Sunday, April 28, 2013


Larry directs herb planting

 Saturday, April 27, 2013

Child Labor
What we did:
  • Thinned the turnip, radish, and arugula beds
  • Interplanted celeriac in the broccoli bed (Thanks to Vicki for giving us the celeriac which she started from seeds!)
  • Planted leeks and herbs
  • Harvested spinach

Leeks and Dibbles (don't ask)

  • Moved the work table and tomato cages back inside the fenced garden in response to a complaint
  • Continued covering the pathways with fresh wood chips
  • Donated spinach to Our Daily bread.  Many thanks to Chester for making the delivery.

Harlequin bugs were found on the broccoli plants.  Plans were made to  remove them and cover the plants.

A meeting was held at the end of the work hour.  Obstacles to the 
proposed garden expansion were discussed. Members gave suggestions and  input as to how to proceed.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Workday: April 14th Spring Harvest!

During our morning workday this past Saturday, April 13, 2013, we broke a record.  36 families showed up, our biggest turnout to date.

Volunteers again came at 9:30 to help Larry organize and then supervise the tasks. Many thanks to Wayne and Jane.  When everyone arrived at 10:00 we accomplished all the work in an hour:

Planted turnip seeds, radish seeds, beet seeds, and arugula seeds.  Meaghan brought heirloom Mizuma seeds which are an Oriental or Mustard Green. These were interplanted among the leeks.  Future plantings of Mizuma will interplanted in the broccoli and Swiss chard beds. Fava beans were planted a month ago but it doesn't look like they all germinated.  More were ordered and arrived from Italy, and we'll be filling in bald spots during the next few weeks. 

The wood chip brigade continued to move the chips onto the garden paths and only about one row remains to be finished.

Weeding was done in the beds and garden paths.  

Spinach and kale were harvested along with chives and some cilantro. The kale had begun to bolt and the bed was cleaned out and prepared for future plantings. Not only did all 36 families partake of the harvest but there was still two buckets of spinach that we donated to Our Daily Bread.  Thank you to Phoebe for making the delivery.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Workday: April 7, 2013

Naomi Writes:

Today we planted 720 plants in less than 40 minutes.  Over 30 households came out and we had beautiful weather. It was astonishing how quickly we finished.  It helped that Larry had us well organized and recruited members to help instruct and supervise.  Thanks to Jane, Phoebe, Meaghan,and Laura for coming out early and helping prepare.  The crops that were planted included romaine, butter crunch and red sails lettuce, green and red cabbage, Swiss chard, kale, broccoli, beets,  and cauliflower. Bush bean and pea seeds were also planted.

Note from Dinah:  I received many photos from the work day. I did my best to import and use them all, but iPhoto was not fully cooperative and a couple of them did not go in.