April 2021

Greetings! It's National Grange month!  To honor this Doug Groenig will be distributing Quimper Grange pencils and information about the Grange at the fundraiser purchase pick up on Sat, April 17th. (see below for details)

We are moving closer to opening.  The airflow outlets are done, and we're just waiting for a few more pieces of the system to arrive.

For gardening in April, Barbara Tusting sent this:
April is the month that everything starts happening! Dig amendments (compost, fertilizer, peat moss, etc.) into your soil and let it rest a couple of weeks before planting your seeds. Get your irrigation system set up, check for leaks, and clean up your potting areas. Sharpen & oil tools if you haven't done it last winter. If you intend to grow beans, get your trellises set before planting. Turn your cold compost pile, re-build with nitrogenous materials (grass clippings will heat it up in no time) to get your compost cooking again.

For starting seeds indoors:
Early April - basil, broccoli, brussels sprouts, fennel, and summer and Chinese cabbage.
Mid April - cucumber, eggplant, melon, peppers, squash & tomatoes (make sure you have a warm location), transplant bok choy, collards and swiss chard to the outdoors, and direct seed arugula, beets, carrots, and cilantro.
For directly sowing outdoors: Mid April - Kohlrabi, lettuce, scallion, parsnip, potato, radish, shallot, spinach.

The Food Bank Farm and Gardens fundraiser to benefit all East Jefferson County food bank gardens starts online orders April 12th. Vegetable, herb, flower, and fruit starts will be available for donations. A preview of offerings will be posted on the FBFG website https://ptfoodbankgarden.com on April 10th prior to the sale opening.

Thank you for the donations that have been coming in - they really help! If you wish to help as well, please mail checks/money orders to Quimper Grange 1219 Corona St PT WA 98368. We have a locking mailbox, so it is secure.

Happy sort-of Spring, and may we all be able to meet again soon!
Sheila Long
Quimper Grange President