We hope everyone is staying well!
May workday cancelled
With the updated gathering restrictions in place, we are going to cancel the May workday, it is not practical to try to organize anything, and it seems that the common areas are in great shape. So, until our next workday, please just do your best to see to any weeds in and around your plot, and review the common area tasks ( scroll a bit on https://stbarnabasgarden.org/2021-meetings-and-events/ ) for additional things you can do around the garden. If the need arises before the next workday, we will send out specific requests.
In the meantime, please remember that if you are using anything from the shed, there is also hand sanitizer you may use. There are also some disinfecting towels, please wipe down handles etc, when you return the item to the shed.
Around the common areas
The rhubarb is coming on nicely and may be picked from now on. Do not cut or break the stalks, but PULL them gently from the bottom. Remember that the leaves are somewhat toxic and should not be eaten, they can go in the compost. Please leave at least one stalk per plant. Rhubarb can be harvested all year until fall.
The asparagus is just about ready to taste. Do not pull this but either snap the stalk or cut with a knife near to the ground. Take the taller stems, even if they are the thinnest, so they do not open out into ferns. Please leave at least one emerging bud per plant or the plant will die out. This should keep producing for about 3 weeks if this procedure is followed— it is unlikely that anyone will get more than a side dish but every year it gets better.
All asparagus harvesting should cease on May 28 unless you get a notice that the season can be extended.Thanks everyone!