Thanks to everyone for being good composters and chopping your plants into manageable pieces this past week. This, however, is Exhibit A under “Composting Don’ts”.
Thanks to all who turned out for another great work day. The garden is looking great! We were too busy to take pictures while everyone was hard at work, but you can see from these photos that the results are amazing!
North Fence Line
Brenda led a team to weed and plant new perennials along the north fence line. Thanks to: Jackie, Sue K., Steve K., Sarah M., and Trishia P.
Our fresh, new play area.
Thanks to Chris L. who dug out a base and spread a deep layer of wood chips for the playground equipment.
Abandoned Plot Restoration
Charlie S. led a team to restore an abandoned half plot. It looks beautiful! And it has already been assigned for next season.
Many thanks to Tom M., Fran M., Sissy, Matt S., Linda B.
Bokashi Test Site
The bokashi test site was weeded and a trench was dug to bury bokashi compost into. We have a soil sample from before we began adding bokashi to the plot, and will take another sample at the end of the season to determine how the bokashi is improving the soil.
Many thanks Steve K. for the hard work of digging the trench, and to Charles M. and Priscilla for weeding.
Bokashi Team Magic
Sorry, no photo, but the bokashi team did another amazing job of composting. There’s plenty of bokashi tea ready to use as a foliar, or soil, treatment on your gardens. My tomatoes are loving it! If the one gallon jugs are empty, there should still be plenty of tea in the two marked barrels on the farthest right end. Help yourself!
Thanks to: Marilynn, Andrew, Russell, and Zach.
I’m sure I have neglected to name everyone who turned out on Saturday, but everyone’s hard work is really appreciated.
Lead by Trishia Pollard
August 14, 2016 from 4-6 PM
Lets get together for an evening of Art in the Garden.
Bring your own supplies, musical instruments, journals, drawings, painting, clay, dramatic props, cameras, or any other creative pursuits you enjoy.
Bring along refreshments if you like.
It will be fun to see another’s artistic pursuits.
It was the hottest work day of the season and everyone who participated ROCKED!!! Maybe it was the desire to be done before we melted. Thanks to everyone for all of the hard work.
The group harvesting garlic had everything out of the ground, bundled, tagged, and hanging in Amy’s garage by 11:00. AMAZING!
After the garlic bulbs are out of the ground, they need to be bundled, tied, and labeled. The garden harvested 13 different varieties this year, so we really needed to keep them clearly labeled. Sissy and Helen were meticulous in keeping the different varieties properly identified.
No excuses were accepted for not pitching in, either. Allison T.’s due tomorrow, I think, but that didn’t stop her from harvesting garlic with us.
The bokashi team harvested two new barrels of bokashi tea for everyone to use and started four new barrels on the bokashi cycle. Tea is available for everyone to use and can be found in the many one-gallon containers near the barrels, or in the large blue barrel with the spigot for easy access, and in the smaller blue barrel, that you will need to dip your container into to fill containers. If possible, please refill the one-gallon containers from the blue barrels after you use them and leave them for the next gardener.
Big shout out to Heesoo for joining us on this work day to help with bokashi after celebrating the birth of his daughter just four days earlier, on July 5!!! Congratulations to Heesoo and Dawn, and a big welcome to Olivia, the newest Rosedale gardener.
We didn’t have time to snap shots of all the work that was being done, so thanks also to: Charlie S., Fran M., and Pete S., for your help putting new chips on pathways, Tom M. and Fran M., for weeding the north fence line (still needs more work, if someone has some time), Paula G. for weeding and cleaning up around the PAH storage bin in the front of the garden. Allison S. for doing battle with the Japanese Beetles, and Allison S. and Kathleen M. for cleaning up the northeast corner of the garden.
And as always, sorry if I left anyone out, but your help is greatly appreciated and the garden looks great thanks to everyone’s hard work.
Woohoo! Hopi Blue Corn is looking great!! Knee high by the 4th of July…right on schedule.
The rains came and cooled everything off just in time for the start of the first evening work day. Plenty of pizza and beer fueled another outstanding work day team.
The goal was to clean up the perennial beds under the tree in the front of the garden, the herb garden, and the meeting area in the back of the garden. Everyone grabbed a beer and started working while we waited for the pizza delivery.
Terry grabbed the hedge trimmers for some serious work on the meeting area…
The results in every section are amazing. Check out this perennial bed BEFORE…
Thanks to everyone for a great work evening!!
Thanks to the crew(Russell, Charlie R., Sissy, Matt S.) who helped till the Hopi Blue Corn bed during the work day in May and get it in perfect planting shape, Jackie and Milli were able to plant the 2016 crop.
The Hopi corn seeds are planted 12 inches deep.
And just one week later, the first sprouts!! Hooray!!
Fingers crossed for a great crop this year.
Read more about the Hopi Blue Corn project here.
Chive blossoms are in abundance now in the garden. Don’t let yours go to waste. Fellow gardener, Kathy M., shared her recipe for Chive Blossom Pesto. She recommends it as a topping for ravioli. It also made a great topping for my baked potato last night(with plenty of butter, of course). I’m taking her suggestion one step further and mixed the pesto with ricotta to make some chive blossom raviolis later today. It makes a pretty good dip as is, though.
How are you using the produce from your garden? Send your favorite recipes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charlie’s heirloom tomato plants were a blowout success again this year. His generosity in raising nearly 200 tomato plants and donating the sale proceeds to the garden is greatly appreciated.
Many thanks to all the gardeners who came out to buy the plants. We raised enough money for a new lawnmower. Yay!