Renew Your Plot for 2019

The renewal period is open for current gardeners in good standing from the 2018 season. If you are NEW to the McFarland Community Garden, and you wish to rent a plot, we will be opening up registration for new gardeners soon…stay posted!

1.  On the lower right part of your screen you will see a blue circular icon with an image of two people on it.  Click on this.
2.  Fill in your username and password from last season.  If you have forgotten, there is a link to reset.
3.  Once you have logged in on the site, a menu item will appear for you at the top of the page which says, “Purchase/Renew Garden Plot.”  Only ONE gardener from your plot needs to fill out this section.
4.  Once you have filled in all the information, the site will direct you to our secure online payment portal, where you will be able to pay with your PayPal account or with a credit/debit card.

Once we receive confirmation of your payment, your plot will be reserved for the season. You will receive a receipt for your transaction from PayPal for your plot fee payment.

What about purchasing straw?

  • We will be again be offering straw for purchase via the website. In the far upper right of the home screen you will see a “Shop” icon.  If you click on that, all of the options will be shown that are available for purchase.  You will need to pay for supplies as a separate purchase from your plot purchase/renewal.  We recommend 4 bales for a full size (20’x20′) plot and 2 bales for a half plot (20’x10′).

What about fees?

  • There is a minimal fee for online plot purchase/renewal in order to cover the fees that are charged for usage of online payment.  We have done our best to keep this as low as possible at $1.75 per plot renewal/purchase.  If this fee represents a hardship for you, please contact me directly at katiegs@gmail.com to arrange for payment via check or cash.

What if I want to move to a different plot from last year?

  • You can make a note in the “Plot Number” field if you would like to move to a different plot.  I will touch base with you to confirm placement.

How Do I Get a Plot for the 2018 Growing Season?

Even though our garden is currently blanketed in snow, spring will, assuredly, be here soon!  This year we are embarking upon a new journey in Garden Registration, so we humbly ask for your patience and understanding.  Our goal is that within the next few weeks we will have a new ONLINE registration platform open on this website, with fee payment via PayPal.  This will make the process much faster and more convenient for our gardeners and administrators, while also minimizing paper waste.  Sooooo…..once it is up and running, we will invite our current gardeners, who are in good standing, to renew their garden plots.  Once the renewal process has been completed, we will open any remaining plots for NEW GARDENERS.  We are shooting for sometime in March. When we have a firm date for opening registration, we will post notifications on Facebook and on this website.  We will also submit notifications to our local paper, McFarland Thistle, and post flyers throughout town.  So, if you hope to snag a plot this season, keep your eyes peeled!

New in 2016

Fruit Tree Orchard

This spring we planted 14 Bare-root Fruit Trees at the McFarland Community Garden.  All varieties were chosen for their disease-resistant properties.  Our orchard is comprised of 6 apple, 4 pear, and 4 sour cherry trees.  It will be a few years before we can harvest a steady crop from them.  In the meantime, we will give them lots of TLC so they are happy in their new home.  Thank you to Jung’s Garden Center on Northport Drive in Madison for all of the assistance with procuring high quality trees!

 

 

Rain Barrels

A big THANK YOU to Girl Scout Troop 1022, and Troop Leader (and Community Gardener!) Amanda Wegner for our new rain barrels.  The Girl Scouts completed this rain barrel construction project as part of their Bridging process from Brownies to Juniors.  The girls, with the help of troop leaders and parent volunteers, painted the rain barrels, before installing the finished barrels, along with gutters and downspouts on our Garden Shed.  Hoses are attached so that gardeners can easily access any rain water that is collected to use in plots.

 

Girl Scout Rain Barrels

 

Raised Bed Garden

We received additional requests for raised garden beds this spring, so in order to accommodate more gardeners, we devoted funds for our seventh raised garden bed for the Adaptive Garden.  Thank you to Dale Hanson, woodworker extraordinaire, who constructed this raised bed onsite.  We are also incredibly grateful to Slinde Trucking for donating all of the top soil for this raised bed.

