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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!

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Cages in progress

9 Jul

We spent Tuesday and Thursday of this week devising and implementing our squirrel defense plan. The garden now has four beds protected by chicken wire cages. Hopefully we will have plenty of tomatoes unsampled by squirrels as a result.

Yesterday, we had our heftiest harvest to date with two fennel bulbs clocking in at 3.5 lbs.! The jalapeñoes are coming in now as well and the mustard greens, of course, keep coming.

Another very exciting development is the arrival of our shed this coming Tuesday. We will finally have a place to store our tools! We will celebrate this at our workday on Tuesday at 6 pm where, along with other tasks, we will be working on building more cages. Join us – we will have vegetables to send home with volunteers.

So much cute produce

22 Jun

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This evening’s passing thunderstorm unfortunately did little to water our plants but allowed us to have our mini workday as planned. We haven’t gotten the materials for the bed cages yet (to keep out the squirrels!) so we did some weeding and harvesting and checking up on the plants.

The mustard greens and arugula keep on coming; volunteers and passersby left laden with greens. Our later crops are meanwhile showing exciting signs of production. There are small green tomatoes on most of the tomato plants and a couple small Japanese eggplants. We spent some time cooing over mini jalapeños as well.

We were also pleased to see that many of the seeds we sowed last Tuesday have germinated. The soybeans, mizuna, scallions, carrots and beets are all peeking out above the soil. Looks like there will be more exciting plant progress to monitor.

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.