have our Fall Cleanup Day and Picnic on Saturday October 21. We will have pre-assigned cleanup activities for our army of volunteers to participate in followed by a delicious fall-themed picnic featuring some of our favorite vegetable dishes from our very own garden.
October 1, 2023
Trash Collection: October 14 – October 29
There will be two collections in the designated roped-off sections at the north area of the garden next to the lilac bushes and the south area next to the chips pile. Do not put any trash in these areas except during October 14 – October 29.
Unauthorized dumping on National Park Service land is a federal crime.
September 20, 2023
New Listserv Connects Gardeners with Volunteers
Thanks to John Coons, who has been helping out many gardeners on projects big and small, we now have a way for all gardeners to connect with garden volunteers.
These volunteers are typically people on the waiting list, and eager to get their hands dirty. This listserv group may be used to find one time help (e.g. someone watering your garden plot while on vacation) to more solid co-gardening arrangements. The listserv does not replace communication through the existing listserv exclusively for gardeners.
Both volunteers and gardeners who want to be part of this listserv need to sign up to the group using the following steps:
1) Email email@example.com indicating you would like to be added to the volunteer listserv.
2) Accept the invite to the group which will be emailed to you (check your spam folder).
3)- Once accepted, you will be able to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: If you skip step 2, you will not be able to send an email to the volunteer listserv.
As a reminder, this listserv is in addition to our garden listserv, to which only registered gardeners have access to.
August 5, 2023
Wood Chip Pile
The pile of wood chips has been replenished and we now have quite a mountain of chips. An additional smaller pile is in the north-east corner of the garden.
Gardeners, please use the wood chips to cover the paths around your plot, and in your plot as well if that's how you are covering your plot.
July 15, 2023
Entering Harvest Season
Many gardens are starting to bear the literal fruits of every gardener's labor. This is a friendly reminder to everyone strolling through the garden to please be respectful of what gardeners are growing and to not pick the produce you may see poking through the fence unless you were asked to do so.
June 25, 2023
Time to Fire Up the Chainsaw
Recent rains unfortunately caused a large branch to fall near the compost piles. Volunteer John Coons gladly stepped up and used the chainsaw to cut the branch into manageable pieces.
Unfortunately, it took out a part of the fence with it. Repairs to that may follow.
May 27, 2023
It's every gardener's nightmare - the weather is perfect, it's the weekend, you need to (and finally have the time to) water the garden. Only, there is no water.
Recent placement of a utility pole led to some digging near the garden's main waterline and unfortunately, our pipe was cut. With no water and no clear answer on when this would get fixed, Board President Mike Minton jumped into action and started digging.
Hours of sweat later, Mike had cleared the broken pipe and worked with our plumber to replace the segment.
Thanks to them, the garden had water by the evening!
May 6, 2023
Spring Cleanup Day and Picnic
We are so thankful to all of you who came out to help us with the Spring cleanup. Your support made it possible to move the trash that had accumulated behind the compost pile; we tackled the woody weeds pile which will soon be chipped, over 200 bales of straw were moved and neatly stacked, and as a reward, we had a picnic.
A big thank you to all of you who shared a dish! It was much appreciated.
April 30, 2023
Thanks to Ace Hardware in Glover Park and Garden Board Member John Coons, we have replenished our wheelbarrow stock.
John is in the process of assembling the wheelbarrows, and he has also taken the lead on working with our youngest gardeners to name the new equipment.
Hereby, we proudly introduce Flor and Rolley!
April 10, 2023
Maintenance Reminders For Gardeners
Wheelbarrows– Please do not leave communal wheelbarrows locked in your garden. Wheelbarrows are meant to be shared and should be returned to one of the three wheelbarrow stations before you leave for the day.
Woodchips - Periodically, we have woodchips dropped which are for gardeners to use for maintenance of walkways, and in your plots. Please leave the shovel, marked as garden property, at the chips pile.
