Preparing for the 2014 season

We will have plots available for this year and welcome energetic new gardeners! There is a waiting list, but beginning March 15, we will be inviting new gardeners who are on that list. Email us at Current members: your plot renewal application is due on March 4, 2014. Previous plot holders are eligible to maintain their same plot or make a request for a larger, smaller, or new plot. This is on a first come first serve basis.

We are excited to be contemplating the start of a new garden season as this long snowy and dreary winter continues. Our catalogs have been mightily thumbed through in anticipation of the growing season, and the Community Garden Board has been busy meeting monthly over the winter months to organize and plan for the gardening season ahead.

Previous plot holders are eligible to maintain their same plot or make a request for a larger, smaller, or new plot. This is on a first come first serve basis. On March 15th, we will begin to invite new gardeners who are on the waiting list to join us. Continue reading


The Garden was very fortunate this past year to have VIP Seamless Gutters donate time, effort, and materials into putting gutters on the garden shed. The gutters collect water from the shed and send it to the cistern, which will now be full more often, making it easier for gardeners to hand water their plots. Many thanks to Peter Hoy at VIP Seamless Gutters! Below is a video about their services. If you need gutters, check them out.

Renewal Reminder!

A quick announcement to say that if you have received a 2012 membership packet, but have not returned your renewal form and you would like to garden this year, please do so ASAP (no later than March 28th). After the 28th, we’ll be opening remaining, unclaimed plots to the waiting list of new members.

Facebook and Twitter

A quick announcement to say that the Garden is now on Facebook and Twitter. “Like” us or follow us to keep track of what’s happening at the garden and to interact with community members. We’ll continue posting updates here.

Membership packets are going out this week. We’ll have a community potluck during the last week of March.

Going with the flow–we have water!!

Since our first year in operation, the garden, thanks to the efforts of area irrigation specialists, like Brian Maynard from URI, has had drip irrigation throughout. The first year, for lack of an alternative, we ran water from a house adjacent to the garden….with the owners’ permission (they were garden members)! Last year, we got permission from the town and Broad Rock Middle School to run water from the outside valve on the east side of the school. We ran a hose through a culvert under the road, up the hill and to the main irrigation line. Worked great until the fire marshal had an issue with the proximity of the hose to the exit on that side of the building. We then ran the hose off the front of the building, down into a drain and under the road. Members of the garden board took turns turning the water on in the morning and off at night. It worked….pretty well. There were the inevitable hose malfunctions and leaks that got quick attention, and the system brought water to all parts of the garden. Garden members were expected to work with board members to configure their own drip system to attach to one of the hoses near their own garden plot. It took awhile, but eventually everyone that wanted it got drip irrigation. What always makes this interesting is the infinite number of different ways people lay out their plots. While we encourage a bed layout and planting that follows the north-south orientation of the plots, invevitably people would get creative and create garden plots that ended up being more challenging to irrigate.

Cut to this year. People came out to begin planting in early May, but water wasn’t available at first. A large cistern that was brought in last year and installed behind the tool shed, was drained and filled several times. The usual late spring ritual of bringing water from home in cat litter containers and milk jugs continued.

There were several setbacks that slowed down the process of getting water from the school this year. The hose from the school was cut by a lawn mower, and then the end of the hose was lost inside the narrow drain under the road and took some time to retrieve. New hoses and fittings took time to replace. But the garden members and volunteers worked hard to bring the garden the wet stuff. They took some grief from members who felt their $45 a year plot fee entitled them to water on demand, but most people took it in stride, and realized we are still working these things out. A couple of weeks ago, the new hoses were rolled out through tick-infested grass, the water was connected, leaks in the system repaired, and we are now going with the flow! Thanks to everyone that helped with the very involved process of bringing water to 44 plots on a half an acre. This is a huge undertaking for a bunch of community gardeners, but it always works out in the end. Now, let the greening begin.

Spring cleanup

Some catching up to do with the website, but things have been busy at the garden since March. Lisa organized area middle and high school students to come out for a week of community service hours in April. They mulched paths, assisted with transplanting blueberry bushes, currants, aronia and Nanking cherry bushes, weeded and generally helped get the garden ready for spring planting. Thanks to all the students that helped!

In May, there was another community service day by SK High School students, and boy did they go to town! A small mountain of wood chips was spread, new rock borders were created for the blueberry beds, and raised bed boxes were built for squash in the orchard area at the west end of the garden. Words fail to express our appreciation for all of the labors of love. The place was looking great.

Winter greetings from Broad Rock

Welcome to the new website for the community garden at Broad Rock Middle School in Peace Dale, Rhode Island!