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It’s the season. Watch for rattlesnakes!
White row covers – Note from Jane on 9/18 — At Roy’s recommendation, I purchased two 250-foot rolls of white row cover fabric. We use this to hold the heat in when it gets chilly. The rolls are in blue plastic wrapping, on the ground near the refurbishment supplies. Each one can be cut into either five 50-foot lengths or six 40-food lengths. The rolls are meant to shared by all three gardens. Please handle the new and old row covers gently. Our source for these is going out of business., so we want to make these last.
Note from Jane on Tues Nov 6 on refurbishment supplies— We received a donation of refurbishment supplies from Kellogg Garden Projects yesterday. The donation includes our usual refurbishment supplies EXCEPT they accidentally gave us 8-quart bags of worm castings instead of 20-quart bags. Roy recommends that for the winter garden, we IGNORE this difference in size and stick to our normal refurbishment recipe — 1 bag worm castings, 1/2 bag chicken manure, etc. for each row.
FRIDAY, November 16 posted by Bernadine
- Watered Rows 1 & 4.
- Sluggo applied to Row 4.
- Placed white row cover on Row 4.
- Black trash bags are too heavy to lift out of trash cans when filled to the rim with broccoli stems, roots and iceplant. We also have to lift the bags into the gray trash bins on Friday for pick up. Thank you.
THURSDAY, November 15th-posted by Naomi with Peggy
Harvested 7.5 lbs. broccoli, 10 lbs. broccoli leaves, 26 lbs bok choy Swept and wiped down counter in shack
Garden inspection: Peggy reattached white row cover as necessary
WEDNESDAY, November 14th – posted by Tammy
- Thank you Saturday team for refurbishing R4. And thank you Friday team for pulling out the plants.
- I planted cabbage in R4.
- Please water these seedlings in R4 if possible.
Friday team – please sluggo plus R4 and cover it with white cloth. Water it too. Thank you. Monday team – please take a look at the task list if you have nothing to do. Thank you.
TUESDAY, November 13th – posted by Maureen with Tony
- Complete Garden one supply inventory
- The Serenade Disease control bottle has a kind of slow leak from the bottom – so we put it in a clear plastic bag
- Checked all rows for good moisture
- The white cloth had blown off of (row 3?) reattached with clothespins
- Picked up from the strong winds
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12 – posted by Sandra with Heidi and Cyndi
Roy put up the stakes and we attached netting for the peas to grow up. Watered the peas.
Watered the native garden.
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 11 – posted by Lori with Julia
–applied FE to row 6 broccoli
–checked all rows; all look great
–turned, added to and watered Biostack
–might have a couple/few row 6 broccoli big enough to harvest this Thurs
–am thinking we’ll be refurbishing 1-2 rows in about 3 weeks as broccoli and bok choy reach harvest size
Tues-Thurs-Sat-Sun teams: still in general maintenance mode. I didnt see any worms on the bok choy so Roy said not to worry about them for now. But let’s keep an eye on all plants, watching for worms, aphids, and rodents.
SATURDAY, Nov. 10 – posted by Teresa with Dave and Ariana
Refurbished Row 4. Thank you to Diana, Kim and Rachel of Gardens 3 and 2 for working pre-compost bins.
FRIDAY, November 9- posted by Annette with Bernadine
Checked all rows. There is Broccoli ready to harvest. We didn’t refurbish Row 4, but it is ready to be refurbished. Watered outside the garden today.
Thursday, Nov 8 – posted by Peggy
Garden rows inspected. No infestations noted. Weeded as needed. Harvested 10 lbs. of Broccoli. Assisted by Jill, Tammy and Barbara and Peggy. Water shut off to harvested broccoli row by Jill.
WEDNESDAY, Nov 7th – posted by Tammy with Kerry
- R4 had a major leak in the drip on west side of the strip. I could tell by the way the water flowed. I fixed it with a coupler. Please keep an eye out for that to make sure it is not leaking anymore.
- We pruned and weeded.
- We took out broccoli stalks that were done and composted.
- R4 we will probably be done with that in a month or so. Going to plant whatever Roy has for us.
- R1 – 3 all looked good.
Friday & Monday Team – Please look at the task list. Thank you.
TUESDAY, November 6th – posted by Maureen with Tony
- bok choy in row 5 continues to look as if there is no further damage —
- Inventory of refurbishment supplies
- Garden was done watering when we arrived, but near the orchard end of the lower rows there is evidence that there might be a leak of some kind.
