Crows Woods Gardeners

Winter 2019

Thank you for visiting our website.  Winter is the time where we gardeners are dreaming up plans to dig into in the spring.  Designing in our mind what our garden plots will contain this season.  Some of us are planting seeds so we have healthy seedlings ready to place in our carefully tended rich garden soil in the spring.  One of the important winter tasks we have as Crows Woods Gardeners, and as prospective New Crows Woods Gardeners is to print out a new 2019 application, fill in the blanks and drop it in the mail.  Please send your application early so we receive it well in advance of the March 1st deadline!    As soon as we receive your application we will put you on our mailing list to receive important information.

All Haddonfield residents interested in joining Crows Woods Gardens, as well as existing gardeners are welcome to attend our winter sign-up meeting. Please visit our calendar tab for event schedule.  We hope to see you at our meeting which is encouraged, however not required.  If you have any questions, please send me an email. Talk soon,.. Paul -President  – prsdesign@verizon.net

Spring Reminders

Spring is the time to start planning for the 2019 gardening season.

  1. Decide how big of a plot you want for this season. Our plots come in two sizes: small (about 10 x 20) or large (about 20 x 20). It is strongly recommended that those with limited time maintain a small plot. First year gardeners will receive a 10′ x 20′ plot.
  2. Mail your completed Crows Woods Gardeners application (along with your payment). For more information, please visit our “Application” page.
  3. It is important that Paul Schmeck receives your completed application and payment by March 1 (or you can bring it to the Winter Meeting on Thursday, March 8).
  4. If you had a plot in 2017 and you wish to continue gardening, you must still complete and send in an application with payment by March 1 for the 2019 season.
  5. If this is your first year applying for a plot, keep in mind that plots will be awarded on a first come first serve basis as they become available.
  6. Start planning your plot! Early spring is a great time to plant your kale, beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, lettuce, onion, parsnips, peas (great St. Patrick’s day activity), rhubarb and turnips.
  7. Look at the Plot Grid Map to determine your plot number: Plot Grid Map PDF (Please note that these will be continually updated)


Knee Deep in Tomatoes

Ann and Craig Goings share their secrets in growing a successful tomato bumper crop.

Keeping Critters at Bay

Anthony Calabretta,a long time gardener at Crows Woods, has found ways to coexist with the many small critters that enjoy eating the fruits of our hard labor. His ideas are simple and straight forward to implement.

My War with the Harlequin Beetle

Not all critters can be kept at bay as Karin Waltzman points out. The harlequin beetle is a tough competitor for the organic gardener. Never the less, a year lost to the harlequin beetle brings promise of productive growing seasons in years to come.

Bee Crisis

Mary Previte reminds us of the importance that bees play in our daily life. As organic gardeners we need to be aware of their perils and be mindful of the steps we can take to help them survive and multiply.

News / Articles From Prior Years

In addition to gardening, we like to share our experiences at Crows Woods. Some of us do it in writing while others prefer to let their photographs speak for themselves. Visit our Archives which contain news, articles and pictures of our past experiences at Crows Woods.

NOTE: If you have an article or a photograph that you would like to submit for publication, please email articles to Mary Previte @ MTPrevite@aol.com.

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