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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28 – posted by Lori with Julia and Dick
Harvested and delivered 4 lbs sugar snap peas to Becky. Looks like we can go back to Thurs-only snap pea harvest. (I let Becky know.)
Harvest team: Let me know if you think differently on Thurs. Still have some blooms and lots of peas but powdery mildew is probably going to cut things short.
Checked all rows; all looked good. Gave hard spray of water to 1 cabbage plant at tree end of row 8 because of aphids. Marked with stake. Turned & added to Biostack.
All teams: Keep watch for aphids. Try hard spray of water to knock them off, if you see them. Or can spray with insecticidal soap. Usual garden chores.

SATURDAY, February 27- posted by Tejal

Per Lori’ email, removed covers from row 6, 7, 8. The ends of the covers were wet so folded them and hung them over the fence to dry out. Removed the pins and the wire hoops as well. The plants in these rows look good and are getting big. It is great to see the cabbage heads developing.

Checked rows 1,2,3. Did not spot any aphids or other issues. Did some light weeding.

FRIDAY, February 26-posted by Annette with Bernadine and Barbie

Checked all rows, everything is growing well, no aphids found.

Watered succulents outside the garden. Trimmed dead ice plant.

Inventory of refurbishment supplies. 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25 – posted by Peggy with Elliot, Brook & Linda

  • Rows 1,2 & 3 plants are growing well. Weeded as needed.
  • Rows 4 & 5 Sugar Peas continue to produce, harvested 9 lbs.
  • Rows 6,7 & 8 also growing well. Cabbages starting to form heads, 1 harvested.
  • Delivery done by Jill.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24 – posted by Tammy
– I wiped down the counter of the shed facing west. It was pretty dirty. Also starting to see rat or mice poop on top of counter. I put empty boxes in the box shed.
-Weeded a little.
-Garden looked good.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23 – Posted by Tony with Karen

  • Aphids spotted on a couple of plants at front end of row 1. Applied Safer Soap to entire row
  • Replaced white covers on rows 7 and 8; apparently the wind had blown them off
  • Note – hose spigot and shut off valve had been left on at end of row 3 creating quite a drip. Turned them off

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22 – Sandy, Heidi, and Cyndi
Sandra and Cyndi and Heidi present at the garden.
Sprayed the solution, on the 2 pea vines, as requested.
Watered the native plants.
Checked for aphids on all the rows, and the plants were clean of aphids.  
Pulled back the white covering on the last 2 rows of plants.
Everything looked great. 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21 – posted by Lori with Julia and Dick
To help with bountiful sugar snap pea harvest, we picked and delivered to Becky 14 lbs of peas. Note to harvest team: In future, I promise not to plant peas (or beans) so thickly. 
Spotted signs of aphids on plants at both ends of row 8 so we sprayed with insecticidal soap. (Where to look for aphids: curled leaves; center of plant; undersides of leaves.) Turned and added to Biostack.
Mon team: Spray both snap pea rows (both sides) with Serenade (concentrate to be mixed with water). They’ve developed powdery mildew. The pump sprayer (and a smaller spray bottle) are on the workbench counter. You’ll probably will need the bigger one to get both rows. 
Tues-Sun teams: usual garden chores. 

Saturday, February 20- posted by Tejal with Kaitlyn

Usual garden chores – checked all plant rows, and tended to the compost. Did not spot any aphids or other issues.

FRIDAY. February 19- posted by Annette with Bernadine and Barbie

Welcomed our new team member, Barbie, showed her around and went up to see the green house.  Inspected all rows. Didn’t see any aphids: everything is growing well.

Inventory of  refurbishment supplies.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18 – posted by Peggy & Linda

  • Regular garden chores
  • Plants inspected under cloth covers, growing well.
  • Cloth covers re-secured due to high winds.
  • Rows 4 & 5 Sweet Peas harvested, 6 lbs. Many more pea pods remain to be picked. Lori Klein informed of this.
  • Harvest delivered by Jill.

