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NOTE FROM JANE ON JULY 11 ABOUT OUR BLOG:  If you try to edit and see weird messages about blocks, it’s because WordPress now offers two different editors, the Block Editor and the Classic Editor. We’re sticking with the Classic Editor. Always choose the Classic Editor if given a choice, and if you see weird stuff about blocks and don’t see a choice, go into Settings (a wheel that appears in the top right area after you click on Edit) and select Classic Editor there. Let me know if you have problems with this.

NOTE FROM JANE ON JAN 16 about liquid fertilizers – We just received a donation of liquid veg and fruit fertilizer from Kellogg Garden Supply. Roy’s guidance is to use up our supply of AgGrand and fish emulsion liquid fertilizers, then start using the Kellogg liquid fertilizer in the same way we used those.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 31st – posted by Maureen with Tony

  • Met with Lori and Roy and set up to apply nematodes to rows 5-8 on Thurs and then plant tomatoes to row 6.
  • Weeded
  • Inventoried all Garden one supplies

MONDAY, March 30 – Heidi

  • Rows 1 and 4 applied Sluggo.
  • Due to warmer weather, Roy agreed to remove covers from Row 1 and 4.
  • Weeded and removed badly eaten plants on other rows.

SUNDAY, March 29 – Julia with Dick

  • Checked rows and weeded in and around rows. No active pests only found 1 slug on a bok choy plant.
  • Biostack turned and added 
  • The plan is to get beneficial nematodes this week before planting in refurbished row 6 
  • Row 8 has about 6 broccoli plants with small heads, if ready can harvest this week, so we can then refurbish this row in another week or so.

FRIDAY, March 27 – posted by Bernadine

  • Row 6:  I removed the posts and strings and raked up stems from sugar snap peas.
  •  Refurbished Row 6 so it is ready to be planted.
  •  Placed the garbage bags in the street containers.

WEDNESDAY, March 25- posted by Naomi with Jill, Cheri, Barbara

Peas-3 1/2 lbs., bok choy- 25 lbs., broccoli- 10 lbs.  Per instructions, harvest all peas.  Peas are labor intensive and I could not have done the harvest without the help from Garden 2 & 3.  Thank you.

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 24 – posted by Tony

  • Pulled 14 harvested broccoli plants from row 8 
  • Completed refurbishment inventory 
  • Sandra translated some native plants in the native garden.  

Monday, March 23 – Cyndi

  •  Row 1- Applied Safer Soap on plants with heavy infestation of aphids. 
  • Removed several snails on plants on every row and applied Sluggo.

SUNDAY, MARCH 22 – posted by Lori with Julia and Dick

  • Harvest delivered to Becky from garden 1: 6 lbs sugar snap peas; 13 lbs broccoli; 8.5 lbs bok choy. Plus bag of lettuce from Roy and produce from gardens 2 and 3. Also 3lbs sugar snap peas from my own garden.
  • Turned and added to Biostack.
  • Checked other rows; all seemed to be ok.

Tues team: pull out already-harvested broccoli from row 8; toss leaves in bin #1 and dispose of thick stalks in green waste can.

Thurs team: if you harvest, harvest all remaining sugar snap peas and as many broccolis from row 8 as you can. Also, should be able to harvest some/many row 5 bok choy.

Sat team: if there was a harvest on Thurs, start removing sugar snap pea plants and stakes. Can chop pea plants and put in bin 1 or toss into green waste. (Past Sat teams said the pea plants were difficult to chop and preferred putting them in green waste. Up to you.) Can lay stakes beside the fence for others to use.

Sun team: if no harvest on Thurs, will harvest; continue to pull out plants that have been harvested; possibly refurbish a row.

FRIDAY, MARCH 20 – posted by Bernadine

  •  Brought the  trash to the containers on the street.
  •  Examined the rows for aphids. Sprayed several plants in Rows 1, 8 with Safer soap.
  •  Trimmed yellow leaves.
  •  Row 8 Broccoli is ready to be harvested.  A number of young heads are infested with aphids.  I sprayed and  hopefully they recover.

TUESDAY, MARCH 17 – posted by Tony

  • No new signs of aphids or snails 
  • Weeded
  • Completed refurbishment inventory 

MONDAY, MARCH 16 – posted by Sandra

No new signs of aphids.  Weeded.

SUNDAY, MARCH 15 – posted by Lori with Dick and Julia
–Harvested 15.5 lbs sugar snap peas and 3/4 lb broccoli (both from garden 1). Barbara (garden 3) brought harvest from all 3 gardens to Becky’s house.
–Sprayed insecticidal soap on rows 5&8 and sprinkled Sluggo on row 7. We saw LOTS of snails and slugs on the plants today. 
–Turned and added to Biostack.
NOTE: The new pump sprayer is missing the little yellow cover for the vent. Without that, they sprayer doesn’t work. I don’t know if it can be returned or not (not sure if it was missing to begin with or if it accidentally popped off when it was used last time) but it’s sitting in the box on the workbench counter with a note. The old pump sprayer in the locked tool cabinet still works.  
Tues-Thurs-Sat-Sun teams: Usual garden chores; check for aphids, slugs and snails.

SATURDAY, MARCH 14 – posted by Linda

  • picked up some trash and weeds

TUESDAY, MARCH 10 – posted by Tony

  • Sprayed some of row 8 broccoli with water to remove aphids
  • Completed refurbishment inventory

SUNDAY, MARCH 8 – posted by Lori with Julia (and Dick came later in the morning)
–Planted dunja (green) zucchinis and golden glory (yellow) zucchinis in row 7. Lightly sprinkled Sluggo+ and covered with row cloth.
–Checked other rows; plants looked ok but we found holes from a skunk (probably) in rows 7 & 8 soil. Also sprayed water on row 5 bok choy for aphids.
–Turned and added to Biostack.
Tues-Thurs-Sat-Sun teams: continue to check for aphids; check new plants in row 7 and contact Roy if any need to be replaced; usual garden chores.

Saturday, March 7 – posted by Heather

Chopped and turned pre-compost bins. 
Checked garden rows for aphids. Everything looks good and three rows are ready for planting.


FRIDAY, March
6- posted by Annette with Bernadine and Liliane

Checked row for aphids and didn’t see any infestations.

Removed plants from Row 3.

Refurbished Row 2. It’s ready to be replanted.

THURSDAY, March 5 – posted by Elliot with Naomi and Peggy

  • As requested in yesterday’s blog posting harvested all of the Row 2 broccoli (some very small) and removed the plants. 5 pounds of broccoli.
  • Roy then came by and said removal should actually have been aphid-infested Row 3 so we harvested the least-affected cabbage and cauliflower and removed the plants. 5 pounds of cauliflower and 9 pounds of cabbage. No harm done because it was time for both rows to be refurbished and replanted with Spring crops.
  • Harvested 9.5 pounds of snap peas from Row 6.
  • Delivered harvest, plus bags of Romaine (?) and lemons left by Roy

WEDNESDAY, March 4th – posted by Tammy with  Estela

  •  We pruned and sprayed off aphids off of R2. I turned off the water off of R2 because everything needs to be harvested tomorrow in that R2. Thursday team please harvest everything out of that R2 because of the aphid issue. 
  • I also fixed R2 drip at east side of row.
  • Weeded and much as we could.
  • We need new fertilizer sheet in the shed. Who has those sheets?

Friday team: Please refurbish R2 and take out any old plants that weren’t taken out by Thurs team. If you have time, ask Roy for tomato plants that he has ready. If you can’t get to planting then we will have Monday team to plant in R2.  Monday team: If Friday team was not able to plant tomatoes in R2, please contact Roy to get the plants to plant. If Friday team already planted please check for bugs like aphids on all the rows. They are out in full force. If you have time to fertilize R3 &4 please do. thank you.

TUESDAY, MARCH 3 – posted by Tony

  • Completed refurbishment inventory
  • Repaired critter holes in row 7

SUNDAY, MARCH 1 – posted by Lori with Julia
–Lots of holes dug by a critter (probably a skunk) in rows 1, 4, & 7. A few little plants were pulled out of the ground. We smoothed over the holes and put the plants back in the ground. Also put row covers back in place (Roy’s suggestion) for rows 1 & 4.
–Sprayed insecticidal soap on rows 8, 5, & 3–for aphids. Keep checking for aphids. I’ll ask Suzanne to get more regular insecticidal soap. In the meantime, Roy suggests using 3-in-1 for aphids.
–Thank you Fri team for refurbishing row 7. Will wait til next weekend to plant in row 7. Roy said zucchini plants weren’t quite ready. (He has plenty of tomato plants ready but, because of the wall, row 7 isn’t a safe row for tomatoes.)
–RE sugar snap pea plants: I know they’re folding over on themselves and they’re thick especially at the orchard end of the row but I wouldn’t cut the tops off of the plants. I’m talking with Roy about some other options–for next time. For now, just do the best you can when harvesting.
Tues: smooth and straighten row 7 in prep for planting next weekend. It’s already been refurbished but digging critter kind of messed it up.
Thurs: harvest.
Sat & Sun: usual garden chores. Will check with Roy midweek re plants for row 7.

