Andover Community Garden


Early Blight

This wet, wet, summer's conditions are unfortunately perfect for two fungal diseases common to tomato plants collectively called early blight. It will show up as spots, usually beginning on leaves of the lowest branches, which then turn yellow and die. This can wreak havoc on your plants, and their fruit.

These are the best practices for preventing and treating early blight:

  • Water at the base of plants and avoid wetting leaves

  • Mulch around the base of plants to prevent fungal spores bouncing up from soil during rain

  • Remove lower branches and frequently remove any diseased leaves. Bag and put ALL diseased plant tissues into trash. DO NOT COMPOST or leave on soil.

  • Improve air circulation around plants - encourage upward growth or space well.

  • Seek out disease resistant varieties for next growing season.

  • Rotate crops on a three year schedule, if possible.

  • Spray weekly with baking soda/soap mixture as a preventative ( 1 teaspoon castile soap/1 tablespoon baking soda to 1 gallon water). This is not effective once disease is visible.

  • Control weeds and remove any "volunteer" tomato plants.

  • Remove badly affected plants.

This article will help you to identify early blight.

Viki's Advice Corner

Hello Gardeners! Time is flying and your garden is still demanding your attention even if the picking seems to be slim. Here are some things to think about:

Garlic: If you are growing garlic, this is harvest time. The bulb has reached maximum size. If left in the ground it will start shrink. Use immediately as “green garlic” or “cure” it by leaving the dirt on the bulb and letting it dry. It will keep longer if cured.

Pea vines: If you are growing peas, consider removing the vines, leaving just the roots. Production has maxed out by now and peas lose their sweetness. Use this vacant space for another type of crop.

Blood meal: It is time to add the second application of blood meal. Plants growing now need extra nutrients to produce well. Larger plots need 2lbs and smaller plots need 1 to 1 1/2 lbs. This blood meal advice is also for the expansion plots.

Planting for fall: If your lettuce has bolted or completely harvested, consider using that space for a deeper rooted veggie e.g. carrots and beets. Or more bush bean plants. Or annual flowers.

70-80 days left to the growing season: There is plenty of sunshine and warm weather ahead to maximize the fruits of your efforts by continuing to resow seeds or obtain new plants in open spaces. Check this blog for suggestions for crops that grow into late September/early October.

Smile and enjoy Nature!

We are seeing one of our least favorite annual visitors -Japanese beetles. They are voracious eaters, not choosy, and have no natural predators. They are easy to identify and to hand pick. Keep a container of soapy water handy when you go hunting. When you grab one, throw it in the soapy water, or just squash them. We will put traps out on fences to lure them away from the garden plots but that is only partially successful so pay attention to your own plot. You can read more about Japanese beetles here.

What's Growing Now

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Andover Community Garden broke ground the spring of 2016. Our Association members have since enjoyed five great years of wonderful yields.

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. If all garden plots are taken, we keep a waiting list from which we accept new members on a first come, first serve basis. Each Association member contributes an annual plot fee to cover maintenance. Once rented you can plant up your plot with organic seeds and plants, and reap the produce of your own plot.

High Plain Road Garden

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

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

2021 rental fees are based on a rate of $0.85 per square foot.

We are filled up for the 2021 season! To request to be placed on the waiting list for 2022, please fill out this form.

Main Street Garden

Nestled behind the Andover Center for History and Culture in the heart of downtown Andover, this smaller garden has 11 plots:

5 feet x 20 feet plot: $85

5 feet x 10 feet plot: $42.50

2021 rental fees are based on a rate of $0.85 per square foot.

We are filled up for the 2021 season! To request to be placed on the waiting list for 2022, please fill out this form.