“Where’s my pond?’ great egret looks around Aptos Community Garden ….

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Pick those veggies at Aptos Community Garden …

Pick those vegetables at Aptos Community Garden!  Look at those beautiful mustard greens and fava beans!   And clean plots  please. Thanks!    

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Bark for Aptos Community Garden coming soon

 

tarps for bark

Tarps coming soon to cover bark in case of rain.  Aptos Community Garden gets prepared.

.  https://www.freedomok.net/aptoscommunitygarden/

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Critters in Aptos Community Garden?

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critters in Aptos Community Garden?

So what’s nibbling?  Have to check and see if the peanut butter is gone!  To catch a rat you don’t need a bat!

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Aptos Community Garden News: WEEDS, KNOX BOX & BLUE FAUCETS!

AptosCommunity Garden.info

Check YouTube for  videos of Aptos Community Garden

THANKS everyone for weeding garden paths near your plot!

PLEASE  take 5-10 minutes each visit & weed crab grass anywhere!    

AND 

THANK Cary & Gina for helping out in Garden 

Cary  & Gina  moved the Knox Box to a  new location.  

THIS WEEK

Cary fixed several leaky plastic  lines

Cary checked all BLUE faucets so that they work correctly. 

Please  THANK  Cary when you see him.  

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Gardeners & Plot Numbers for Aptos Community Garden, Aptos CA

Aptos Community Garden

AptosCommunityGarden.info on Twitter has some  pictures for the Garden.

Like to say ‘hello’?   Maybe share produce  with   fellow gardeners at Aptos Community Garden in Aptos, CA?

That’s easy!

To facilitate ‘saying hello’,  see below list.  You know your plot number, so just look for numbers around you in the garden  &  that way you can easily get acquainted with fellow gardeners.  Saying ‘hello’ is a nice part of gardening together.

 Each plot number and name of person renting the plot are listed below.

Names of persons &  plot numbers at Aptos Community Garden, July 3, 2017:   

Chuc Nowark                     3

Laurie Nowark                  3

Cameron Jackson             6

Samantha Olden               7

Samantha Olden              8

Alejandro Callejas            9

 

Grace Baillie                       11          

Jane Amaral                       12

Wandis Wilcox                   13

JoAnn Christiansen         14

Mardee McGraw               16

Elizabeth Renfro               18

Lisa Logsdon                       19

 

John Lovett                        20

Sandy Lovett                      20

Adriana Bartch                  21

John Bartch                        21

Norma Spiegel                  22

Jackie Nelson                     23

John Nelson                       23

Jackie Nelson                     25

John Nelson                       25

Neil Kennedy                     26

MaryJo Voorhees            27

Doreen Albertson            28

Neil Kennedy                     29

 

Dana Abbott                      31

Debby Samuels                 32

Janine Kittleson                33

John Lovett                        34

Sandy Lovett                      34

Roberta Ruiz                      35

Daryl Wise                           36

Sumer   Yarema                37

Tom Yarema                       37

Donna Kaelin                     39

 

Lindsay Rosalba                40

Joseph Stearns                 41

Joseph Stearns                  42

Lucas Willey                        43

Sally Willey                          43

Gina Mersman                  44

Gina Mersman                  45

John Wescoat                    46

John Wescoat                    48

Verginia Voinea                 49

 

Lisa Dupont                        50

Erin McNeally                    51

Michael Schalow              52

Julie Lolmaugh                  53

Karen Juarez                      54

Michelle Lloyd                   55

Sian St. Laurent 55

Nathaniel Ritchie              56

Juanita Contin                   58

Max Contin                         58

 

George Winslow              62

Terrie Winslow                62

Andela  Milligan               63

Kasey Milligan                   63

Gina Mersman                  71

Gina Mersman                  73

Aptos Community Garden  — as of June,  2017  — has some  plots available.  Plot No.  10,  12,  24,  46 and 57 are still available.  Come see if one of the available  plots interests you.

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Aptos Community Garden has a FEW plots available!

Aptos Community Garden

Like to garden? The organic way?    Live in Aptos  or  near by areas?

Come rent a garden plot and join us!   Find us on Facebook and Twitter.  

  Aptos Community Garden  — as of June 2017  — has some  plots available

Plot No.  10,  12,  24,  46 and 57 are still available.

Come see if one of the available  plots interests you.

Directions:    Take Highway #1 and go to the Freedom exit.  Or travel down Soquel Ave. all the way to the end. The very end.    The Garden is located just past the California Highway Patrol office near the Freedom exit off Highway # 1.

Take a look around.  Pick up an application. And call 831 688-5757 extension 2 and leave a message.

organic gardening

Organic gardening means no chemicals ….   And that means some critters like to come and eat our stuff ….

  Know someone who can  control gophers & rabbits — those little critters  which love eating in our Garden.  Perhaps you know a retired person with outdoor skills? Or someone willing to learn how to trap them?   Perhaps this person  might like a garden plot in exchange for some gopher control?    Call 831 688-5727 extension 2 and leave a message.                                         

 Aptos Community Garden is sponsored by Christ Lutheran Church in Aptos, CA http://www.AptosChurch.org    

            
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Come to Aptos Community Garden, Sun. May 7 noon – 2

  clean up crewCOME! ALL  WELCOME!  Sunday,  May 7, NOON – 2 pm

Aptos Community Garden is now CLEAN and READY to welcome YOU!