SATURDAY, February 29 – posted by Heather

  • Chopped and turned pre-compost bins 1-3.
  • Garden check – all signs of aphids remaining in the garden look to be dead, except row 5 which was questionable so i consulted with Roy.  He determined they also looked to be ‘not doing well’ in other words the aphids in that row seem to be responding to spray as well and most likely dying. Per Roy’s suggestion, I sprayed the crowns of the bok choy in row 5 with a firm stream of water and replaced the row cover.

FRIDAY, February 28 – posted by Bernadine with Annette & Liliane

  •  Row 7:  Refurbished and is ready to be planted.
  • Checked other rows and pruned dead leaves.

THURSDAY, February 27 — posted by Elliot with Naomi and Peggy

  • Row 6 harvested 6.5 pounds of snap peas. Wind had blown over part of row (closest to orchard) and Roy brought a tool to pound stakes in more firmly
  • Row 7 harvested 40 pounds of cauliflower. At Lori’s instructions harvested even small heads because of aphid infestation. May have left 2 or 3 lemon-sized heads. Began removing harvested plants but ran out of time. The row could be ready for removal and refurbishing.
  • As instructed removed white covers from the rows that had them and placed along fence near gate. Not realizing they might be replaced in a few days we removed the hoops and stakes and placed them on fence next to shed
  • Delivered harvest (4 boxes including a box of kale from one of the other gardens) to the PQ Lutheran Church

TUESDAY, February 25th – posted by Maureen with Tony 

  • Inventoried all Garden one supplies
  • Row 8 broccoli was still heavily infested with aphids.  Lower infested leaves were removed and three plants had to be removed.  the row was sprayed with safer soap.  We did not replace the row cover since we suspect that the protected environment may have allowed the aphids to flourish in addition the weather has turned quite warm.  Row cover was left next to the row.
  • Row 7 cauliflower plants also sprayed.  Although there were some aphids they were much less invasive.
  • Weeded

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23 – posted by Lori with Julia
The undersides of the lower leaves on the row 8 broccoli were covered with aphids and  eggs. We removed some of those leaves (and a few plants) and put them in the green waste can. We gave the rest a hard spray of water, especially on the undersides of the lower leaves and then sprayed the plants from below and above with insecticidal soap. Also sprayed the row 7 cauliflower and row 3 cabbages.
Tues team: check row 8 broccoli for aphids. Look at the undersides of the lower leaves, especially if they’re turning yellow. Pull off  and toss in green waste can any infested leaves and spray the plants again with insecticidal soap. If you have some left over, can also spray row 7 cauliflowers.
Thurs team: Harvest as many row 7 cauliflowers as possible. With so much aphid activity, it’s probably better to harvest them a little small than wait and lose them to aphids.
Sat and Sun teams: usual chores and check for aphids.

FRIDAY, February 21 – posted by Bernadine with Liliane

  •  Row 3 aphids on many cabbages. Pulled some out and  sprayed Row 3 with Safer soap solution.   Removed some leaves. The same was done to Row 7 .  Checked other rows.
  •  Weeded plants in outside garden and rearranged rock.  

THURSDAY, February 20 — posted by Elliot with Naomi and Peggy

  • Row 6 harvested 7 pounds of snap peas.
  • Row 7 harvested 12 pounds of cauliflower
  • Located leak in row 4 irrigation line; Jill fixed.
  • Delivered 4 boxes from all gardens to PQ Lutheran Church

TUESDAY, February 18th – posted by Maureen with Tony 

  • Inventoried Garden one refurbishment supplies
  • checked number of wire hoops and reported to Lori
  • Found two row 7 cauliflower plants that were badly infested with aphids and removed them – to the green waste bucket.
  • A couple other cauliflower plants were hosed off with less damage
  • There is a possible leak in the water on row 5 – the area down hill of 5 was very wet and there appeared to be run off toward the orchard.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16 -posted by Lori with Julia
Weeded; checked under row covers. Most rows look fine…except previously noted aphid-infested cabbages row 3. We took out 1 small plant that was too far gone. 
FYI ALL: There was a bag filled with new metal pins (for pinning row covers) in one of the workbench drawers. I left it on the workbench counter. 
Jane: I’m having email issues. Could you please let gardens 2&3 know about the metal row cover pins? It looks like they’ve also been using plastic clothespins.
Tues-Thurs-Sat-Sun teams: all the usual garden chores. And keep an eye out for aphids. If not many, can use hard spray of water to knock them off of plants and/or remove infested leaves. If you see a lot, can try insecticidal soap. If plant is fully infested, pull it out and toss in green waste can (not compost).

FRIDAY, February 14 – posted by Bernadine with Annette and Liliane

  •  Row 3 – Placed granular vegetable fertilizer at each cabbage plant.
  •  Applied a mixture of liquid plant soap & water on each cabbage plant  as they were infested in Row 3 with Aphids.
  • Weeded surrounding area and rearranged Rock to  ensure rocks were holding soil in place.

THURSDAY, February 13 — posted by Elliot with Naomi and Peggy

  • Row 6 harvested 7 pounds of snap peas. Plants still flourishing and look like we can expect good harvest for at least two more weeks.
  • Row 7 cauliflower are all beginning to form still very small heads, a few getting closer to harvest size. With warmer weather we might expect more rapid growth.
  • Cover was off of about half of row 1; re-covered and fastened with pins.
  • Delivered 3 boxes from all gardens to PQ Lutheran Church.

WEDNESDAY, February 12th – posted by Tammy with Kerry & Estela

  •  We sprayed the aphids off R3 and recovered.
  • Weeded and pruned.
  •  Some of the white clothes were uncovered so recovered.

Friday & Monday team: Not much to do in the garden. Please look at the task list. Thank you for volunteering.

TUESDAY, February 11th – posted by Maureen with Tony 

  • Inventoried Garden one refurbishment supplies
  • weeded
  • Garden looked good.

SUNDAY, February 9– posted by Julia

Checked all rows. Pulled some weeds in the rows, secured white covers. 

Row 3 has a lot of weeds, some larger than the plants themselves.  Also aphids on up to 7 plants in the center areas of the row. Used water to spray off, and removed infested leaves that were curled, dry.  The plants may need to be treated?

Newly planted rows looked good. Rain showers started.

SATURDAY, February 8 – posted by Heather with Linda

  • Planted bok choy in Row 5 and covered with white shade cloth.
  • Chopped and turned pre-compost bins 1-3.

*Note: We were out of wire hoops and also out of metal pins so we borrowed hoops from garden 1 and used plastic clips to secure the row cover.  We might need to think about restocking on row cover materials.

FRIDAY, February 7  –  posted by Bernadine and Lilianne

  • Checked for aphids.   
  • Removed trash.
  •  Reclamped white cloth on Row 1.
  • Weeded.
  •  Will fertilize R3 with FE next Friday if it isn’t done during the week.
  •  Fertilizer tracking sheets of paper are filled and we need more sheets please.
  •  Called Roy for new plants for R5 and he said Sat Team will be putting them in.

THURSDAY, February 6 — posted by Elliot with Naomi and Peggy

  • Harvested 5-3/4 pounds of snap peas from Row 6. Plants are still flowering, but not as many blossoms as the last few weeks. One more harvest left?
  • Row 7 cauliflower plants growing pretty large but only golf-ball sized heads can be found. Cold weather slowdown?
  • Delivered very small harvest — only two boxes from all three gardens

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3 – posted by Sandra with Heidi

Thank you for pulling out the plants and refurbishing row 1 on Sunday. Weeded. 

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 2 – posted by Lori with Dick and Julia
–Pulled harvested plants out of row 1 and refurbished that row.
–Rows 1, 4, & 5 are now ready for planting but Roy won’t be back until Tues and then we could have a frost so he says we might need to wait a few more days before planting.
Note: The purple plants in the northwest corner of the garden (close to row 1) are invested with aphids. I pulled out the plants that were growing right next to row 1 but left the others. Our crops are already experiencing aphid problems. Please consider pulling the rest of these plants out.
–Turned and added to Biostack.
Tues team: usual garden chores
Thurs team: harvest
Sat team: We might be able to plant in row 5. I’ll check with Roy midweek and then email to let you know.
Sun team: usual garden chores

WEDNESDAY, February 5th – posted by Tammy with Diana

  •  Thank you Friday team for refurbishing R4. We planted cheddar cauliflower.
  • Thank you Sunday team for refurbishing R1. We planted packman broccoli. 
  • We pulled out all the purple mustard at the end of R1 because of aphids. 
  • R3, needs to be fertilized, if Thursday or Friday team has time. Also the end of the row by the orchard the row cover is opened because we sprayed off aphids. Please keep an on this. 
  • We covered both R1&4 for the cold and bugs. 

