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Growing strong

4 Aug

The garden is definitely hitting its peak. For the past few workdays, we have been raking in Sun Gold cherry tomatoes and now larger Brandywine and Black Prince tomatoes. We’re also harvesting many jalapeños and bell peppers.

We took the mustard greens and arugula out of the garden to make space for some fall planting – hopefully kale, lettuces, broccoli and more. This time around we will build cages for the beds being planted in anticipation of the squirrels’ predilection for the sweet and tender young greens.

We have harvested enough produce to merit a canning session. Contact penngarden@gmail.com if you have surplus produce and/or you’re interested in spending some time canning salsa and other items on Friday afternoon. Also, we will be out at the garden on Saturday morning doing some maintenance and building cages, contact penngarden@gmail.com if you can help out.

Tuesday workdays will continue throughout August but will now begin at 6.30 pm. Join us!

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First tomatoes!

14 Jul

The rain held off last night to allow us to bring in an unexpectedly large and varied harvest as well as new volunteers. We installed bamboo supports for the bed cages and harvested mustard greens, sun gold cherry tomatoes, eggplants, basil, mizuna, green beans and jalapeños.

We have appreciated help from passersby and other volunteers from the neighborhood as well as students. Work will continue next Tuesday at 6 and the veggie haul is sure to increase!

The herbs have a home

16 Jun

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Thanks to all those who came out for our workday yesterday! It was a great success and we finished with the work much sooner than we had anticipated. It was a beautiful evening to be out in the garden.

With a willing crew of volunteers we:

  • harvested 2.5 lbs. of mustard greens, .75 lbs. of radishes, .25 lbs of arugula, and .25 lbs of basil
  • weeded the beds
  • filled the herb boxes with soil
  • transplanted basil, dill, parsley, and thyme into the herb boxes
  • seeded beets, kabocha squash, scallions, cilantro, soybeans, bush beans, zucchini, carrots, calendula and mizuna
  • mounded soil around the potatoes

There are signs of yummy harvests to come in the garden: small cherry tomatoes that are still green, a couple tiny eggplants starting to form, and a minuscule tomatillo that was the subject of much photographic attention.

We will be having another workday next Tuesday and hope to see even more helpers out in the garden!