We had a quiet but productive day at the garden today. We did not hold our typical workday but still invited those who felt comfortable to join us in getting work done. And we didn’t get rained on!
It is now spring, and that means it is time to plant! Now is the time to plant your beds with all your spring (and some summer!) favorites: tomatoes (transplants), all varieties of peppers (transplants), melons (remember: grow UP, not out, or you will lose your whole bed), cucumbers, snap peas, long beans, etc. You can also check the A&M planting guide for ideas.
- Wear bug spray! It is the start of chigger and mosquito season, and because of the mild winter, the bugs will be active. Wear long sleeves and spray bug spray, particularly on your shoes and ankles, to prevent itchy bites.
- Consider building an “anti-bunny cage” for popular greens. Use chicken wire or similar; remember, bunnies can squeeze through very tight places to get your delicious lettuces. (Also, remember to close the gates to prevent bunnies!)
- Make good use of your trellis! Grow UP, not out.
- Please continue to weigh and document your harvests. Put harvested produce in the fridge or cooler near the church.
If you visit, consider doing a “community chore” while you are there. Ideas include:
- Weeding path areas
- Turning compost in the bins
- Taking out the trash in the green trash can
- Laying down cardboard and mulch in washed-out parts of the path
- Volunteering to deliver harvested produce
- Watering community crops
- Harvesting community crops, including the blackberries outside the fence
- Watering or harvesting crops for your neighbors (get in touch with them first to make sure this is okay!)
We will keep you posted as the virus news continues, but the garden is always open. It’s a great way to get some high-quality outdoor time and do some good. Please do come and plant your plot! We will continue making deliveries to area food banks and want a full, productive harvest!