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NOTE FROM ROY RE TOMATO STRINGING: The first string is made with pea twine. (figure 8 style); subsequent stringing is done with Polypropylene tomato tying twine. When in doubt as when or how to string, wait a week or ask me. The key with the tomato twine stringing is to keep everything tucked in.

NOTE FROM DIANE RE ORCHARD: 6/6/20: I picked some apples (Mostly Anna and a few from the tree at the top of the orchard) and left them on the counter in garden 1.  I couldn’t find the scale so I didn’t weigh them.  A big thank you to the folks who cut back the pickleweed on the street side of the garden and laid down mulch there and into the orchard.  It makes getting to the orchard much easier.  If anyone has extra time and wants to help, you can continue to bring mulch into the orchard.  The top part needs it most of all.  If you have questions, feel free to email me. I’m pretty sure my email is posted on the site or Jane knows it.  

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SATURDAY, July 4 – posted by Heather

  • Chopped and turned pre-compost bins 1 and 2.
  • Weeded around the interior perimeter of the garden.
  • Noticed the end of row 1 is VERY wet from a leak (?).


FRIDAY. July 3– posted by Annette with Bernadine and Gwen

  We welcomed our new volunteer, Gwen, to the garden today. 

  Row 1  cucumbers have been pulled, so we refurbished that row and hand watered. Noticed the end of the row had been flooded,  and water was off.  Found a big slit in the soaker hose.  Didn’t repair the hose, that should be done before the row is replanted.

Weeded and did a little trimming outside the garden.

Thursday July 2nd – Peggy , Naomi & Cheri

  •  All garden rows inspected. Fair amount of animal damage noted on tomatoes.
  •  Row 5 Cucumber plants pulled, also pulled Row 7 Zucchini plants pulled.
  • Harvested Tomatoes 30 lbs.
  • Squash 7 lbs.
  • Cucumbers 6 lbs.
  • Kale from home garden 5 lbs.
  • Apples on counter approx. 20 lbs.
  • Delivery done by Jill

TUESDAY June 30th– Maureen  with Tony

  • Inventoried  all  Garden one supplies
  • Finding the broken sprayer in the tool shed, per  Roy, we applied Bt to tomatoes using a watering can.  Too late, we noticed the new sprayer on the counter of the supply shed.  We moved it to the shed and disposed of the broken sprayer.
  • A rodent (or more) seems to have moved into the supply shed.  After taking an inventory of the supplies in the lower right hand side of the cabinet,  supplies were left on the counter.  Hopefully the critter will leave on its own.  I left the cupboard door open.
  • Watered the beans in row 8 but left on the row cover as it is not likely to reach 80 degrees today.

MONDAY, JUNE 29 – posted by Sandra with Heidi

Harvest:  Tomatoes 26 lbs., Squash 10 lbs., Cucumber 4 lbs.  Everything at garden looked good.  A little rainy. Marian delivered the produce.  

SUNDAY, JUNE 28 – posted by Lori with Julia and Dick
*Added another layer of string to the row 6 tomatoes. While doing that, we found 3 big horn worms and several small black worms with white stripes on the tomatoes. Not sure what type of worms they are but they’re just as destructive as the horn worms.
*Sprayed row 8 with water to keep topsoil moist, which helps bean seeds germinate. Saw a few poking up already. Replaced white row cover for now.
*Turned and added to Biostack.
*Row 5 cukes and row 7 zukes are nearly done. They probably have another 1-2 wks to go? Am talking to Roy about what to plant next. As they finish, feel free to pull them out.
Tues team: spray row 6 tomatoes with Bt for worms. Give row 8 a light spray of water. If, by Tues, temp is in 80s or higher, remove white row cloth from row 8.
Thurs team: harvest; if you have time, check row 6 tomatoes for worms. 
Sat and Sun teams: usual garden chores.

FRIDAY, June 26-posted by Annette with Bernadine

Checked all rows and watered some by hand, as needed, row 8 was quite moist already.

Watered succulents outside the garden.

Lots of ants on the counter, as well as rat droppings.  Cleaned it off as much as possible.

