Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Shed has Shingles!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

A crew of seven garden volunteers showed up today and installed 
shingles on the garden shed.  Art organized this effort and it went 
quickly and smoothly, with great results.

Also this week, the school group, Girls Helping Girls, came to the 
garden.  About 14 girls were there as a result of this program 
developed at Roland Park Country School.  Larry had them plant a cover 
crop on the expansion bed that won't be utilized until next year.

Monday, June 24, 2013

June 22nd Work Day

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Thanks to Art for organizing the numerous tasks needed to beautify the

garden shed.  He has purchased all the materials and trim was  installed on the sides of the shed today.  Next week  -  shingles.

Thirty households showed up for lots of harvesting:  kale, chard,  beans, peas, cabbage, cauliflower, beets, basil, chives, and oregano. 
The pea vines were also harvested for people interested in cooking a Chinese dish of garlic and pea leaves. And a succession crop of beets  was planted. Thanks to Jen for making this week's delivery to Our  Daily Bread.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Work Day June 8th


We had one of our smaller turnouts today, 18 households, and still got 
all the work done:

Larry gave a tutorial on composting.  The compost in the first bin was 
turned, i.e. material was moved from the first compartment to the 
second. Rich soil had already been produced in the deeper part of the 
bin and this was added to the bed of leeks. The empty first bin then 
received all of today's plant material to begin the process again.

Tomato plants were pruned; bottom leaves were removed in order to 
prevent the risk of contamination from the leaves sitting in contact 
with the soil.

Straw was donated from a local resident.  This was picked up in 
Larry's truck and then placed between the mounds of new zucchini and 
winter squash plants to control weeds.

More wood chips were moved into the new garden area.

There was a comparatively small harvest of broccoli, cauliflower, and 

Monday, June 3, 2013

June 2nd Work Day

Workday, Sunday, June 2, 2013

We made the change from a 10:00 a.m. start time to 9:00 a.m. and it 
was still incredibly hot this morning.  Phoebe brought water to share 
and lots was accomplished:

In the two new beds outside the fenced garden, strawberries, 
asparagus, and raspberries were planted while wood chips were added to 
the paths. Work was done to move wood chips away from the perimeter of 
the trees along Wexford. Many thanks to Neil and Ann for their 
generosity in donating the raspbery plants.

The now empty lettuce beds were planted with butternut squash seeds. 
Small mounds were made with compost added in. They were planted 4 feet 
apart with 3 seeds planted per mound.  There will be plenty of room 
for the plants to spread out.

All the garlic was harvested and this freed up two beds for planting 
zucchini seeds.  Again this was done by creating mounds though these 
were only 3 feet apart.

All the mustard greens were harvested. The plants were removed and 
this has given the leeks lots of room to grow and thrive now.

Arugula was harvested by cutting the plants at the bottom, leaving 
about 2 inches of plant remaining in the ground.

Broccoli, radishes, turnips, and a small number of fava beans were 
harvested.  Bush beans were planted where more garlic was removed from 
alongside the pea plants.

Many thanks to Donna and Lee for delivering our harvest to Our Daily 
Bread today. And many thanks to Aaron for repairs to the water system and setting 
up another sprinkler for the new beds!