In our relentless efforts to find the PERFECT time for gardening work parties, we’re trying something new in 2019.
Every Monday from 3-5 PM, starting February 11, you’ll find many of the core gardeners planting, weeding, and tending the garden in various ways. Please come join us on any Monday to learn more about growing local food and friendships, and, if you want to, you too can become a core gardener!
Second Sundays each month 12 noon – 2 PM in the early season starting on Feb 10, and continuing Mar 10, April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14, Aug 11, Sept 8, Oct 13, Nov 10 – we’re hoping for more turnout for doing big projects. We’ll be posting information about what the project will be each month (like spreading chips or digging in Zoo Doo, or fixing our kiosk, etc.) Also, the time will change in the hot summer months so watch this blog for updated details.
So let’s see, we put a few more beds to bed with Zoo Doo and straw. We turned over one of our compost bins and got quite a bit of nice compost out of it to load into one of the horse troughs, and we’ll buy about 5 bags of garden soil to fill it up before we do the Zoo Doo Straw treatment on that bed. We also watered the compost bins, since they were really dry from the lack of rain lately. We cut down the asparagus fronds in the orchard area and covered them with a nice layer of that same yummy stuff, and we pulled out all the dead strawberry plants and spread Zoo Doo over a lot of the orchard area. That area needs some work to remove the dead plum tree and the sprouting remains of the old plum tree and we think it would be good to just keep it as an orchard and plant new strawberries in one of the beds where they can get regular water. That seems like it would make the neighbors, especially the little ones, happy. It would also mean we could get to the orchard trees more easily and give them more TLC, which they really need. Looks like the peach tree could use some serious pruning this winter to make it more productive. No photos from yesterday, too busy working. Oh, and we all shared a few of the peas that are still producing, too!
Join us next week from 1-3 for what is likely the final work party of 2018!
We got lots done in the garden today thanks to some old neighbors and new neighbors helping out. We spread a couple inches of Zoo Doo on Beds 2, 9, 10, 11 and 12, and covered them all up with a nice thick layer of straw, which will keep weeds out and nutrients in over the soggy winter. We’ll just be able to pull back the straw, mix the manure in a bit and PLANT when spring comes. We also did a light mulch on the garlic and picked a few luscious snow peas to munch on, too! Not a lot more to do to get the garden ready for winter, but we still have two more work parties on Sunday Nov 18 and 25. We’ll plan to garden from 1 – 3 PM and the sign at the garden has been changed to reflect that. Come join us!
After that it will be a long winter’s sleep until February 2019!
Heather, Henry and David spreading straw over the Zoo Doo
Liz and Aleks spreading a thin layer of hay over the garlic
Still working to put things to bed or give them a head start on spring (like garlic and the cover crops we’ve planted). Plenty of Zoo Doo and hay mulch to make a cozy quilt of fertility, and some great burlap sacks to spread under new chips before winter. We’ll likely wind things up this month, so come on out the next few Sundays – Nov 11, 18 and 25 – and help protect the garden for the winter. And hey, pick up a squash (or half a squash) to serve for Thanksgiving. We still have 3 unclaimed ones in the shed (see photo below).
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!
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!
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!!
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!
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!
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!!
Look at how many different varieties!
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.
Strawberries are looking great!
Cilantro – Come and Get it!!
Garlic will be ready in about 6 weeks
Peas coming up with their new wire and bamboo trellises
Peas and trellis from another angle, and those are the freshly planted raspberries in the distance
Come join us whenever you can!