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Meador Community Garden (at Ray Kelly Park)


Welcome to our garden!  We meet here every Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. during the growing season, as well as occasional additional days.  Come and join us!  Look here for opening days, garden work days and events, and closing days, and join to be contacted with garden updates and information.
 
IMPORTANT:  We have been having some issues with signs being taken down, as well as produce being harvested by those not participating in our program.  If Neighborhood Watch and others can assist with watching out for this, it would be appreciated.  Please contact me here if you have information.

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Springfield Community Gardens (SCG) is on a mission to create gardens that strengthen neighborhoods where people grow healthy relationships, food, and community.

Our community garden mission is to learn from and teach each other about gardening as a community group, and be able to eat and share what we grow.  Random harvesting by anyone who is not a garden volunteer is not allowed.  However, anyone is welcome to come and join us on Tuesdays at 4:30, or other scheduled times as listed here to help manage the garden, and they will be able to share in the harvest.  We also give to local food pantries and organizations with extra produce throughout the season when available.  So come and grow with your community garden!

Meador Community Garden emphasizes organic gardening using heirloom seeds and plantings.  We utilize gardening methods such as sheet mulching/composting/gardening, winterizing, raised beds, vertical, wide row, three sisters, square foot, crop rotation, and companion planting methods.

Community members and any other interested persons are always welcome to come by on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. to meet with us.  We would love to hear your ideas, and we will share our gardening tips with you!

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PLEASE CHECK BEFORE CUTTING DOWN OUR GARDEN PLANTS!! We always welcome volunteers to meet with us at our meeting times, and garden chores can be provided on your own time if we plan ahead. Recently, someone cut down all of our 2nd year asparagus fern growth. The second year of asparagus is to be harvested lightly, if at all, and the fern growth is to be left alone until the fall when it turns brown. Please, if you see anyone in our garden "helping" at a non-scheduled meeting time, let them know that we would like them to come to our scheduled meetings so they can be involved with the planning, and not do irreparable damage as was possibly done here. Instructions for asparagus - "Cut down dead ferns in late fall. You may harvest very lightly the second year. Third year and beyond: Maintain as for the second year, and begin harvesting."

In addition to the asparagus being completely cut down, someone had also pulled out a red clover plant from one of the beds that I had transplanted - again, probably good intentions, but causing damage because they didn't check with the garden members before taking it upon themselves to destroy plants that we have worked hard at getting to grow.