End of 2013 and beginning of 2014 “Let’s get growing”

These pictures were the end of 2013 season! Now it’s time to start thinking about 2014. We are getting ready to start the seedling for the donation plots. What are you doing?

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We are harvesting!

As of July 31, 2013 we have donated 70 pounds of veggies to the Salvation Army and Broomfield Silvercrest Senior apartments.

2013 Birch  Community Garden

2013 Birch
Community Garden

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May 18th 7:30 to Noon we will be tilling and planting the donation plots!

May 18th plant and till day!

May 18th plant and till day!

See you all there!

Hope to have someone from Colorado State University Extensions  to answer questions.

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Cutworms maybe bad this year in Colorado!

by Whitney Cranshaw and Frank Peairs
Colorado State University Extension Entomologists
Prediction of Nuisance Problems with Army Cutworm (a.k.a. “Miller Moth”)for April 17, 2013



There have been several reports that the larvae of the army cutworm are unusually abundant in the High Plains this spring. This poses risk to infested crops, but is also a good predictor of the population size of the adults (“miller moths”) to be expected as these insects complete development and make their annual migration to the higher elevations. Based on the stage of cutworm larvae present, adults will appearin about a month, but the peak of the migration will not pass through the Front Range until a bit later (end of May, early June).
Weather, particularly temperature, affectsthe onset and duration of miller moth flights. Moisture and the abundance of flowering plants will also impact the numbers of miller moths seen.
However, it is predicted that the annual migration of army cutworms (“miller moths”) across the Front Range in late spring 2013 should be well above average.

Here is the information on cutworms:


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Let us know what you would like to see this year on improvement to the garden!

We have seedlings started!  Do you?

Seedlings 2013

Seedlings 2013

Starting Seedlings

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2013 Kick off meeting has been moved to the 27th

 April 27th 10 to Noon

See you at the garden!

It’s kick-off time for the 2013 growing season at Birch Community Garden!  BCG is located and 1080 Birch St., at the Salvation Army Post.

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All volunteer coordinators are meeting at Birch Garden this Saturday at 10 am.

The topics I would like to cover are:

  • Official plant day (all gardeners and volunteers)
  • Fund raising
  • Acquiring fertilizer
  • Path material
  • Raised beds
  •  Repairs to the irrigation system

Please bring something to sit on.  See you  tomorrow!


Any questions you can call me at 720-232-7849


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Updated Garden Tasks

If you’re at the garden and would like to help here are a few things we could use help with:

  • Water the donation plots and pumpkin patch (hand water at this time – drips not in place yet). 10-15 minutes per main plot would be ideal. As always, please remember to turn off the water at the building after each watering session. We want everyone to follow this practice because if a pipe or hose breaks the water would flow unabated. Thanks for your attention to this practice.
  • Weed — many of the seedlings are starting to emerge. If you are unsure of seedlings vs. weeds, focus in the walkways in between the rows as identified by the strings or the drip line. The common weeds are the field bindweed, kochia, lambsquarter, and purslane. I find an old steak knife works great as a weeding tool. It allows you to get to the root without disturbing the soil surface too much. Just an idea. Within the next week or so, many of the beans, cucumbers, and zucchinis will start coming up. Over time, you all will become experts in seedling ID.
  • General cleanup around the compost bins. The remainder of the compost material can be placed in the bins. Help yourself to the finished compost on the tarp or in the little bin.
  • If you have a battery operated weed trimmer and would like to trim the garden edge, it would be great. We will plan to have one available during the next workday.

As always, thanks for your help!

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Work Day Calendar Published

2012 Work Day Calendar posted to the Garden Events & Activities page. Please also find the final schedule below.

Birch Garden Work Days are scheduled every 3rd Saturday of the month April through September. Start times are as indicated below.  All workdays are subject to reschedule based on weather.

Gardeners are asked to contribute a minimum of two additional hours each month to the Donation Garden at their convenience. Donation Garden tasks will be posted on the bulletin board at the garden.

Saturday, May 19            9 – 11 am
Saturday, June 16           9 – 11 am
Saturday, July 21            8:30 – 10:30 am
Saturday, August 18       8:30 – 10:30 am
Saturday, Sept 15            9 – 11:00 am

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Planting in Donation Plots

We have the first of the Donation plots almost entirely planted. Check out the diagram below to see what’s growing. We’ll also post at the garden. If you’re at the garden and it hasn’t rained in awhile then please feel free to give this plot some water.

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