In The Garden | Week of May 30-June 5

May 30th-June 5 Week of Last Frost. Typically. Sowing & Transplanting Once we reach this date and our soil temperatures have warmed to 60 F then we can safely direct seed warm season crops: corn, bean, cucumber, squash, zucchini, melon, and nasturtium. We have begun to develop a seed library at The O’Hara Commons as a benefit of membership. Stop in if you are looking for seed. Most of our offerings are locally grown by experienced seed collectors. If you are transplanting warms season starts outside then remember to harden off (gradually introduce the starts to sun, wind, heat and cold). This process allows the plant to acclimate to the outside elements. Be prepared to cover your tender star

Permaculture Workshop | Salmon Valley Local Foods

You have an opportunity to join this Permaculture Workshop June 25 & 26, in Salmon. Salmon Local Foods (of the Salmon Valley Stewardship) is hosting this event. It will fill quickly, so contact them today to sign up.

Thanks Montana Idaho Log & Timber

We are about to get to work on building raised beds for The Organic Children's Garden on the southeast corner of our landscape. We can do so because of the very generous donation we received from our friends at Montana Idaho Log & Timber. We will be building tall raised beds, with engaging features for children. This garden has been made possible by many generous donations and support from our community. The final installation will be a fence to keep out urban deer and town rabbits. Thank you!

In The Garden | Week of May 16th

Asparagus on the table. Rhubarb in a pie. Fresh salad greens on the dinner plate. This is an exciting time of the season. Our last round of sowing is emerging and we are looking the average last frost date in the face. As soils warm to 55 F then the gardener is free to direct seed corn, melon, cucumber, squash and zucchini. There is a bit of risk due to the potential of a late season frost. Gamble, but make sure you save a bit of seed for resowing. Begin to harden off warm season crops like tomatoes, peppers but give your super tender eggplant another week of pampering. Of herbs and flowers, there are many that can be sown directly now. Dill, cilantro, cosmos, nasturtium and sunflowers. Reme

Build A Compost Pile

Saturday, May 21st. 1:30 PM Join us for a interactive demonstration: Building a Compost Pile. You will see the foundational ingredients, the layering technique and have an opportunity to ask questions. This is a follow up to our Lunchtime Learning installment on Thursday, May 19th (Ravalli County Extension Agent, Katrina Mendrey) 'The Principles of Compost'. Join us for both and you will be fully armed to confidently start your own compost pile. It is easy, fun and done correctly you can have a batch of usable compost in just one season.

Lunchtime Learning: Principles of Compost

Thursday, May 19th. Noon-1 PM Katrina Mendrey, Ravalli County Extension Agent will give an hour long interactive talk on the principles of composting. Including but not limited to: building your compost, acceptable materials, temperature regulation, turning of your pile and troubleshooting issues. Bring a brown bag lunch, we will provide a fresh green salad. See you on Thursday, May 19th at Noon. We are very proficient at keeping these talks to an hour or less in order to accommodate your work day lunch hour!

Hamilton's 2nd Friday...we will be there

The Hamilton Downtown Association is hosting Second Friday on May 13th, 5PM until 8PM. We will be there. Come visit! The theme is 'How Does Your Garden Grow". We landed a great spot for our table in front of Chapter One bookstore. You will find information on our Adult Learning Series, Curiosity Camp's 2016 Summer Programs, Membership and answering gardening questions too. Oh, and we have a great fundraiser going! The O'Hara Commons is raffling off a CSA share to SweetRoot Farm. Lots of fun stuff happening. Come visit us on Friday. shhh, a little bird told me that Chapter One will have all gardening books marked down 20%.

Edibles as Ornamentals

Edibles as Ornamentals The O'Hara Commons is hosting a Lunch Time Learning talk on Thursday, May 12. Noon till 1 PM Join to learn and share ideas about how to interplant edible crops in your ornamental beds. Food crops can replace many of your annual flowers and maintain the beauty of a garden. We will discuss direct seeding and transplanting times for a variety of beautiful vegetables that are appropriate for this region. Bring a brown bag lunch and we will provide a fresh green salad. Questions? Send a note: oharacommons@gmail.com

CSA Shares Available

With a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm share you buy a season’s worth of produce from a grower of your choice. Usually you want a farm close to your daily routine since you will need to pick up your share on a designated day. Each week you will pick up a box of produce. You will not know exactly what is in your box and typically growers will give you fun recipes (especially if you have some novel item in your box). Each farm has their own set of specifics, but they make it really easy for you. What is beautiful about this arrangement is that this relationship provides farmers with much needed capital at the beginning of the growing season. ‘Shareholders’ support local agriculture

Raffle for SweetRoot CSA

A fundraiser for The O'Hara Commons and a great opportunity for your household to have a full season of fresh food.

Lumber Needed

We are in the final planning stages of the fence we will be raising around the Children's Organic Garden. We need to fence out the deer and rabbits, but keep the design open and inviting for all of our human visitors. While we have raised the majority of the funds for cedar posts and other materials, we could use some dimensional lumber. Specifically, we need serviceable 2x4 lumber, 5 foot or longer. You can drop off, we can arrange to pick up and remember...your donations to The O'Hara Commons are tax deductible. Contact us at: oharacommons@gmail.com Thank you!

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