MORE Fall Gardening

We had another productive day at the garden on the last day of September! There were only 3 of us, but we accomplished a lot:

  • We harvested our enormous winter squashes! There were 7 of them, and 5 are remaining in the shed (Debra and Susan each took one home). If you want one please go get it. As Ellen found out via the internet – the best strategy is to store it in a warm place for a couple weeks, and then it can be moved to a cool, dry location for storage (if you want to save it for a special occasion like Thanksgiving). A couple of them are GIANT, so talk to your fellow RCG gardeners about sharing!
  • We ATE PEAS from our fall crop of snow peas, and they’re fabulous!! Not sure how many more we’ll get, but there are tons of blossoms coming on.
  • We put the whole pile of compost material in the bins (without chopping), and will just be patient about it’s decomposition. There’s still room for the tomato foliage when those are done in a few weeks. We also leveled the area around the compost bins, so it looks great! Sorry, no camera was available, but go take a look!
  • We planted WHEAT! Marty had carefully saved and winnowed the wheat from our tiny crop this summer, and we planted most of the area behind the sitting wall, hoping the winter rains will give it a good start for spring. We’ll see what happens, but maybe we’ll have biscuits or bread with our tomatoes and squash next year!
  • We put up the pea supports just to have a safe place to store them over the winter, especially if it snows. They are in Bed 4 where the daikon radishes are taking off, as is the cover crop in Bed 3.
  • We harvested more tomatoes, but PLEASE go get green ones to do whatever you like with, and tell your friends. Not sure how much longer they’ll manage with all the rain that’s expected this week.

Looks like we’re just about done with the dry season, based on today’s steady precipitation. Hope it stops by next Sunday when we’ll garden again from 3-5 PM. Come join us!

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Fall Gardening

Well, the harvests have slowed way down as the fall weather sets in, but we are still busy in the garden. Our winter squash are still growing bigger and bigger, and may be ready to harvest soon, and there’s still yellow squash and arugula. We planted more arugula, and a few more wintering-over things that may work (bok choy, kohlrabi, and chard) in Bed 6, and garlic in most of Bed 5. We’ll see if the days stay warm enough for them to get a good start before frost. Oh, and our second crop of peas is flowering beautifully, so hope they come to fruition in Bed 1. We planted a mixed cover crop in Bed 3 (clover, Austrian peas, vetch, etc.) and a whole bed of daikon radishes that Debra mistook for a cover crop in Bed 4 (they’re already up!). We need garlic to plant in the rest of Bed 5, and in Bed 7 as well, so we’ll try to get that for next week.

We’ll probably need to take the tomato plants out pretty soon and plant cover crop in those beds, or maybe more hearty greens if we can find some good-sized starts. And we also have our volunteer wheat seeds to plant behind the wall once we get it cleaned out, so we can try our experimental “winter wheat” crop and start growing our own bread (joke!).

We’ll be there next Sunday from 3-5, so come on out!

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WOW, it just keeps coming!

Yep, just a couple weeks later and we’ve got WAY more beans and tomatoes, and a cloudy, cool, day that brought out lots of gardeners! This was our last “summer hours” work party – next Sunday we’ll switch to working 3-5 PM, so come out and share the work and the harvest every Sunday through November!!

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HARVEST!!

Well, I guess quite a bit has happened since I last posted in May, and this is proof that we’ve been caring for the garden since then. Come join us on Sundays from 5-7 PM (or 3-5 PM once it cools off in September) and enjoy the abundance!

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Wow, so many good things to eat. Below see the giant squash plant, a giant squash (junior gardener for scale) and our little tiny corn!

 

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THANK YOU Meadowbrook Community Gardeners!

Thanks to the Meadowbrook community gardeners for being so enthusiastic last February and planting SO many more tomato plants than you could use. We are thrilled to have them and can’t wait to get them in the ground! Thanks especially to Sue McGann for tending them through the cold winter months and being so generous, and to Joann Kerr for letting us know they needed good homes! Looks like a great weekend coming up for planting – we’ll be there from 5 – 7 PM on Sunday so bring your mother (in your thoughts or for real) and come plant tomato plants!!

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Look at how many different varieties! 

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May update!

Sorry, it’s been a while since we posted, but we’ve been working away every Sunday since March. We’re now moving into the summertime hours, so will be at the Garden on Sundays from 5-7 PM so we can take some advantage of the cooler part of the day.

