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NOTE FROM JANE ABOUT THE NATIVE PLANT GARDEN (6/28/21) — Our native plant garden was installed some years ago by the son of Monday garden volunteer Sandy Strong. Sandy continues to maintain the native garden. She respectfully requests that everyone not water the native garden. The plants may look dry, but extra water can kill them. Thank you!

NOTE FROM JANE ABOUT BOXES AND BAGS FOR HARVESTING (7/12/21) – If you’re short of boxes or bags for harvesting, our tree picking team invites you to help yourself to theirs. They’re located at the back of the garage next door (down the hill) from the garden. The entry code for the garage is 1-2-3-4-Enter. Or bring some to add to our stash.NOTE FROM JANE ABOUT FRUIT/VEG ON THE COUNTER (8/18/21) – Please don’t leave fruits and veggies on the counter for the next harvest team. They get eaten by rodents and covered with ants. It’s probably OK to leave VEGGIES in a tightly closed container, but fruit attracts ants event in a closed container. Thanks!

FRIDAY, June 24- Annette and Bernadine

Put stakes and sting in Row 1. Covered with black shade cloth. Lots of green peppers.

Checked all rows. Squash leaves are not looking good.

Inventory of Refurbishing materials.

THURSDAY, JUNE 23- posted by Peggy, Jill & Linda

Rows 1 & 3 Pepper plants growing well. 4 lbs. harvested.

Shade cloth applied to R 3. Please stake R 1 for shade cloth.

Rows 2 & 4 Tomatoes, lots of green fruit. Harvested 3 lb.

Rows 5 & 8 Summer Squash 10 ½ lbs. harvested.

Row 6 Cucumbers continue to grow well. Flowers. 5.5 lbs harvested.

Leaf miner bug tracings seen on leaves.

Row 7 Green Beans doing good. Harvested 6.5 lbs.

MONDAY, JUNE 20 – Cyndi and Heidi

Harvest: Zucchini – 10 lbs.

Beans – 3.5 lbs.

Cucumber- 1/2 lb.

Squash – 1/2 lb.

Tomatoes – 1/2 lb.

Orchard Harvest: Apples – 8 lbs.

Peaches – 3.5 lbs.

All rows looked good. Swept, raked and cleanup up area.

**There are several good size peppers. The other gardens are not harvesting theirs until they turn red. We were not sure if we are waiting as well so we didn’t harvest them today. **

SUNDAY, JUNE 19-posted by Lori with Dick
Checked all rows; zucchini plants in both rows looked stressed. Have asked Roy to take a look to see if he can figure out the problem. The other plants look good. Fertilized row 7 beans and row 6 cukes with FE. Turned Biostack and have moved all green waste from precompost bins into the larger composter.
NOTE: If anyone is mowing their grass this week, please bag it up and drop it off near the composting area for Dick to use in the Biostack next Sunday. We need just 1 bag. Thanks.
All teams: usual garden chores this week.
Mon: We have 1 large cuke ready to harvest on Mon (marked with a bamboo stake).
Fri: I’ll drop off some new 3′ wooden stakes for the row 1 peppers. Please stake and string same as garden 2 and our other pepper row.

SATURDAY, June 18- Tejal
Its good to be back in the garden. The garden looks great! Did regular chores of checking all rows and chopping and turning Biostacks 1 and 2

FRIDAY, June 17– Annette and Barbie

Row 3 was completely staked and string had been added. Didn’t see any more stakes for Row 1. Watered the end of Row 1. Very dry. Cleaned up outside the garden.

Inventory of Refurbishing materials.

THURSDAY, JUNE 16 – posted by Peggy & Linda
Rows 1 & 3 Pepper plants growing well. Fruits too small to harvest.
Rows 2 & 4 Tomatoes, lots of green fruit. Harvested 1 lb.
Rows 5 & 8 Summer Squash 12 ½ lbs. harvested
Row 6 Cucumbers continue to grow well. Flowers, no fruit.
Row 7 Green Beans doing good. Harvested 3.5 lbs

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15 – Estela and Kerry
-Staked Row 3 peppers
-Wiped down counters and tidied up area
-All else looked good

TUESDAY, JUNE 14 – Leslie

Checked all rows, everything looks good. Cleaned up chairs and table for Farmer’s Market.

MONDAY, June 13 – Sandy and Cyndi


Zucchini – 5 lbs

Squash – 1 lb

Orchard Harvest:

Apples – 11lbs. Peaches – 1 lb.

Raked, weeded, swept the area. No evidence of pests. Native garden watered. Orchard Removed all the rotten or eaten fruit.

SUNDAY, JUNE 12-posted by Lori with Julia and Dick
Perfect, Kaitlin!
Checked all rows; plants look good. Saw first beans. Might have some that can be combined with the other garden by Thurs. Will leave row 8 zucchini plants in the ground a while longer. Sprayed a couple tomato plants in the middle of row 2 with water after seeing signs of aphid skeletons on the leaves. Turned Biostack. Will be starting new batch soon.
All teams: usual garden chores.
Wed and Fri: Row 3 peppers are ready for staking. There are twenty 3-ft wooden stakes on the ground near rows 1-2. You can split this job up if you want, with Wed doing part of it and Fri doing the rest. Look at Garden 2 for example of how the stakes should be placed in the ground and how the string is used to support the plants.

SATURDAY, JUNE 11 – Kaitlin
Over the past several weeks on Saturday. I’ve mostly be doing regular tasks like checking over the plants, pulling any small weeds, and doing the Biostacks. Today I am working a little bit more on the composting bins and moving some of the older stuff into bin 2 which is what I used to do with Tejal so I hope that’s alright! I chopped up any new stuff in bin 1 and mixed it with the rest of the stuff in the bin.

FRIDAY, June 10 – Bernadine

Checked all rows.

Watered Row 1.

Inventory of refurbishing supplies.

THURSDAY, JUNE 9 – posted by Peggy & Linda

Rows 1 & 3 Peppers, harvested 1.5 lbs.

Rows 2 & 4 Tomatoes inspected for aphids and horn worms.None found.

Rows 5 & 8 Zucchini/ Summer squash, harvested 12.5 lbs. Lightly pruned.

Row 6 Cucumbers doing well, starting to vine.

Row 7 Beans growing well.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8 – Kerry, Chris, Diana, and Belinda
-Added another row of string to tomatoes in Rows 2 and 4
-Noticed a few giant squash in Row 8 need to be harvested
-Did not see aphids or worms on tomatoes
-Weeded paths between rows and also the orchard
-There is one apple tree in the orchard so full a branch is weighted to the ground

TUESDAY, JUNE 7 – Tony & Leslie

Checked all rows and everything looked good. Lightly weeded.

MONDAY, JUNE 6 – Sandy, Heidi, and Cyndi
Zucchini squash- 11.5 lbs
Yellow squash – .5 lbs

Row1 — used water meter. Watered 1st half of row.
Raked, weeded, cleaned.
Watered native garden.

SUNDAY, JUNE 5-posted by Lori with Julia and Dick
All rows look good. Will let row 8 zucchinis go a little longer to see if the small ones grow. Turned Biostack. Added string to part of row 2 tomatoes. Bean plants finally have flowers; small beans should be visible soon.
All teams: Usual garden chores. Keep watching for aphids and tomato hornworms. As tomato branches grow, can add more string and also gently guide branches onto existing strings for support.

  • Friday, June 3 – posted by Bernadine with Barbie
  • Checked all rows. Row 1 on Eastern end was dry. We watered.
  • Placed non-greenwaste barrel to curb.
  • Pruned plants outside garden.
  • Did full inventory of supplies.
  • THURSDAY, JUNE 2 – posted by Peggy & Linda

Row 1 Peppers, harvested 1.5 lbs.
Row 2 Tomatoes doing well. Lots of small fruit.
Row 3 Peppers no pickable fruit. Plants look good.
Row 4 Tomatoes growing well.
Row 5 Zucchini, harvested 11.5 lbs. Lightly pruned.
Row 6 Cucumbers plants look good.
Row 7 Beans checked for moisture, meter reads moist.
Row 8 Summer Squash, dead leaves pruned.
Green waste taken to curb. Plant waste composted.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1 – Chris, Estela, Kerry, and Diana
-Pruned Rows 5 & 8
-Pruned and tidied up tomato rows
-Weeded west ends of all rows
-The garden looks beautiful!

TUESDAY, MAY 31 – Leslie and Tony

Checked all rows. Everything looked good. Cleaned the pollen off of the table and chairs in preparation for the farmers’ market.

MONDAY, MAY 30 – Sandy and Cyndi
Today’s harvest:
Zucchini – 16 lbs
Yellow squash – 1 lb
Watered the native garden .
Raked the paths between the planted rows.

SUNDAY, MAY 29-posted by Lori with Dick and Julia
*Checked all rows; plants look good. Will let row 8 zucchinis go a little longer; they still have fruit and flowers. Sprayed a couple of the row 8 plants with water to knock off aphids. Turned Biostack.
*We have 3 new watering cans and a new pump sprayer. Both had good reviews. Let me know if you have questions about operating the pump sprayer.
All teams: Usual garden chores. Time to start watching for hornworms on tomato plants. Haven’t seen signs of them yet but they’re inevitable. Also watch for aphids on other plants. No fertilizing needed for any plants right now. Next up will be beans and cukes but not until they have fruit growing on many plants. And then we’ll fertilize with FE.
FYI: Roy has increased watering time for rows 1-4.