Thursday, June 25th – Peggy & Naomi

  • Inspected all garden rows.  Tomatoes plants in row 2 have some animal biting the fruit.  Rat trap set by Naomi.
  • Water turned off Row 1 Cucumbers as directed by Roy.
  • Harvested: Tomatoes 17.5 lbs., Zucchini 13.5 lbs. and Cucumbers 15 lbs.
  •  Harvest delivered by Jill.

TUESDAY June 23rd– Maureen  with Tony

  • Inventoried  Garden one refurbishment supplies
  • folded the blue tarp that had covered some of our supplies as it is not needed- placed it under the brown tarp.  There may be a better place to store it.
  • Planted row 8 with bush beans, watered before and after planting, and covered.
  • cucumbers are not looking good.


MONDAY, JUNE 22 – posted by Sandra and Cyndi and Heidi

Harvest:  Apples 16 lbs., Netarines 1 lb., Cucumbers 12 lbs., Tomatoes 6 lbs., Zucchini 13 lbs., Rosemary 1 lb.  Row 1 repaired a leak.  Cleared some of the weeds in the Native Garden. All produce delivered to Becky.

SUNDAY, JUNE  21 – posted by Lori with Julia and Dick
Refurbished row 8. Put edible apples that were on the ground in the orchard on the workbench for Mon donation. Turned and added to Biostack. 
Note: The little red wheel barrow has a flat tire. Does anyone have a way to pump it up?
Tues team: contact Roy to get bean seeds and put them in the ground along both watering tapes. We turned the water back on. The soil was really dry so you might want to hand water before putting the seeds in the ground and again after. I’m not sure if we need a row cover. Check with Roy on that.
Thurs team: harvest; if you have a chance, give row 8 a light spray of water. Keeping the topsoil moist helps the bean seeds to germinate.
Sat and Sun teams: usual garden chores; give row 8 a light spray of water to help bean seeds germinate.

FRIDAY, June 19- posted by Annette with Bernadine

Trimmed Pepper tree, trimmed succulents outside of garden.

Disposed of all trash bags filled with green waste.

Picked up Apple drops in orchard.  The good ones were left on the counter for Monday.

Thursday June 18- Peggy, Naomi, Cheri, Jill

Harvested Cucumbers 20 lbs.

Tomatoes 1.5 lbs

Zucchini 10 lbs

Beans 5.5 lbs. Bean plants removed and composted.

All rows inspected.  R.4 Peppers slow, starting to set blossoms.

Harvest delivered by Jill.


TUESDAY June 16th– Maureen  with Tony

  • Inventoried  Garden one refurbishment supplies
  • Added remaining 4 bags of the donated compost to the  compost piles and mixed in
  • bean row looked a bit mottled – yellowing leaves
  • removed some low leaves on the squash 


MONDAY, JUNE 15 – posted by Sandra with Cyndi and Heidi

HARVEST:  Cucumbers 21 lbs., Zucchini 5 lbs., Yellow Squash 8 lbs., Green Beans 7 lbs., Apples 8 lbs., Tomato .5 lbs.   Fertilized row 1 cucumbers.  Sandra delivered produce from all the gardens to the Church.  

SUNDAY, JUNE 14 – posted by Lori with Julia and Dick
*Applied beneficial nematodes to rows 5-8.
*Found a bunch of apples on the ground in the orchard; some were good so we put them and a few others that easily came off the trees in a box on the workbench for Mon donation.
*In row 2, Julia used short wooden stakes to help support heavy branches of tomatoes that were sitting on the ground. (Seemed too late to use string. But if you want to use string, the plasticized stuff in the locked cabinet is a little sturdier than regular string.)
*Did some weeding; turned and added to the Biostack. Compost was cooking at 120 degrees F.
*Harvest teams: The row 8 beans are just about done. We might have enough for 1 or 2 harvests. Either way, once the beans are all harvested, feel free to pull the plants out (or leave them for the next team).
I’m talking to Roy about what to plant there next.
Tues team: Can start dumping the bagged compost into the compost piles. Any pile is fine. If there are a lot, feel free to do this over the next couple/few wks.
Thurs-Sun team: usual garden chores.

FRIDAY, June 12– posted by Annette with Bernadine

Pulled out the Nastursiums by the back fence and side fence.

Put away the white cloth cover that was drying on the fence.

Did a little weeding and trimming.

