It was a busy day at the garden–thanks to all our volunteers who made it out!
We had a lot to do but luckily had these boys to help us out!
We focused on harvesting first, including most of our sweet potato crop and summer crops.
One weighed 7.5 pounds by itself!
In total, we harvested and donated an incredible 184 pounds!
We also rotated the compost and processed a whole lot of unneeded sweet potato vines. It was a huge amount of green material!
We also welcomed a new volunteer (hi Mike!) and Lynne refreshed our sign with a fresh coat of paint!
Now is the time to start planting your winter crops and pull up the summer crops that are done producing.
See you next month on November 11!
Big news from this month’s workday: our beloved Master Composter Leila is moving away! We have loved having her enthusiasm, expertise, and friendly attitude at the garden, and we wish her well as she moves to North Carolina (to start a Grow & Share annex, we’re sure!).
Otherwise, we focused on harvesting and general maintenance. We donated 78 pounds of produce on Saturday, bringing our total donations to nearly 1600 pounds!
We also tidied the garden, cutting and tying back plants that were encroaching on the paths. We also laid cardboard and “harvested” old mulch for the compost bin. Many thanks to Doug for getting the chipper going!
Our next workday will be Oct. 14, from 9-11 a.m. See you there!
Saturday, September 16, from 9:00 am until 11:00 am is our next garden workday….see you there!
Great turnout for a warm workday, and we got a lot done! Today we focused on harvesting and tidying up our plots and vines, and working on the compost.
Al gave us a lesson on inoculating sprouts and prepping beans for our fall crops.
The “inoculate” is located in the shed. If you want to use it, sprinkle just a little bit on your legume seeds (it only works for your beans, peas, and similar) to boost production. The tiny little bag in the shed can cover 5 lbs. of seeds, so a little goes a long way!
We clipped back our sweet potato vines to make sure there is room to walk easily between the rows. We then worked hard to turn our greens into fresh compost.
Keep an eye on our luffa and birdhouse gourds as the grow! They are NOT yet ready for harvest, so leave them on the vine. They will keep producing until the frost!
See you next month. Our workday will be Sept. 16, from 9-11!
Join us this Saturday, August 19th, from 8-10am as we work together to prepare the garden for a fall harvest. Look for autumn garden strategies, crop recommendations, and our free seed swap. It may not feel like fall yet in Texas, but when it does we will be ready! See you there.