I looked underneath the white shade cloths and the babies all looked good.
There were some aphids on some of the plants but sprayed them off.
Garden looked good.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16 –  posted by Tony with Karen
– Checked all rows. Found what appeared to be a couple aphids near the end of row 1 cabbage. Squished them and carefully inspected nearby plants but found no other infestation
– Applied fish emulsion to row 8 cabbage


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15 – Sandy with Heidi
We checked six rows for aphids, and found none. 
Saw a couple of gopher holes.
Traps are too hard to set.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14 – posted by Lori with Julia and Dick
Checked all rows; plants look good except we spotted aphids on 1 small plant near the orchard end of row 8. We decided to pull that 1 plant out (because the aphids were deep inside). Didn’t see any others. Turned and added to Biostack.
Tues team: apply fish emulsion fertilizer to row 8 cabbages. (FYI: It’s a liquid fertilizer that you mix with water in 1 of the watering cans. Just follow directions on label.)
Mon & Wed-Sun teams: Usual garden chores. Watch for aphids. If you see them, can try to knock them off with a hard spray of water. And/or can spray the plants with insecticidal soap.

Saturday, February 13- posted by Tejal with Kaitlyn

Usual garden chores including checking all plant rows, cleaning the garden shed and tending to the compost. On Kaitlyn’s initiative we cleaned and organized the tool shed as well. 

THURSDAY, February 11- posted by Peggy, Elliot, Brook and Jill

  • Row 8 plants are growing well, harvested remaining Bokchoy 20lbs.
  • Row 7 & Row 6 growing well.
  • Row 5 & Row 4 Sweet Peas continue to produce. Harvested 8.5 lbs.
  • Rows 3,2 & 1 also growing well.
  • Harvest delivered by Jill.

WEDNESDAY, February 10 – Tammy, Kerry, and Estela
We did pruning, weeding in garden 1 & orchard.
We checked underneath rows 1-3.
Everything looked good.

TUESDAY, February 9 – posted by Tony with Karen
– Orientation for new volunteer Karen Hohlweck. Welcome to the team!
– All rows looked good
– Assisted Roy in locating Row 1 leaks. One of the valves was wide open. And drip line has a pin leak about 1” from the valve

Cleaned things.   Didn’t check the gopher traps.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7 – posted by Lori with Dick and Julia
Checked all rows; plants look great. Marked 2 possible new gopher mounds, rows 2 and 4 (both on north side). They’re marked with bamboo stakes. Also marked (with flag) a possible leak in row 1, near the connector. Couldn’t reach Roy so we couldn’t check but I emailed him. Turned and added to Biostack. 
Mon team: I think you’ve set gopher traps before. If you have a chance, check those 2 marked spots. Also, contact Roy if you need him to turn on the water to check possible leak in row 1.
All teams: Usual garden chores. Nasturtiums are growing along the back fence (near row 8), which is ok for now, but they’re also growing into the path close to the row. Feel free to dig out any near the row. Everybody has been doing a great job keeping weeds under control. And, wow, 9 lbs of sugar snap peas last week! That’s a ton of peas. And double wow, that blooming agave attenuata (thanks Tony) really is great. Not sure what to make of the standing dead rat. Weird.

SATURDAY February 6 – posted by Tejal with Kaitlyn

Checked all rows. We found:

  1. what looked like white mold in rows 1-3 and contacted Roy who said it was just sluggo decomposing.
  2. a few plants with spots on leaves in the middle of row 1. 
  3. what looked like a gopher mound in the middle of row 2.
  4. some plants with holes in leaves in row 7

Not many new greens in compost bin 1 this time. We chopped the few on top and tossed all material in bin 1 & 2. Did not add water in either as it was quite damp.

FRIDAY, February 5– posted by Annette with Bernadine

Checked all rows, everything growing well.