Here are some photos I took yesterday for your viewing pleasure. I was having so much fun getting things done that I totally forgot to take photos when we were all working. I hope our young gardener (whose name I cannot remember) brings her mom back next week, they helped plant more peas, plant more raspberries, and move almost all the chips to make that area lovely.

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Peaches!

 

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Strawberries are looking great!

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Cilantro – Come and Get it!!

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Garlic will be ready in about 6 weeks

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Peas coming up with their new wire and bamboo trellises

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Peas and trellis from another angle, and those are the freshly planted raspberries in the distance

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Come join us whenever you can!

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Beds 9-12 are DONE!!

Thanks to EVERYONE for their hard work and persistence in getting our 4 big beds on the “poplar end” of the garden re-constructed into what we hope are poplar root-resistant garden beds. So many people helped make this happen, but special thanks go to Larry and Dao, who worked tirelessly and contributed so much time – along with helpful tools – to get this work done. And another special thank you to Nick, Shannon and Kaia (?) for showing up completely out of the blue (well, okay, from Edmonds, but still…), having never been to the garden, and just dove in and helped us finish up with a lot of enthusiasm and a true RCG spirit of fun! We hope you’ll come back again sometime!

So now all we need is a truckload of garden mix soil to fill them up to the top, a little bit more shoring up with our nifty external support system that Susan suggested, and we’ll be ready to plant!!! These beds have been mostly out of commission over the last couple years, due to the enormous clogs of poplar roots that sucked all the water and nutrients out of our plants, so this means a lot more space for all the yummy things we want to grow this year. Any suggestions are welcomed!!

THANK YOU AGAIN TO EVERYONE who’s helped  the Ravenna COMMUNITY Garden live up to it’s name!!

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Garden Projects Make Progress!

Sorry, no photos this time, but on Sunday March 11 a few of us finished reconstructing 1 of the 4 beds we are re-building to protect from poplar roots. We’ve got the process down now, so hopefully the remaining 3 beds will go quicker over the next few weeks.

BUT, we have even more projects to do this spring, and here’s the list:

  • PLANT – peas, lettuce, spinach, beets, carrots, parsnips, and we’re thinking of trying some sweet corn this year in our new raised bed.
  • Finish the irrigation infrastructure so that all the beds have water coming to them.
  • Build a structure for our peas – we’ve got a number of ideas about this, but looking for others if you know of a great way to do this.
  • Put in the bamboo barrier around the new raspberry bed, and build a structure for the raspberries. WE’RE LOOKING FOR MORE RASPBERRY STARTS IF ANYONE HAS SOME TO SHARE!
  • Raise the middle horse trough so that poplar roots don’t invade it.
  • Fix the kiosk – new surfaces on both sides so that we can post information about the garden and keep folks up to date on what’s going on there.

WE HOPE YOU’LL COME OUT AND ENJOY THE GARDEN AND LEND A HAND TO HELP MAKE IT A GREAT COMMUNITY ASSET!!

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March 3rd Work Day at the Garden!

Huge thanks to the many folks who came out to help on Saturday March 3 to start the project of re-building the garden beds to keep out the poplar roots, spread new chips, and finish the new wall in front of the orchard. We got really a lot done, despite the challenges we found with taking the garden beds apart, and the fact that the bamboo barrier didn’t arrive in time. And the weather was FABULOUS – what difference a week makes!!

We’ll be doing a bit more work on Monday evening, March 5, since the barrier is scheduled to arrive that day, and we’ll also be working at our usual time EVERY SUNDAY from 3-5 PM, so come join us to help finish this big project and start our spring planting!

 

 

 

 

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Intrepid February Gardening!

Indeed, we have certainly gardened in all kinds of conditions – rain and shine and cold and hot – but today was one for the record books. It HAILED for nearly an hour! We kept thinking it would blow over quickly, as hailstorms often do, but no, it just kept going, so we did too!! Thanks to Dao, Larry, Susan, Ellen, Debra and Laurie for planting a new plum tree, weeding the pea bed, digging a whole new area for raspberries, planting new blueberry bushes in the culvert we put in last week, straightening out the other culvert entrances, and just generally spiffing up the garden.

Enjoy the photos of our hardy garden and hardy gardeners, and let’s hope the weather is more friendly next SATURDAY – March 3 from 9 AM to whenever we’re done- for our special work party to poplar-proof our garden beds and continue making the garden a wonderful place for our community!

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Real Work!

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