Friday team – Welcome our newest volunteer – Liliane. That is great! If you can fertilize F3 with FE that would be great. Monday team – Keep on the bugs especially aphids. Thank you for volunteering. 

TUESDAY, February 4th – posted by Maureen with Tony

  • inventoried  Garden one refurbishment supplies
  • All rows looked good  
  • Tony got a workout restacking the refurbishment supplies onto 4 pallets for easy access.

SATURDAY, February 1 – posted by Heather with Linda

  • Chopped and turned pre-compost bins 1-3.
  • Finished pulling out plants from row 5 and refurbished the row.

FRIDAY.  January 31-posted by Annette with Bernadine and Liliane

  Welcome Liliane to our team!  It was a good day to have extra help. We pulled out harvested Cabbage from Row 4, put leaves in compost bin. Refurbished the row.

Dug up plants in row 5, but didn’t have time to put in compost bin.  Didn’t have time to dig up Row 1.

Roy will have plants for Rows 1, 4, and 5 by Wednesday

THURSDAY, January 30 — Posted by Elliot with Naomi and Peggy

  • Harvested 8 pounds of snap peas from Row 6.
  • At Roy’s direction harvested all plants in Rows 1, 4 and 5. Cauliflower 49.5 pounds and Cabbage 29.5 pounds.  Ran out of time so all plants remain to be pulled and composted
  • Delivered harvest from all three gardens to PQ Lutheran Church

WEDNESDAY, January 29th – Posted by Tammy with Diana

  • Weeded & pruned plants
  • Talk to Roy about our next step with the rows.
  • Harvest team please harvest everything in R1 & R4 if possible, per Roy.

 Friday team please pull & refurbish R4. If you have time, grab Roy before he leaves to get plants to plant in that row. Monday team please refurbish R1. Roy will be gone from Saturday to Tuesday. If you read before he leaves try and ask him to put plants aside so you can plant. If not, then we can plant for Wednesday or Tuesday team can.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 28th – posted by Maureen with Tony

  • inventoried all Garden one supplies
  • All rows looked good –  did not see aphids on rows 5 or 7 where markers were
  • Added more leaves to the collection outside of the compost bins

SUNDAY, JAN 26, 2020 (posted by Diane) —   I left a bunch of cuttings on the “table” in the orchard and some by the fence next to garden 2. If you have extra time, would you please bundle them up and put them out for green recycling?  Also, I see signs of a gopher in the orchard.  I marked the hole with a flag and it is just west of garden 2’s irrigation valves.  Can someone set a trap?  Thanks much!  Also, the orchard has some leaves on the ground which can be used to mix in with the slimy compost (the dead leaves are “browns” to counteract so much green in there).  Another idea is to have folks bring in some shredded paper to mix in.  

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26 – posted by Lori with Julia and Dick
Thanks for asking about this, Linda. I think we can fix the problem of slimey, wet compost in the precompost bins by spreading it out among all 3 bins rather than just the first 2. This should help it dry out more quickly. I moved half of the wet stuff from bin 2 to bin 3 this a.m. A lot of the dry leaves that had earlier been added to bin 2 had piled up along the edges. So I mixed those in a bit more in bins 2 and 3. The smell improved pretty quickly. Let’s see if spreading it out over 3 bins helps. If not, we can discuss other options.

Please leave that other leaf bag there for Dick to use on Sundays. But anyone who’s looking for something to do can rake up leaves in the orchard and toss them into the 2nd precompost bin. 

We pulled weeds; checked all rows; all looked good. Oh, except, a couple plants in row 5 and couple more in row 7 had aphids. I used hard spray of water to knock the aphids off. We marked the location with bamboo stakes. Please check for aphids (there and elsewhere) and use a hard spray of water to get rid of them. Also, turned and added to Biostack.
Tues-Thurs-Sat-Sun teams: usual garden chores.

SATURDAY, January 25– posted by Linda

  • I turned and chopped the compost. For the past weeks the compost has been relentlessly wet and slimey. I finally decided to do a little research to help our problem and came across two solutions. 1. To turn the compost at least twice a week so likely on Tuesday or Wednesday. 2. Get a lid to keep out more rain. 3. Is to mix in something dry however I’m not sure how realistic this is. Related I have a question: is the bag left in the third bin meant for the first two bins?

Jane advised me to bring this issue up with Lori so any feedback is helpful.

NOTE FROM JANE ON SATURDAY, JAN 25 – Next time you come, be sure to check out our new Garden 1 sign designating it The Sunshine Garden. This is to honor the generosity of Sunshine Care for inviting us to create a garden on its property and for providing the land, the water, the help of Roy Wilburn, and an annual fundraiser to sustain the garden.
Jane: please tell whoever made the sign that it looks great! It’s really pretty and I love that we’re calling our garden The Sunshine Garden! Lori

FRIDAY, January 24– posted by Annette with Bernadine

   Checked all rows.  Lots of Cauliflower and Cabbage ready to harvest.  

   Aphids on some of Row 1. Sprayed with water.

  Continued trimming bushes in front of garden.  Bagged cuttings and put out with trash.

   Are there more Record sheets for Fertilizing and using Pesticides? 

THURSDAY, January 23 — posted by Elliot with Naomi and  Peggy

  • Harvested 29 pounds of cauliflower from Rows 1 and 5, plus one stray broccoli stalk in Row 5.
  • Harvested 9 pounds of cabbage from Row 4
  • Harvested 4 pounds of snap peas from Row 6
  • Pulled all harvested plants and placed/chopped in compost bin 1
  • Delivered to PQ Lutheran Church harvest from all three gardens plus several large bags of oranges left by Roy

WEDNESDAY, January 22nd – posted by Tammy with Estela, Kerry, & Diana

  • We pruned & weeded the garden. Many weeds are popping up.
  • We took the cover off so we could fertilize w Aargard fertilizer on R3. 
  •  Harvest team, R4 looks like it can be harvested tomorrow & next week. 
  • Everything else looked good. 

Friday & Monday team please keep an eye on the rows for aphids especially R1. If you see them please spray them off. Thank you for volunteering. 

TUESDAY, JANUARY 21st – posted by Maureen with Tony

  • inventoried Garden one refurbishment supplies
  • All rows looked good
  • Pulled out and composted 2 harvested cauliflower plants from row 5

MONDAY, JANUARY 20 – posted by Sandra with Cyndi

Usual garden chores.  Laid down wildflower seeds throughout the native garden.  Watered it in.  

SUNDAY, JANUARY 19 – posted by Lori with Julia and Dick
We fertilized row 5 cauliflower with FE; weeded around the garden; turned and added to the Biostack; bundled up the fruit tree cuttings and set them on the curb at the end of the cul de sac for next pick-up.
NOTE: I put the new bottles of Kellogg Organic Plus Veg&Fruit fertilizer in the bottom right workbench cupboard and I posted Roy’s instructions on the bulletin board. 
Tues team: pull out and chop up already harvested cauliflower plants in row 5.
Tues-Thurs-Sat-Sun teams: usual garden chores.

SATURDAY, JAN 18, 2020 (posted by Diane) — Pruned  the peaches and nectarines.  I  left a bunch of cuttings on the ground in the orchard by the scarecrow.  If you have extra time, would you please bundle them up and put them out for green recycling?  Thanks much!

(posted by Heather with Linda) – turned pre-compost bins and weeded.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 16 — posted by Elliot with Naomi and Peggy

  • Row 1 harvested 14 pounds of cauliflower
  • Row 5 cauliflower plants getting very tall, profuse leaves, but heads remain very small. Roy says to give it more time: cold is slowing growth.
  • Row 4 harvested 11 pounds of cabbage.
  • Row 6 harvested 4 pounds of snap peas.
  • Removed harvested plants to compost bin 1
  • Delivered harvest to PQ Lutheran Church

WEDNESDAY, January 8th – Posted by Tammy 

  • The garden looked good. Roy & I discussed about what to do the next few weeks. 
  •  R4, will be ready to pull out in about 2-3 weeks. We will plant it with another cool season crop that Roy will have for us.  
  •  I pruned the lower leaves of many of the plants. 
  • Was pretty cold though in the garden.
  •  Sugar snap peas look they are producing really well.
  • Friday Team: Not much going on, if you could look at the task list to do things. Thank you for volunteering. Monday Team: Not much going on, if you could look at the task list to do things. Thank you for volunteering. 

TUESDAY, JANUARY 14 – posted by Tony

  • inventoried refurbishment supplies; for security purposes, placed the tarp over the new supplies as they are more visible from the street
  • new shipment of supplies included 2 items that are not on spreadsheet. Wasn’t sure how to add rows so I’m simply noting here: Bags of Organic Purely Compost – 10, Bags of Organic Garden Soil – 10 (sorry, did not take note of bag weights)  COMMENT FROM JANE — that’s fine. We’ll dump the compost into our Miramar compost, and I’ll offer the garden soil to one or more school gardens.
  • added another row of string to snap peas
  • all rows ok 

MONDAY, JANUARY 13 – posted by Sandra with Cyndi

Used Safer Soap on rows 1, 4, 5.  Checked all the rows.  