FRIDAY, May 27 – posted by Bernadine with Barbie

Checked Rows.

Checked inventory

Pruned outside plants.

THURSDAY MAY 26 – posted by Peggy & Linda

  • Row 1 Peppers, small fruit. 
  • Row 2 Tomatoes also look good, many blossoms.
  • Row 3 Peppers plants look sturdy.
  • Row 4 Tomatoes starting to bear fruit.
  • Row 5 Zucchinis doing well, harvested 8 lbs.
  • Row 6 Squash looks strong.
  • Row 7 Beans appear strong, appear dry,watered x 10 min.s 
  • Row 8 Zucchini and yellow squash plants starting to look past their prime.
  • Plant waste put in the compost bin.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25 – Kerry, Chris, and Estela
-Weeded pathways and Orthard-lots of apples coming soon
-Pruned summer squash, very few squash left but ready to harvest
-Cleaned out the dead Nasturtiums next to Row 8
-All else looked good

TUESDAY, MAY 24 – Tony & Leslie

Applied Bioflora to zucchini rows 5 & 8, 96 oz on each row according to Roy All rows looking good!

MONDAY, MAY 23 – Sandy and Cyndi
Yellow squash : 1 lb
Zucchini: 5 lbs.

Watered native garden .

SUNDAY, MAY 22-posted by Lori with Dick and Julia
*I tried unsuccessfully to fix a leak in Row 8. Have asked Roy for help with this; am hoping he can fix it Mon a.m. Water to that row is turned off. Plz make sure it’s turned back on after tape is fixed.
*Replaced 3 cuke plants in row 6.
*Removed all row cloths and put them away.
*Turned Biostack.
All teams: Usual garden chores. Anyone who has time can remove the wire hoops from the rows.
FYI: It’s usually best to wait to fertilize until there is fruit on the plants. Row 1 peppers and Row 2 tomatoes have fruit–so fertilizing those rows last week made sense. Row 3 peppers are still mostly just flowers. Row 7 beans don’t have any fruit yet. Row 4 tomatoes have a few small tomatoes but not quite ready to fertilize.

Friday, May 20 – Posted by Bernadine with Barbie

Row 2 Bioflora and watered

Checked all rows

Checked inventory

Watered Palm Trees

Pruned Pepper Tree

THURSDAY MAY 19 – posted by Peggy & Linda

  • Row 1 Peppers watered, small fruit. Bio Flora fertilizer applied.
  • Row 2 Tomatoes also look good, many blossoms.
  • Row 3 Peppers plants look sturdy. Also fertilized.
  • Row 4 Tomatoes starting to bear fruit. Weeded.
  • Row 5 Zucchinis doing well, harvested 14 lbs. Lightly pruned.
  • Row 6 Squash looks dry, watered x 10 minutes.
  • Row 7 Beans appear strong,watered x 10 min.s Fertilized with Bio Flora..
  • Row 8 Zucchini and yellow squash plants lightly pruned. Also Fertilized.
  • Plant waste put in the compost bin.

ADDED NOTE for Tuesday May 17: Roy has replaced the watering tape in row 1. He says water pressure looks good. Please check moisture level with meter but the row should be getting adequate water now without need to hand water.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 – Diane, Chris, and Estela
-Added string to Row 2 tomatoes
-Used water meter and hand watered Rows 1 and 2
-Tucked tomatoes into strings in Row 4
-Roy repaired sprinkler tape in Row 5
-Still a gopher hole at end of Row 7
-Cleaned up walking rows of foliage/dried leaves

TUESDAY, MAY 17 – Tony & Leslie

Added 2nd row of string to row 4 tomatoes Checked all rows and everything is looking good. Row cloths are off most rows right now due to warm weather – Roy suggested leaving them off a while longer. Removed spent leaves from zucchinis. Lightly weeded

MONDAY, MAY 16 – Sandi and Cyndi
Yellow squash – 3 lbs
Zucchini- 14.5 lbs.

Checked and hand watered row 1
Watered native garden .

SUNDAY, MAY 15-posted by Lori with Julia
*Row 8 leak fixed by Roy.
*Row 7: gopher. Saw mounds and holes but also saw gopher pop its head out of 1 hole numerous times this morning. Roy shoved a poison bomb down the hole and will have his workers check it this week. Watch for new mounds & holes.”
*Cukes planted in row 6 on Sat. Covered with black cloth for now because of heat.
*Julia used moisture meter to check row 1 moisture. As others have noted, east half (marked with flag) is very dry. Roy switched the watering tape to the other connector to see if that helps.
*Added 2nd layer of string to most of row 4 tomatoes.
Mon: harvest zucchinis; use moisture meter to check soil moisture row 1. It should be autowatering Mon morning. Water only if meter shows dry.
Tues: continue adding 2nd layer of string to row 4 tomatoes (using plasticized string on shelf in locked cab). There’s no special way to do this; just support tomatoes on both sides, tying string through the holes and carefully pulling tight.
Wed: add 2nd layer of string to row 2 tomatoes. See Tues above for details. Check row 1 moisture with meter. Water only if dry.
Thurs: harvest zucchinis; fertilized zucchini rows if you have time.
Fri: side dress row 2 tomatoes with Bioflora and water in.
Sat-Sun: usual garden chores.

FRIDAY, May 13- posted by Annette with Bernadine and Barbie

  • Checked all row for moisture. Row 1 was very dry at the end, so watered it by hand.
  • Row 8 seems to have a leak.
  • Row 7 was wet, but has some gaps.
  • Row 4- posts had been put in, so strung the first row of string.
  • Took off white row covers. Roy said to keep them next to the rows to be put back after heat wave.
  • Inventory of Refurbishing supplies. It may be enough to finish off the spring refurbishing.

THURSDAY MAY 12 – posted by Peggy & Linda

  • Row 1 Peppers growing well, Row cover intact.
  • Row 2 Tomatoes also look good, many blossoms.
  • Row 3 Peppers plants look sturdy.
  • Row 4 Tomatoes starting to bear fruit.
  • Row 5 Zucchinis doing well, harvested 17 lbs.
  • Row 6 no plants.
  • Row 7 Beans appear strong,watered x 10 min.s
  • Row 8 Zucchini and yellow squash plants look strong.
  • Plant waste put in the compost bin.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 11-Kerry-Estela-Chris
-Refurbished Row 6 (there was no watering tape)
-Recovered the west ends of Rows 1 and 3
-Noticed Row 8 needs harvesting
-Row 4 tomatoes are falling over, needs stakes

MONDAY, MAY 9 – Sandy
Harvested 29 lbs of cabbage 🥬
Pulled out plants with roots and put it all in bin.
Watered native garden.
Planted replacement green beans .

SUNDAY, May 8 – Happy Mothers Day – posted by Julia

  • Row 1 – Peppers look good, but east end looked dry, so used the water meter – it was dry from the 3rd hoop to the east side of the row, the rest of the row showed moist. I hand watered the east side of the row and re-covered.
  • Row 7 had big water leak, when the water turned on from rows 5-8. I marked the area that has a gash in the tapiewith an orange flag and informed Roy. Water is turned off for now, until repaired, but continue to hand water – it has greatly helped. Checked the row with the water meter and the whole row is moistt, so watered it again today. Beans are coming up much better, but one area where the leak is has no beans growing, some soil is disturbed by the leak.
  • Row 4 tomatoes are growing well, and a few flowers on them. Roy suggested and helped prune the row. Will need stakes placed this week: one green metal post between every 2 plants (possibly Tuesday team, or next team available). Roy said he can be contacted to assist and also show how to properly start 1st string for the tomatoes once the post are in. It appears we have at least 14 green post (lying between the box shed and main work shed).
  • Compost was turned and added more green and brown products. Temperature was about 100 degrees F and it had settled to the level of the 2nd layer.
  • Rolled up the white cover on the west fence line and placed in the bin.
  • Per Roy’s Instructions for the week:
    • Monday – harvest ALL the cabbage in row 6, and remove roots
    • Next team that can, place green metal post in row 4 tomatoes and start string
    • Also one team this week to refurbish Row 6 cabbage
    • We will be planting cucumbers, so when ready can contact Roy for these and instructions for planting.
    • After the above items are done, all teams can continue to check first, and hand water Row 7 bean (if water line not repaired) and check with water meter east end of Row 1 peppers for appropriate moisture.
    • Usual chores daily and will recheck on the weekend to see what is needed further.