Did inventory of all Garden 1 supplies

THURSDAY, February 4 – posted by Peggy with Linda, Elliot, Brook and Jill

  • Rows 1-3 seedlings appear healthy, growing well. Row covers intact and pinned.
  • Rows 4-5 Sweet peas growing well. Harvested 9 lbs.
  • Rows 6-7 plants growing well. Row covers intact and pinned inplace.
  • Row 8 plants growing well. Row cover intact, pinned. Harvested 35 lbs Bok choy.
  • Harvest delivered by Jill.

WEDNESDAY, February 3 – Kerry and Estela
Estella and I pruned the baby cauliflower in row 3, weeded the orchard, and wiped down the counter in the shed. Not much else to be done at this time.

TUESDAY, February 2 – posted by Tony

  • All rows looked good
  • Swept eucalyptus debris from sidewalk
  • Disposed of a dead rat that was standing – yes standing – on top of the storage bin
  • We have an Agave attenuata blooming in the exterior garden near the street. Always a site to behold! 

MONDAY, February 1 – Sandy with Cyndi, and Heidi
Found 3 gopher tunnels . Heidi dug out the dirt to set the gopher traps .
I tried to set the traps, but was not successful.
Roy drove by and said he would set the traps.
Swept and cleaned off the counter.
Everything looked great.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 31 –  posted by Lori with Julia and Dick
Checked all rows. Plants look good but we found gopher mounds in rows 4, 5, and 6. (Row 5 had mounds on both sides.) I marked the mounds with bamboo stakes and emailed Roy to see if he could set some traps when he gets back in town. Turned and added to Biostack.
All teams: Usual garden chores. We have a lot of new plants so we’ll be in growing mode for a while.

SATURDAY Supplement, JANUARY 30 – posted for Chona and Xavier

We were able to rake up pepper tree leaves by the garden gates and leaves and branches from the eucalyptus trees outside the garden. The pathway and garden with birdbath also got the same raking (outside of the three gardens). We filled the  green waste container and brought it onto the sidewalk (next to the existing full one).

SATURDAY JANUARY 30 – posted by Tejal with Kaitlyn

We checked all rows, and pulled out weeds – there were not many. Secured the wire hoops at a few places as they had come out probably because of the rain. Tossed compost in bin 2 to get air circulation going. Pulled out and chopped greens in bin1 and tossed the bottom layer to get some air in before putting the chopped greens back.  Bin 1 was wet and slimy and had a strong smell of brassica which is to be expected after all the rain I guess. (I updated last week’s blog as I had forgotten to do so before).

THURSDAY, January 28 – posted by Peggy with Linda, Elliot and Jill

  • All rows inspected. Some hail / frost damage noted on rows 4 & 5.
  • Harvested 6 lbs of Sweet Peas and 36 lbs of Bok choy.
  • Row covers secured.
  • Regular garden chores done.
  • Harvest delivered by Jill.

WEDNESDAY, January 27 – posted by Tammy with Kerry & Estela

  • Weeded in Orchard 
  • We strung up the snow peas.  They were falling over.
  • There are some apples that need to be picked?
  • Lots of snow peas can be harvested.

TUESDAY January 26th – posted by Maureen with Tony

  • All rows looked good
  • Picked up lots of branches and twigs left by the strong winds
  • No white row covers were still in place and were frozen to the point that trying to recover in the AM would have damaged them so they were refastened in the PM.

MONDAY, January 25 – Sandy
It was raining this morning and we did not go to the garden.
I went later in the early afternoon and things looked good.

SUNDAY JANUARY 24 -posted by Lori with Julia
Checked all rows; all plants looked great. Roy set gopher traps near row 1 and row 3. They’re marked with bamboo stakes.
Thurs team: Bok choy toward the middle and orchard end of row 8 look pretty big; maybe harvest some of those next.
All teams: Usual garden chores. Weeds love this rain as much as our crops do but if we keep on them, they won’t get out of control. 