Thursday, June 11- posted by Peggy with Naomi

  • Cucumbers, harvested 22 lbs.
  • Tomatoes, .5 lbs.
  • Bush Beans 8 lbs.
  • Zucchini 10 lbs.
  • All rows inspected.
  • Delivery done by Barbara

TUESDAY June 9th– Maureen  with Tony

  • Inventoried  Garden one refurbishment supplies
  • Added two bags of the donated compost to the mixed compost pile
  • all rows looked good
  • weeded

Monday, June 8 – posted by Sandra with Cyndi

Harvest:  Green beans 6 lbs., Cucumbers 62 lbs., Zucchini 8.5 lbs, Yellow Squash 4 lbs., Apples 9. 5 lbs.  Roy brought over cucumbers, tomatoes, and squash.  Weeded the garden.  Watered the Native Garden. Removed the white covering, that was laying on the side of a row, and letting it dry on the fence.  Delivered all produce.

SUNDAY, JUNE 7 – posted by Lori with Dick and Julia
We harvested some very large cucumbers and a couple really big zucchinis; I’ll bring them back on Mon morning for weighing and donation. Looks like we have lots of beans growing in 2 gardens now!
Weeded in and around the rows. Turned and added to the Biostack.
Tues-Thurs-Sat-Sun teams: usual garden chores.

FRIDAY, June 5- posted by Annette with Bernadine

Took all bags of trimmings to cul-de-sac. Too many to put in trash bins, so hope they are collected. 

Trimmed a path in front of compost area, so we can get in to water when it gets hot.

There are lots of cucumbers to harvest in Row 5, and lots of green beans to harvest.

– – – – – – – – – – -Thursday, June 4-Peggy & Naomi

  • Row 1 Cucumbers, leaf edges brown on some plants. Harvested 5 lbs
  • Harvested Zucchini 12 lbs
  • Harvested Yellow Squash 15 lbs
  • Harvested Bush Beans 7 lbs
  • Weeded as needed

TUESDAY June 2nd – Maureen  with Tony

  • Inventoried  Garden one refurbishment supplies
  • Met with Roy regarding rows 5 and 6
  • Fertilized row 5 cucumbers with 1/8 cup of fish fertilizer diluted in 2 gal water. Then watered row.
  • Fertilized row 6 tomatoes with granular fertilizer 3/4 cup per section.
  • Tony found that the spraying applicator has a leak where the hose connects to the handle

Monday, June 1 – Cyndi and Heidi

  • Harvest, (Heidi delivered)
  • Zucchini – 10.5 lbs.
  • Yellow Squash – 17 lbs.
  • Cucumber – 5 lbs.
  • Rosemary – 1 lb. (donated by Heidi)

Weeded and cleaned up dead leaves.

Tucked a few tomato branches into the twine. 

We felt the beans could wait a few more days to harvest

SUNDAY, MAY 31–posted by Lori with Julia and Dick
Applied granular fertilizer to row 7 zucchinis; checked all rows; turned and added to Biostack.
*Row 8 beans: Looks like there might be a handful of beans ready on Mon. Could possibly leave them until Thurs (or the following Mon?), when there will likely be more?
*Row 3 & 7 zucchinis (green and yellow): There were quite a few big ones so we harvested them. Will bring them back Mon a.m. for weighing and donation. (Seems like zukes double in size overnight, doesn’t it?)
*Noticed the row 4 bell peppers are still covered with white cloth. Might want to check if it’s time to switch to black.
Tues team: I think it’s time to fertilize the row 5 cukes. Have emailed Roy to check; will email you this week with his response. Liquid fertilizer will probably be easier than granular.
Thurs team: harvest.
Sat team: usual garden chores.
Sun team: usual garden chores.

Saturday, May 30- posted by Alex

  • So sorry, was not able to go again, last time missing shift for sure
  • After this weekend, I’ll be done with finals, sorry again

FRIDAY, May 29- posted by Annette with Bernadine

   All Rows looked good.  Green beans are almost ready to harvest. 

   Trimmed and cleaned up in front of the garden.  It looks much better now that the tall grass has been cut down.