All gardeners and public welcome! Raffle!  Food!

Come say hello! Some members and Pastor Dale below: christ lutheran peopleDale christ lutheran

Come  Sunday,  May 7,  NOON – 2 pm, Aptos Community Garden located off Highway 1 and Freedom Blvd.   10707 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003

There’s still a few choice garden plots not taken.  Come see! Info is available near the main gate of the Garden.  Call 831 688 5727 extension 2 and leave a message.

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Cleanup Paths for Aptos Community Garden April 22 & 29

 

Saturdays April 22 & 29

Saturdays April 22 & 29 in AM

Aptos Community  Gardeners!

Our PATHS  — connecting the plots  — need  Cleanup on Saturday morinings April 22 & 29. Come  say ‘hello’ to fellow gardeners.

Together everyone makes wonderful, beautiful vegetables and flowers every year.  For the last SEVEN years!   Wow!

Want a plot?  Like more information?  Come on Saturdays April 22 & 29 in the am and say hello.  Gardening is fun!

Call 831 688 5727 extension 2 and leave a message for more information.

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what a hoot! new owl family in Moss Landing CA

barn-owl-feedsThere’s quite a few  owl  box homes  waiting for owl families in the Aptos CA area.

 

Aptos Community Garden put up a barn owl home a couple years ago.  Coastlands Church in Aptos put  up three owl boxes a year ago. And there are other owl boxes in Aptos waiting for owls.

 

Ideas how to ‘hoot’ for barn owl  hoots? Moss Landing has a new owl family growing.  Complete with video to watch them grow:

“At dusk, the large owl with the heart-shaped face stretches her wings, taking a much-needed break from sitting on her brood of eight eggs. Throughout the evening, her mate brings her loving gifts of field mice and voles. And anyone with an Internet connection can now watch this wildlife romance in action.

“The devoted couple took up residence about five months ago in a specially built owl box atop a 20-foot pole next to Moss Landing’s Haute Enchilada Café and Gallery. Not only is it giving cafe patrons something to talk about, it’s also an eco-friendly method of rodent control that gives safe haven to this owl family.

“Live streaming from an infrared videocamera shows what’s going on inside the owl box 24/7.  If the links don’t work go to YouTube and search under:   owls moss landing Ca

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqriavVGHz8ObWxhi56a18Q

 

“We’ve had such a positive reaction to the owls,” said cafe chef and owner Kim Solano. “It’s so uplifting — such a privilege to see them up close.”

“And with egg hatching imminent, the Haute Enchilada has decided to host a special event Feb. 11 that includes a special presentation on the owls, light appetizers and perhaps even a glimpse of the owls at twilight.

“The new residents — named Teco and Lotte, a play on tecolote, the Spanish word for owl — took over the box soon after it was installed by the husband-and-wife team of Duane Titus and Rebecca Dmytryk, who own the local company Humane Wildlife Control.

“Lotte has laid an above-average clutch,” said Dmytryk, who notes that barn owls are cavity nesters, and if they can’t find a hollow tree or barn to nest in, will attempt to make a home in inadequate places — palm trees, for instance, where the babies are in danger of falling out.

“Because hollow trees are not as plentiful as they used to be, due to human intervention, barn owls are happy to find the owl boxes and move in.

“It’s all part of the effort to make the Haute Enchilada complex a more sustainable venture, said Solano. The restaurant strives to serve only sustainable seafood, natural and free-range meat and poultry, and locally sourced organic produce whenever possible.

“The Haute Enchilada also distributes paper straws rather than plastic to help reduce plastic in landfills and oceans; the staff uses eco-friendly cleaning products; and the property has its own beehive, maintained by Carmel Honey Co.

“Last year, Solano was concerned about rodent problems on the property, which includes the cafe, a studio and art gallery, and the Social Club, an event venue. She contacted Titus and Dmytryk, who then built and installed the box, which has been painted in bright colors by Solano’s artist husband, Luis Solano.

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“Why is it important to provide a home for owls? Aside from the rodent control aspect, it’s a way to help these magnificent birds survive. Their numbers are beginning to decline, due in part to loss of habitat.

“There are a few conditions, though, for inviting in barn owls to your environs. If you install a box, you need to give up using poison to control mouse, rat, gopher and ground squirrel problems, because owls that eat the poisoned rodents could sicken and die.

Also, keep in mind that nothing keeps every rodent away, but the owls do keep them in check.

“It’s mostly about control. You’re not getting rid of all rodents,” Dmytryk said. “It’s a process.”

“People interested in barn owl boxes can also build their own, although Dmytryk cautions that not all the plans available on the Internet are adequate for barn owl needs. Boxes should have a minimum floor size of 29 by 24 inches, an entry hole that’s 5.5 by 4.5 inches, and an entry hole at least 14 inches off the floor, so that the babies can’t get out before they’re ready to fly.

To get on the waiting list for the Hatch Party on Feb. 11, call 831-760-0952 or email hauteenchilada@gmail.com. The cafe is also planning an Earth Day fundraiser for March 19 to celebrate earth-friendly sustainable practices, with an art auction and costume contest. Proceeds will be donated to The Last Plastic Straw program, which is aimed at reducing single-use plastics.

Do you have questions or tips about sustainable living around the Central Coast? Send them to Kathryn McKenzie at kathymckenziewriter@gmail.com. Follow Kathryn McKenzie at www.facebook.com/kathrynmckenziewriter.

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