SATURDAY JANUARY 23 – posted by Tejal

It was raining but I swung by the garden at the usual time for a quick look. I secured the white row covers at several places as they had been displaced by the strong winds and rain. Sorry for the late update.

FRIDAY, January 22-posted by Annette with Bernadine

Arrived to find one of Roy’s workers had refurbished Rows 1 and 3.  He also set two gopher traps next to Rows 1 and 3.  Watch out when working or walking between those rows.

Roy brought down seedlings to go in Rows 1 and 3.  Since it is suppose to rain, we planted both rows today.  

Row 1 was planted with Cabbage, Row 3 was planted with Cauliflower. Sprinkled plants with Sluggo Plus. Found two pieces of the white row cover and we pieced it together to fit row 3.  Cut another length from the roll to go on row 1.

Inventory of refurbishment supplies. 

THURSDAY January 21st – posted by Peggy with Brook, Linda, Jill, Cheri and Janet

  • Harvest 21 lbs. from  Row 1 & Row 3, all plants removed and soil turned over.
  • Row 2 plants growing well, cauliflower and broccoli seedlings.
  • Row 4 & Row 5 Sweet Peas harvested, 3 1/2 lbs.
  • Row 6 and Row 7 doing well.
  • Row 8 harvested 31 lbs. Bok Choy 
  • Had to anchor several cloth row covers due to wind and lack of pins.
  • Please pin both sides of cloth row covers when placed.
  • 5 lbs of arugula and bok choy donated from home garden.
  • Harvest delivered by Jill.

WEDNESDAY, January 20 – Tammy
The garden looked good. 
I pruned and weeded.  
Tidied up the shed. 

TUESDAY January 19th – posted by Maureen with Tony

  • Checked under row covers –  all rows looked good
  • Soaked row two – planted broccoli – sprinkled with sluggo
  • No white row covers were left.  There was a remnant left on the small roll that wasn’t long enough to cover the row, so we returned it to the storage area and cut a full roll cover from the unopened roll.
  • There were no more wire hoops – Tony found wire and cut some more for row two.

Monday, January 18 – Cyndi and Heidi

Refurbished row 2

SUNDAY, JANUARY 17 – posted by Lori with Julia and Dick
*Attached new hose and nozzle at end of row 7. Turned and added to Biostack. Will try to fix the shade in the next couple wks. For now, let’s just leave it halfway down.
*RE the sugar snap peas: The good news is they’re growing great. That bad news is they’re growing great. Where we could, we added string for support. The ones that grew 10′ tall and are bent over will just have to stay that way. If we try to move them, they’ll break.
Mon team: refurbish row 2. There are 2 open bags of Harvest Supreme under the tarp; go ahead and use both. (Roy says: Whole bag has half as much manure as we usually use.) Use usual amts of everything else.
Tues team: get plants from Roy and plant them in row 2. Water in, lightly sprinkle with Sluggo Plus, and cover with row cloth.
Wed team: usual garden chores.
Thurs team: Roy suggests harvesting the largest 15-20 bok choy plants in row 8. Do the same the following week. (Harvesting all of them in 1 wk might be too many.) Also, harvest as many cauliflower as you can in row 3. If they can all come out, great.
Fri-Sat-Sun teams: usual garden chores.

Saturday, January 16  – posted by Tejal with Kaitlyn

Checked all rows. Observed that some of the sweet peas have grown quite a bit and are bending over onto the path. Gently pulled them back, but they need to be secured a bit more. It was exciting to see a lot of peas on the vines.

The row of newly planted Cauliflower seedlings was a bit dry, so we hand watered that row. The drip is working but it is not getting to some of the seedlings.

Other rows looked good. Spent about half an hour tending to the compost.  There were a lot of greens in bin 1, we chopped as much as we could and layered it on top in bin 2. Watered bin 2. 