Thursday May 28th – Peggy, Cheri & Janet

  • Inspected all garden rows. No issues noted
  • Harvested Zucchini 8 lbs.
  • Harvested Yellow Squash 5 lbs.
  • Harvested  Cucumbers 8.5 lbs.
  • Recovered Pepper plants as requested by Roy

TUESDAY May 26th – Maureen  with Tony

  • Inventoried all Garden one supplies
  • Removed two white row covers (per Roy) and left the at the side of the row
  • weeded 

MONDAY, MAY 25 – posted by Sandra with Heidi

Harvest:  Zucchini 13.5 lbs., Yellow Squash 14 lbs, Cucumber 2 lbs., Rosemary: 1 lb., brought by Heidi.  Everything looked good. Heidi delivered. 

SUNDAY, MAY 24 – posted by Lori with Dick–and Julia (longtime BYP Sunday volunteer & one of our wonderful local RNs). We’re really happy to have her back!
*Added another layer of string to help support the row 6 tomatoes. New batch of compost is in the Biostack. Lots of zucchini (yellow and green) to harvest. Tomato harvest is probably still a couple/few wks away. All rows look great. Lots of blooms in row 8 beans and row 5 cukes.
Tues-Thurs-Sat-Sun teams: all the usual garden chores.

SATURDAY, May 23– Posted by Alex

  • Turned compost bin # 1
  • Hand-pollinated some of the zucchinis
  • Pruned off yellowing zucchini leaves

FRIDAY, May 22– posted by Annette

Cut back Nasturtiums slightly.   Took bags of cuttings to trash.  A mouse jumped out of one of the bags and ran off. Put all the cardboard in the recycling bins.

THURSDAY MAY 21-posted by Naomi with Peggy

Harvested 14 lbs. zucchini, 1 lb. yellow squash.  Roy said yellow squash is harvested by color, not size.  Once it is a deep orange, it is overripe.  We did not include 3 in the harvest count.

Fertilized Row 2 tomatoes (tomato fertilizer-per Roy)

Fertilized Row 3 zucchini with fish emulsion-per Roy


TUESDAY May 19th – Maureen  with Tony

  • Inventoried all Garden one refurbishment supplies
  • Fertilized Row 7  zucchinis
  • weeded  Tony brought his weed wacker and did some work on the slope

MONDAY, MAY 18, posted by Sandra with Heidi and Cyndi

Harvest:  Yellow squash 6 lbs., Zucchini 10.5 lbs.  Weeded along row 1.  Cleared weeds along the pathway in native garden.  Cyndi delivered all produce.  

SUNDAY, MAY 17 – posted by Lori with Dick
Saw signs of digging in a few rows this morning. Plants were mostly ok (but Roy said a raccoon destroyed a whole row of peppers in one of his gardens.) Sprinkled Sluggo in and around the row 8 beans. Weeded in and around the rows. Started new batch of compost in the Biostack.
NOTE: If  all of that torn up cardboard was for use in the precompost bins, thank you, but we don’t need it. It can all be recycled. 
Tues team: apply granular fertilizer (whichever one we have in the can) to the row 7 zucchinis. (Draw 1″ trench all down the row as close as possible to the watering tape; sprinkler fertilizer into the trench, cover with soil, then water it in.)
Thurs team: harvest; usual garden chores.
Sat team: trim nasturtiums along back fence. They’re a good hiding place for slugs and snails and too close to the row 8 beans.
Sunday team: Biostack, weeding, usual garden chores.


Saturday, May 16- posted by Alex Lou

  • Inspected all rows : plants looked healthy
  • Helped out in the Orchard with Diane Foote.
  • In the orchard, we tidied up the drip lines and fertilized every tree with granular fertilizer. 

FRIDAY, May 15- posted by Annette with Bernadine

Weeded inside the garden. Trimmed and weeded outside the garden.  

Did not fertilize today.

THURSDAY, MAY 14-posted by Naomi with Peggy

11 1/2lbs. zucchini, 1lb. yellow squash.  A few snails were found in zucchini.  Weeded.

WEDNESDAY, May 13th – posted by Tammy, Diana only at the garden

  • Pruned and weeded the garden.
  • Put up a third twine row on Toms.
  • Pruned the toms too.

Friday Team – please check the fertilizer sheet and see if R2 & 3 needs to be fertilized with Aargard. Weed and prune. Monday Team – Weed and prune. Thank you. 