- all rows looked good
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5 – posted by Sandra with Heidi and Cyndi
Planted some seedling pea plants within row 1, where seeds hadn’t sprouted.
Applied compost amongst all the pea plants in row 1 for a fertilizer. Had planned on composting additional compost after the seedlings were around 2 inches in height. Roy agreed that it was a good idea.
Watered in the compost and new pea seedlings.
Everything looked good at the garden.
Pulled off the white tarp, and layed it along the fence to dry.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4 – posted by Lori with Julia
Checked all rows; everything is growing nicely. Pulled a few weeds. Turned, added to, and watered Biostack.
Tues-Thurs-Sat-Sun teams: all the usual garden maintenance.
SATURDAY, Nov 3 – posted by Teresa with Dave
Walked through garden. All looks good. Dave re-set rat traps with peanut butter. Helped with spraying in Garden 2.
Observation/Question regarding pulling of broccoli leaves: If we are looking to get side shoots, perhaps we should wait until after the 2nd harvest before pulling leaves? REPLY FROM JANE: Several of our gardeners have asked: should we wait after the first harvest of each broccoli plant to let the plant produce secondary florets? I asked Roy. His reply was: In a home garden, it makes sense to leave the plant alone and let it produce secondary florets, but in our production garden, where our goal is maximum harvest, it’s better to to remove the plant after the first broccoli is harvested, then refurbish and replant as quickly as possible.
FRIDAY, November 2- posted by Annette with Bernadine
Watered the Native garden and plants outside the garden. Noticed that one of the Palm trees was falling over and uprooting. Straightened it up and put in a post to keep it stable. Dug a trench to hold water. Everything was very dry.
THURSDAY, NOV. 1-posted by Naomi with Peggy
Harvested 11 lbs. broccoli along with 11 lbs. of broccoli leaves. Starting pulling harvested plants out but was told a second crop could grow. Called Roy to see if he wanted plants pulled but no response.
Garden inspection. Cleared fallen leaves.
WEDNESDAY, Oct 31st – Posted by Tammy with Estela
- Pulled out stalks of broccoli and composted them.
- Fertilized fish emulsion in R4 & R3.
- The garden look good as normal. No critter activity.
Friday & Monday team: Please fertilize R1&2 if they need it. Please look at the task list you if you have nothing to do. R4 will be getting ready to be planted in the next couple of weeks. Roy said he will have something for us to plant in that row.
TUESDAY, October 30th – posted by Maureen with Tony
- bok choy in row 5 looked the same as last week – so nothing applied
- Inventory of refurbishment supplies
- Watered potted succulents
- all rows looked good
MONDAY, OCTOBER 27 – posted by Sandra with Heidi and Cyndi
Everything looks good.
Will replace some of the pea shoots that did not sprout in row 1 next week.
Watered native garden.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28 – posted by Lori with Julia
–replaced a few of the cabbage in row 7 and spotted first little broccoli head in row 6.
–turned, added to, and watered Biostack
–checked all rows; everything looks good
Tues-Thurs-Sat-Sun teams: general garden maintenance; check for bugs.
SATURDAY, October 27 – posted by Dave
Garden looks good. Worked compost bins 1 and 2.
FRIDAY, October 26– posted by Annette with Bernadine
Everything looked good in the garden. Watered outside the garden and trimmed some of the succulents.
THURSDAY, October 25th — posted by Elliot with Naomi and Peggy
- Row 4 harvested 6.5 pounds of broccoli and 7.5 pounds broccoli leaves
- Did some light weeding and cleared away some debris in the rows.
- Delivered harvest to Becky’s house from all three gardens and the orchard.
WEDNESDAY, October 24th – Posted by Tammy
- The garden looked good.
- Harvest team, there are 5 heads of broccoli in R4 that are ready to be harvested.
- Thursday team – thank you for pulling out plants.
- Friday team – thank you for planting seedlings in R3.
- Question – I saw in the blog about harvesting broccoli leaves for Becky, is that still true because we have tons of leaves that can be harvested too. REPLY FROM JANE: Yes, Becky is open to an experiment of offering broccoli and cauliflower leaves.
Friday & Monday Team – nothing new. Just keep what you are doing and look at the task list for things to do in the garden.
TUESDAY, October 23rd – posted by Maureen with Tony
- Full Inventory of garden one supplies
- Found one very chewed up bok choy in row 5 and some with small holes. Applied Safer soap
- We made more of the safer soap mixture than we needed so we left the remaining in the locked cabinet in case another team can use it.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 22 – posted by Sandra with Heidi
Checked row 1 and the pea seedlings are sprouting.
