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Spring Kickoff!

27 Feb

Hi grand gardeners,

This Friday 3/1 3:20pm-4:40pm at the Penn Women’s Center, we’ll be hosting our Spring Kickoff event. There will be snacks and drinks, planning for the future, and planting of indoor herbs! Get hyped ­čÖé┬á


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 jalape├▒os.

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!

Weathering the storm and enjoying the weather

1 Jul

A few people asked how the garden fared during last Thursday’s big storm. Fortunately, the plants seem to be doing fine. We like to think that they have been made hardier by their life in the wind tunnel.

At Tuesday’s workday we harvested still more arugula and herbs and checked up on the various tomatoes, peppers and seedlings that are growing quite quickly now. We also got the timer on the irrigation system working just in time for this stretch of dry but beautifully sunny weather. Let us know if you see any leaks or flooding at the garden by e-mailing penngarden@gmail.com

In other news, the garden was recently featured in the University City Review. Read the article here.

This coming Tuesday, July 6, we will need lots of volunteers to help us build cages to protect the beds from squirrels. We will start work at the garden at 6 pm.

Enjoy the holiday weekend!

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!

Our first harvests

11 Jun

Now that we have the irrigation system running smoothly and have had plenty of warm, sunny days, the garden is looking really healthy! The first items harvested from the garden were radishes, arugula, and mustard greens. They are all spicy and delicious.

We’ll be harvesting more arugula and mustard greens as well as some herbs at our upcoming this workday, this Tuesday, June 15 from 6-8 pm. Join us for an evening outside as we sow seeds in empty beds and prepare the herb boxes.

Herbs: Got Garlic?

1 May

Last Saturday, we planted some herbs in the garden.  The herbs were being incubated in the greenhouse until temperatures were warm enough to plant them in the ground.  They were a nice addition to the already planted vegetables, which are looking quite healthy.  We are hoping that the squirrels will stay away long enough so that we can harvest everything, but given that the squirrels here are nuts (pun intended), this may prove to be a challenge.  Eventually, we want to build a fence, but our plans for it are still up in the air.