TUESDAY May 12th – Maureen  with Tony

  • Inventoried all Garden one refurbishment supplies
  • Added a row of twine around row 6 tomatoes
  • weeded some in the orchard

MONDAY, MAY 11 – posted by Sandra with Cyndi and Heidi

HARVEST:  Yellow Squash 8. 5 lbs, Zucchini 4 lbs.

Watered the Native Garden.  Removed the black covering and replaced it with the white covering.  Weeded.  

SUNDAY, MAY 10 – posted by Lori with Dick
*Roy pounded in the new metal stakes in row 6 tomatoes. If these work out, we’ll get more (for use with tomatoes & sugar snap peas.) But first want to see how they do. Did first string to support row 6 tomatoes.
*Strained & dumped batch of compost from the Biostack. Starting new batch next week.
*Plants looked good; did some weeding. Easier to do that now before the plants get big.  
Question: There’s a big wooden cabinet (I think that’s what it is) sitting on its side in the composting area. Does anyone know what it’s doing there? Can we get rid of it?
Tues team: do 2nd string for row 6 tomatoes. Polyprop string is in locked cab. Ask Roy for a demo or look at garden 2 or 3 tomatoes for an example.
Thurs team: harvest.
Sat and Sun teams: usual garden chores, especially weeding.

Saturday, May 9th– Posted by Alex Lou

  • I was not able to go to the garden today; still taking midterms from school…
  • I usually work with Rachel who helps with Garden 1

FRIDAY, May 8th– posted by Annette with Bernadine

   Noticed that the end of Row 2 was flooded and saw a huge split in the soaker hose.  Replaced the part that was split.  The row was very dry,  because it wasn’t getting any water, so we hand watered row thoroughly.

Weeded and trimmed dead leaves from squash plants.

Trimmed succulents outside the garden.

THURSDAY, MAY 6TH-posted by Naomi with Peggy

Harvested 14lbs. zucchini.  Planted bell peppers in Row 4 and covered with black row cover.

TUESDAY May 5th – Maureen  with Tony

  • Inventoried all Garden one refurbushment supplies
  • All rows looked  
  • Met with Roy and trimmed half of row 6 tomatoes,  the half closest to the tree weren’t quite ready.
  • weeded

MONDAY, MAY 4 – Cyndi

Weeded. All the rows looked good.

Harvest 4.5 lbs of Squash and 13 lbs. of Zucchini.

SUNDAY, MAY 3 – posted by Lori with Dick
*Thank you to new volunteer Alex for posting on the Sat blog–and to Rachel for helping out in garden 1 on Sats.
*To help dry out the stuff in the precompost bins, I moved some of it into bins 2 and 3 and mixed everything (again) in all 3 bins to help get some air flowing in there.
*Checked all rows; did more weeding; everything looks great. Spotted the first little tomato growing in row 2!
Tues team: contact Roy so he can show you how to prune the row 6 tomatoes. 
Thurs-Sat-Sun teams: all the usual garden chores.

Saturday, 2 May 2020:  Posted by Alex Lou w/ Rachel

  • Added both bags of shredded paper to Compost # 1 : Needed more Carbon-rich materials
  • Pruned yellowing leaves of Zucc. in row 7
  • Flipped drip tape in Row 2 (White line on top)
  • *Wed Team will plant in Row 4

FRIDAY,  MAY 1:  posted by Bernadine with Annette

We checked each row.  We contacted Roy, and he said that the Wed Team will plant Row 4.   We did not pull the tall grasses on the perimeter as we were concerned there could be snakes.  

THURSDAY, APRIL 30-posted by Naomi with Peggy

Harvested 23.5lbs zucchini.  Weeded weeds hiding under plants (nasturtiums?) along south fence of garden 1.   Alan brought 2 bags of shredded paper to add to compost.  Decision made among gardens to not add to compost yet.  We were unsure of the ratio of the greens with paper in compost pile.  Bags were left by garden 1 shack so they would not be taken to street on trash day.  Lori, can you decide how to handle the shredded paper?  Thanks.

TUESDAY April 28th – Maureen  with Tony

  • Inventoried all Garden one  supplies
  • All rows looked good except for the holes dug in the recently refurbished rows by some critter.  We filled them in.

MONDAY, APRIL 27 – posted by Sandra

Planted cukes in row 1.  Watered in the plants   Sprinkled Sluggo around the soil of the plants.  Layed black covering on row 1.  Put away the white covering.  Watered the native garden.

