THE BENCH IS BACK!! Thanks to everyone who came out today for our garden tours and to celebrate the bench being back! Special thanks to the new gardeners who helped us make it a productive and neighborly day!
Regular work party Tuesday evening from 6:30 – 8 PM this week!
Wow, we had some wonderful folks from a church in Texas come and work with us this evening, and despite having come to watch the Texas Rangers beat the Mariners earlier this week, they really hit it out of the park with the weeding and chip spreading! Thanks so much to Pastor Dave for sharing them with us, and to Rita for arranging it so swiftly!!
Weekday Work Party – Every TUESDAY at 6:30 – 8 PM through August 2019
(day and time may change in September due to darkness)
Monthly Weekend Work Party – Third Sunday of every month 11 AM – 1 PM –
July 21, August 18, September 15, October 20, November 17
JUNE 17 GARLIC HARVEST AND BRAIDING PARTY! Yep, another year of garlic to share with gardeners. LOTS of it, and despite how sad it looked on top, the bulbs are mostly quite large and will make for lots of yummy dishes for the rest of the year. Bush beans already coming up in two of the beds we pulled up, and the third one is waiting for something else that will feed us all.
Lots going on in the garden today, and lots of friends to share it with! Weeding out the cilantro and spinach gone to seed, caging tomatoes, fixing the irrigation to the small culverts on the East, PEAS, FIGS, PEACHES, CARROTS, and eager pea harvesters! Thanks Ellen, Marty, Kathi, Susan, Liz and Debra for making the garden look and feel better today! Hopefully some of you can do it again tomorrow!
We discovered some breaks in our irrigation hoses that were flooding a couple parts and starving the rest, and also discovered that I set the irrigation system incorrectly, so our watering was happening too infrequently. Should be all fixed now, thanks to our irrigation expert! Thanks, Susan!
Jeesh, has it really been a month since I posted anything? We’ve gotten a LOT of tomatoes planted, the peas are blooming, the garlic and strawberries are really happy, the lettuce and other greens are glorious, and the wheat field is thriving. It was a lonely rainy evening, and I’m not surprised no one else came, but I planted Bed 9 with some heirloom tomatoes (sungold, sweetie, cour de bui, and stupice) that we got from the Meadowbrook garden greenhouse, and that should about wrap up the tomato plantings. Still need to put cages around these newest ones, but they all look happy. I also planted 4 jalapeno pepper plants in Bed 3, since it has irrigation, though they look a little lonely all by themselves in that big bed of straw. We might consider moving them to the culvert on the west end of the garden, but it needed some attention before I could do that, and it was just too darn drizzly to stick around. It’s been great to have the rain, but hopefully we’ll see the sun later this week. NO PHOTOS today, too wet.
A little rainy on Earth Day today, but we did a little work weeding in our wheat field behind the wall, and pruning in the herb border. Everything is looking great – loving the rain and cooler weather. We made one change to try to save some struggling plants and fill in some empty areas. Can you see what we did? Hope they survive, the roots are amazingly deep, and this is probably not the best time to transplant, but they weren’t thriving where they were (under the rosemary bush and on the path from 68th) and perhaps they’ll be happier here.
And by the way, the asparagus is coming on, so that’s great news! See you next Monday!
Wow, all the rain is really making our garden GROW! Everything is coming up and thriving today, even the teeny weeny carrot, spinach, shallots, and lettuce sprouts, along with our garlic (2 and 1/2 beds of it!). Returning again for another year are our perennials – the raspberries, blueberries, rhubarb, artichoke and herbs. Not to mention all our beautiful little bedding plants that are SO HAPPY! We’ve got lettuces, kales, tatsoi, arugula, cabbages, and some I’m not sure of, but they all look great and seem to enjoy this kind of April weather. THANKS to the friends of Roots Church who weeded, spread burlap and covered our paths with chips – we appreciate the LOVE and LABOR!
Thanks also to the gardeners who came out today – including some youngsters that came out with their dad and grandma, a couple of our newest gardeners, and a few regulars. It’s a treat to watch things come together every year, and I think we’ve got a great start. Come garden with us on Mondays from 3-5 PM every week – we’ll be there again tomorrow!
Hurray, the water is turned on again – and just in time because it has barely rained all of March and our trusty rain barrels had run dry. THANKS to the Parks Dept and Rav-Eck Community Center! We watered with the hose – glorious hose! – since our irrigation system is in need of some springtime attention, but it should be up and working in no time. We also mulched our little peas, our robust garlic, and even our teeny tiny carrots are pushing their little green threads up. We’ve got some great bedding plant lettuces, tatsoi, and brassica greens going in the horse troughs and Bed 12, and a lot of volunteer arugula coming up in one of the troughs. We also planted shallots in Bed 1, along with some lettuces and spinach from seeds. The raspberries and blueberry bushes are busting out, our newly transplanted strawberries are looking very happy, and we also have two new plum trees along with our pink peach blossoms coming on, so we are off and running! Such a delight to work together in the springtime – great to see gardeners old and new at our Monday work parties!
Well, we watered our little pea sprouts and the strawberries and carrots that we planted a week ago, because it hasn’t rained and it was HOT out there – about 75! Jeesh, it was snowing just a few weeks ago! Anyway, the city hasn’t turned on the irrigation water yet, so we hauled watering cans from our trusty rain barrels. Hope we don’t have to keep that up for too long. We decided not to plant anything more because of the watering situation, and also because we discovered that Bed 1, the nice tall one at the northeast part of the circle is full of poplar roots, just about 3 inches down. So, kind of discouraging, and maybe we should just grow cilantro there again, or I suppose we could try another type of barrier situation in that bed. I was just looking at bamboo barrier material on line and looks like we could get some in 48″ width, but didn’t see anything wider than that.
Anyway, the sunshine is lovely, but we need a wet spring to get our garden off on a good start, so let’s hope we get back to a bit more normal March and April. Or that the city turns the water on!