Winter at Unity Gardens what ever do we do ?. Every year folks say to me and say "I bet its great to have a break in the winter". Oh how I wish that was the case, or maybe not. We stay very busy all winter long sometimes busier then summer. Around November when the outdoor garden winds down I take a little down time, a working vacation. I like to head out to Arizona and do lots of hiking, visit friends, and visit some community gardens. In between all that I work on things like our website, newsletter, and event flyers. I spend much of my vacation time making list of all the things I need to get done (regrouping). The hiking gives me lots of time to think and try to clear some space in my head to get geared up for the next year. By the time the week is through I am ready to hit it hard. We have 2 greenhouses and plenty of work in the garden to do as far as clean up and prep for the next season, and we do it sun rain, cold or snow , and we get it done. I never like to roll into March being behind. To put it into perspective when I get back from my week off its about 100 days until we are planting in the garden again. And everything takes longer when its cold. Our garden classes start in early January. This means going over all the classes I am teaching, and lining up people to teach speciality classes. All this while we are watering, planting, and harvesting in our greenhouse. Everything is harder in the winter. We continue our food waste program which means emptying and cleaning frozen food waste buckets into the snow covered composter. At some point I can no longer drive close to the greenhouse so I make the 200 yard trek through the snow. This year we added Honey from the Hood to our to do list, labeling, and selling honey all year long. The cool thing for me is I love it all, and believe no one has a better life then me.I come home cold tired and sore every night, but I sleep great.
Hi, my name is Mitch. I am the Unity Gardens Manager. I am a Purdue Master Gardener and teach many of the gardening classes. I also manage the LaSalle Square Garden, and maintain the website, blog and newsletter.