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Gardens are looking good!

The weather this season is really cooperating for our gardens to grow. I noticed we have already begun to harvest! Along with harvest comes the possibility that you have more than you can use. As in past years, we are providing a place for anyone to take free veggies. Thank you to whomever had the plastic bin out for that purpose. I have replaced it with a more permanent "veggie stand". The bin is in the shed. If you have extra produce to share, just put it in the veggie stand. I have stocked it with some paper grocery bags. I have an endless supply to keep it stocked, so I will keep an eye on it and add more when necessary. This stand gives us a little protection from the sun and rain. Yes, you may recognize it as used beekeeping equipment. I decided to use what I had on hand. I didn't want anything too nice, or it might just walk away! The sign explains the veggie stand and also that the public may take from beds marked "community plot" but not from those with names on the signs in the beds. I will keep an eye on the sign and keep it updated if the weather takes off the writing.

You may have noticed we have a large family of woodchucks that have a den under the shed. I noticed that they are also in the shed now. I found where they are getting in. We do not own the shed, so I don't know exactly what to do about it, if anything. Right now, the woodchucks do not seem to be hurting anything or anyone. They seem satisfied with the banquet set out for them in the compost pile and do not seem to be bothering the garden beds, or at least the fencing is keeping them out. There are at least three large entrances to their den, two in the back of the shed, that go under the concrete. One gardener reported sighting six of them. That is beyond my ability to trap. If anyone has any ideas, let me know.

Keep up the good work of keeping your beds looking nice! I am doing a talk on vegetable preservation at the Plainwell Ransom Library on July 10th at 7 pm. The program is free to the public, if you want more ideas on what to do with your harvest.

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