SUNDAY, JANUARY 12-posted by Lori with Dick and Julia
Pulled out a lot of little weeds all over the garden. Plenty more to come. Plants all look good. Turned and added to Biostack.
Tues-Thurs-Sat-Sun teams: usual garden chores.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11– posted by Linda

Tossed the first two compost bins.

FRIDAY,  January 10– posted by Annette with Bernadine

A big thanks to Kellogg Garden Projects for the donation  of soil amendments.

Garden looked good today, not much to do. Cleared more bushes from front of garden.

THURSDAY,  January 9-posted by Naomi with Peggy

3 lbs snap peas
12 1/2 lbs. cabbage
2 1/2 lbs cauliflower

Peggy delivered.

WEDNESDAY, January 8th – Posted by Tammy with Diana & Kerry

  • We FE R3, & 4. I recorded it in the log. 
  •  R4, will be ready to pull out in about 3-4 weeks. We will plant it with another cool season crop that Roy will have for us.  
  • We pruned the lower leaves of many of the plants. 
  • Garden looked great! Was pretty cold though in the garden.
  •  R2&3, Roy and I went over that they will be our tomatoes rows in couple of months, that will be about early weeks of March. 

Friday Team: Thank you for refurbishing R3 for us. And Happy New Year! Thank you for volunteering. Monday Team: Happy New Year. Thank you for volunteering. 

TUESDAY, January 7th– posted by Maureen 

  • inventoried  garden  one  refurbishment supplies 
  • weeded and checked all rows

MONDAY,  JANUARY 6 – posted by Sandra, with Heidi and Cyndi,

We bundled the tree cuttings, broke them into smaller pieces, and tied twine around the bundles.  Placed them into the trash.  Trimmed back the ice plant along the pathway to the fruit trees.  Trimmed off the dead and yellow leaves beneath the plants.  Checked under the row covers, in all the rows.  

SUNDAY, JANUARY 5 – posted by Lori with Julia and Dick
Did lots of weeding; there’s still plenty more to do. Check under row covers, especially in row 7. All plants looked good. Turned and added to Biostack. We bundled the fruit tree cuttings and set them out for pick up. 
Tues-Thurs-Sat-Sun teams: all the usual garden chores this week.

SATURDAY, JAN 4, 2020 (posted by Diane) — I pruned 1 apple and the 4 plum trees.   I left a bunch of cuttings on the “table” in the orchard.  If you have extra time, would you please bundle them up and put them out for green recycling?  Thanks much!

(posted by Heather with Linda) – Planted broccoli in row 8.  Worked pre-compost bins and added dry leaves to bin 2. 

FRIDAY, January 3– posted by Annette with Bernadine

   Watered most of the rows by hand today. Rows 2 and 3 were especially dry.  Saw Roy and he has turned the water back on. 

Noticed holes dug along Row 6 where the peas are planted.  Whatever is digging, is not digging up the plants. Also noticed holes along the fence and outside the garden near the Pepper tree.

Cut back a little more in front of the garden.

Noticed that someone planted a Bird of Paradise in the front.  It should do well.

THURSDAY, January 2 — posted by Elliot with Peggy

  • Harvested most of the red mustard leaves (4 pounds) in the corner by Row 1; left the plants in place
  • Harvested 3 pounds of cauliflower from Row 1.
  • Harvested 3/4 pounds of snap peas from Row 6.
  • Delivered harvest from all three gardens to Becky’s house. She says normal deliveries to the PQ Lutheran Church can resume next week.

TUESDAY, December 31st – posted by Maureen with Tony

  • inventoried all garden  one refurbishment supplies in Garden one.
  • Refurbished Row 8
  • Noticed when turning over the garden soil their is a very large root from the tree running along the garden.  It might be a good idea to remove this close to the tree or to the garden fence.  This could be why this side of rows 7 and 8 never seem to do as well as the orchard side.

MONDAY, DECEMB ER 30 – posted by Sandra

The garden looked good.  Did gardening in the Native Garden.  Helped Jill plant broccoli in Garden 2.  

The red leafed plant in the corner by row 1 could have the red leaves harvested, leaving the plant.  

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29 – posted by Lori with Dick and Julia (and garden 2 and 3 volunteers helping with harvest)
–Harvested 14 lbs cabbage and 3/4 lb sugar snap peas from garden 1. Delivered produce from all 3 gardens to Becky’s house.
–All rows looked good; turned and added to Biostack.
Tues team: refurbish row 8.
Thurs team: harvest.
Sat team: put new plants in row 8. (I’ll contact Roy and let you know by email if you’ll need to contact him on Sat or if he’ll leave plants at the garden for you ahead of time.) Also, there are 2 bags of dried leaves in bin 3. Please leave 1 bag for Dick to use in the Biostack but feel free to use the other bag in the precompost bins.
Sun team: chop up green waste in bin 1; Biostack.

SATURDAY, December 28 – posted by Heather with Linda

  • Weeded around compost area, bistro tables, and inside garden fence line.
  • Quick garden check, all looks good.
  • Helped Garden 2.

FRIDAY, December 27– posted by Annette with Bernadine

   Garden survived all the rain and looks good. Roy had Broccoli seedlings ready to plant in row 2, so we put that in.  Put Sluggo  around plants, covered the row with white cloth.

Noticed lots of Peas growing.  Plants look great.

NOTE RE THURS DEC 26 HARVEST (from garden 1 harvest team and posted by Lori)
If Thurs is rained out, we’ll skip harvest that day and Sun team will check all 3 gardens. If there’s produce that can’t wait, we can harvest it on Sun and bring it to Becky’s house. But if there’s not a lot that needs to be harvested on Sun, we’ll plan on resuming next Thurs. Becky agreed to this plan. Thanks!

TUESDAY, December 24th – posted by Maureen with Tony

  • inventoried all garden  supplies in Garden one.
  • Added a new row of string to Row 6 peas and shored up some areas that had branches growing away from the support strings
  • Beautiful Christmas eve in the garden

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22 – posted by Lori with Julia and Dick
Checked all rows; all looked good. We have sugar snap peas! Not sure if there will be enough to harvest this week but for sure next week. We did some weeding. Turned and added to the Biostack. 
Thurs team: Up to you whether to let those last few cabbages in row 8 go for another week. They seem pretty small and not quite firm…but I wasn’t sure how they’d look/feel by Thurs.
Sat team: If all row 8 cabbages have been harvested, please refurbish the row. Or, if cabbages are still growing, will wait another week.
Tues-Thurs-Sat-Sun teams: usual garden chores.

SATURDAY, December 21 – posted by Heather with Linda

  • Chopped and turned pre-compost bin 1 to bin 2.
  • Added a layer of string to peas.
  • Garden looks good.  No new signs of pests.
  • Saw Roy.  He said he would bring new plants for row 2 tomorrow (Sunday).

FRIDAY, December 20– posted by Annette with Bernadine

Refurbished Row 2.  Check with Roy to see what to plant.  Can we do something different?  We have done a lot of cabbage, so maybe lettuce, bok choy, kale, or a mix?

Started doing a little trimming in front of garden.  We will try and clear out some of the overgrown bushes over the next month or so.

THURSDAY, December 19 — Posted by Elliot with Naomi and Peggy

  • Harvested remaining Row 2 cabbage and removed plants for composting. Row 2 ready to refurbish
  • Harvested most of Row 8 cabbage and removed plants; 9 plants remain for next week. TOTAL CABBAGE 55 pounds.
  • Harvested 1/4 pound mustard leaves from Row 1 corner.
  • No sign of critter disturbance along Row 6 peas.
  • Delivered harvest from all gardens and a bag of donated lemons to PQ Lutheran Church.

WEDNESDAY, December 18th – Posted by Tammy with Estela & Kerry

  • We FE R1, 2, & 4. I recorded it in the log. Looks like they werent FE for awhile.
  • Harvest team please pull out all of the cabbage plants in R2. They are ready to go, need to get another crop into the ground. 
  • Also please take the lemons that I picked my tree to the donation table. I didn’t weigh them. 
  • Pruned lowers leaves of existing plants in the garden.
  • Watered R3 really well, they needed some water. Please look on them if they need watering again. 
  • I donated a sterilite plastic bin for us to keep produce that we harvest earlier before they get delivered to Becky’s house. We need this because when we leave fruit or veggies on the counter it invites critters to munch on them before they to their destination. Please keep this in the shed or where the other boxes are. 

Friday Team: if the harvest team don’t remove the stalks of the cabbage please remove them and put them into the compost bin. If you have time please refurbish R3. Thank you for volunteering. Have a great holiday. Monday Team: Please call Roy to see what to plant in R3. He says that he has plenty of plants. And get instructions from him how to plant. Thank you for volunteering. Have a great holiday. 

