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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!


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!

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!

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.

Goodbye for the School Year (Hello Summer Gardening)!

19 May

We had our final workparty of the yearopen house on May 7th.  We planted a bunch of new crops with the help of Vanessa Jerolmack, a gardener from the BioPond and Biology Department Greenhouse.  New additions to the garden include eggplants tomatoes, peppers, and some bright orange and yellow flowers to brighten up the edges.  They look great!  We also re-mulched the ground and put last minute touches on the irrigation system, which in the beginning kept leaking.

After we were done for the day, we brought Capogiro to the garden and ate gelato to celebrate all the hard work we had put into the Garden over the year. The gelato was delicious!   The school year may be over, but we still have plenty of work ahead of us over the Summer, including caring for and harvesting the crops.  If you’re in Philadelphia for the Summer, we hope to see you there!