Posted by Sarah
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Memorial Day weekend was a big weekend for planting -- we're now up to 80 plots planted! And no two plots look alike. In the picture above, you can see seedlings poking through the soil in rows from east to west, Below, wire cages give a hint about the number of tomato plants in that particular plot.
A garden teepee, like the one below, can be used for different vining plants like beans, all while providing a little shade underneath for lettuce and other greens.
Gardeners have been filling their plots with a combination of established plants and seeds. Below, a gardener has planted different vegetables by seed in rows north to south.
A garden gnome is keeping watch over this plot, while I've spotted Sox and Bears flags flying in other plots. Below, a gardener makes use of vertical space by putting up a string trellis for beans.
Lining a plot with permeable fabric is one way to keep down weeds. The gardeners placed the fabric, then cut holes to plant their seedlings. Fabric like this allows moisture through to the soil but prevents weeds from getting sunlight. Below, another gardener is working with height by growing potatoes in a potato tower. Growing vertically, gardeners can get more vegetables in less space.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Posted by Allyson
There was lots of gardening and landscaping going on at the farm last week with June only a few days away. If you stopped by the farm on any given day, you likely saw Paul working in the kitchen garden or the flower beds around the farmhouse along with fellow volunteers Andrea, MaryBeth, Scott, and Sue. They were busy weeding and planting the kitchen garden and cleaning up the farmhouse landscape. Make sure to take a good look at the front of the farmhouse the next time you cross Wagner Road - it's hardly recognizable with the new forsythias and hydrangeas and all of the bridal wreath cut back! If you venture down the road a little farther north, you'll also notice that the ditch has been getting some attention lately. Another volunteer, Richard, has started to bravely tackle the weeds and brush that have begun to grow back since the area was cleaned up and replanted at the end of April. Take a look back at this blog post to see just how quickly things can go from freshly tilled to overgrown! We are so thankful for our volunteers' efforts to keep the farm looking its best!
Friday, May 25, 2012
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The Community Garden irrigation system made an appearance today! The irrigation system will provide overhead watering of the entire garden, taking that sometimes onerous task out of the hands of the gardeners. Watering can be a hassle in community gardens for many reasons: too few hoses, a distant water source, or gardeners going on vacation or taking a break from gardening in the heat of August. None of that should be an issue here, since staff will monitor rainfall and use the irrigation system to supplement natural rainfall. The garden is split into three lines of tilled ground for the garden plots, with grass walkways in between. Two lines of posts are located down the length of the garden on those walkways. Landscapers dug trenches next to those interior posts, which will house the pipes for the system.