This morning, one of the volunteers informed us that the plastic handle for the roller shade on garden 1 had snapped off as they were pulling the shade up. Before we left, Kaitlyn and I managed to roll the shade back down by manually turning the piece on top. We rolled it halfway till we were able to slide the rod that goes across to secure it. Left the broken part(s) on the counter. Texted Lori to inform her.

FRIDAY, January 15– posted by Annette with Bernadine

Cleaned up the plastic bags and tarps.  The plastic bags were put in the garage (next door) for the tree picking teams to use.   The tarps we took home, but if they are needed in the garden, we can return them. It looked like the wind had blown things around.

Checked under the white cloths, everything looks good.  Watered some of the new plants at the end of the rows, since they were dry. The Peas are taller than the trellises and growing over the path.

Watered outside the garden. The nozzle on the hose wasn’t working. We saw the new hose and nozzle in the box, but we thought it was for the other hose inside the garden.  That one leaks also.

Inventory of refurbishment supplies.

THURSDAY, January 14 – Posted by Peggy with Elliot, Linda, Brook, Jill and Cheri

  • Regular garden chores done. Shed cleaned, weeding as needed.
  • Row 8 Bok Choy, growing well.
  • Row 7 Cauliflower growing well, one plant needs to be replaced.
  • Row 6 is ok.
  • Rows 5 & 4 Sweet peas growing well, harvested 3 lbs.
  • Row 3 Cauliflower, Harvested 25 lbs.
  • Row 2 Broccoli, harvested 16 lbs.
  • Row 1 Cauliflower growing well.
  • No new animal tracks noted.
  • Harvest delivered by Barbara.

WEDNESDAY, January 13 – Kerry
The garden looked beautiful!  I pruned rows 2 and 3 and fertilized rows 3 and 4.   I noted the fertilizing on the white board.

TUESDAY January 12th – posted by Maureen with Tony

  • Weeded —  all rows looked good
  • Removed a lot of plastic bags and a couple old tarps stored in the rectangular storage by the compost – await Lori’s regarding this
  • Note the combination lock to our storage was left unlocked, because it was set to the actual combination.  Please remember to rotate the dial after closing the lock.

MONDAY, January 11 — Sandy, Heidi, and Cyndi
We swept and cleaned today.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 10-posted by Lori with Dick and Julia
Everyone’s been doing a great job in the garden. All of the plants look healthy and happy. Turned and added to Biostack. New hose and nozzle for end of row 7 to come.
All teams: Continue checking under row cloths and elsewhere for signs of rodents, worms, and weeds. Usual garden chores this week.

SATURDAY, January 9– posted by Tejal with Kaitlyn

Met with Lori who showed Kaitlyn and I the basic steps of planting new seedlings since it was our first time doing so at Garden 1. We did the following:

  1. Watered the row to be planted to get the soil wet.
  2. Dug holes 18 inches apart close to the drip tape.
  3. Planted Cauliflower seedlings after removing them from their compostable pots 
  4. Watered the row again.
  5. Sprinkled Sluggo plus around newly planted seedlings
  6. Placed hoops along the row to hold cover cloth, draped and secured the cover cloth with pins.
  7. Cleaned up the area. 11 seedlings were leftover and we left them by the wall near the garden 1 gate.

What a fun morning it was!

FRIDAY, January 8– posted by Annette with Bernadine

Met with Maureen to go over procedure for doing inventory.

Refurbished Row 6. Ready for planting. 

Everything looked good.  Peas and cauliflower almost ready to harvest.

Lots of bees in the pepper tree and on the ground in the garden. 

THURSDAY, January 7 – Peggy, Elliot, Linda, Brook & Janet

  • Row 1 Harvest of cauliflower, 11 lbs.
  • Row 2 Broccoli, 2 lbs.
  • Row 3 Cauliflower, 12 lbs.
  • Rows 4 & 5 Sweet Peas, 1/2 lbs.
  • Row 6 all plants removed as per instructions from Roy.
  • All discarded plants composted.
  • Shed counter cleaned.
  • Row  7 & 8 plants appear to be growing well. Saw possible animal prints on Row 7.
  • Harvest delivered by Jill.