SUNDAY, APRIL 26 – posted by Lori with Dick
Checked all plants; all look great. Weeded in and around all rows. Folded and put away 2 of the white row cloths; moved 3rd one to N fence to dry. Should have a batch of Biostack compost in a couple weeks. Wooden composter is also cooking. 
*Roy replaced row 3 watering tape this morning. (Thank you to Rachel, who’s helping out on Sats in garden 1, for texting Roy about multiple leaks in that tape.)
*Note to all of the volunteers who are refurbishing rows so quickly, thank you. Just a little reminder: When refurbishing, the top of the row should be level and smooth (as opposed to narrow and mounded). Aim for about a rake’s width with a lip on the downhill side. This helps prevent water runoff. If you run out of time or energy for this last step, just add a note to the blog asking the next team to finish up.
Tues-Thurs-Sat-Sun teams: Usual garden chores. 

Saturday, April 25 – Posted by Alex Lou

  • Sorry for not posting last few weeks, recently received editor status
  • Rachel has been helping me with Garden 1
  • Helped refurbish some beds in Garden 2
  • Need new drip tape for Row 3 (Current one is too short for repair)

FRIDAY, APRIL 24 – Posted by Bernadine

  • Removed trash to the street bins.
  •  Refurbished Row 4.
  • Pulled weeds.

No water so I couldn’t wash tools.  Roy said all the gardens have same issue and it should be corrected by this afternoon.  I also told him Row 4 is ready for planting.

 THURSDAY, April 23,-Posted by Naomi with Peggy (and Cheri)

Harvested 1 1/2lb. zucchini,  20 1/2lb. cauliflower

Roy set up tomato stakes and will be back to pound them in.  He said water for Rows      5 & 6 do not have to be turned on yet.  

Removed row covers and cauliflower plants.  Leak in Row 3, about 3 plants in from east side.  I’m sorry I didn’t think to mark spot because it happened while Roy was at Garden 1 and we were harvesting.    

WEDNESDAY, April 22nd – Posted by Tammy with Kerry

  •  We took off cloth cover on R3 per Roy.
  •  Harvest team please harvest everything in R4.
  • We pruned and weeded around the garden.
  • We bleached stakes for R2 in a bucket. 

 Friday team: please refurbish R4, if everything was harvested. Annette, I left some masks for your team in the shed with your name on it in a plastic bag.  Thank you. Monday team can refurbish, if Friday team couldn’t get to it. If they did, then please call Roy to see what he has to plant in R4. Thank you. 

TUESDAY April 21st – Maureen  with Tony

  • Weeded
  • Inventoried Garden one refurbishment supplies
  • Replaced about 40 bean starts in row 8, sprinkled with sluggo +, and lightly moistened the soil
  • Rows 5 and 6 were still quite moist so water is still off
  • temperature still mild but did remove white row cover from tomatoes per Roy’s inst 

MONDAY,  April 20 – posted by Sandra with Heidi

Refurbished row 1.  Heidi laid down the fertilizers and compost.  I came in later and dug up the soil and turned over the added elements.

SUNDAY, APRIL 19 – posted by Lori with Dick
*Thank you Bernadine for refurbishing row 5.
*Planted cucumbers in row 6; lightly sprinkled with Sluggo+, and covered. Row 8 beans are starting to come up; added wires for the row cloth. Zucchinis in Row 7 looked good, although saw signs of digging in that row. Roy says not to worry about slightly yellowing leaves on the golden glory zuke plants. Also, when sluggo gets wet it looks a little like mold on the ground. Nothing to worry about.
*Water is turned OFF in rows 5 & 6 because those rows are still really wet from the rain and Roy thought not watering for a couple days would be a good idea.
*Moved some of greens in precompost bins to big wooden composter to dry out; turned and added to biostack.
Tues team: Check row 8 beans to see if we need replacements; contact Roy if some don’t seem to be coming up. We sowed 3 rows of beans this time (instead of 4). Can lightly sprinkle Sluggo+ around the bean plants now that they’re up. Check soil moisture in rows 5&6 to determine whether to turn water back on. Check with Roy if not sure. Also, if temps are in the 80s or 90s by Tues, remove row covers from rows 5,6, 8. 
Thurs team: Looks like a few of the cheddar cauliflower–row 3?–will be ready to harvest. If temps are in the 80s or 90s and row cloths are still covering rows 5, 6, 8 please remove them. Also, if water is turned off in rows 5&6, ask Roy if water should be turned back on.
Sat-Sun teams: usual garden chores; weeding; compost.

