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We celebrate our first harvest of potatoes

September 11, 2014

The big excitement at our last garden workday on Sunday September 7 was our first harvest of potatoes. The pictures speak for themselves!

Kathleen wrangling carrots

Kathleen wrangling carrots

Three scarecrows. (Oops - 2 scarecrows; 1 human)

Three scarecrows. (Oops – 2 scarecrows; 1 human)

Bountiful harvest.

Bountiful harvest.

Our first BBQ of the summer

July 29, 2014

Sunday, July 27, we had our first picnic of the season. Obviously the hotdogs and turkey burgers didn’t come from the garden but many of the side dishes did. Enjoy the pictures.

neighbors and friends

neighbors and friends

the "spread"

the “spread”

bless Ernie and his grill

bless Ernie and his grill

relaxing under the tree

relaxing under the tree

our watering buddies

our watering buddies

Loading up plates

Loading up plates

Yummy beets!

June 30, 2014

Although not yummy to everyone, they certainly are to us. We harvested quite a few this week (Sunday, June 29). We dug up the spinach which had gone to seed and planted a bunch of tomatoes, a few zucchini and a cucumber. Hopefully by planting this late we’ve missed the deadly squash vine borer. There is still a ton of kale, chard and arugula. Don’t be shy.

Join us every Sunday (weather permitting) at 3 PM.

Kiara and Kiana trim back the spinach

Kiara and Kiana trim back the spinach

Gabriel gets the weed by the root

Gabriel gets the weed by the root

Bless Ernie and his mower

Bless Ernie and his mower

Adalina and Gabriel weeding

Adalina and Gabriel weeding

Beth holds our beet harvest

Beth holds our beet harvest

Garden Day Sunday June 15

June 15, 2014

Happy Father’s Day! We watered, weeded and picked up trash. Please, fellow gardeners, help yourself to the spinach before it all goes to seed. The Little Free Library is back. It needs a fresh coat of paint but we decided to put it out there for now; the paint can come later.

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Garden workday June 8, 2014

June 8, 2014

Thanks to rain and warm weather, the garden is bursting with spinach, arugula, swiss chard, cilantro, lettuce! Besides the usual maintenance (picking up garbage, weeding) we planted a few more carrots and beets. We also planted tomato and pepper seedlings that Michael got for free. Some of them look a bit sad, but hopefully with a little TLC they’ll pull through. Ernie worked on the potato bed. Next Sunday we plan to plant potatoes. We had such good luck last year.

Join us every Sunday at 3 PM. Newcomers always welcome.

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Garden workday May 25

May 28, 2014

It’s amazing what a little bit of sun and rain will do. The garden just popped over the past several weeks. Although a lot of the “popping” involved weeds, it still is nice to see all the green. We planted some more vegetables, mowed and weeded.

Join us pretty much any Sunday at 3 PM. It doesn’t hurt to check the sign on the fence first but we are usually there.

Corrine tackles 4 foot high weeds.

Corrine tackles 4 foot high weeds.

Libby tackles weeds in the sun garden

Libby tackles weeds in the sun garden

Mac tackles weeds in the sun garden

Mac tackles weeds in the sun garden

Mike plants more veggies

Mike plants more veggies

Beautiful red flowers in the sun garden.

Beautiful red flowers in the sun garden.

 

It’s spring!

May 5, 2014

Finally it’s warmed up enough to do a little planting. Sunday (May 4) we planted onions, arugula, kale. The Sunday before we planted some spinach, carrots, other greens. Sadly, sometime between Friday and Sunday the garden was vandalized. They knocked over the rain barrels, breaking the spigot. They pulled up spinach and threw it down. (If they had eaten it we might not have been so mad). They tore up the borders to one of the plots. A young man from the neighborhood says he saw the perpetrators but didn’t recognize them. After ranting, folks got to work and cleaned up the beds; righted the rain barrels and refilled them. As a result, we decided it best not to bring out the Little Free Library. Maybe later in the season if all goes well.

While we’re on the topic of bad news, we found out that the lot has been sold. This will likely be the last year for Green on McLean. The new owner plans to build on that spot. He does not know when this will take place and has promised to give us at least a month’s warning when a decision has been made. In the meantime, he has told us to keep on doing what we’re doing. If you know of any empty lots suitable for a community garden, please let us know.

In the meantime, please join us Sunday, May 18 at 3 PM for another workday and enjoy the pictures:

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