FRIDAY, May 6- posted by Annette with Bernadine and Barbie

  • Put twine on Tomato Row 2.
  • Removed white cloth from Row 4. Hung on fence to dry. Tomatoes plants are looking very healthy.
  • Trimmed outside the garden.
  • Inventory of Refurbishing supplies

THURSDAY,  MAY 5 – posted by Peggy & Tess

  • Row 1 – Peppers, starting to set fruit.
  • Row 2 – Tomatoes with lots of blossoms.
  • Row 3 – Peppers growing well.
  • Row 4 – Tomatoes looking good.
  • Row 5 – Zucchini starting to set fruit.
  • Row 6 – Cabbage, many small heads, fertilized with Bio Flo.
  • Harvested 7 lbs. Of Cabbage and 6.5 lbs of Zucchini.
  • Row 7 – Beans, watered x ten minutes.
  • Row 8 – Zucchini also fertilized with Bio Flo, watered well.
  • Green waste can on the curb for pickup.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4-Chris, Estela, and Kerry
-Watered Row 7 beans are starting to sprout and looked healthy
-Weeded the orchard-lots of apples on all the trees!
-Checked under white covers of all covered rows and things are looking good
-Zucchini in Row 8 looks ready to harvest

TUESDAY, MAY 3 – Karen and Leslie
Planted beans, watered in really good, sprinkled Sluggo. All other rows look really good.

Monday, May 2 – Cyndi

Harvest: Cabbage – 7 lbs

Zucchini – 3 lbs

Squash – 2 lbs

Watered Row 7, beans.

checked all rows, looked good.

Raked, swept and clean up.

 SUNDAY, MAY 1-posted by Lori with Julia
Repruned row 2 tomatoes with Roy’s help and then pounded in the metal stakes.
*For the next couple weeks, please do not do any more pruning on either of the tomato rows.
All rows look healthy.
Mon-Harvest; give row 7 a good spray of water to keep soil moist.
Tues-Contact Roy for bean plants from the greenhouse, to be planted 6” apart on both sides of the watering tape (close to the tape). Wet soil thoroughly before planting. After planting, sprinkle lightly with Sluggo+ and cover.
Wed-Give row 7 a good spray of water to keep soil moist; usual garden chores.
Thurs-Harvest; give row 7 a good spray of water to keep soil moist.
Fri-Contact Roy for help with doing first stringing for row 2 tomatoes.
Sat-Sun-Usual garden chores. If bean plants are growing and look healthy, no need to spray with water anymore.

FRIDAY, April 29- posted by Annette with Bernadine and Barbie

Beans in Row 7 are not coming up. Talked to Roy and he said not to plant any today, but he would talk to weekend team and decide what to do.

Checked all rows, everything is looking good.

Noticed that the old pallets and scrap wood has been removed. Yay!

Full inventory

THURSDAY, APRIL 28 – posted by Peggy with Tess

  • Row 8 Zucchini, harvested 16 lbs.
  • Row 7 Beans growing in a spotty fashion. 43 plants, watered.
  • Row 6 Cabbage, harvested 18 lbs. Many small heads.
  • Row 5 Squash, doing well.
  • Row 4 Tomatoes, growing well. No flowers.
  • Row 3 Peppers, row cover intact.
  • Row 2 Tomatoes, look strong, few flowers.
  • Row 1 Peppers, row cover intact.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27-Kerry, and Diana
-Pruned both rows of tomatoes
-Fertilized Row 1 with fish emulsion and watered
-Watered Rows 1, 2, 3, and 4 they all looked a little dry
-Re-covered Rows 1, 2, and 4 per Roy
-Wiped down dirty counter as best we could. There were no paper towels
-Also noticed we need new watering cans
MONDAY, APRIL 25 – Cyndi

All the rows looked good. Weeded a bit and raked all the trees droppings.

SUNDAY, APRIL 24–posted by Lori with Julia and Dick
*Removed and put away 2 white row cloths; left the others beside the rows in case we need to use them again. Sprayed row 7 beans with water to keep topsoil moist.
*On Mon or Tues Roy will check row 2 tomatoes to determine when to do first pruning. Whichever day it is, he’ll show the volunteers how to do this.
*Saw gopher mounds in row 8 and along the nasturtium fence. I dug around looking for the holes/tunnels to set traps but couldn’t find the holes. There are 2 gopher traps in bottom, left-hand cabinet of workbench. If you see more mounds and can find the holes, please set the traps or ask for help doing that.
*Have started new batch of compost in the Biostack.
All teams: usual garden chores.
Mon: No harvest this week. Not enough for pick up yet.
Tues & Thurs: spray water on row 7 beans to keep top soil moist.
Fri: The beans are coming up very slowly. If most aren’t up by Fri, contact Roy to see if bean starts in the greenhouse are ready for planting.

FRIDAY, April 22- posted by Annette with Bernadine and Barbie

Beans are coming up in Row 7. Put the white cloth over the wire frames.

Trimmed and weeded the area in front of the compost bins.

Inventory of refurbishing supplies.

THURSDAY, APRIL 21- posted by Peggy

Row 1 Peppers growing well.

Row 2 Tomatoes also look good.

Row 3 Bell peppers growing well.

Row 4 Tomatoes are ok.

Row 5 Summer Squash, plants are small.

Row 6 Cabbage, mostly small heads, Harvested 8 lbs.

Row 7 Beans watered, row cover in place.

Row 8 Zucchini, lots of flowers and small fruit. Harvested 2.5 lbs.

Green waste can placed on curb for pickup.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20 – Kerry, Estela, Chris, and Belinda
-Planted pepper plants in Row 3
-Watered, put down Sluggo, and covered Row 3
-Pruned cabbage Row 6?
-Checked for beans sprouting in Row 7-nothing yet

MONDAY, APRIL 18 – Sandy and Cyndi
We checked all the rows.  Racked and pulled weeds.
I watered the native garden.

SUNDAY, APRIL 17-posted by Lori with Dick and Julia
Fertilized row 6 cabbages with FE and row 8 zucchinis with Bioflora. Sprayed row 7 bean seeds (through the row cloth) with water to keep topsoil moist for germinating seeds. Turned and added to Biostack.
Mon: usual garden chores.
Tues: usual garden chores; spray row 7 bean seeds with water to keep topsoil moist.
Wed: contact Roy for pepper plants. Plant these in row 3 in same pattern as row 1. Water in, sprinkle lightly with Sluggo+ and cover with white row cloth.
Thurs: you might have zucchinis to harvest; I cut 1 off today (and 3 in garden 3) because they were really big and would be enormous by Thurs. Will bring them back Thurs a.m. and will check with the other gardens and Jane to decide when we should start 2nd harvest day. If time, spray row 7 bean seeds with water to keep topsoil moist.
Fri-Sat-Sun: usual garden chores.

Friday, April 15 – posted by Bernadine & Barbie

  • Row 3 Refurbished.
  • Other Rows look good
  • Pruned plants in outside garden.

THURSDAY, APRIL 14 – posted by Peggy, Cheri & Tess

No harvest today.

Green waste placed on the curb for pickup.

Compost chopped.

Row 8 has many small zucchini fruits.

Row 7 bush beans starting to grow.

Row 6 Cabbage forming heads.

Row 5 Summer squash growing well.

Row 4 tomatoes look ok.

Row 2 tomatoes also look good.

Row 1 Peppers growing well.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13 Chris, Estela, and Diana
-Planted bush bean seed in row 7
-Watered row heavily before and after planting
-Covered row with white cloth, per Roy
-Recovered rows 1,2,4,and 5 also, per Roy
-Tidied up and swept pavers

TUESDAY, APRIL 12 – Tony & Leslie

Refurbished row 7.

Regarding yesterday’s comment about the peppers being planted close together, Roy responded that we want to do this to create a ”hedge” to protect the plants from sunburn.

Noticed that white row covers are still off rows 1, 6 & 8 but its not hot like it was when they were removed last Wednesday. Left them off. Everything else looks good.

MONDAY, APRIL 11– Sandy and Cyndi
Planted zucchini in row 5 , watered the plants and applied Sluggo.
Kevin from garden 2 dug out the green poles from the 3rd row . Cyndi helped .
Watered the native garden .
It seems the pepper plants were planted very close to each other . Maybe they should be thinned out . Row 1.

SUNDAY, APRIL 10-posted by Lori with Julia and Dick
Refurbished row 5. Removed and put away green fencing from snap pea trellis; posts are still in the ground. Turned and added to Biostack. New plants all look good. Cabbages growing well; probably will need another couple/few wks before ready to harvest.
All teams: If you have time & energy, try pulling out or digging out the metal posts from row 3. We tried a few on Sun, but ran out of time. They’re tightly wedged into the ground. If you can even get a few out, that would be helpful. If there are any left, we’ll work on it next weekend.
Monday: Contact Roy for zucchini plants; plant in row 5. Plant 18″ apart close to the watering tape, but only on the downhill side of tape. Sprinkle with Sluggo+.
Tuesday: Refurbish row 7; replace watering tape and turn water back on.
Wednesday: Contact Roy for bush bean seeds; direct seed in row 7 on both sides of the watering tape. 1 seed every 3-4″, close to the tape. Make a hole with your finger, about 1/2″ deep, drop seed in, and move on. When all done, go back & cover the holes and give the row a good spray of water. (No Sluggo needed since there are no plants yet.)
Thursday: Assuming there’s no harvest, move half of greens from precompost bin #1 to bin #2. Then chop up greens in wheel barrow, discarding thick stems in green waste container and throwing leaves and smaller stems into bin #`1.
Friday: We’re expecting new supplies of chicken manure and worm castings. If all metal posts have been removed from row 3 and if we have the soil amendments, refurbish row 3. If not, this can wait until the next week. (Will be planting cucumbers in this row, but I don’t think they’re quite ready.)
Saturday-Sunday: Remove remaining metals posts, if needed. Move (to air out) and wet down (if dry) green waste in precompost bins 1&2.