TUESDAY, December 17th – posted by Maureen with Tony

  • inventoried refurbishment garden  supplies in Garden one.
  • found (very few) weeds
  • Added more string to row 6 peas
  • Garden looked good

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15 – posted by Lori with Dick and Julia
*Checked the rows. Pulled out 1 cabbage (row 8) that was covered with aphids. Didn’t see any others like that. Hopefully, the rest will be ok.
*Repaired a gash in the row 8 watering tape. I marked it with a bamboo stake so that Roy can check it when he turns the water back on.
*It does look like a critter (opossum? skunk?) was digging around the sugar snap peas looking for grubs or worms. Some of the roots were uncovered so we recovered them with soil. Hoping they’ll be ok because we have lots of snap pea blooms. 
*Turned and added to Biostack. (FYI: The bag of dried leaves in precompost bin 3 will be gradually added to the Biostack.)
*NOTE: Someone left a worm composting bin at the garden a couple weeks ago. Does anyone want it or know someone who does? It’s sitting behind the compost piles, in several pieces.
Tues-Thurs-Sat-Sun teams:  Usual garden chores. Watch for aphids and worms. It looks like worms have chewed on some of the leaves in row 5 but I haven’t been able to find any worms. (Best place to look is on the underside of the leaves. If most of the holes are in the bigger, older leaves it’s not that big a deal since the broccoli or cauliflower will grow from the center of the plant. If you see worms, take them off and/or spray with Bt. It only works on contact so no need to spray if you don’t see them.) 

Saturday, December 14 – posted by Heather with Linda (sorry for the late post)

  • Chopped and turned compost bin 1/bin 2.  *Note:  the cabbage leaves get VERY slimy and stinky after rain (gag!) and i noticed Sunday team mentioned having a pile of dry leaves which will help a lot.  We will probably need a constant supply of dry leaves through the next month or two of cabbage crop turnover.
  • Everything else in the garden looked good.

FRIDAY, December 13– posted by Annette with Bernadine

  Garden looked good.  Trimmed Pepper tree a bit.

   Purple plants in the corner are a type of Mustard.  The leaves can be used in a salad, especially the smaller leaves.  The leaves can also be cooked like spinach.

THURSDAY, December 12 — posted by Elliot with Naomi and Peggy

  • Harvested 12.5 pounds cabbage from Row 2. Remaining cabbage in Row 2 and all of Row 8 too small and/or “spongy” to be picked.
  • Harvested 1/2 pound of purple leaves from tall plants growing in corner and along fence at Orchard end of Row 1. Kale? Mustard leaves?  “Seek” app on phone identifies as a variety of mustard. Are these to be harvested regularly? [Reply from Jane: I have no idea what these are and I’d rather not be growing random plants in the garden.]
  • Noted first blossoms on Row 6 pea plants. All rows, including the three covered, look good.
  • Chopped plants in bin 1 pre-compost
  • Delivered harvest from all gardens to PQ Lutheran Church

WEDNESDAY, December 11th – Posted by Tammy with Diana & Estela

  • We planted cabbage left of drip and cauliflower right of drip in R3. We also covered the row and sluggo it.
  •  Friday team thank you for refurbishing R3.
  • Please pull out all plants in R2 and refurbish. We can plant what Roy has in the greenhouse. Please contact Roy to get plants to plant if you have time. 
  • Can someone FE R4 please? Thank you.

Friday Team – Thank you for refurbishing R3. Monday Team – Please pull out R2 and refurbish if you have time. Thank you again for volunteering.

TUESDAY, December 10th – posted by Maureen with Tony

  • inventoried refurbishment garden  supplies in Garden one.
  • Chopped up bin one pre-compost
  • Added more string to row 6 peas
  • Garden plants looked good, but there is evidence of critters digging

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9 – posted by Sandra with Heidi

Checked all the rows, and all looked good.  Removed the yellow leaves from all the plants.  All the plants are well watered and looked healthy.  The zinnias looked healthy and flowering.  Some of the purple leaves from the plants at the end of row one could be harvested.  

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8 – posted by Lori with Dick and Julia
Checked all rows; all looked good. Decided to keep the row covers on for now. I turned the watering tape valves back on. Roy has a central on/off switch for all garden watering. He turns the water on and off (or lower or higher), as needed. Best to keep the valves open so that when he turns all water back on, all rows automatically begin watering again. Turned and added to Biostack. Didn’t get a chance to work the precompost bins because light rain started falling. 
Tues-Thurs-Sat-Sun teams: Usual garden chores. Can help chop up contents of precompost bins; check whether another layer of string is needed for snap pea trellis; check new plants and contact Roy if replacements are needed.

SATURDAY, December 7 – posted by Linda

  • Did a once over on the first compost section. It needs a second pass on Sunday.

FRIDAY, December 6th– posted by Annette with Bernadine

   Refurbished Row 3. Check with Roy to see what is available to plant.

   Pulled out harvested cabbage plants from Row 2.

THURSDAY, December 5 — posted by Elliot with Naomi and Peggy

  • Row 3 harvested remaining broccoli (4 pounds) and removed all plants; row ready for refurbishing
  • Row 2 and 8 harvested 24.5 pounds of cabbage. Many more cabbage heads in both rows still forming
  • With all the rain past and forecast turned off the valves for irrigation tape on all 8 rows. Should they be turned back on?
  • Delivered a full harvest from all 3 gardens to PQ Lutheran Church
  • QUESTION: Only 2 rows are still covered. Should all covers be removed or more rows be re-covered?

TUESDAY, December 3rd – posted by Maureen with Tony

  • inventoried refurbishment garden  supplies in Garden one.
  • Cleaned off plants in row 8 where some critter(s) in row 8 were digging around and made a mess. 
  • Added a new row of string  to row 6 peas

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1 – posted by Lori with Julia

Checked all rows. Pulled out already harvested cabbages from row 8. Pulled some weeds. All looked good.
Tues-Thurs-Sat-Sun teams:  Usual garden chores. Also check under row covers; contact Roy if any of the new plants need to be replaced; weeding.

SATURDAY, November 30 – posted by Heather 

  • Quick garden check.  Everything is really wet from the rain but looks good.

WEDNESDAY, November 27th – posted by Tammy. Kerry was the only one at the garden.

  • Pruned & weeded the garden.
  • Fertilized R3 & 4.
  • Pretty wet at the garden.

Friday & Monday team – look at the task list. Rain is forecasted for next week too. Please do what you can. Thank you for volunteering. 

TUESDAY, November 26th – posted by Maureen with Tony

  • inventoried refurbishment garden  supplies in Garden one.
  • All rows looked good  
  • Planted row 7 with two kinds or cauliflower  

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25 – posted by Sandra with Cyndi and Heidi

Checked all rows.  Garden looks good. Trimmed off dead brown leaves from all the plants.  Maybe some of the reddish leafy plant leaves  on the end of row 1 could be harvested. Don’t pull out the plants though.  

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24 – posted by Lori with Julia and Dick
Refurbished row 7. Checked all rows; all looked good. Started new batch of compost in the Biostack (using some of that nicely chopped green waste in bin #2).
Tues team: contact Roy about planting…something (it’ll be cabbage, broccoli or cauliflower but not sure which) in row 7. 
Thurs-Sat-Sun teams: usual garden chores; also check new plants in case any need to be replaced.

SATURDAY, November 23 – posted by Heather with Linda

  • Checked all rows.  Garden looks good and well watered. 
  • Chopped broccoli plants in compost bin 1 and turned them over onto bin 2.
  • Added a row of twine to row 6 peas.
  • Picked a few weeds that were sprouting around the edges and between rows in the garden.

FRIDAY, November 22- posted by Annette with Bernadine

Garden looked great after the rain. Pulled more Broccoli plants from Row 3.  Cut off leaves and put into compost.  Threw out heavy stems and roots.  

Row cover is becoming torn.  Plants underneath are looking good.

 

WEDNESDAY, November 20th – Posted by Tammy

  • We didn’t go to the garden because of rain.

Friday & Monday team – Please look at the task list. Thank you for volunteering.

TUESDAY, November 19th – posted by Maureen with Tony

  • inventoried all garden  supplies in Garden one.
  • All rows looked good reattached row cover blown off
  • weeded

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18 – posted by Sandra with Cyndi

Hand watered Row 1 and a couple other rows, since the plants looked a little dry.  Dug a narrow trench along two sides of row 1, to allow for drainage and not run off if we get a big rain this week.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17 – posted by Lori with Dick and Julia
Applied FE to row 8 cabbages. All rows looked good. Dumped out a beautiful batch of compost (ready to use) from the Biostack.
Tues-Thurs-Sat-Sun teams: usual garden chores.
Thurs team: if you’re not rained out, Roy suggests harvesting the rest of the broccoli in row 7. If you have time, you can also pull all the plants out of the row.
Sun team: if row 7 is finished, refurbish the row.

FRIDAY, November 15th-posted by Annette with Bernadine

   Pulled Broccoli plants that had been harvested in Row 3 and Row 7.

   Hand watered Rows 1 and 2.

