Thursday, July 7, 2011

Upcoming Education Sessions!

There are several education sessions scheduled for the upcoming weeks at the Thompsonville Community Garden. UConn Master Gardeners will present the information on these timely topics.

July 11, 2011 Planning a Fall Garden Trish Safner

July 18, 2011 Good Bugs/Bad Bugs; Signs of Summer Stress Trish Safner
July 25, 2011 Seed Saving in the Garden Laura Callahan

August 15, 2011 Extending the Season with Cold Frames Trish Safner

All classes are held on a Monday at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Gardens are Thriving!

The garden beds are thriving and look great. There certainly hasn't been much need for watering lately but we are looking at some more seasonable weather conditions in the coming weeks. Let's remember that the beds need 1" of water per week and that it is best delivered as a good dose twice a week as opposed to a sprinkling every day. Deep watering will encourage deep roots which in turn will help the plants should the weather turn hot.

There are still 4 beds available. If you are interested in a bed please contact http://tvillegarden@gmail.c​om​.

Composting Class

This Thursday, June 30, 2011, one of our Master Gardeners will hold a class on composting. Marty will be at the Thompsonville Community Garden at 6:30 p.m. He will review the proper composting techniques and will talk about managing the compost bins that are on the site. Please join us for this event and check back here for postings of future classes among the topics will be Seed Saving, Good Bug-Bad Bug, and Extending the Harvest.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The First Harvest!

These are some of the first harvest from the the beds that were planted for the benefit of the Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen. Many of the beds are well on their way to producing wonderful vegetables.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Clean up day May 21, 2011

The Thompsonville Community Garden will hold its annual planting and clean up day on May 21, 2011 starting at 10:00 a.m., rain or shine. We will have a selection of plants available (including tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, summer squash and a variety of herbs) for members to plant in their beds. Compost and tools will also be available.

If you are interested in purchasing additional plants we recommend The Growth Company located at 167 Hazard Avenue. For more information about The Growth Company visit their website at

If you purchase your own plants remember these valuable tips:

  • Don't plant vegetables that will take over your plot or grow wildly outside of your bed. Cucumbers are manageable, pumpkins are not. Some plants, such as mint, will spread everywhere.

  • Be careful about planting too much in your bed. Plants that are crowded will not receive adequate light and air and are more susceptible to diseases.

  • Avoid planting tall plants (corn, sunflowers) that will shade other beds.

  • Purchase plants from local nurseries to decrease the chance of buying infected plants.

We will be collecting the $20.00 fee from members that have not yet paid their fee.

UCONN Master Gardeners will be there to answer any questions that you might have regarding proper planting techniques.

See you there!