FRIDAY, APRIL 8 – Bernadine and Barbie

  • -Roy already had sprayed with beneficial nematodes in designated rows. He brought tomato plants for Row 4 which we planted, placed sluggo.
  • -We watered all rows so beneficial nematodes do not die.
  • We removed remaining snap pea vines and placed in Green Waste Bins to be set out on street on Thursday.
  • We pulled broccoli plants out of Row 7 and have them in wheel barrel by compost bins to remove stems
  • Rows 5 and 7 are ready to be refurbished.

THURSDAY, APRIL 7 – posted by Peggy, Katrina, Cheri, & Tess

 Harvested 41 lbs. of broccoli, ½ lb. of peas. Pea plant appears finished.

 Removed broccoli plant stalks, placed in the compost bin.

 Green Waste cans placed on the curb.

 Serrated knife found, placed in garden 1’s shed.

 Roy is here working on row 4.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6 – Estella, Chris, and Diana
-took off white covers from rows 1,6,8 and tied down on the side of near row 1.
-refurbished row 4, gave soil a good watering, put tape back, and turned on water.
-harvested peas in row 3 and pulled out as much as we can. There are still a portion left to be done.

TUESDAY, APRIL 5 – Tony, Karen & Leslie

Welcome to our new Tuesday team member, Leslie Blazek!

Planted peppers in row 1, watering generously in anticipation of a HOT week. Applied Sluggo Plus

Pulled about 40% of the snap pea plants, and put them in green waste bins. Edible peas were placed in a plastic container in the box cabinet

MONDAY APRIL 4 – Sandy and Cyndi
I laid down the amendments in Row 1 and dug into the soil, to add the amendments.
Kevin from Garden 2 helped me to dig in the amendments.
Cyndi raked it level, added the hose, and turned on the water.
Watered the native garden .

If anyone has extra time, we need some help with the precompost bins… NEVERMIND. One of the garden 2 volunteers took care of this on Mon morning. Thank you Kevin!!
SUNDAY, APRIL 3-posted by Lori with Dick and Julia
Lots to do in the garden these next 2 weeks. We harvested & delivered to Mary 6 lbs sugar snap peas. Checked all rows; all looks good. Turned and added to Biostack.
Mon: Refurbish row 1; put watering tape back in place; turn water back on.
Tues: Contact Roy for pepper plants to plant in row 1. If you have time, start pulling out sugar snap pea plants. Put any edible peas in the plastic container on the workbench and move it to the top of the cabinet that holds the boxes. Put discarded plants in green waste container not in precompost bins. If container is too heavy or full, use one of the others near the bench.
Wed: refurbish row 4; put watering tape back in place and turn water back on. If you have time, continue to pull out any pea plants that are still there. See instructions under Tues.
Thurs: harvest any remaining snap peas (if there are any); be sure to check box on top of cabinet for any that were harvested during the week. Harvest
all broccoli in row 5 & most or all in row 7. If you have time, pull out any plants that have been harvested.
Fri: contact Roy to get beneficial nematodes; apply to rows 3,4,5,6. (He can tell you how to do that if you haven’t done it in a while.) If you have time, refurbish row 5. If not, it can wait until Sun.
Sat: no volunteers this day
Sun: refurbish or plant.

SATURDAY, April 2- Posted by Kate

Worked on the compost. However, it is getting pretty full and I have found I am unable to keep up with all of the added greens. If other groups could work on it when they have time, that would be great.

FRIDAY, April 1– Posted by Annette with Bernadine and Barbie

  • Pulled up harvested plants in Rows 1, 4, and 5. Row 5 still has Broccoli. Cut off leaves, and put those into compost , put roots and stems in green waste bin. It is now full and should go out on the curb next Thursday.
  • White cloth is drying on the fence.
  • Row 7 has Broccoli that is ready to harvest.
  • Full inventory

THURSDAY, March 31 – posted by Peggy, Tess, Chris, Katrina & Teresa

Harvest: Cauliflower: 46 lbs.

Peas: 4 lbs.

Broccoli: 32 lbs.

Green waste placed on curb. Unable to find Garden 1 serrated knife

Possibly in compost heap or left with food pickup crew. Please keep your eyes open for it.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30 Kerry and Estela
-Treated Rows 1,2,7,and 8 with beneficial nematodes
-Planted tomatoes in row 2.
-Pruned Row 1
-Noticed cauliflower needs to be harvested
-Also, we need new watering cans in garden 1, we only have 1 that has a shower spout and it is rusty which blocks the flow


Weeded garden and area around tool shed / compost bins

All rows looked good. Replaced wind blown cover on row 8

Tool shed lock was on backwards with the dial still set to the combination, so lock popped right open. Dial needs to be spun when locking.

MONDAY, MARCH 28 – Sandy and Cyndi
We pulled out broccoli plants that had been picked.
We placed the stalks in the trash can and leaves in the compost bin.
Planted an elderberry shrub in the Native Garden.

SUNDAY, MARCH 27-posted by Lori with Dick and Julia
*Harvested & delivered to Mary’s house 10lbs sugar snap peas. Powdery mildew is worse this wk than last wk. Should be able to harvest peas on Thurs & we can harvest again next Sun. And will see if plants still producing. Also started new batch of compost in the Biostack.
**Will be treating 4 rows this week with beneficial nematodes, but not sure yet which day and which rows. (Roy is buying them on Tues.) Will for sure treat row 2, then will plant tomatoes in row 2. Looks like row 4 cauliflower, row 5 broccoli, & row 3 sugar snap peas are not far behind. I’ll email during the week with more info.
Mon-Tues: If not rained out, can start pulling out/chopping up already-harvested broccoli plants. Thick stems should go in green waste container.
Thurs: Looks like row 4 cauliflower might be done this week but not sure. Let me know.
Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun: Will email with more info shortly.

SATURDAY, March 26- posted by Kate

The garden looks fantastic. I was not able to stay long, but I did some work on the compost before I left.

FRIDAY, March 25-posted by Annette with Bernadine

Refurbished Row 2.

The Peas have gone crazy! I know that they were picked on Thursday, but it would be good if another day was added to harvest them.

Inventory of Refurbishment supplies.

THURSDAY, MARCH 24 posted by Peggy, Linda & Patricia

  • All garden rows inspected.
  • Row 1 plants growing well. Row cover pinned securely.
  • Row 2 All broccoli 37 lbs.harvested, all plants removed. Roy states the row needs to be refurbished. I informed Lori about this.
  • Row 3 We spent almost an hour and harvested 8.5 lbs.of Peas. Asked Lori for more help with peas.
  • Row 4 mainly small cauliflower heads.
  • Row 5 broccoli, a few harvested.
  • Row 6 Cabbage continues to grow well.
  • Row 7 Broccoli, small heads.
  • Row 8 small squash plants. 
  • All garden refuse composted.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23 – Estella, Chris, and Kerry
-Cleaned up all rows by pruning
-Fertilized rows 1 and 7 with FE
-Everything looks really good
-Broccoli needs to be harvested
-On a side note, saw Roy before we left and he looks great


Applied FE to row 4 cauliflower. All rows looking good.

Monday, March 21 – Sandy
Checked the plants for aphids . Everything looked good .
Peas looked wonderful.🌱

SUNDAY, MARCH 20-posted by Lori with Julia
Checked all rows; plants look good. Did some weeding.
Note: If cauliflower looks different, it’s because it’s a green variety. Also, saw the start of powdery mildew on the snap peas. Nothing we can do about it. Just keep harvesting those peas.
Mon: fertilize row 1 broccoli with FE.
Tues: fertilize row 4 cauliflower with FE.
Wed: fertilize row 7 broccoli with FE .
Thurs: harvest. (Lots of snap peas ready to go.)
Fri-Sun: usual garden chores.

SATURDAY, March 19- Kate

Worked on the compost

Plants look great

FRIDAY , March 18- Annette, Bernadine, and Barbie

Checked all Rows. Lots of peas ready to harvest

Inventory of Refurbishing materials. Thanks for the new bags of fertilizer, etc. Still waiting for the large delivery.

THURSDAY , MARCH 17-posted by Peggy, Linda & Diane

Row 1 & 2 plants growing well

Row 3 Peas beginning to show signs of F. wilt on the bottom third of plants.

Harvested 4.5 lbs.

Garden waste placed in the compost bin. Root balls placed in the green can.

Row 8- Broccoli, harvested 4 lbs.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16 – Estela and Diana
Watered Row 1 because it was dry.
Weeded and cleaned Rows 1 thru 7.
Row 3 (peas) — new twine was added to hold up peas.

Row of Peas growing well, harvested 4.5 lbs.

Row of cauliflower removed, harvested 31 lbs.

Green waste placed on curb.

TUESDAY, MARCH 15 – Tony & Karen

Applied FE to rows 2 & 5. All rows looking good!