TUESDAY, November 12th – posted by Maureen with Tony

  • inventoried refurbishment  supplies in Garden one.
  • All rows looked good
  • Put a row of plasticized string on row 6 snap peas

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11 – posted by Sandra 

 

Watered row 1 with a hose.  Watered the native garden. Everything looked good at the garden.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10 – posted  by Lori with Dick and Julia
All rows looked good. Added to Biostack.
Tues-Thurs-Sat-Sun teams: usual garden chores. As snap peas get taller, can add next strands of string to the trellis, following same pattern as first strands but using the plasticized string (in locked cabinet) and stringing it a little tighter to help hold the plants upright as they grow bigger. 
Sat team: apply FE to rows 7 & 8.

SATURDAY, November 9 – posted by Heather

  • Checked all rows.  All rows looked well watered. Found aphids at the end of rows 1 and 4 cauliflower.
  • Sprayed aphids with water and then applied Safer to the ends of rows 1 and 4.
  • Chopped up the remaining contents of compost bin 1 and turned it over to bin 2.

FRIDAY,  November 8th-posted by Annette with Bernadine

Hand watered Row 1 and 2, since they were dry.  Watered outside the garden.

Saw on the blog that Row 2 was fertilized with FE. Wrote it down on the chart. Not sure when Row 1 was fertilized, since there was nothing written down. Is there a schedule for fertilizing?  When do we use Fish Emulsion and when do we use the Granular.? I thought it was every four weeks.  It looks like Row 3 was fertilized on Wednesday and Thursday. Be sure to write down on the chart what you did.

THURSDAY, Novemeber 7th-posted by Naomi with Peggy

Harvested 16.5 lbs. broccoli.  Per Roy’s direction, added FE to rows 2 & 3.  He said Monday should put white row covers on the first 4 rows due to upcoming temperature forecast.  (Row 4 already has white row cover.)  Peggy delivered Harvest.

WEDNESDAY, November 6th – posted by Tammy w Kerry

  •  We took off the lower yellow leaves for most of the plants.
  •  We fertilized R3&4 with fish emulsion. 
  •  We also made a small trench north side of drip for R4. Seems water is slowly running off to the side of north. I checked for leaks in the drip tape but none. 
  • Garden looked good.

Friday team please see if R1 or 2 needs to be fertilized. Thank you for volunteering. Monday team please look at task lists. And thank you for volunteering. 

TUESDAY, November 5th – posted by Maureen with Tony

  • inventoried refurbishment  supplies in Garden one.
  • All rows looked good
  • Put two rows of cotton string on row 6 snap peas

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4 – posted by Sandra with Cyndi

Garden looked great.  Watered row 1 with hose. I helped Garden 2, since Jill couldn’t be here this morning.  We planted cabbage with the students. Pruned dead leaves from plants in garden 1. 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER  3 – posted by Lori with Julia and Dick
Fertilized row 8 cabbage with FE. Covered row 5 cauliflower with white row cloth. Put wooden stakes in water-bleach solution in preparation for use in row 6 (snap peas). Turned and added to Biostack. 
Tues team: contact Roy for help putting the stakes in the ground for the snap peas. 
Thurs-Sat-Sun teams: usual garden chores.

FRIDAY, November 1st – posted by Bernadine

  •  Checked all  rows.
  •   Hand-watered all rows as winds were picking up.
  •   Applied insect powder to several of the plants where something was eating the leaves.
  •   Watered the succulent garden plants, specifically the palm trees.
  •   Some of the broccoli looks ready for picking.

THURSDAY, October 31st- posted by Naomi with Peggy                                                 Harvested red kale.  Roy said wait to harvest Row 7 Broccoli.  We were instructed to take off black row covers.  Roy will instruct when they will be replaced with white row covers.  Peggy delivered harvest.                      

WEDNESDAY, October 30th – posted by Tammy Kerry & Estela

  • Pruned the garden.
  • R4 looked good.
  • End of R3 looks like insects are eating some of the plants. Friday team please look for bugs.
  • Garden looked good.

Friday & Monday Team – please look for bugs on our seedlings. If you see any bad bugs please pick off or spray stuff we have in the cabinets. Thank you for volunteering. 

TUESDAY, October 29th – posted by Maureen with Tony

  • inventoried refurbishment  supplies in Garden one.
  • All rows looked good

MONDAY, OCTOBER 28 – posted by Sandra with Cyndi

Replanted a few broccoli in row 1 and row 5, also replanted a few cabbage in row 4.  Roy directed us to replant the cauliflower and cabbage in rows 4 & 5.  Watered the new plants.  Watered the native garden.  Replaced the new hose. The old hose had a leak, squirted out water.  Fixed  up the black cloth in areas around the garden.           

SUNDAY, October 27 –     by Julia with Dick

  •  Checked all rows and secured a few black cloth covers that were loosened.
  • No insects noted visually, some cabbage on row 8 and broccoli in row 3 had some holes in leaves – most leaves on outside, so may be old.  Also a few plants in row 3 were possible blown over, as the soil around them was disturbed and small roots showing.  Adjusted these plants, placed soil around them, and watered.
  • Water a few rows that did not get water today, as winds returning.
  • Row 7 already has broccoli heads showing mainly on plants on orchard-side of the rows. Watered them with some FE to fertilize and maybe assist with the lower leaves of the plant that were yellowed or it may be the heat. Hopefully days will not be too warm for them to mature.
  • Biostack turned and added to.
  • Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis)was found in the bottom right cabinet on the top shelf of the main shed, if needed. There is one full pint size bottle and another container with about 1/3 left.

SATURDAY, October 26 – posted by Heather

  • Soaked all the potted plants and watered the succulent garden.
  • Propped up and watered the two potted cacti which had fallen over again.
  • Did a quick garden check.  Some of the black cloth had blown askew during the wind last night so I secured it in a few spots.
  • Watered the compost material in bin 2 to keep it moist and active through the dry heat spell.

FRIDAY, October 25-posted by Annette with Bernadine

 Noticed the leak in the hose, looked for tape to wrap around it, but was unable to find any. Watered all rows by hand. Watered outside the garden.

The two big cactus plants had fallen over.  The soil was very dry, so we watered them and stood them back up.  It looks like they should be trans-planted in the ground.  Is there anyone who would like to volunteer to do this?  The cactus are quite heavy and they need a deep hole to go into. 

Thursday, Oct. 24th-posted by Naomi with Peggy                                                         Roy said he will not be replacing plants until next week when the temperatures cool down.  He requested we water all rows in preparation for the high temperatures.  Noted a pin hole leak by row 2 hose.  Also noticed plants closer to spigot are larger.  Suspect these plants get more water and suggest plants on the east end of garden are hand watered so they get additional water.  Delivered harvest to Christ the King Church in Poway.

WEDNESDAY, Oct 23rd – posted by Tammy

  •  I watered R2&3 thoroughly. They seemed pretty dry. I didn’t have time to put black cloth over both rows. 
  • Everything else in the garden looked great. 
  • I also want to make a comment that since we got the shed, I feel that is working out great. No more boxes in the other shed taking up space. 

Friday & Monday team – keep up the great work you all have been doing. I would fertilized any of the rows if they haven’t been fertilized yet. Please check the fertilize data sheet. Thank you again.

TUESDAY, October 22nd – posted by Maureen with Tony

  • inventoried all garden  supplies in Garden one. 
  • Added some snap pea seedlings to fill in those in spots in row 5.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 21 – posted by Sandra with Cyndi and Heidi

Placed black covering over row 1, because of the heat. Watered row 1, 2, & 3 by hand, because of the heat for today.  Watered the native garden.  Will replace the cauliflower seedling that aren’t doing well, next Monday.  The heat will be too much for the seedling plants this week.  

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20 – posted by Lori with Julia and Dick
Removed white row cloth from row 6 snap peas (which are coming up nicely) and covered rows 4, 5, and 6 with black row cloth to protect young plants from high temps this week. Once the heat has passed, can remove and replace with white row cloth. Also worked the Biostack. 
Tues-Thurs-Sat-Sun teams: Usual garden chores. If any of the new plants in rows 5 and 6 die, contact Roy for possible replacements.

SATURDAY, October 19 – posted by Heather

  • Chopped up plant material in compost bin 1, turned and transferred to bin 2.
  • Watered row 6 peas.
  • Noticed it looks like something is nibbling on row 1 cauliflower, a few plants might need to be replaced.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17 – posted by Lori for Naomi and Peggy
No harvest today. There was 10 lbs. of tomatoes left in shelves for Peggy to take to church. We inspected the garden. All rows were wet and one row was still running water so we contacted Roy since the water is on a timer. He said he increased the amount of time on the water tape to account for warmer weather this weekend. We did a garden inspection, watered snap peas in Row 6, and per Roy’s recommendation, added FE fertilizer to Row 2. (I started to work bin 1 of compost. ) Peggy delivered to the church.

WEDNESDAY, Oct 16 posted by Vicki with Diana and Rika
     We
refurbished row 4 and planted cabbage from Roy.