Raised Bed 7

(All the numbers have been mixed up, but this is actually the 7th bed that has been constructed.  We will rearrange the numbers so they make more sense next spring!)

 

COMPLETE COMPOST MAKEOVER!!

This spring, we embarked on a total makeover of our composting area.  Thanks to a generous donation of some gently used fence panels from Prairie Stone Commons in McFarland, we were able to re-purpose the fencing for a well-organized compost bay system.  There are separate sections for: composted animal manure; straw bales; and “cooking” compost made from garden waste.  This project was completed with the help of many individuals.  In particular, we are very grateful for the leadership of Myra Kemna; the Village of McFarland Parks Department for the post hole digging and grading; Theresa Anderson and Prairie Stone Commons for the donation; and Dale Hanson for help transporting materials to the garden.

Compost System 2016

Poop, composted.

We have a lovely 3-bin composting system that was built by volunteers, Billy Ceelen, Ron Dennis, Todd Hubler, Bill Stoneman, and faithful guide, Master Gardener, Ed Meechun.  We were able to re-purpose 7 hardwood pallets, wire, and lengths of rebar.  Bill added some newly purchased coated chicken wire (cannot see in picture below).  The last thing we need to do is screw a reinforcing 2×4 across the top.

Three-bin Composting System made from up-cycled wood pallets.
Three-bin Composting System made from up-cycled wood pallets.

So, all we need is some good compost…

Volunteers contributing a very large load of composted horse manure for the community garden.  Trust me, it makes stuff grow real nice!
Volunteers contributing a very large load of composted horse manure for the community garden. Trust me, it makes stuff grow real nice!

A huge THANK YOU to the folks who have donated the composted horse poop.  And THANK YOU to Sarah Rowe for organizing the transfer of goods.

 

First Annual Gardener Orientation and Potluck… Success!

Last Sunday, April 7th, the McFarland Community Garden and the United Church of Christ hosted the first annual Gardener Orientation and Potluck.  We had expected perhaps 50 participants, but we were pleasantly surprised by an enthusiastic turnout of OVER 75 folks!!  We enjoyed a bounty of delicious food and made big plans for our community garden.  All photos are courtesy of Holly Ceelen.

Bill Stoneman, the Garden Registrar, kept busy with organizing applications, plot payments, and mulch orders.
Bill Stoneman, the Garden Registrar, kept busy with organizing applications, plot payments, and mulch orders.

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Kerri Parker, UCC Pastor, welcomed gardeners and offered a blessing before the meal.

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Holly Basford, Autumn Sabo, and Katie Gletty-Syoen.

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Keeping Busy in the Kitchen!!

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Garden Tool Drive

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We are so pleased to announce the “marriage” of McFarland Community Garden and enthusiastic village gardeners.  If you would like to celebrate the union by showering this new gardening family with gifts, you may check out our “Garden Registry” at our local McFarland True Value store.  Ask a sales associate about the McFarland Community Garden wishlist to see all of the items that we need to get growing…

All donations are TAX-DEDUCTIBLE!  You can submit your information at purchase to receive a formal receipt to file for a deduction.

McFarland True Value will have a drop box for all donations of new and gently used garden tools for the McFarland Community Garden.

If you have some gently used garden tools at your business or residence and you would like to have them picked up, please contact us at Katiegs@McFarlandCommunityGarden.com.  We would be happy to arrange for pick up that is convenient for you!

Here is a partial list of the materials we are looking for:

Long Handled Shovels

Hoes

Hand Trowels

Hand Shovels

100′ lengths of 5/8″ Gardening Hose

Hard Garden Rakes

Pitch Fork (2)

Wheelbarrow (2)

Leaf Rakes

Gardening Gloves

Children’s Gardening Tools

Yard Sticks