We wrapped up 2017’s garden on a chill morning warmed by lots to do and many volunteers to help us.
We tore down the “okra trees” (a saw came in handy!), pulled up everything damaged by frost, rotated mulch, and made good use of the chipper for our compost pile. We spread seeds for a few cover plants and we’ll hunker down until the next growing season.
If your neighbors bag and toss their leaves, grab a bag and take it to the garden. It will become excellent compost for next year!
We laid claim to open plots for next season. If you know of an aspiring gardener, tell them they MUST attend our next workday (January 13) in order to secure a plot.
We crushed our 1-ton donation goal; we donated 2,200 pounds this year alone!
Way to go gardeners!
FREEZE WARNING: You might want to cover tender plants Thursday night–cold temperatures have finally arrived!
AND…don’t forget about our workday Saturday Morning from 9:00am to 11:00am. We will clean out any frozen plants, add mulch, compost, and pick plots for next year! Also, you don’t want to miss the Garden Party Saturday Night…sponsored by Craig and Lynne Hines.
Come to the Saturday Garden Workday from 9:00 to 11:00 and you could dig up a sweet potato even bigger than this one. Can’t wait to see you there!
Cover or harvest tender herbs and warm season crops like peppers, okra, and eggplant. Cold temperature will damage these crops…water everything else to insure best hardiness.
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!