Charles Street Gardeners

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May 2021

To-Do List

  • Sheet mulch the pathway around your bed by adding a layer of cardboard and covering with a 2″ layer of woodchips
  • You can start planting your warm season crops this month, protect new seedlings from pests by gently covering until they get established
  • Check the irrigation systemin your bed: add tape to your connectors if you have a leak, repair leaking drip irrigation, replace an aging hose and make sure you have a nozzle or wand installed on it.
  • Weed, weed, weed your pathways! Don’t allow any weeds or grass to go to seed.
  • Consider signing up here to JOIN A GARDEN TEAM – we need your skills to build a better garden community, it’s a great way to get inspired to do your service hours.


Second Saturday Workdays

Our next workday will be:

Saturday, Jun 12, 2021

Community Garden Workday

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Email or contact your Row Leader if you have questions about garden tasks, volunteer hours, or general bed maintenance issues.

Public vounteers are very welcome [face masks must continue to be worn] please register first with the Garden Coordinators: Register Here

Second Saturday Task List

  • Weeding Remove grass + weeds in the perimeter bed in front of Plum + Mulberry

    Empty Trash Bins into the blue skip bin in the parking lot. 

    Donation Beds weed grass in pathways and beds 

    Organise compost area Rake up materials, cut sm branches off large branches, weed the area

    Move items to shipping container Workday Task Only

    Move leaves from near picnic benches to compost area

    Weeding Greenhouse area. Remove any grass + weeds going to seed. Shake off soil and gravel first

    Peace Garden sheet mulch pathways

    Flip compost bins check dates, flip bins with dates more than 3 days old

    Clean CSG pergola use Sunfrog cleaner, work around vines. 

    Welcome Garden weed along front gate fence line and succulent garden

    Remove bush next to wheelbarrows at back gate Workday task only

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    Covid-19 Safety Information

    For current updates on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and community mandated orders please visit the Santa Clara Public Health website. Here is the link to their website:

    County of Santa Clara Public Health Website

    Gardener Safety

    • DO NOT visit the garden if you are experiencing any symptoms or if you are ill and always check each week and adhere to any changes to the public mandates
    • Always wear a mask to protect yourself and others. Guidance on Face Coverings
    • Please respect the 6 ft social distancing rule when encountering other fellow gardeners
    • Avoid loitering or gathering around our access gates so gardeners can come and go and maintain social distancing protocol.
    • Use gloves and hand sanitizer if using common tools and locks
    • Dispose of PPE [gloves and masks] thoughtfully. Bring a small trash bag with you if you think you will discard these on exiting the garden, and take them out with you.
    • Avoid unnecessary gatherings and continue to garden individually 

    Second Saturday Workdays Schedule | 2020 - 2021


    Below are the scheduled dates for each row group to lead their Second Saturday workdays. Workdays operate between 10 AM – 12 PM

    SAT OCT 10 Group Garden, Orange + Plum
    SAT NOV 14 Apricot + Blackberry
    SAT DEC 12  Cherry, Fig + Hi-Rise
    SAT JAN 09 Lemon and Mulberry
    SAT FEB 13 Group Garden, Orange + Plum
    SAT MAR 13 Apricot and Blackberry
    SAT MAY 08 Cherry, Fig + Hi-Rise
    SAT JUN 12  Lemon and Mulberry
    SAT JUL 10  Group Garden, Orange + Plum
    SAT AUG 14 Apricot and Blackberry
    MON AUG 31 Complete service hours for 2020 / 2021



    Aim to complete your hours each month.

    Yearly Quarter Quarter Hrs Goal Annual Tally
    SEP 1 – NOV 31 3 hr, 45 min 3 hr, 45 min
    DEC 1 – FEB 31 3 hr, 45 min 7 hr, 30 min
    MAR 1 – MAY 31 3 hr, 45 min 11 hr, 15 min
    JUN 1 – AUG 31 3 hr, 45 min 15 hours


    • All CSG gardeners are welcome to attend on any workday ~ you can join in even if your row isn’t scheduled for that date.
    • Once you’ve attended, please be sure to fill out the LOG YOUR VOLUNTEER HOURS online form (below) and log your hours in decimal format, numbers only:
    • EG: if you work for 30 mins, enter it as 0.5 If you work for 1 hour and 15 mins, enter it as 1.25 

    There is a monthly Task List that is made available and posted, so if you’d like to contribute service hours outside of workdays, you can easily log an hour or two each month.

