Garden cleanup day set at New Leaf

by W. Winston Skinner

Inches of snow are barely a memory, but the volunteers at New Leaf Community Garden have already been thinking about digging in the dirt.

Garden Cleanup Day will be held Saturday at the community garden on Salbide Avenue in Newnan. Activities will start at 1 p.m.

“We will be cleaning up our garden rows and adding compost,” said Nicole Coleman, director of the garden project. “This will take up the majority of time but is one of the most important” tasks.

Volunteers also will be turning compost, fix piping that burst during cold weather and doing some work on the barn.

All of the activities are subject to cooperation from the weather. “It should be a full day, and we need all the help we can get,” Coleman said.

The last few months have been difficult for the garden. “It has either been raining,” she noted, or temperatures have been freezing.

“We have never seen a winter like this. I feel as if this is a normal ‘up north’ kind of winter, not so much a Newnan, Georgia kind of winter,” Coleman reflected.

“Some of our raised bed gardeners protected their plots and received a great harvest. We lost most of our crops in our sustainability and sharing section — early on — due to no row covers,” Coleman said.

“We are hoping for enough funds this year to have row covers and extend our growing season,” she said. The gardeners “were able to harvest a great crop of tasty, sweet carrots,” Coleman said.



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