WEDNESDAY, January 6 – Kerry and Estela
We mostly pruned rows 1, 2, and 3. Also a little weeding. There were no rodents in the trap ( thank goodness).  We checked them all in garden 1.

TUESDAY January 5th – posted by Maureen with Tony

  • inventory of all garden one refurbishment supplies – but will redo on Friday to show Annette
  • Garden looked good  
  • weeded (hardly any)
  • White row cover on fence had blown off so we put it back on with clothes pins

MONDAY, January 4 – Sandy and Heidi
We removed the white covering from row 1.
Fertilized with fish emulsion rows 1,2,3 and 6.
Watered in the fertilizer.
Garden looked good .

SUNDAY, JANUARY 3 – posted by Lori with Julia and Dick
*Alerted Roy: This morning there were several gopher mounds/holes just outside the fence (street side, next to row 1). He’ll set traps on Mon. 
*All rows looked good; did some weeding and removed yellowing leaves.
*Will be ordering new hose and nozzle to replace the one at the far end of row 7 (below the wall).
*Turned and added to Biostack.
Mon team: apply FE to rows 1, 2, 3, & 6.
Thurs team: check orchard end of row 1 for cauliflower that might be ready to harvest. You might also have small harvest of sugar snap peas; some are already a nice size. Might be another week before you have decent amount.
All other teams: usual garden chores; check for weeds. 

SATURDAY, January 2 – posted by Kaitlyn
I started off by checking all of the plants to make sure there were not any animals eating the leaves and I made sure that there were not any big water patches from the watering systems. I then chopped up the big leaves in the compost bins and mixed that all together and ended off by organizing the little closet/room by the garden.

FRIDAY, January 1– posted by Annette with Bernadine

Checked all rows.  Everything looked great. Peas pods are starting to grow.  Guided tendrals to trellis.  Cleaned up a little, trimmed a few low hanging branches from Pepper tree.

WEDNESDAY December 30th – posted by Peggy, Brook, Paul, Estela, Linda & Tammy and daughter.

  • Special harvest done. 31 lbs. of Cabbage and Cauliflower
  • Sweet Peas growing well
  • Row cover opened on row 1.
  • Harvest delivered by Barbara

TUESDAY December 29th – posted by Maureen with Tony

  • inventory of all garden one supplies
  • Garden looked good after our rain
  • weeded

MONDAY, December 28 – Sandy
We didn’t go to the garden today, since it was either sprinkling or raining this morning.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27 – posted by Lori with Julia and Dick
 Planted candid charm cauliflower in row 7. Watered, lightly sprinkled with Sluggo+, and covered. Removed cover from row 2; I think the broccoli heads could use some direct sunlight. Spotted a few sugar snap peas growing–probably not enough for this week’s harvest but maybe next week. Attached some of the pea tendrils to the trellis. Turned and added to Biostack. All rows looked good.
All teams: usual garden chores. 

SATURDAY, December 26– posted by Tejal with Kaitlyn

Upon arrival discovered that Row 7 had been refurbished already by the team on Wednesday. So after confirming with Jane, Kaitlyn and I worked on the compost bins. We chopped down the greens in bin 1, tossed some of the decomposed material from bin 2 into bin 1, turned the compost and watered it. The middle layer in bin 1 was hot and steaming so looks like the compost is cooking! We also checked all rows and staked the cover cloth at a couple of places where it  was not held down. 

Note: Kaitlyn’s waiver is pinned to the cork board in shed by garden 1.

WEDNESDAY December 23rd – posted by Peggy with Linda, Brook, Estela, Tammi and family

  • Special harvest done. Cabbage 12.5 lbs. Apples 24 lbs.
  • Row 7 refurbished as per instructions from Roy with help from Tammi and family.
  • Garden cleanup done to shed. Worked on adding to compost.