Garden looked great.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21 – posted by Lori with Julia
–Thanks Thurs team for note about cuke plants in row 5 and Sat team for taking them out. Roy didn’t have any more bok choy so we planted romaine in that part of the row. It’ll grow at about the same rate as the bok choy so that everything in the row finishes about the same time.
–Repaired leak in row 5 watering tape.
–Turned, added to, and watered Biostack.
–Checked moisture level in row 1 (sugar snap pea seeds) and it was either moist or wet all down the row. Everything gets watered on Sun mornings anyway.
Tues-Thurs-Sat-Sun teams: For this week, general garden maintenance and other usual chores.
Saturday, October 20 – posted by Dave with Ariana
Pulled out the rest of the cucumber plants and worked compost bins 1 &2.
FRIDAY, October 19- posted by Annette with Bernadine
Covered Row 3 with White row cover. Fertilized Row 4 with FE. Rows 1 and 3 were very moist, so didn’t give any extra water. Cleaned up the counter and put the 2 new containers of Sluggo underneath the counter, and the insect spray in the cupboard above the counter.
THURSDAY, October 18 — Posted by Elliot with Naomi and Peggy
- Planted broccoli in Row 3, watered and sprinkled Sluggo.
- From Orchard end of Row 5 harvested two small cucumbers (1/2 pound) and pulled several plants that were limp and clearly terminal. Doubt the remaining half-dozen plants will be productive but they do have blossoms so left alone.
- Row 4 harvested two substantial heads of broccoli (1.5 pounds). Should be a good harvest next week.
- Potted plants were very dry; soil in some so hard baked it was hard to insert the hydrometer. Watered.
- Delivered harvest from all gardens and orchard to Becky’s house
NOTE: In answer to our query, Becky says she “would definitely distribute the broccoli leaves if the gardeners would like to include those from now on. “
WEDNESDAY, October 17th – Posted by Tammy with Kerry
- We refurbished R3, it is ready to be planted. Hi Thursday team, if you are not busy can you plant the plants that Roy will bring down? We have dug holes where they should go so all you need to do is drop and tuck them in. Also if you could sluggo plus them that would be great.
Friday Team – If you can cover R3 with the white cloth that would be great. Water well too. Also see if R1 needs watering. Fertilize row 4 with fish emulsion if you have time. Monday Team – Keep up the great work. Have a great week!
TUESDAY, October 16th – posted by Maureen with Tony
- Inventory of refurbishment supplies
- Sprinkled sluggo plus on row 7
- Garden looked great
MONDAY, OCTOBAER 15 – Posted by Sandra with Heidi and Cyndi
Planted snap pea seeds in row 1. Covered the row with white cloth. Cut one piece for the row. The row needs to be kept moist. Each day look at the ground, and sprinkle it with water if it looks dry.
Sprinkled Sluggo over the ground on row 1.
Put down new black water hose in row 1.
Watered the native garden.
Cleared the stakes and string off one of the rows.
Everything looks good.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14 – posted by Lori with Julia
–All rows looked great this morning.
–Planted cabbage (Tender Sweet variety) in row 7.
–Turned, added to, and watered Biostack.
Tues team: Lightly sprinkle Sluggo Plus around new cabbages planted in row 7. (We didn’t do it today because the ground was still wet.) Inventory.
Thurs team: Harvest.
Sat-Sun teams: check condition of plants; look for insect activity; pro-compost bins; compost.
SATURDAY, October 13 – posted by Teresa with Dave
- Garden 1 is looking good
- Planted additional half-dozen Bok Choy in Row 5
- Sprayed BT and Safer in Garden 3 Tomatoes (after conferring with Roy the consensus was to proceed with spraying, banking on little to no further rain)
- Moved some pre-compost from Bin 1 to Bin 2
- Chopped up more in Bin 1
- Noted that there remains about 4 refurbishings-worth of worm castings and chicken manure
FRIDAY, October 12-posted by Annette with Bernadine
Row 2- Fertilized with BioFlora and added additional compost around the cabbage plants. Watered the row.
Row 3- Removed the rest of the tomato plants. Put roots and stalks in trash bags, also cut roots and stalks from plants that were in the compost bin. Emptied into trash bins.
Bernadine brought some cactus cuttings and planted them in a pot next to the other cactus.