MONDAY, March 14 – Cyndi

Weeded and cleanup the rows.

Removed white covers from rows 2, 4 and 5. They were soaking wet so I laid them over the fences to dry. Came back later in afternoon to put them away. Row 8 cover was off, secured it in place.

SUNDAY MARCH 13-posted by Lori with Dick and Julia
Strained and dumped out a new beautiful batch of compost from our own green waste. Check it out! Planted zucchinis in row 8; watered in, lightly sprinkled with Sluggo+; and covered.
Note: we moved the little gardening bench behind the wind screen (so the seat pads don’t blow away). Also, looks like we have some birds building a nest above the workbench. I don’t think it’ll be a problem(?)
Mon: uncover and put away white cloth for rows 2, 4, and 5.
Tues: fertilize with FE rows 2 and 5.
Wed-Sun: usual garden chores.

FRIDAY, March 11– posted by Annette with Barbie

Checked all rows and everything is growing well.

Refurbished Row 8

Did full Inventory

THURSDAY, MARCH 10 posted by Peggy, Linda, Patricia,Tess, Diane & Jill

– Row of Peas growing well, harvested 4.5 lbs.

– Row of cauliflower removed, harvested 31 lbs.

– Green waste placed on curb.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9 – Kerry-Estella-Chris-Belinda
-Tied one more row of string to help the Snap Peas
-Peas can be harvested
-Pruned broccoli
-Cauliflower is ready to harvest and looks PERFECT
-Everything looks good

TUESDAY, MARCH 8 – Tony & Karen

All rows looked really good! Cleaned up limbs, etc around the entry area.

MONDAY, March 7 – Cyndi

Checked all rows; a few covers needed to be adjusted.

Secured more of the peas.

Cleaned and weeded.

SUNDAY, MARCH 6-posted by Lori with Julia
Checked all rows; plants looked good. We added 2 metal posts and string to shore up 2 sections of snap peas that were badly bent by the wind.
NOTE: We’re working with an Eagle Scout who will be building 3 new wooden precompost bins to replacing the the old, rotting ones. Once the new ones are in place, we’ll move the 2 storage boxes back into place.
Mon-Wed: usual garden chores.
Thurs: plz harvest and pull out all cauliflower plants in row 8. And, when you get to those 2 sections of snap peas (see above) you’ll need to gently move the plants aside to look for harvestable peas. They’ll be there…just a little hidden.
Fri: plz refurbish row 8.
Sat: usual garden chores.
Sun: plant zucchinis in row 8.

SATURDAY, March 5– Kate

I was not able to stay long, but I stopped by to check the plants

They all looked good!

  THURSDAY, March 3 – Posted by Peggy, Linda, Patricia & Tess

  • Rows 1 & 2 growing well.
  • Row 3 Peas, lots of flowers & pods, harvested 1.5 lbs.
  • Rows 4, 5, 6 & 7 growing well. 1 head of broccoli harvested.
  • Row 8 Cauliflower, harvested 13.5 lbs.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2-Belinda, Chris, and Kerry
-Checked under covers and all looked good
-Pruned cauliflower in row 6 and some are ready to harvest
-Weeded orchard
-Everything looked great

TUESDAY, MARCH 1 – Tony & Karen
Checked all rows and everything looks great especially the towering snap peas!

There was not much to do.
We trellised the peas. 
Checked the tags to identify the vegetables, everything was in place.
Everything looked good.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27-posted by Lori with Dick and Julia
Checked all rows; plants look great. Biostack compost is just about ready to strain and dump out and then will start new batch. Looks like we’ll have sugar snap peas ready to harvest by Thurs.
Mon: plz add signs to these rows…Row 1 is broccoli; Row 4 is cauliflower; Row 6 is cabbage.
Tues-Sun: usual garden chores.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24 – Posted by Peggy & Linda

  • Rows 1 & 2 plants growing well. Row covers secured.
  • Row 3, Peas have many flowers, small pods noted.
  • Row 4 Cauliflower ? plants look good, no heads seen.
  • Row 5 Small heads, growing well.
  • Row 6 No new problems, growing well.
  • Row 7 looks ok.
  • Row 8 Cauliflower growing well, harvested 13 lbs.
  • Green waste cans placed on curb.


Brief visit on a rainy day. Everything looked good

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21 – Sandy and Cyndi
Everything looked good.
Cyndi raked between the rows of the garden.
I watered the native plants. Trimmed some of the plants.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20-by Lori with Julia and Dick
Checked all rows. Plants look great. Turned Biostack compost and added green waste to the big wooden composter to get it started.
All teams: Usual garden chores this week.

SATURDAY, February 19- posted by Kate

•All rows looked good

•Did some weeding between the rows

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17 – Posted by Peggy & Linda

  • Adjusted white row covers.
  • All rows are growing well.
  • Row 3 developing more flowers, no pods seen.
  • Row 8 Cauliflower has a few small heads, and will harvest next week.
  • Weeded in garden 1, also weeded  around the Box shed.

WEDNESDAY, FEB 16 – Chris and Belinda
-Cleaned up cabbage
-Recovered 2 rows of broccoli
-Tucked peas in
-Added one row of string on peas


Replaced white row covers

Everything getting a good soaking with the rain!

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14 – Sandy and Cyndi
We planted cabbage, watered the cabbage, and applied Sluggo.
Covered the cabbage with white cloth, since it is going to be cold.
Everything looked good.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13 – posted by Lori with Julia and Dick
Checked all rows; all look good. Applied fish emulsion fertilizer to row 8 cauliflower after we spotted a few small heads. Turned Biostack. Because of high temp, delayed planting by 1 day.
Mon: Plant cabbage in row 6. The nine 6-packs you’ll need are on a small round table behind the greenhouse. They’re marked TS (for Tender Sweet). I marked the holes along both sides of the watering tape (18″ apart down ea side, close to the tape). Water them in and lightly sprinkle with Sluggo+.
Tues: if you’re not rained out (we can hope, right?) replace the row covers since temps are going back down.
Wed: if they weren’t able to re-cover the plants on Tues, please do that. Otherwise…
Wed-Sun: usual garden chores.

SATURDAY, February 12- Posted by Kate

Worked on the compost

Checked rows- they look good

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11- Annette, Bernadine, and Barbie

Refurbished Row 6.

All rows are looking good. Watered succulents outside the garden.

Inventory of Refurbishing supplies.

FEBRUARY, 10 – Peggy and Linda

  • Row 1, 2,4,5, & 7 have covers off, plants look good.
  • Row 3 Peas starting to flower, doing well
  • Row 6 All cabbage harvested, 11.5 lbs. roots removed.
  • Row 8 plants getting taller, in good shape.
  • Green Waste placed on curb for pickup.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9- Chris, Estela, Belinda, and Kerry
-Weeded and pruned all rows
-Guided snap peas onto trellis
-Watered the east end of rows that were very dry
-Weeded the orchard
-Noticed the cabbage in row 6 needs to be harvested

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8 – Tony & Karen

Removed all the white row clothes in anticipation of extended heat. Pinned them down along the sides of the rows so they would be available when seasonal weather returns. Also evaluated drip systems to make sure everything is getting watered

All rows looked good!

Monday, February 7 – Cyndi

All the rows looked good.

Weeded and raked around all the rows.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6-posted by Lori with Dick and Julia
Checked all rows; plants look good. Dick and Julia added string to help support sugar snap pea plants growing thickly on uphill side of row. Turned and added to Biostack.
All teams: usual garden chores.
Thurs: harvest all cabbages in row 6 (and remove roots if you have time).
Fri: refurbish row 6.
Sun: get broccoli or cabbage plants from behind greenhouse and plant in row 6.

SATURDAY, February 5– Posted by Kate

Worked on the compost

Fixed some of the cloth covers, I think the wind might be pushing them off

FRIDAY, February 4- posted by Annette with Bernadine and Barbie

Moved old pallets to make room for new ones.

Watered outside the garden.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3 posted by Peggy & Linda

  1. Rows 1 & 7 plants growing well. Cloth covers re- staked as needed.
  2. Row 2 Cover intact.
  3. Row 3 Peas are growing well. No flowers observed.
  4. Row 6 cabbage doing well, will harvest next week.
  5. Pumpkins donated for animal feed.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Diana, Estela, Belinda, and Chris
-Chris is back!!!
-Weeded and pruned all rows
-Guided snap peas onto trellis
-Weeded the orchard

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1 – Tony & Karen

Replaced row 7 watering tape and repaired a leak in row 6 watering tape

All rows looked good

MONDAY, JANUARY 31 – Sandy and Cyndi
We sprinkled Sluggo on the soil on the rows of vegetables that were small, maybe 4 rows .
Watered some of the native plants.
Everything looked good .