TUESDAY December 22nd – posted by Maureen with Tony

  • inventory of refurbishment supplies
  • Refreshed the peppermint oil on cotton balls in shed 
  • Bagged up old white row covers for trash
  • Met Linda and added 5 bags of Harvest Supreme to our stack

MONDAY, December 21 – Sandy
We placed new white covers over row 1&2
Hand watered row 1&2, and hand watered the 2 rows in peas.
Watered the new native plants 🌱

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20 – posted by Lori with Dick and Julia
*Fixed row 6 leak. Cut 3 new 45′ white row covers. (We have a roll of white row cloth in the long wooden box.) I can cut more if we need more.
*Plants looked good. We used a couple of wooden stakes and twine to add support to one section of the sugar snap peas. Keep guiding the tendrils to the trellis.
*Turned and added to biostack.
Mon or Tues team (not sure of schedules this week): go through white row covers; discard any that are in really bad shape and put the new ones on the rows that need them or in the box.
Wed special harvest: take out all cabbages in row 7. (Also: plastic box on the counter has apples and 1 head of cabbage.)
Thurs team: refurbish row 7. (If you need to refresh your memory, the recipe is in “gardening guidelines” on the blog.)
Fri-Sat teams: usual garden chores.
Sun team: plant in row 7.
**To all: Be safe this holiday.**

Saturday, December 19– posted by Tejal with Kaitlyn

It is a delight to have Kaitlyn join the Saturday team! We worked together and checked all rows. Plants look healthy. We wiped the counter in the  shed by Garden 1 and did not notice anything untoward. We chopped up the greens in compost bins 1 & 2. There were some rosemary cuttings with woody stems in bin 2 that we took out and added to the green recycling container. We turned the bins to get air circulation but decided not to add water as the material felt damp.

FRIDAY, December 18– posted by Annette with Bernadine

  Checked all rows.  Several of the row covers are wearing out. Do we need to order more?  It looks like there is a leak in row 4or 5.  The ground is very wet by the fence.

Happy Holidays everyone.


THURSDAY December 17th – posted by Peggy , Linda & Elliott

  • Row 8 and Row 7 Bok choy and Cabbage, harvested 17.5 lbs.
  • Row 6 Broccoli and Cauliflower, look good. Not ready for harvest.
  • Row 5 and Row 4 Sweet Peas, starting to flower, half rows remain stunted.
  • Row 3 Cauliflower, looks good, not ready for harvest.
  • Row 2 and Row 1-  Broccoli and Cauliflower, looks good. Row covers secure.
  • All debris from harvest sorted into green waste or compost.
  • Shed swept. Harvest delivered by Barbara.

TUESDAY December 15th – posted by Maureen with Tony

  • inventory of refurbishment supplies
  • The white row cover for row 1 had been removed.  We put it back on considering how cold it has been
  • The hose bib closest to the street on the orchard side had not been properly shut off and what dripping – we secured it
  • The pea plants are showing a few flowers.  They don’t seem to be easy to attach to the plastic netting and in areas near the orchard may soon fall over where they are dense.  We may have to add some twine in these areas.
  • THe note last week that areas are dry near the tree side of rows may be why we have historically had a difference between the orchard and the tree side of some rows.  I have found a very big root from the tree growing horizontally along the row a few inches from the surface.  THis was a few months ago.  So in times when there is almost no rain the tree may be sucking up more water than is healthy for the plants.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13 – posted by Lori with Julia and Dick
Checked all rows; all plants looked good. Saw a few sugar snap pea blossoms starting in row 5.  The moisture meter showed dry/almost dry at the tree end of the row so we hand-watered that section. Before watering, always check soil moisture with the moisture meter. If it shows dry or near dry, go ahead and water that section. Turned and added to the Biostack.
All teams: Usual garden chores.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER  12 – posted by Tejal
Chopped the greens in bin 1 and bin 2 and tossed both bins to get the air circulation going and also watered them to add moisture. Diana from garden 3 helped me.

