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LETTER TO EDITOR: Learn to garden in northern Colorado free of charge

Learn to garden in northern Colorado free of charge

Treasure Island Demonstration Garden is waiting. Little plants are starting to appear here and there so spring must be close. It should be an interesting one. After a challenging winter, we will be delighted to see what plants had the reserve to make it through the cold. Mother Nature has given us quite a few months of amazing weather to overcome. A conference speaker said, "We will all have aching backs bending over and asking 'Is it still alive?'"

We are preparing for the glorious summer to come: planning and planting flower beds, choosing veggie seeds and getting ready to clean while we wait for the soil to warm. Bulbs are already poking though, and each will be a little jewel in the garden. If you are tired of the cold weather, snow piles and short days, plan to join us to celebrate the start of gardening season. The DiGGers will hold their annual "Think Spring" meeting at the Windsor Community Recreation Center on April 1. Join us at 10 a.m. to have coffee and cookies and to talk about dirt, seeds and summer. The garden has a great team of volunteers, all of whom enjoy working the soil and learning how to garden successfully in our challenging northern Colorado climate. If you are a gardener (or want to become a gardener), we need your help. Come to the gathering to meet the fine folks who are helping Treasure Island to grow.

The DiGGers have a wonderful tradition of growing veggies and donating all of the produce to the Windsor Food Pantry. We need veggie volunteers. This is the ultimate help-wanted opportunity: be outside; work Tuesday and/or Thursday mornings; get your hands dirty; get your feet muddy; help others. It's the perfect job. Come when you can; stay as long as you like. Experience growing veggies would be wonderful, but our team of master gardener volunteers is ready and willing to train. The duties include: planting seeds and seedlings, water management, pruning, shaping, cultivating, weed control, and of course harvesting the crops as the season progresses. Contact TIDG at (970) 686-2999 or by email at janenejohn@comcast.net. Don't be shy. We have a place for you.

Treasure Island Demonstration Garden is a partnership between the Town of Windsor and the DiGGers, a group of committed master gardeners. The Town of Windsor provides the land, the non-potable water supply, and other important support services. The DiGGers and treasured community volunteers provide the gardening expertise and care. Treasure Island Demonstration Garden is a Plant Select and vegetable demonstration garden. All food grown at the garden is donated to the Windsor Food Pantry. For information about water conservation and water-wise gardening go to http://www.windsorgov.com. To contact the DiGGers, please call (970) 686-2999. Brochures and newsletters are available at the garden. Donations to the garden can be made through the Community Foundation, Treasure Island Demonstration Garden, 711 8th Ave., Greeley, CO 80631.

Janene Willey,DiGGer, Treasure Island Demonstration Garden, Windsor

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