FRIDAY, April 17   –   Bernadine

    • Placed  lettuce bags into  bins
    •  Placed numerous trash bags to bins on the street for pick up.
    •  Refurbished Row 5.
    •  Pulled weeds.

THURSDAY, April 16-Naomi with Peggy

Harvested 7lbs broccoli.  Removed plants row 1

Pruned tomatoes (counting 2 branches below flowering branch and removing lower branches.)  Apologize for spacing.

TUESDAY April 14th – Maureen  with Tony

  • Weeded
  • InventoriedGarden one refurbishment supplies

MONDAY, APRIL 13 – Cyndi 

  • Ground was very wet with sitting water. 
  • Weeded
  • Picked off Snails and applied Sluggo to those areas .

4/12/2020 – Note from Diane:  A big THANK YOU to whoever pulled weeds in the orchard!

SUNDAY, APRIL 12-posted by Lori
*No sign yet of germination in R8 bean seeds but it’s still early; keeping the row covered.
*Lightly sprinkled Sluggo+ on R6 tomatoes. Forgot to do that last wk. Keeping the row covered.
*Beautiful little zucchinis growing in R7. And spotted a couple of little cheddar cauliflower heads in R4.
*Roy removed row cloth from R2 tomatoes; they’re ready for pruning. Row cloth is hanging on fence to dry.
*Some of the R3 zucchinis are being eaten by something; can’t tell what. I sprinkled with Sluggo. Some of the plants will need to be replaced.
*One of the volunteers found the missing yellow plug for the new sprayer. I popped it back on. Next time someone sprays, can give it a try. Might work now.
Tues team: I couldn’t tell if Sat volunteers refurbished R5. Soil might have been too wet. Will let you know by email if it needs to be refurbished. But if it’s still really wet, can wait. Roy won’t have cuke seedlings ready for about 2 wks.
Thurs team: Roy suggests harvesting all of the R1 broccoli that can be harvested and pulling out the remaining plants from that row.
Sat and Sun teams: all the usual garden chores; weeding.

Wednesday 4/8- posted by Jill (G2)

harvested all of Bok Choy- 30.5 lbs & broccoli 5 lbs. delivered to PQ Lutheran.

TUESDAY April 7th – Maureen  Rain day

MONDAY, APRIL 6 – posted by Sandra   Everything looked good at the garden.  It started raining when I arrived, so I left .  

SUNDAY, APRIL 5-posted by Lori with Dick and help from Geeta (G3)
Roy treated rows 5-8 with beneficial nematodes and then we planted tomatoes in row 6 and put bush bean seeds in the ground in row 8. Covered both. 
Turned and added to Biostack.
Thurs team: Please harvest all remaining bok choy.
Sat team: If you can get help from other Sat volunteers, please refurbish row 5. 
Tues-Thurs-Sat-Sun teams: all the usual garden chores (although Tues might be rained out?) 


FRIDAY, April 3 – posted by Bernadine

  • Checked all rows.  
  •  ROW 3 doesn’t look too healthy.  I applied Safer Soap on plants.  Several plants may need to be replaced.
  •  Transferred trash bags to street containers. Thank you for making the trash bags lighter for transferring bags to street
  •  Weeded secondary area.

Thursday April 2nd – posted by Maureen with Tony

  • Refurbished row 8

THURSDAY, April 2-posted by Naomi with Peggy

     Bok choy-45.5 lbs., Brocolli- 1 1/2 lbs.

 This note needs to go out to all volunteers:  The both trash cans were filled to top with greens, weeds, and dirt.  I re-bagged trash, separating the greens from trash and placing greens in new bags.  Unfortunately because weeds were in the mix, I left dirt in bags to go to street because weed seeds were mixed with dirt.  Also trash bags were too heavy to remove from cans.  Newly bagged trash bags might be too light since I use the guide of how much I can lift but I remember Friday commented not to make bags too heavy.    

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.

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.