Trash – Never leave trash or garden stuff in the common lawn areas of the garden, the compost area, the stick pile or along the perimeter fence. If you are not able to dispose of trash during our spring or fall trash collection, it must be brought home and disposed of in your own trash. Remember…on National Park Service land, what you bring in, you must bring out.
Water – Please be mindful of water usage and water your garden sparingly. Do not use sprinklers. Please detach hoses from faucets when not in use. And last but not least, remember that there are water pipes underneath the garden walking paths, so don’t dig there or you might end up with a geyser and a bill to repair the broken pipe.
Keep it Organic – This is an organic garden. Please abide by the rules of the garden and keep it organic.
March 23, 2023
Soil and Mulch Sale
As you may have already seen on other channels, there are a few mulch/soil and plant sale fundraisers going on that are benefitting different sports teams at Jackson-Reed High School (formerly Wilson HS).
Soil and Mulch Sale (Delivery to your garden plot is an option)
This sale fundraiser benefits the Jackson-Reed ultimate frisbee team. All sales have to be ordered by Sunday, March 26th. Funds will help to cover the costs of tournaments, travel, and coaches, and to build up financial aid funds to ensure that costs are not a barrier to full participation by any student who wants to play.
The team will be selling mulch and soil conditioner to be picked up from in front of the Jackson-Reed High School building OR delivered by their amazing players (for an extra $20) to customers' homes. Delivery to your garden plot is an option ($20 delivery fee applies). All deliveries are made on Saturday, April 1st!
All sales have to be ordered by Sunday, March 26th
For delivery to the garden, put your normal address in the address line, then in the comments box at the end, put Glover Park Garden and your specific plot number.
Plant Sale Fundraiser
Jackson-Reed's Crew Team is also holding a plant sale fundraiser. Sales will close March 31st at midnight.
Please consider supporting a rower from Glover Park, by clicking on the athlete's name below
Riley - Olivia - Olive
A wide selection of plants is available, and there is a discount when you purchase by the flat (15 pots of the same 4.5'' plant). You must live within 7 miles of Jackson-Reed in order to fulfill your order. Your plants will be delivered to your door by a rower May 6-7th.
Thank you for considering supporting the local school community.
Important Announcement From the National Park Service
The following is a message from the National Park Service. The attached safety poster provides safety recommendations and should be followed by all gardeners. Thank you.
COVID-19 precautions should be followed by all gardeners. While Rock Creek Park has closed it's indoor areas including Visitor Center, historic buildings, concessions facilities, and bathrooms, outdoor areas of the park remain open. But visitors, including gardeners, should remain mindful that this is a serious public health crisis we are currently facing, and only by taking the necessary steps can we reduce the rate of infection.
Please do not hold any garden-wide volunteer days or group events this spring. Please remind gardeners to maintain social distancing of 6 feet, regularly wash hands, stay home if they are sick, and everything else you've been hearing. Wearing work gloves while gardening, especially while using shared tools, is also a good way to prevent spreading any germs. I've attached a sign we've been posting in the parks, you are welcome to print it out and post it at the gardens and/or email it to your gardeners.
Please continue to follow guidance from public health officials and the DC Mayor's Office regarding any activities outside of your home.
Water Turn On in the gardens will begin as early as next week. We only have one plumber on contract, so when your specific garden gets their water turned back on will depend on other plumbing needs that may arise in the park, so it may take more than a week for all of them to get done. I appreciate everyone's patience and the plumber will get to you when he can.
Spring Garden Inspections by NPS will be postponed for now. I am currently on telework at home but still reachable by email and phone. I am not sure when we'll be back to our offices. If this lasts much longer, I may do inspection visits by myself and then schedule a time after my visit to the garden with each of you to discuss over the phone.
In the meantime, our Maintenance staff is in the park but is practicing social distancing (only one staff per vehicle and spreading out at work sites) so we'll do our best to fulfill requests for wood chips and other needs but please be patient as we sometimes get stretched thin.