FRIDAY, December 11th-posted by Annette with Bernadine

All Rows looked good.  

Watered outside the garden.  Raked and cleaned up outside the garden. The wind blew down lots of Eucalyptus leaves and little branches.

THURSDAY, December 10th – Peggy, Linda and Brook

We did inspection of all rows. 

Harvested 14.5 lbs.of Cabbage. Placed discarded plant material in compost bin.

Trained Pea tendrils to supports as needed.

WEDNESDAY, December 9th – Kerry and Estela

We fertilized rows 6 and 7.
We pruned row 3 and checked traps, no rodents.
Wiped down the counter and straightened up the shed.

TUESDAY December 8th – posted by Maureen with Tony

  • Refastened all white covers blown off overnight with more stakes
  • Planted row 8 with Bok Choy and cabbage:per Roy’s inst: 18 inches apart,  both sides of two watering tapes, watering “the snot” out of the row, sprinkling with sluggo plus, and covering it.


I watered row 1 by hand.  It seemed a little dry at the east end.
Put back the white row covers and secured them on rows 1, 2, and 3. 
Watered a couple native plants I had planted last week. 
Everything looked healthy.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6 – posted by Lori with Julia and Dick
Refurbished row 8. (Thanks Fri team for pulling out all of those plants on short notice.) Rodents had bitten off so many broccoli heads early on that there were almost no heads growing. Turned and added to Biostack. Not sure why some of the sugar snap pea plants are so small. Roy wasn’t sure either. Before hand watering, always best to use the moisture meter to check soil moisture. This morning, at least, the meter showed moist or wet all the way down. Also, pea plants generally need minimal fertilizer. Keep guiding the pea tendrils to the trellis, as you’ve all been doing. 
Anyone who has time and energy: Diane started spreading wood chips around the orchard. If you can help with this, please do. If you’re facing the garden, the pile is to the left of the driveway.
Mon team: replace white row cloth on rows 1-2-3.
Tues team: Contact Roy to get plants for row 8. Will probably be bok choy & cabbage. Plant along both sides of each watering tape. (It’s a wide row so there should be plenty of room.) Hand water after plants are in the ground, sprinkle with Sluggo Plus, and cover with white row cloth. 
Wed team: apply fish emulsion to rows 6 and 7.
Thurs-Fri teams: Usual garden chores.
Sat team: Mix the greens and browns that are already in precompost bin #2 and add water to moisten. Also, let’s not add any more pepper tree droppings. Dick (Sun team) has a big bag of dried leaves he’ll be slowing adding to the Biostack compost.
Sun team: usual garden chores.

FRIDAY, December 4-posted by Annette with Bernadine

Pulled Broccoli plants in Row 8. Discarded roots and stems in green waste bin. Leaves are in wheelbarrows. The 1st compost bin is quite full, so thought compost team might want to move things around before adding the Broccoli leaves.

Hand watered the Peas that were especially dry.

Left the white row covers off.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3 – Peggy & Elliott

Row 8 Broccoli appears finished for season. Lots of animal damage. Harvested 1 lb. Row 7 Cabbage plants appear healthy. Harvested 14 lbs.

Row 6 OK.

Row 5 and 4, Peas trained on supports. Some plants look stunted.

Row 3, 2,and 1 Row covers left off due to high wind weather.

Regular garden chores done. Shed counter cleaned.


I watered the east end of both rows of peas and weeded. Things looked really good and clean. I checked the traps, no rodents.

TUESDAY December 1st – posted by Maureen with Tony

  • Inventoried  all Garden one supplies  
  • Checked shed- no sign of rodents –  refreshed cotton balls with peppermint oil
  • Checked  all rows looked good
  • weeded