THURSDAY, October 11 — posted by Elliot with Naomi
- Row 1 Roma tomatoes, 1 pound ripened from last week
- Row 3 tomatoes, 7 pounds mostly from those picked green last week and left to ripen. Picked remaining green tomatoes and left on counter for Tammy to take home to ripen. Removed plants from about half the row and filled up composting bin.
- Row 5 harvested 1 cucumber (1/2 pound). Noted two very small cucumbers and plenty of blossoms.
- Removed black netting from Row 2, folded and stowed in the box.
- Delivered harvest to Becky’s house: all 3 gardens, orchard and Roy’s tomatoes
WEDNESDAY, October 10th – posted by Tammy with Kerry
- Removed some green tomatoes again to ripen for the following week.
- Lori – yes we can plant the sugar peas. 🙂
Friday Team – Please pull out rest of tomatoes out of R3 and compost it. If you can refurbish that would be great but if you run out of time no worries. Monday Team – Please look at the task list. Thank you.
TUESDAY, October 9th – posted by Maureen with Tony
- Inventory of refurbishment supplies (remaining after row 7 was refurbished)
- Removed remaining bean plants from row 7 and refurbished
MONDAY, OCTOBER 8 – posted by Sandra with Heidi and Cyndi
Refurshed row 1.
All the rows look good.
Plan to plant in row 1 next Monday.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7 – posted by Lori with Julia
–checked all rows; we have at least 1 nice cucumber (row 5) that will be ready to harvest on Thurs. Lots of cucumber blooms; am hoping they turn into cukes over the next few weeks.
–pulled out some of the bean plants.
–nice work on planting the bok choy in the empty spaces of that row.
–turned, added to, and watered Biostack.
–When I emailed Sat team this week about planting bok choy I forgot that the original plan was to grow sugar snap peas in row 5 and cabbage in row 7. Oh well. Not going to put snap peas in row 7 because they grow tall and harvesting on the wall could be dangerous. Hey Tammy: Maybe you guys could grow snap peas in row 3 after you pull out the tomatoes? Would be nice if at least 1 row has snap peas this season. Roy has the seeds.
Tues team: pull out all bean plants in row 7, putting any edible beans on the workbench counter with the ripening tomatoes; refurbish the row. Supplies inventory.
Thurs team: harvest.
Sat team: contact Roy for more bok choy if any need to be replaced or if we need to fill in additional empty spaces in that row. precompost.
Sun team: plant cabbage in row 7; biostack.
SATURDAY, October 6 – posted by Teresa with Dave and Ariana
- As directed by Roy, performed partial refurb w/fertilizer of Row 5 and planted bok choy at vacant east end plus empty space between remaining cucumber plants toward orchard end; hand watered.
- Uncovered shade cloth of Row 6 (broccoli) per Roy’s instructions.
- Chased away an un-shy roadrunner in the garden.
FRIDAY, October 5-posted by Annette
Quick check of the garden Everything is nice and wet. Plan to fertilize Row 2 next week.
THURSDAY, October 4 – posted by Elliot with Naomi
- Row 1 harvested 2 pounds of Roma tomatoes. There were another few pounds of green Romas remaining so left them on the counter to ripen or be discarded later. Removed all the plants and placed in compost bin/green waste.
- Row 3 harvested 6.25 pounds of tomatoes. There was maybe another week’s worth waiting to ripen. Still infested with white flies
- Row 7 harvested 1 pound of beans that were large enough. If remaining small beans grow at a comparable pace there may be one more modest harvest for next week or plants could be removed.
- Delivered another small harvest to Becky’s house from all 3 gardens and orchard.
WEDNESDAY, Oct 3rd – posted by Tammy
- Weeded the garden.
- FE R4.
- I pulled off all the green tomatoes off of R3 because we would like to pull out the plants by next week. I took the green tomatoes home to ripen up for the following week.
Friday & Monday Team – Fertilize row 2, if it needs it. Please look at the fertilizer sheet if it needs it. Look at the task list in shed to see what other tasks that can be done. Thank you.
Tuesday, October 2nd – posted by Maureen with Tony
- Inventory of refurbishment garden supplies
- Garden looked good
MONDAY, OCTOBEER 1 – posted by Sandra, Cyndi and Heidi present
Pulled our a few tomato plants in row 1 that were dead
Trimmed off dead leaves on plants in all the rows.
Sprayed Safer soap on row 3 tomatoes, that were infercted by white flies
Raked between rows to get rid of water trench
Organized tool shed.
All the tomatoes in row 1 should be harvested.
We will remove the tomato plants on Monday and refurbish the row 1.