Andover Community Garden

Our mission is to educate our members about organic gardening and to provide opportunities to them so that they can grow and harvest vegetables, herbs and flowers within a welcoming community setting.

Garden plots are open to all residents of Andover and surrounding towns who join our Association. Plots that are turning over are offered yearly to people on the waiting list on a first come, first serve basis. This process begins about March each year and runs though until we are full, usually by May. For 2022, all plots have been taken. If you are interested in signing up for a plot in 2023, please fill in this form.

Each Association member contributes an annual plot fee to cover maintenance. To be part of our association, you must be willing to agree to our requirements. These are fairly standard rules for community gardens, with requirements such as gardening organically and participating in workdays and cleanups; and we do try to help new folks with this request by giving lessons/ideas for how to garden organically. Once rented, you plant up your plot, harvest and maintain your own plot for your own family’s use during the gardening season.


All gardeners are expected to participate in workdays for at least 12 hours over the course of the season. You can pick and choose from the monthly workdays or sign up for mowing or weed-whacking here.


July 16th Community workday

August 20th Community workday

September 17th Community workday

October 29th Closing day


Garden Managers

High Plain Garden:Your garden managers are: Yolanda Chico Miller, Lauren Conoscenti, Lisette Pylant, Jane Ward and Viki Vasquez. Viki and Jane are your plant gardening gurus. All other problems (general questions, hoses, water, locks, vacation, etc.) should be raised with your other three managers or the help line: help@andovergarden.com. Please note: Viki & Jane are away for the remainder of May.



Announcements

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Community Day

Thanks so much for all your help on our first community workday! Both gardens got pretty much everything on their checklist completed and they both look wonderful and weed-free. At the Main Street garden, we also cut down some of the knotweed forest beyond the garden. Plus, at the High Plain garden, we got a nice sunshade up over a picnic table.


Viki's Advice Corner

Welcome to high summer! It was a cool May but a little dry. This trend is continuing into June except the temps have been more normal but also quite dry. That means starting to water regularly. You don't have to water daily unless you have seeds and seedlings that need the moisture. Established plants should get 1 inch per week. Water deeply around your tomatoes, peppers, cukes, beans, etc. Also earlier in the day or later in the afternoon has less evaporation. Keep the water directed to the ground, not on the plant itself.

While watering also check for early pests. We have seen some flea beetle damage and some cucumber beetles. Check the Bugs and Treatments pages to learn how to handle these critters. Familiarize yourself with the most common pests so you can quickly identify and take action.

It looks like we are off to a better start than last year for the garden as a whole. A few transplanted veggies have some yellowing of lower leaves. This is often due to a lack of nitrogen. If you didn’t add a pound of blood meal in April or May, it is not too late. Also direct fertilization with hand watering of fish emulsion mixture in a watering can is the only time I recommend watering directly on the plant. Do this mild boost every time you think of it.

Don’t forget to continue sowing of beans, carrots, arugula, cucumbers, and heat resistant greens. Tomato plants can still go in; they love the warm soil and bright sun.

Lastly, add some beautiful color and variety by adding flowers ( nasturtiums) and herbs ( dill, borage). They are great pollinators and harbor beneficial bugs that eat the bad bugs, e.g. aphids.


For more information, see these links:


Garden Gate's Summer Garden Checklist

Hudson Valley Seed's Guide to Beneficial Insects





What's Growing Now

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High Plain Road Garden

The main garden is located on the Virginia Hammond Reservation, on High Plain Road across from the leaf composting site. The site has 65 plots:

4 feet x 10 feet plot: $34

4 feet x 20 feet plot: $68

5 feet x 10 feet plot: $42.50

5 feet x 25 feet plot: $106.25

There is a small parking lot with some allowance for parking on the grass when it is full. It usually accommodates most cars at a given time and the grass parking can be used on workdays.

Main Street Garden

Nestled behind the Andover Center for History and Culture at 97 Main Street, this smaller garden has 11 plots of two different sizes:

5 feet x 20 feet plot: $85

5 feet x 10 feet plot: $42.50

In downtown Andover the parking is tight. There are a few spaces located adjacent to the Andover Center for History and Culture and on the street in front of it. Paid parking is available in the town lot just up from the site, beside UBurger.