crows woods gardeners

Haddonfield Community Gardens

Crows Woods Gardeners

Spring Welcome!

We would like to welcome the new crop of gardeners for 2014. There are a few plots left, so anyone who is interested in joining our community, please mail in your app w/ dues asap. Here is a link to helpful "tips for new gardeners". Please consider signing up for one of the committees that are forming and that are listed on our new application. We are encouraging all gardeners to build up the elevation of their plots. this will help with some of the drainage issues we experienced last season. There are plies of leaf mulch and compost at the gardens. both materials are good amendments to work into your existing soil. We hope to see everyone out in the gardens on opening day Saturday April 12th If you have any questions, you can email Paul --

Spring Reminders

Spring is the time to start planning for the 2014 gardening season.

  1. Decide how big of a plot you want for this season. Our plots come in two sizes: small (about 10 x 20) or large (about 20 X 20). It is strongly recommended that those with limited time maintain a small plot.
  2. Mail your completed Crows Woods Gardeners application (along with your payment). For more information, please visit our “Application” page.
  3. It is important that Paul Schmeck receives your completed application and payment by March 1 (or you can bring it to the Winter Meeting on Thursday, March 6).
  4. If you had a plot in 2013 and Paul does not have your completed application and payment by March 6, you will lose your plot for the 2014 season.
  5. If this is your first year applying for a plot, keep in mind that plots will be awarded on a first come first serve basis as they become available.
  6. Start planning your plot! Early spring is a great time to plant your kale, beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, lettuce, onion, parsnips, peas (great St. Patrick’s day activity), rhubarb and turnips.
  7. Look at the Plot Grid Map to determine your plot number: Plot Grid Map PDF (Please note that these will be continually updated)



Knee Deep in Tomatoes

Ann and Craig Goings share their secrets in growing a successful tomato bumper crop.

Keeping Critters at Bay

Anthony Calabretta,a long time gardener at Crows Woods, has found ways to coexist with the many small critters that enjoy eating the fruits of our hard labor. His ideas are simple and straight forward to implement.

My War with the Harlequin Beetle

Not all critters can be kept at bay as Karin Waltzman points out. The harlequin beetle is a tough competitor for the organic gardener. Never the less, a year lost to the harlequin beetle brings promise of productive growing seasons in years to come.

Bee Crisis

Mary Previte reminds us of the importance that bees play in our daily life. As organic gardeners we need to be aware of their perils and be mindful of the steps we can take to help them survive and multiply.

News / Articles From Prior Years

In addition to gardening, we like to share our experiences at Crows Woods. Some of us do it in writing while others prefer to let their photographs speak for themselves. Visit our Archives which contain news, articles and pictures of our past experiences at Crows Woods.

NOTE: If you have an article or a photograph that you would like to submit for publication, please email articles to Mary Previte @ If you have any questions, you can reach Mary by phone at 856-428-4909. If you have a resource to include on the CWG website, please email Gary Ell at

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