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Spring Planting @ Judy's

  • Apr 12, 2014 · 1:00 PM
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The new rain has loosened the soil and it is a perfect time to plant. So let's join together again as Urban Farmers to help start some new life into Judy's garden.  This Meetup is strategically planned just after the Master Gardener Show in San Jose. We will be helping Judy to plan out her garden prior to our MeetUp then purchase plants at the garden show in the morning.  For our afternoon MeetUp we will join together and have fun planting a lush tapestry of new plants. We will look at each area of Judy's garden and consider companion plants, CA Natives, pollinators and other beneficial plants

Here is a look at Judy's garden and what we will do to transform her spaces:

Area one: Last year Judy tilled the soil and added some good compost and mulch so the soil seems to be in good shape here.

For this area we will focus on planting and then modify the existing drip irrigation system.  The 3 sisters (corn,squash and beans) will go in the back part.   Then a row of tomatoes, next come some pollinator plants and herbs and finally finishing with a row of potatoes.  This is a South Facing yard and last year was quite prosperous.  The overall goal is to change this into a year-round garden.


Area Two: These planter boxes need some attention, so we will add some compost and consider the best plants for this area. We will also add drip lines to the boxes.


For this area we will be planting peppers, Eggplant, Basil in the top box.  For the lower 2 we will keep the existing arugula and sow some beets and carrots along with some other herbs.


Area Three: This section has not been tilled in the past so this soil needs a little love. Our plan is to use the "double dig" method to get nutrients down into the soil and open up the hard clay base so that new life can grow.


The Urban Farmers Coop events are working/learning sessions where we all pitch into a project at the hosts location.

Here is what we do:

  • We meet to help out a fellow host farmer
  • We do some work, exchange ideas and learn something at the same time.
  • We bring food from our gardens so we can share with each other the wonderful foods we are raising.
  • After the meeting we all take home something that we did not bring.

If possible please bring any of these items:

  • Bag for collecting harvested food
  • Gardening tools- Shovel, trowel, gloves etc..
  • Some food items from your yard to exchange with other member (if you have any)
  • Potluck item that either contains something that you have picked from your yard/urban farm-- OR -- something that you would like in the future to come from your yard/urban farm."
  • If you do not have any of the above then it is OK-- just bring yourself and some good positive energy.



1) A bit of work

As people arrive we will all participate in a group working activity in the hosts location.

2) Demo and instruction

During the work portion we will have a short break out period to present some new material and gain some farming/gardening knowledge.

3) Pot Luck and Socializing

Finally we will all spend some time to socialize and eat the wonderful food from our gardens.

During the pot luck we will have time to discuss the following:

  • Q & A about gardening/ farming. Anyone can ask anything about a gardening or farming topic for others in the group to give their insights.
  • News and updates from our members: each member share progress on urban farming projects.
  • Ongoing discussion on our Urban Farmers coop group.
  • Crop Sharing-- Everyone that has harvested something from your yard please bring it and exchange it. Take what you DID NOT bring.

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  • Barbara Haerther Du M.

    I came late after most things were planted. Thanks to the people who helped install the drip irrigation system, and to Paul who helped to prune the lemon tree. We got a lot of tasks accomplished, learned a lot and had a wonderful time!

    April 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you all for the amazing amount of work and accomplishment at our meetup. I sincerely hope to have all of you visit again later in the season to see the garden and just have fun!

    1 · April 13, 2014

    • Annie

      Thanks for opening up your garden. It was fun. Looking forward to seeing things grow.

      April 13, 2014

  • Jon B.

    Another great MeetUp. Thanks everyone for the hard work in Judy's garden. It was a lot of fun and we accomplished quite a lot. As always it was great to spend time with this great group of folks. Thanks Judy for opening your home and hosting this. Hope to see you all again soon.

    1 · April 12, 2014

  • Antonio

    I had a very good time . Looking forward to seeing the garden progress in future posts

    1 · April 12, 2014

  • Gina

    Had such a great time.

    1 · April 12, 2014

  • sue

    I'm really sorry but I can't make it. I have 4 days of guests coming starting today. I'm disappointed Judy.
    Hope it goes well!

    April 12, 2014

  • noblesniper

    I will be running late due to a previous appointment.

    April 12, 2014

  • Emily E.

    This looks like such a fun event and I am so sorry to have to miss it. Just joined the group yesterday so I hope that I can fit more of these events into my schedule soon. Enjoy your event everyone!

    April 11, 2014

  • Tim

    Can you please send me the address .. Thank you

    April 10, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Tim, I sent you the address via email.

      April 10, 2014

    • Tim

      thank you Judy , I look forward to meeting you guys .

      April 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello, I will be coming in a bit late, around 2pm.. hope thats ok. I am Very excited for my first gardening meetup!!

    April 10, 2014

  • Jon B.

    Hi everyone, I just sent out Judy's address to all who have RSVP'd. If you did not get it please post a note below. We will send out the address again on Friday for those that sign up later. It should be a nice weekend so we hope to see you all there.

    April 9, 2014

  • Ellen

    Sorry to be missing this, but ended up with a conflict.
    :( Next time...

    April 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am so grateful to Jon, Annie and Barb, and everyone else, for setting this up and helping me to plan the garden. This ex-New Yorker needs the help! I look forward to meeting everyone!

    2 · March 12, 2014

    • Julianne I.

      Hoping to be able to join you all for the planting!

      April 8, 2014

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