SUNDAY JANUARY 30-posted by Lori with Dick and Julia
*Planted broccoli (marathon variety) in row 7. Watered and covered.
*Turned and added to Biostack.
*Replaced Y connector attached to the 2 hoses near the far end of row 7. The spray nozzles work fine now; the connector was the problem.
Mon: Lightly sprinkle Sluggo+ around new plants in row 7.
Tues: Row 7 has a small leak (marked with flag) but the watering tape has been repaired too many times. Would like to replace it. The watering tape is in Roy’s garage at The Oaks. Go to Oaks/garage to see if his employee is there; he can get you the watering tape. I believe we need 40 ft but might want to bring measuring tape. If you don’t find him there, we’ll try again later in the week.
Thurs: Row 6 cabbages could all come out this week or we could leave them for 1 more week to get a little bigger. Either is ok. Up to you.
Wed-Fri-Sat-Sun: usual garden chores. Check new plants. Gently guide pea tendrils to trellis. There are a few extra broccoli plants on the round table in case any need to be replaced. If needed, there are more behind the greenhouse. Broccoli is labeled P for Packman or M for Marathon.

SATURDAY JANUARY 29-posted by Lori for Kate and Kaitlyn
Refurbished row 7.

FRIDAY, January 28- posted by Annette with Bernadine and Barbie

Checked all rows. Seemed to be moist deep down, and plants all looked good. Removed dead leaves from plants.

**thursday 1/27- posted by Jill – we found the timer to the irrigation system for all 3 gardens was turned off, that was causing all rows to turn dry. We turned the timer back on. if this happens again the timer is located in the garage nextdoor.**

THURSDAY, JANUARY 27 – Peggy, Tess & Patricia

  • Row 1 & 2 were dry, hand watered. Concern raised about water timer being off, please check water levels around plants. Jill and Diane aware of this.
  • Row 3 Peas continue to grow well. No flowers yet.
  • Row 4 & 5 covered. Growing well.
  • Row 6 cabbage. Harvested 8.5 lbs.
  • Row 7 Cauliflower, all plants harvested, 9 lbs.
  • Row 8 Cauliflower plants growing well.
  • Discarded leaves placed in compost bin, root balls put in green waste can.

Rows 2 and 4 were dry; I watered them.
Row 4 the sprinkler was not turned on. I turned it on.
Row 7 some of the cauliflower is going bad; should have already being picked.
A bit of cleaning on rows 6 and 7.
Need new hose sprinkler head.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 25 – Tony & Karen

Added 12 marathon broccoli plants to row 5; moved a few of the existing plants around to accommodate. Sprinkled new plants with Sluggo+ and watered

All other rows looked good

Lightly hoed weeds between rows. Also weeded around cloth storage bin

MONDAY, JANUARY 24 – Sandy and Cyndi
Some of the cauliflower in row 7 looked very wilted . We checked the ground, and it was bone dry in half the row. I made little areas around each of the plants to hold water and then deep watered those plants. Made round ditches surrounding the dried cauliflower plants. We checked the drip hose in row 7, and there was water coming out of the entire hose .
The white coverings were over all the plant rows.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 23-posted by Lori with Julia and Dick
NOTE RE REFURBISHING SUPPLIES: The 4 bags of G&B Farmyard Blend under the tarp can be used just like chicken manure. For one row, use 1/2 bag along with the usual amounts of worm castings, compost, and fertilizer. We should have more bags of worm castings this week and more supplies coming soon.
*Gave new row 1 broccoli plants some additional water, sprinkled with Sluggo+, and covered. Checked all rows; all look good. Turned and added to Biostack.
Mon: usual garden chores. If any of the rows with new plants are uncovered, cover with white row cloth.
Tues: Try to find spaces in row 5 where you can add some more broccoli plants. (Spacing between plants in that row is a little wide.) You’ll find the plants on the tables behind the greenhouse. Broccoli is labeled M (for Marathon) or P (for Packman). Either variety is ok. Water the plants in, sprinkle with Sluggo+, and cover the row with white row cloth. (Let me know if we run out of white cloth; we can cut more off the roll when needed.)
Wed: usual garden chores.
Thurs: Harvest all cauliflower plants in row 7. Looks like some of the cabbages in row 6 can go at least 1 more week.
Fri: usual garden chores.
Sat: refurbish row 7.
Sun: plant broccoli in row 7.

SATURDAY, January 22 – posted by Tejal with Kate

Worked on the compost. Planted Broccoli in row 1. Ann and Rain from garden 3 came out to help. Watered the newly planted seedlings thoroughly. However, forgot to put sluggo.

FRIDAY, January 21- posted by Annette with Bernadine and Barbie

Refurbished Row 1.

Cauliflower in Row 7 is ready to harvest.

Inventory of Refurbishing supplies. We are almost out of worm casting and chicken manure, on the re-order list.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 20 – Peggy, Theresa, Linda, Joan, Katrina, Patricia &Tess

Row 1 Broccoli, harvested 7 lbs.

Row 3 peas continue to grow well.

Row 6 Cabbage, harvested 14 lbs.

Row 7 Cauliflower, harvested 24 lbs.

Garden waste collected, put in compost bin. Green waste can place on street curb.

WEDNESDAY, JAN 19-Kerry, Estella, and Belinda
-Rows 2 and 4 have Sluggo mold growing-we read that is common so we kept covers on
-Everything else looked good

TUESDAY, JANUARY 18 – Tony & Karen

  • Removed harvested broccoli plants from row 1. Chopped leaves into compost bin 1
  • All rows looked good

MONDAY, JANUARY 17 – Sandy and Cyndi
We replaced the watering tape on row 2.
Hand watered row 2. Replaced the white cover over the row.
Raked leaves along the rows of the garden and the walkway throughout the garden area and swept.
Planted a native plant in the native garden.
Everything looked good.

SATURDAY, January 15 – Posted by Tejal with Kate & Kaitlyn

Checked all rows – no issues to report. Guided sweet pea tendrils to the trellis where possible. Since it was raining and everything was quite wet we decided to skip working on the compost.

FRIDAY, January 14- posted by Annette with Bernadine and Barbie

Planted Broccoli in Row 5. Added Sluggo Plus and covered with white cloth.

Checked all rows. It looks like there are possible leaks in Rows 2 and 7.

Did complete inventory.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 13 -Posted by Peggy and Linda

  • Row 1 Broccoli, harvested 21 lbs.
  • Row 2 plants growing well.
  • Row 3 Peas look good, no pods yet.
  • Row 4 small plants.
  • Row 5 empty.
  • Row 6 Cabbage, harvested 27 lbs.
  • Row 7 Green/ Orange Cauliflower,harvested 11 lbs.
  • Row 8 Small plants,growing well.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12 -Diana, Belinda, Estella, and Kerry
-Planted Cauliflower in Row 4
_Sprinkled with Sluggo
-Watered new plants, made sure water is on
-Covered with white cloth

TUESDAY, JANUARY 11 – Tony & Karen

  • Refurbished row 5

MONDAY, JANUARY 10 – Sandy and Cyndi
We planted broccoli in row 2 and watered in the new plants.
Applied Sluggo.
Covered the row cover over row 2.
Water leak in one of the rows . Think the leak is in row 7 .

SUNDAY, JANUARY 9-posted by Lori with Julia and Dick
*Refurbished row 4; turned and added to Biostack; all plants looked good.
**NOTE TO ALL: We’ll be planting 3 rows this week (probably cauliflower & broccoli). Roy is experiencing serious back problems so he asks that planting teams call him when they get there and then go up the Cadence driveway to “The Oaks” garage, which doubles as Roy’s office/work area. You can walk up or drive up. If you walk, you might want 2 people to go to carry all the plants down. If you don’t have Roy’s cell #, email me or Jane and we’ll pass it along.
Monday: Plant row 2. Lightly sprinkle with Sluggo+ and cover with white row cloth. (We left 1 out to dry on fence near Row 1.) Please make sure water is turned on.
Tuesday: Refurbish row 5 and turn water back on.
Wednesday: Plant row 4. Lightly sprinkle with Sluggo+ and cover with white row cloth. Make sure water is turned on.
Thursday: Harvest. Looks like some nice-sized broccoli in row 1 and cauliflower (cheddar and green varieties) in row 7. Cabbages too.
Friday: Plant row 5. Lightly sprinkle with Sluggo+ and cover with white row cloth. Make sure water is turned on.
Saturday-Sunday: Usual garden chores; check health of new plants to see if any need to be replaced. Gently guide sugar snap pea tendrils to the trellis.

SATURDAY, January 8 – Posted by Tejal with Kate & Kaitlyn

Happy New Year! Saturday Garden 1 team is back in full force. It is great to be back.

Checked all rows. The planted rows look good and healthy. Excited to see what goes in the 3 empty rows. We focused on chopping the pile of greens in bin 1. There was a lot but the 3 of us managed to get through it. We layered them in bin 2. Mixed in browns from the bag in bin 2 and gave them a good soak. Also swept the garden shed as the floor had a lot of dirt.

FRIDAY, January 7– posted by Annette with Bernadine and Barbie

Garden looked good. The ground is still wet. Guided pea runners up the trellis.

Refurbished Row 2.

Inventory of refurbishment supplies.

THURSDAY, JAN 6 – Peggy, Linda &Tess

Cleared rows 2, 4 & 5. All plant leaves and roots removed. Composted leaves.

Harvested 41 lbs. of Cabbage, 6.5 lbs. of Cauliflower. Rows 1,3, 7 & 8 growing well.