    Happy Gardening!



    Log your Volunteer Hours

    View Volunteer Hours Log

    Check how many hours you have logged previously. You can log new service hours on the form above.

    As a registered CSG gardener, you must fulfill and log 15 x hours of service by August 31st each year, per your Gardener’s Agreement. It’s very easy to achieve and helps keep our lovely community garden maintained and looking good.

    You can check with your Row Leader what needs doing near your Row OR there is a monthly Task List posted here and on the garden kiosk noticeboard near the main gate. So if you need to contribute service hours outside of workdays, you can easily log an hour or two each month.

    Happy gardening!

    Join a Garden Team


    CSG Garden Teams – 2021
    Garden Team Team Name Status Project Overview
    Childrens Garden Kids Gang JOIN TEAM Fix signs, build new tipi, repair dig zone, build bed covers, add lemon tree
    Vermicomposting Worm Wranglers TEAM FULL Harvest castings in April, build new stand/structure, new signage
    Plant Sales + Greenhouses JOIN TEAM Plant Sale: seeding, watering, up-potting
    Chicken Coop Chicken Tenders TEAM FULL New hen photos, update front signs, prepare summer budget
    Garden Maintenance
    Raised Bed Repairs JOIN TEAM Repair current damaged beds
    Irrigation JOIN TEAM ID all local main shut-offs, upgrade perimeter drip lines, repair water tanks
    Pest Management Critter Crew JOIN TEAM Continuing from Winter schedule ….
    Community Composting Compost Crew JOIN TEAM Flip/wet bins weekly, run chipper weekly, manage pile, build wire corals
    Garden Kiosk / Noticeboard JOIN TEAM Team to help update each month, clean cobwebs, replace fabric.
    Online / Social Media JOIN TEAM Recruit content crew, make google photos shared folder,
    Garden Signage + Safety JOIN TEAM New signs: GG, Gate, Compost, plant sale poster, shed murals
    Education + Training JOIN TEAM CSG Youtube
    Community Food Gardens
    Fruit Trees, Berries + Vines The Pruners TEAM FULL compost trees + vines, design summer irrigation + harvest schedule
    Food Forest Donation Drive TEAM FULL Prepping for Spring / Summer crops soon
    Citrus Grove JOIN TEAM Prune early spring, compost all citrus
    Seed Garden Donation Drive JOIN TEAM Prep left side for tomatoes, add compost, asses border/fence
    Plum 3 Donation Drive JOIN TEAM Rebuild bed, weed
    Plum 9 Donation Drive JOIN TEAM Weed bed and pathways, harvest for March
    Apricot 2 Donation Drive JOIN TEAM Weed bed and pathways, harvest for March
    Community Ornamental Gardens
    Rose Garden The Rosies TEAM FULL Plant new memorial rose, fertilize, check soaker hose
    South Perimeter Garden The Bloomers JOIN TEAM Detail weed, recruit team members, prune back for Spring
    Peace Herb Garden JOIN TEAM Weed border/paths, add compost/manure, repair drip irg. prune dead plants
    Patio Container Garden TEAM FULL Plant Gaura in large blue pot,
    Welcome Gardens JOIN TEAM Refresh all pots, add flowers, new welcome sign,
    Pollinator Patch JOIN TEAM Weed, add compost + mature leaf mulch, prep new seedlings, add plant ID
    Honour Garden COMING SOON Add rock borders, add mulch, woodchip pathways, ID all memorials
    The Pergola JOIN TEAM Add vine to MG Corner, weed beds, clean + oil structure, add flower seeds



    Gardeners Google Group

    All Gardeners are required to be subscribed to the CSG Google Group. This is our primary way to send out regular updates with essential garden information, including hints + tips, event announcements, and day-to-day changes or notifications. It’s also a great way to stay in touch with your fellow gardeners and connect with your local community.

    This is a private group and you should be automatically subscribed on becoming a member.

    LOGIN HERE to open Google Groups Login Page

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