TUESDAY, October 15th – posted by Maureen

  • inventoried refurbishment garden  supplies. 
  • Planted cauliflower in row 5; watered in and sprinkled with Sluggo plus
  • Watered Row 5 snap peas
  • Inside the work shed some rodents had been feasting on the tomatoes left there.  I put tomatoes that were not touched in two bags in the upper cupboard.  Some tomatoes were intact but were slimmed (the rodents were messy eaters!).  I put these in a plastic basket and rinsed them off and put them in the cupboard below, damaged tomatoes into the compost.
  • In row 3? I noticed that two of the plants closest to the orchard had been badly eaten by some critter.

MONDAY OCTOBER 14 – posted by Cyndi with Heidi

Row 1 – replanted a few of the plants. Applied Sluggo plus. Weeded.
Row 6 – watered snap peas.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 13 – posted by Lori with Julia and Dick
Refurbished row 5. Row 6 snap peas are just starting to pop up. Most of them should be up in the next week or so. (Let’s plan on giving the row a light spray of water for at least the next week. Can spray right over the ground cloth.) The other rows looked good. Biostack has lots of good stuff to work with from bin #2. 
Tues team: Contact Roy for plants to plant in row 5. Will probably be broccoli or cauliflower. Am pretty sure you’ll plant along both sides of the watering tape, 18″ apart on ea side. But you can double check with Roy. Also, please make sure the watering tape is turned on. 
Thurs team: Harvest; if you have time, can help chop up green waste in bin #1 in the composting area; also, check for new plants for aphids and rodent damage.
Sat-Sun teams: Usual garden maintenance; check all newly planted plants for aphids and rodent damage. If needed, Roy should have some replacement plants.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12- posted by Linda

– Pulled out tomato stakes. (There may be some broken pieces of wood left behind)
– Put tomato plants in first compost bin

FRIDAY, October 11– posted by Annette

– Removed row covers from rows 2 and 3. Plants looking good.
– Hand-watered Row 1, some of the plants were very droopy.
– Checked Row 6 and it was wet, so didn’t water.
– Didn’t have time to refurbish Row 4.

THURSDAY, October 10-posted by Naomi with Peggy

Harvested 15 lbs tomatoes, many discarded because of rats                         
1/2 lb Red leaf Kale (?)                                                                                        
1 lb summer squash                                                                                                  Watered snap peas through row cover per Roy’s instruction 

Note to M/W/F teams – Roy said black row covers can come off rows 1 & 2 but to set plenty of rat traps

Peggy delivered to Lutheran Church

TUESDAY, October 8th – posted by Maureen

  • inventoried refurbishment garden  supplies. 
  • Planted snap peas in row 6 per instructions
  • All rows looked good 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 7 – posted by Sandra with Heidi and Cyndi

Planted cauliflower in row 1.  Watered the native garden. Roy said not to cover the cauliflower.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6 – posted by Lori with Dick and Julia
Refurbished row 6. Turned, added to, watered Biostack. Uncovered broccoli and cabbage, rows 7, 8.
Tues team: Contact Roy for sugar snap pea seeds. We turned the water back on but would be a good idea to give row 6 a good spray of water, then put the seeds in the ground only on the N or downhill side of the watering tape, 2″ apart (about an inch into the ground). Then lightly spray with water one more time and lay a white ground cloth over the row. No hoops needed. Just use a few pins to keep it from blowing away. We’ll keep the white row cloth over the row until the plants  start popping up.
Thurs team: Harvest all edible tomatoes in row 5. If you have time, give row 6 (newly sowed snap pea seeds) a light spray of water (right over the row cloth). No need to remove it. 
Sat team: Remove wooden stakes and tomato plants from row 5. Chop up the plants, if you have time. (If not, we can all help with that next week.) Set the wooden stakes on the ground beside the garden. (FYI: In future if you see a bag of cut grass or dried leaves in the #3 bin, it’s for gradual use in the Biostack. Helps us include brown with the green when composting. It’s fine that you added it to the bin this time but in future, can just leave it there for use on Sundays. Thanks.)
Sun team: Refurbish row 5.

NOTE FROM JANE ON SATURDAY, October 5 – I’m pleased to tell you that we have received a grant from the Poway Valley Garden Club’s Outreach Project, awarded to gardens that beautify the community, promote interest in gardening, and provide garden education and information. Our sincere thanks to the Poway Valley Garden Club!

SATURDAY, October 5 – posted by Heather with Linda

  • Pulled out pepper plants from row 6 and put them in compost bin 1.
  • Found a bag of grass clippings someone dumped in compost bin 3. Added the grass to bin 2.
  • Row 6 is ready for refurbishment.

THURSDAY, October 3 – Posted by Elliot with Naomi and Peggy

  • Row 4 harvested 2.5 pounds of yellow squash (the last edible squash). Row ready to pull plants and refurbish. Turned off water
  • Row 5 harvested 29 pounds of tomatoes. Many tomatoes badly damaged by hornworm and rodent teeth. Roy thought plants should be given one more week.
  • Row 6 harvested 17 pounds of bell peppers (the last edible peppers). Row ready to pull plants and refurbish. Turned off water
  • Row 1 replaced irrigation tape and turned on water for refurbished row.
  • Roy advised the black net covers for Rows 2 & 3 be removed next week.
  • Delivered to PQ Lutheran Church harvest from all three gardens and apples from the orchard.

WEDNESDAY, October 2nd – Posted by Tammy with Kerry & Estela

  • Pruned and weeded.
  • Thursday team in R4 please harvest everything. We will plant something there next week. 

 Friday team – If you can, please pull out all the plants in R4 and refurbish. Monday team – Thank you for volunteering. Looks like you will be planting something? 

 

TUESDAY, October 1st – posted by Maureen with Tony

  • inventoried refurbishment garden  supplies. 
  • New signs in the compost area thanks to Jane and Tony
  • All rows looked good 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 – posted by Sandra with Heidi

Refurbished row 1.  We will plant row 1 on Monday. 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 – posted by Lori with Julia and Dick
Checked all rows; all looked good; pulled some weeds; turned, added to, & watered Biostack. Nice new signs on the compost piles, Jane!
Tues team: usual garden chores.
Thurs team: harvest all edible peppers in row 6.
Sat team: pull out and chop up row 6 pepper plants.
Sun team: refurbish row 6. (Will plant in that row the following Tues.)

SATURDAY, September 28 – posted by Heather with LInda

  • Turned the pre-compost bins, added everything to bin #2 and mixed it well.
  • Quick garden check, everything looks good.
  • Didn’t stay long because of the rain.

THURSDAY, September 26 – posted by Elliot with Naomi and Peggy

  • Harvested 3.5 pounds of bell peppers (mostly small) from Rows 1 and 6. Row 6 may have one more modest harvest; Row 1 had no peppers left larger than grapes, few blossoms, so we removed plants and processed for composting. Roy said also to remove the sunflowers from ends of row.
  • Harvested 6 pounds of yellow squash from Row 4
  • Harvested 21.5 pounds of tomatoes from Row 5
  • Carried bags of green waste and trash to curb.
  • Delivered to PQ Lutheran Church harvest from all three gardens.

WEDNESDAY, September 25th – posted by Tammy with Diana

  • We pruned and weeded around the garden.
  •  Watered the succulents around the garden.
  • R4 looks like it is not doing well. Need to figure out what to plant there in few weeks.
  • Harvest as many zucchinis in R4.

Friday & Monday team – keep an eye on our rows. Fall is coming so our warm season crop will be withering away. R2&3 are doing well. Keep doing what you have been doing. Thank you for volunteering. 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th – posted by Maureen with Tony

  • inventoried all garden one supplies. 
  • Jane had left new signs for our compost piles and Tony took them with him to frame and mount
  • All rows looked good and no need to replace any of the new cabbage plants at this time

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 – posted by Lori with Julia and Dick
–Thank you to our new Sat volunteer Linda for planting the cabbages in row 8. Perfect.
–Checked all rows; all looked good this morning. Decided to leave the row 5 tomatoes and row 6 peppers in the ground for now; will reassess next Sun.
–Turned, added to, watered Biostack.
Tues-Thurs-Sat-Sun teams: Usual chores and garden maintenance this week. If any of the newly planted cabbage dies or is eaten, contact Roy for replacements.

SATURDAY, September 21 – posted by Linda

  • Checked rows
  •  Planted farro cabbage in row 8 with sluggo and shade cloth

FRIDAY, September 20 – posted by Bernadine

  • Checked rows and  hand watered Rows 2 & 3.  Pulled weeds.
  •  Fertilized and watered outside plants.
  •  Took recyclable trash to Blue Container.