WEDNESDAY, JAN 5 – Kerry and Estella
– Weeded and pruned all rows
-Cauliflower looks ready to harvest as well as a lot of the cabbage
-Weeded the orchard and under the pepper tree
-Not much else was needed

TUESDAY, JANUARY 4 – Tony & Karen

Checked all rows – everything looks good

MONDAY, JANUARY 3 – Sandy and Heidi
We checked under the covers. The plants looked good.
Everything looked good.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 2-posted by Lori with Julia and Dick
*Plants look good. Turned and added to Biostack.
*We moved everything from the big wooden storage box into 2 new storage boxes. Once the wooden box is gone, will move the 2 boxes into its place. In 1 box: extra tarps; extra green plastic fencing for trellises; 1 roll white row cloth; full-size white row cloths (folded in 1 pile); small-size white row cloths (folded in 2nd pile); plastic trash bags. In the other box: all of the black row cloths. (I know this sounds uneven but it actually all fits just fine this way.)
Thurs: Harvest all cabbages from rows 4&5 and all cauliflower from row 2. If you have time, remove and discard roots.
Fri: refurbish row 2
Sun: refurbish row 4
All other teams: Usual garden chores this week. Will start planting and refurbish the 3rd row the following week.

NOTE: Always be sure to check the blog before you come to the garden. If a task is listed for your day and it’s not possible to do that task, it’s fine. Just leave a note in the blog, or email to let me know. It’s also helpful to check notes from the other days, so you know what was fertilized and when, etc.M

FRIDAY, December 31- posted by Annette with Bernadine

The new Storage Bins are perfect. A big thank you for ordering them.

Checked all rows. Everything looks good. There are a few Cauliflowers in Row2 that are ready to harvest. We guided some of the Pea plants up the trellis.

Did a little trimming outside the garden.

Inventory of refurbishing supplies

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30 – posted by Peggy with Cheri, Joan, Bob & Katrina

Row 1 Broccoli has small heads, need fertilizer. Row 2, cauliflower, harvested 6 lbs. Row 3 peas, continue to grow well. Row 4 & 5 Cabbages with some animal damage seen. Harvested 11.5 lbs. Row 6 Cabbage, no harvest. Row 7 no harvest. Row 8 small plants. Water hose noted to be in the on position and dripping freely. Water shutoff.


A lot of critter holes in the harvested sections of rows 2, 4 & 5. Pondered whether to fill them in since they are awaiting refurbishment but decided to fill them in so it would be evident if the intruders returned. A few holes in row 3 peas as well. Replanted 3 disturbed plants.

Cleaned up fallen eucalyptus branches and placed in greenery bin

MONDAY, DECEMBER 27 – Sandy and Heidi
We fertilized rows 1 & 7 with fish emulsion.
Put up a few strands of pea vine on the trellis .

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 26-posted by Lori with Julia
Beautiful morning in the garden! We put up the trellis for the sugar snap peas and guided the plants toward the trellis to attach to it. The rest of the plants all look great. Biostack is still 100 degrees.
All teams: Gently guide sugar snap pea tendrils toward both sides of the trellis. Looks like we might have rain all week. Whichever team gets a dry morning, please fertilize row 1 and row 7 with FE (fish emulsion) and make a note of it in the blog so that we don’t end up doing double duty.

THURSDAY, DEC 23 posted by Peggy, Tess, Katrina & Linda

  • Harvested 41 lbs. of Cabbage. 8 lbs of cauliflower and broccoli.
  • Removed used plant material to compost bins.
  • Recycle cans placed on curb.

WEDNESDAY, DEC 22 Estella and Kerry
-Fertilized Rows 3 and 5
-Row 2 (I think) cauliflower looks ready to be harvested
-Did some light weeding
-Overall things looked very clean


  • Pounded in stakes for sugar snap pea trellises
  • Cleaned up fallen eucalyptus branches
  • Folded and stored white row cloth that was hanging on fence
  • Checked all rows – everything looks good
  • MONDAY, DECEMBER 29 – Sandy
    My computer wasn’t working so I could not look at the blog for duties to perform.
    Later I was told we were to fertilize. The fertilizing was not done.
    Everything looked good.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19-posted by Lori with Julia and Dick
*Checked all rows; plants looked healthy to us. The cabbages do show a lot of worm holes but they’re mostly on the outside leaves. Looks like spraying of Bt last several weeks helped. Most have nice heads forming.
*Placed metal posts in the ground for sugar snap pea trellis.
*Added to Biostack; compost is looking good.
Mon: fertilize row 1 with FE. also, please fold up & put away row cloth on fence.
Tues: pound in metal stakes for sugar snap pea trellis.
Wed: fertilize rows 3 and 5 with FE. (If you get rained out, this can wait until next dry day. Plz leave note in blog so next teams know if you were able to do this or not.
Thurs-Sat: usual garden chores; if possible, turn green waste in compost bins 1 and 2 to help air them out. Thanks Fri team for pulling out harvested plants.
Sun: hang trellis on posts for sugar snap peas.

FRIDAY, December 17– posted by Annette with Bernadine

Pulled out cabbage plants and cauliflower plants that had been harvested.

Everything is looking good.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16– posted by Peggy, Patricia & Tess

-Row 4 & row 6 Cabbage, harvested 22.5 lbs.

-Row 2 Cauliflower, harvested 5.5 lbs.

-Row 3 Peas, doing well. Loose leaves added to compost.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15– Kerry and Estella
-Pruned Row 1
-Replaced all white coverings that had blown off
-Things looked good in general due to the rain

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12 – Rained out

MONDAY, DECEMBER 12 – Sandy and Heidi

We cleaned up things and checked the plants. Looks like many of the plants are lacking water, on the east ends of the garden.  Several of the rows of plants look wilted and there is not much in leaves. The plants look sick.  Many of the cabbage plants are filled with holes, eaten by insects.

Blessings for a wonderful Christmas holiday.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12-posted by Lori with Dick and Julia
Added a bunch more sugar snap pea plants from the greenhouse to the sections where nothing came up and filled in a few other empty spots. Covered newly planted cauliflower in row 8. Nice work keeping things rolling–Tues, Wed, and Fri volunteers. All plants look good. Added to Biostack. More rain on the way. Yay!
All teams: usual garden chores.
Sat team: I left bag of dried leaves in bin #3 for you to use whenever you’re ready.

FRIDAY, December 10- posted by Annette with Bernadine

  • Checked all rows. Lots of big heads of Cauliflower were ready to harvest. Called Becky and she suggested that we take Cauliflower to the Lutheran Church. Pulled up harvested plants and put in compost.
  • Cauliflower -18 lbs. Ripe Tomatoes- 2 lbs.
  • Did full inventory
  • Covered wooden storage unit with a tarp, since the end is rotting away. Maybe we could get a volunteer to fix or replace it.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9 – Rained out.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8- Kerry, Diana, and Belind

-Planted Cauliflower in Row 8

-Pruned all rows

-Checked under white coverings-all looked good

-Returned extra cauliflower plants to the greenhouse area

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7 – Tony & Karen

  • Refurbished row 8
  • Checked all rows and everything looks good
  • Brought greenery bin in from curb

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5-posted by Lori with Dick and Julia
Checked all rows; plants look good. Turned and added to Biostack; compost is cooking at 120 degrees F. Roy has seeded sugar snap peas in the greenhouse; they should be ready to plant in the empty spaces in about 7-10 days. Will also add metal posts and trellis around that time.
NOTE to all: someone dropped off a few standard tomato cages and a long-pole tree trimmer–none of which we need. If anyone would like these items, please take them. If not, I’ll get rid of them next Sun. Cages are next to the wooden box; tree trimmer is next to locking tool cabinet.
Mon: Change of plan…usual garden chores.
Tues: refurbish row 8; put watering tape back in place; and turn water back on.
Wed: contact Roy for plants (probably cauliflower) and plant in row 8, 18″ apart–I think on both sides of watering tape. (Can look at the other broccoli/cauliflower rows for examples.)
Thurs-Sun: usual garden chores.

FRIDAY, December 3- posted by Annette with Bernadine and Barbie

Checked all rows. Peas are coming up in Row 3. The row was wet, so didn’t water.

Pulled out cabbages plants, cauliflower plants, and broccoli plants that had been harvested. Cut up leaves and put in the compost bin, put stems and roots in the green waste.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2 posted by Peggy & Linda

Garden inspection done. A few Cabbage plants have insect damage.

Harvested 19 lbs. of Cabbage. Collected 8.5 lbs of tomatoes from plastic box. 3.5 broccoli sprouts and heads. Loose leaves placed in compost. Compost bins placed on curb.


Watered the row with sugar snap peas/they are sprouting

Watered the ends of rows 2 & 4

Cleaned dead leaves from rows 1-2

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30 – Tony & Karen

  • All rows looked good
  • Cleaned up from recent winds ie eucalyptus branches

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29 – Sandy and Heidi

Watered the row of peas.
Cleaned up the plants, taking off the dead leaves. 
Everything looked good.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28-posted by Lori with Julia and Dick
Checked all rows; everything looks good. Saw 1 very small cauliflower head in row 2 and some very small broccoli heads in row 5. Cabbages are also coming along. Sprayed pea row with water to help with seed germination. Sorry about the new hard-to-use pump sprayer. I guess cheaper isn’t always better. Will check on possible replacement. In the meantime, please use standard hand spray bottles, when needed.
All teams: Usual garden chores.
Thurs: remember to check for ripe tomatoes in plastic container above box cabinet.

Saturday, Nov 27 – Tejal

Checked all rows. Watered row 3. No issues to report.

Friday, Nov 26 – Bernadine

Checked all Rows.

Sprayed BT. I couldn’t get anything to come out of the large Pump so I put some BT in small spray bottles and sprayed all rows and then washed spray container .

WEDNESDAY, NOV 24 -Kerry, Estella, and Diana

Pruned all Rows

Watered Row 3

Fertilized Rows 6 and 8 with fish emulsion

The garden looked beautiful!


Fertilized rows 4 and 5 with FE.  Lightly misted seedlings in row 3.  Raked between rows and under pepper tree.  Swept entry and work bench area.  Cleaned work counter.  All rows look good.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22 – Sandy with Heidi and Cyndi
Planted peas in row 3.  Watered in the seeds and layed down cover on row 3.
Removed covers from row 4 & 5.
Repaired leak on row 7
Harvested 3.5 lbs of broccoli.
Peggy came to help.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21-posted by Lori with Dick and Julia
Refurbished row 3. Turned and added to Biostack.
Any day: whoever has time, plz remove and fold up the white row covers in rows 4&5.
Mon: Put sugar snap pea seeds in the ground in row 3. Would like seeds every 3″, down both sides of the watering tape, about 1/4″ deep. Plz go down 1 side and then the other, in case we don’t have enough and mark where you left off if you run out. Water topsoil, and then lay white cloth over the row and pin to keep in place. (No hoops needed.)
Tues: Fertilize rows 4&5 with fish emulsion.
Wed: Fertilize rows 6&8 with fish emulsion; spray row 3 with water to keep topsoil moist to help with seed germination. Can water right through the cloth.
Thurs: not sure if anyone will be here this day. If you are there, plz put trash and green waste bins at curb (near end of cul de sac).
Fri: spray Bt on all cabbage rows; if leftover, can also spray on broccoli and cauliflower.
Sat: spray row 3 with water to keep topsoil moist to help with seed germination. Can water right through the cloth.
Sun: usual garden chores.

SATURDAY, November 20 – Posted by Tejal

Usual garden chores – checked all rows, looked good. Chopped tomato plants in bin 1 and layered them in bin 2.

Since I was by myself I did not refurbish the tomato row.

FRIDAY, November 19– posted by Annette with Bernadine and Barbie

Pulled out Tomato plants and all the stakes. Cut up plants and put roots and thick stems in green waste and the rest in the compost bin. Raked the row, so it might look refurbished, but it is ready to be refurbished tomorrow.

We put green waste bins out on the street, but they may have to wait until next week. The trash and green waste collectors are coming before we get to the garden on Friday, so that is why we are asking Thursday team to put out the trash and green waste bins on Thursday from now on.

THURSDAY, NOV 18 –Posted by Peggy & Linda

Harvested 19.5 lbs of Tomatoes, Row 3 . Broccoli was 3 lbs. from Row 8.

Green Tomatoes placed on top of shed as requested.

Waste bins not full enough for curbside drop off.


Inventory of refurbishment supplies. There is still a lot left to get through the winter

WEDNESDAY, NOV 17 – Kerry & Diana

Pruned all Rows and replaced white covering

Weeded the orchard

Everything looked pretty good

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16 – Tony & Karen

All rows ok. No caterpillars or insects found. Replaced white covers on rows 4 & 5

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15 – Sandy, Heidi and Cyndi
We found caterpillars on some of the plants on rows 4, 5 and 6.  We removed the caterpillars. Sprayed Safer Soap on the plants, and some of the Safer Soap down into the heads of the cabbage.
The leftover Safer Soap is in the large white plastic spray bottle. 
Removed the plastic covers from a couple of the rows that we sprayed on Safer Soap .

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14 – posted by Lori with Julia
*Sprayed Bt on rows 4-5-6 again. Lots of worm holes, especially in the cabbages. Used new pump sprayer to spray in center of the plants where cabbages are forming. The worm holes on outer leaves are of less concern than inner leaves.
*The new pump sprayer is in the locking tool cabinet. It needs a lot of pumping for spray. Might be easiest to have 1 person pumping and 1 person spraying. I thought this one would work fine but not sure. Let me know if it’s a problem.
*Signs of critter digging in row 1; we patched it up and reburied a couple plants that had been pulled out.
*Just wondering: was there a harvest on Thurs? Looks like a few broccoli heads were already cut from row 8?
Mon-Wed: usual garden chores.
Thurs: harvest all tomatoes; place green ones in plastic box with lid and place on top of box cabinet to ripen (like we did before).
Fri: pull out all tomato plants and stakes.
Sat: refurbish row 3.
Sun: put snap pea or snow pea seeds in the ground in row 3.

SATURDAY, November 13 – Posted by Kate with Tejal

Checked all the rows, looked good. Chopped tomato plants in bin 1 and layered them in bin 2.

FRIDAY, November 12 – Bernadine with Barbie

We sprayed Row 8 leaves.

Checked all rows and plants looked good.

Did some outside watering.

Thursday team, please take trash bag out of Black trash bin and bring it to the gray bin at curb (if bin is not there yet for trash pickup early Friday morning, put it at the curb opposite side of street from the mail box.) There are 2 dead rats from last week in bag. Thanks.

THURSDAY, NOV 11 – Linda

Harvested 7.5 lbs. of Tomatoes and 1.25 lbs of Broccoli.

I sprayed rows 6 & 7 with the solution already made in the spray bottles on the counter. Fixed the cloth covers to cover some of the exposed veggies on the ends of rows 2 & 5. I noticed a couple dead bees on top of the cloth covers on row 6.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9 – Tony & Karen

Sprayed Safer Soap on rows 4 & 5. Blog instructions told us to spray with BT, but on the cabinet shelf we found pre-mixed Soap along with a note telling us to use it. We used up the gallon sprayer first and returned it to Garden 2, then used the hand sprayers.

All other rows looked good.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8 – Sandy, Cyndi, and Heidi

  • We sprayed BT on Rows 1 and 2
  • Borrowed Garden 2 white sprayer container. Please return when solution in container is used. Put in the Garden 2 yellow cabinet.
  • Watered the Native Garden
  • Everything looks good.

    SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7-posted by Lori with Dick and Julia
  • Have asked Suzanne to pick up a new pump sprayer. In the meantime, can use the 2 regular 32 oz (1/2 gal if you use both) spray bottles on the workbench counter.
  • Checked all rows; we do have worms on the plants, especially in row 1. Picked off quite a few. Turned and added to Biostack.
  • Let’s spray all rows with Bt this week. Try (as much as possible) to get it on the undersides of the leaves, which is where the worms usually are found.
  • Mon: spray rows 1 and 2 with Bt.
  • Tues: spray rows 4 and 5 with Bt.
  • Wed: spray rows 6 and 7 with Bt.
  • Thurs: fertilize row 8 (side dress with granular fertilizer). Looks like maybe 1 more week for tomatoes?
  • Fri: spray row 8 with Bt.
  • Sat-Sun: usual garden chores.

    SATURDAY, November 06 – Posted by Tejal with Kate

Opened up all covered rows to check on the rows closely.
Observed that in Row 5 there were several Cabbage plants with holes in the leaves as well as worm goop (??) in them. So sprayed BT and safe. Did those in other rows as well where the plant leaves had holes.
Discovered that the sprayer in the tools cabinet had a broken nozzle so borrowed the sprayer from garden 2. We cleaned out the sprayer before returning it back to the cabinet in garden 2.
Chopped tomato plants in bin 1 and layered them in bin 2. Need some browns to mix in.
Did light weeding between rows.

FRIDAY, November 5 – Posted by Bernadine with Barbie

Checked all rows, and plants looked healthy.
2 dead rats were found on floor of each side of cabinets and placed in a bag in black waste can. Please be sure to place black bag in gray bins at curb on Thursday.
Watered some non-vegetable plants in exterior.

THURSDAY, November 4 – Posted by Peggy & Linda

Row 1 & 2 covered. No problems seen.
Row 3 Tomatoes continue to do well. Harvested 12 lbs.
Row 4, 5, 6 & 7 Covered. Growing well.
Row 8 Broccoli beginning to head. Plants look good.
Tomatoes positioned on string as necessary. Debris picked off ground.
Green Waste can placed on curb.

Cleaned up broccoli and tomato plants
Picked about 6 tomatoes that were split and put them in the plastic bin
Everything looked good

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2 – Tony & Karen

Checked all rows and everything looked great. Didn’t observe any significant problem with holes in leaves

MONDAY, November 1- Cyndi and Heidi

Checked all the rows. No evidence of pests.
Row 7- Something had been digging at edge of white covering. Repaired and supported several of the plants. Adjusted and pinned covering down in more areas.
Row 6- fertilized a few of the very small cabbage plants.
Row 5- added another hoop and lifted white covering off the plants.
Tomato plants- lifted and supported a few off the ground.
Raked and cleaned the area.