THURSDAY, September 19 – posted by Elliot with Naomi and Peggy

  • Harvested 22.5 pounds of bell peppers from Rows 1 and 6, many of them small but well formed, but also quite a few had reached normal size. Most all green; only a few with any sign of red. Row 1 plants look pretty depleted but Row 6 looks healthier than last week; many blossoms and baby peppers. This row might yield another harvest if weather remains warm.  Also harvested 0.5 pounds of jalepenos from Row 1 (the last of them).
  • Harvested 7 pounds of yellow squash from Row 4
  • Harvested 11 pounds of tomatoes from Row 5.
  • As instructed moved 3 bags of green waste to curbside across cul-de-sac.
    QUESTION: Does regular trash also go to curbside along with the greens? And shouldn’t we be separating out the recyclables from the trash?  REVISED REPLY FROM JANE — Apparently, yes and yes.
  • Delivered harvest to PQ Lutheran church from all 3 gardens and apples from the orchard.

WEDNESDAY, September 18 – posted by Tamm but Estela, Vicki, & Kerry were ate the garden only.

  • Weeded R1-4.
  • Fertlized R3.
  • R4 needs to be harvested.
  • Apples need to be harvested too. 

Friday & Monday Team – do your usual activities. If you have nothing to do please look at the task list in the shed. Thank you for volunteering.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 – posted by Maureen with Tony

  • Refurbished Row 8
  • inventoried refurbishment supplies. 
  • Jane stopped by and picked up the old compost signs and will redo them
  • We were using the miramar compost for our refurbishment and, as this has been low, we were down to the bottom of it.  Tony found that it was very compacted and hard to dig up.  After he got what we needed he broke up the remaining compost and piled it to the right.  Please use this up first when getting compost for your rows.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 – posted by Sandra with Heidi and Cyndi

Watered the native garden.  Please do not water the native garden.  I have a schedule for watering the garden.  Some plants should only be watered 1 time a month, or root rot will occur. We cleaned up some of the dead leaves in the vegetable plants.  Roy said not to fertilize the green pepper plants. Everything looked good.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 – posted by Lori with Dick and Julia
–We pulled out the row 8 bean plants. Too few beans for even 1 more harvest. (Put in green waste can.)
We learned something new today: Roy says the knotted roots on the beans are not nematodes (which is what I thought they were too). They are “nitrogen fixing nodules,” which the bean plants use to make nitrogen (which is a good thing). What killed the bean plants, he said, is mites. Didn’t know that. Will know next time. The sickly looking, mottled leaves were a sign of mites. Can spray with insecticidal soap but doesn’t always work.
–Repaired and checked huge leak in row 3 watering tape (orchard end). The repair shortened the tape so I moved a couple of the plants that were at the opposite end so they get water. 
–Saw the marker for leak in row 2 watering tape but only saw tiny leak so left it alone.
TAMMY: Roy says to check for aphids in row 2 cabbage plants.
–Turned, added to, and watered Biostack.
Tues team: Refurbish row 8. Turn water back on when you’re done so soil will be moist for planting later in the week.
Thurs team: Harvest & delivery; bring trash to curb.
Sat team: Roy will bring  plants down for you to plant in row 8 (or contact him if not there). Will be cabbage, cauliflower or broccoli–not sure which. All are planted same way: 18″ apart, along the N (downhill) side of ea watering tape, in zigzag pattern. After planting, water by hand, lightly sprinkle with Sluggo Plus, and if you can find a black shade cloth, cover. If not will check for that on Sun.
Sun team: Usual garden maintenance; Biostack.

Saturday, September 14 – posted by Heather with Linda

  • Turned the pre-compost bins, added everything to bin #2 and mixed it well.
  • Watered the succulents near the garden sign facing the road. Also watered the native garden.
  • Row 3 water line still appears to be leaking.  Called Roy and he said he would turn on the water tomorrow (Sunday) and take a look at it.  We flagged the general area with a red clothespin on the top of the row cover where it appears to be leaking.
  • All other rows looked well watered.

FRIDAY, September 13– posted by Annette with Bernadine

Fertilized  Row 2, Cabbage, with Gardner and Bloome granular, since it was a month ago that this row was planted.  Some of the plants are not growing as well.  Tried moving the soaker hose a little closer to the smaller plants. Hand watered the plants except the ones near the fence that were very wet.

We think there is a leak at the end of the row.  Couldn’t tell where it is, but the ground is soaked.

Watered succulents outside the garden.

 

THURSDAY,  September 12 — posted by Elliot with Naomi and Peggy

  • Row 1 and 6 harvested 3 pounds of bell peppers. Many smaller peppers still on plants
  • Row 4 harvested 3.5 pounds of summer squash.
  • Row 5 harvested 1 pound of tomatoes (4 small ones). The plants are filled with green tomatoes that haven’t shown much sign of ripening over the past few weeks.
  • Row 8 harvested 4 pounds of beans. Began pulling plants with no more small beans or blossoms; nematode infection obvious at the roots so disposed of in green waste. Recommend evaluating plants next week for one last harvest and removal.
  • Delivered to PQ Lutheran Church a modest harvest from all 3 gardens plus two small bags left by Roy.  Are we nearing the end of twice-weekly harvests?

WEDNESDAY, September 11th – Posted by Tammy. Only Kerry & Diana were at the garden.

  • Pruned, weeded the garden. They pruned R5. 

Friday & Monday Team – please take a look at the task list in the shed facing the garden. thank you for volunteering. 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 – posted by Tony

  • all rows looked good
  • inventoried refurbishment supplies. Organized the stacks for easier inventory
  • per an email exchange with Lori, some of the compost signs are missing or in the wrong locations. ie the pile on the right is marked Biostack however Lori said it is actually Miramar. All of the signs are in poor condition and should be replaced

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER  9 – posted by Sandra with Cyndi

Harvest:  Green beans 2 lbs., Tomatoes 3.5 lbs. Raked dried up leaves under the plants.  The water doesn’t turn on, on the hose next to Garden 2 gate.   Delivered all the produce from the 3 gardens to Becky’s home. 

SUNDAY, SEPT 8 – posted by Lori with Julia and Dick
–Row 8 beans definitely don’t look good. They’re bush beans (meaning they grow along the ground), so they don’t need support. But, actually, the plants look similar to the bean plants we had there earlier in the season. I pulled a few that were mostly dead. I think that row has nematodes. Nothing we can do about it now. In the next couple weeks, if you don’t see blooms or beans, go ahead and pull those plants and dispose of them in green waste (not in the precompost bins). 
–Did some weeding and checked all rows. All else looked good. Also turned & added to Biostack.
Tues-Thurs-Sat-Sun teams: usual garden maintenance and chores.

SATURDAY, September 7– Posted by Linda

There was nothing much to do, but check up on everything in Garden one.

FRIDAY, September 6- Posted by Annette with Bernadine

Checked all rows.  It looks like there is still a leak between Rows 2 and 3.  Hand watered new plants in Rows 2 and 3.  Watered area in front of the compost . Trimmed succulents outside the garden.

THURSDAY, September 5 – Posted by Elliot with Naomi and Peggy

  • Harvested 4.5 pounds bell peppers from Rows 1 and 6; 1.25 pounds tomatoes from Row 6; 4.75 pounds beans from Row 8; and 3 jalapenos from Row 1 (too light to weigh).
  • Row 1 plants looking much healthier since black cloth was removed, large number of bell peppers observed but mostly far too small to pick.
  • Tomato plants filled with green tomatoes; only a handful were ready to pick.
  • Row 8 bean plants look healthy but the row on the street side appears to have been blown over (Wednesday rain or wind?), plants resting on ground. Weren’t sure whether needed to be propped up.
  • Delivered to PQ Lutheran Church the harvest from all 3 gardens, some apples from the orchard, and a big bag of eggplant left by Roy

WEDNESDAY, September 4 – Posted by Tammy 

  • Thank you Friday team for planting and covering with black cloth in R3. 
  • Not much to do. I watered the succulents that border the walkway to all the gardens. They looked parched. 

Friday team – Please look at the task list if you don’t know what to do. And keep cool looks like it will cool off past this Saturday, hopefully. Monday team – Thank you for volunteering and harvesting the yummy produce. 

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 – posted by Tony

  • all rows looked good
  • inventoried refurbishment supplies

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER  2 – posted by Sandra with Cyndi

Harvest:  Green Beans 3.5 lbs., Tomatoes 7 lbs.  Fertilized the green peppers with fish emulsion.  Have been fertilizing every 2 weeks.  Watered in the fertilizer.  Watered the native plants.  There are a lot of green tomatoes on both of the rows.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 – posted by Lori with Julia and Dick
Fertilized row 8 beans with FE; stashed black shade cloth from peppers in the long wooden box; Roy checked row 3 water line and adjusted the section that had the fix; turned and added to Biostack.
Tues-Thurs-Sat-Sun teams: All the usual garden maintenance. Will let the row 6 peppers go another 1-2 weeks and then pull them out. Row 5 tomatoes will probably be next but will wait another 2-4 weeks to decide.
Harvest team: Feel free to say something when you think these plants are getting close to being done.

NOTE FROM JANE on AUG 11 about liquid fertilizer — We’ve been using AgGrand liquid fertilizer for several years, but we’re running out and the company is no longer in business. Roy says to use fish emulsion / fish fertilizer as a replacement.