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NOTE FROM JANE ON SUNDAY MAY 19 — We’ve decided to begin our twice-a-week harvest schedule (Mondays and Thursdays) on Monday June 3.   We do this every year to keep up with the zucchini and such.  Thank you for your great work!

SUNDAY, MAY 26 – posted by Lori with Julia
Rows all look good. Removed cover from row 6 peppers but left it beside the row because it was wet (and getting wetter because of rain). Still have worms eating holes in pepper plants.
Tues team: spray Bt on row 6 pepper plants. (We didn’t do it because it was raining.) Hang row cover over fence to dry.
Thurs team: you might have some zucchinis ready to harvest; move unused boxes back to garage storage area and clean workbench counter for June 2 fundraiser; fold up and put away row cover if it’s dry.
Sat team: clean/dust off picnic tables, chairs, and bench for June 2 fundraiser.
Sun team: add string to row 5 tomatoes; do final straightening around gardens.

FRIDAY, May 24 – posted by Annette with Bernadine

We added another row of string to the Tomatoes in Row 3.  Some of the lower string was very loose, so the plants were not upright.  We tried to make sure the plants were  sturdy.

We are not seeing any growth in Row 4.  Is it suppose to be cabbage?

We trimmed more of the tall grass that is out in front of the garden.  We are slowly working to make that area neater.  Thank you to everyone who is working in that area.

THURSDAY,  May 23, posted by Naomi with Peggy

We added a row of string to Row 3 tomatoes after Roy reinforced stakes by pounding them deeper in ground.                                                                                                                               Inspected other rows.  Bush beans have a lot of blossoms.  Weeded row 1 and planted 2 new pepper plants Roy brought down.                                                                                                 Harvested 3 lbs. zucchinis.  Thank you, Jill for taking harvest to the church.  Elliot, hope you feel better and recover from your cold soon.

WEDNESDAY,  May 22nd – posted by Tammy

  • Weeded around the garden.
  • Put in stakes in R3 for the tomatoes.
  • Roy will pound the stakes in further.

Friday team  – please put string around the stakes for R3. Monday team – please keep doing what you have been doing. Thank you for you hard work.

TUESDAY, May 21st  posted by Maureen

    • Weeded
    • Inventory of refurbishment supplies
    • Roy arrived and trimmed Row 3 tomatoes
    • Picked up and disposed of trimmings

MONDAY, MAY 20  – posted by Sandra

Looked everything over at the garden, and it looked good.  A few of the green pepper plants have been eaten alittle.  It was raining, so I didn’t apply anything.  Monday group sweep the shed last Monday and straigthened things up.

SUNDAY MAY 19 – posted by Lori with Julia
–Trimmed nasturtiums along back fence.
–Found more teeny, tiny worms on the row 6 peppers. (If you see something that looks like web, especially in smaller leaves, that’s likely to be where you’ll see the little worms.) Sprayed Bt on the Row 6 peppers and Row 5 tomatoes. Re-covered the peppers.
–We have little tomatoes and zucchinis growing!
–Didn’t add string to tomatoes today; might need next layer by Thurs or by the weekend. Ask Roy for help if you think next layer is needed and you’re not sure how to do it. Plasticized string is in the locked cabinet.
Tues-Thurs-Sat-Sun teams: usual garden maintenance.

SATURDAY, May 18 -posted by Teresa

  • Checked all rows (except #1). Found no visible pests (no worms, snails/slugs)
  • Uncovered the covered half of Row 6 Bell Peppers and left the cover there for the Sunday team to decide whether or not to re-cover the row.
  • Removed lots of yellow leaves from Row 8 Bush Beans.
  • Pre-Compost Bin 1 looks like its doing what it needs to do.  Chopped up small amount of new additions.  Richard took some material to add to his BioStack.

Someone has cleaned and organized the Shed beautifully!! Thank you!!


FRIDAY, May 17-posted by Annette with Bernadine

Checked all rows.  Pulled some weeds and trimmed outside the garden today.

THURSDAY, May 16th posted by Naomi with Peggy

Removed old tarp and notified Roy old tarp left under new tarp with soil amendments.  Row inspection.  Noted different variety of plants growing between zucchini in Row 2.  Left for someone with more knowledge of which plants should be pulled.  Removed row cover from Row 7.  Advised too soon to add another row of string to Row 5 tomatoes.  No harvest from Garden 1.  Delivered harvest from other gardens to church.

WEDNESDAY, May 15h – posted by Tammy with Diana & Kerry

  • we put aside 14 stakes by the gate of G1, please don’t not use. We will be using for R3, where the tomatoes are. Roy wanted us to put off the staking until next week.
  • we took off the row cover on R2 because of flowers on zucchini. We put the cover back in the bin by the compost pile.
  • we weeded and weeded.

Friday & Monday team – please keep doing what you have been doing. We need to get our garden ready for our annual fundraiser for June 2nd. Please look at the task list if you don’t know what to do. Thank you for volunteering.

TUESDAY, May 14th  posted by Maureen

  • Weeded
  • Inventory of refurbishment supplies
  • All rows looked good
  • Removed white row cover from fence and stored it

MONDAY, MAY 13 – posted by Sandra with Heidi and Cyndi

Applied Sluggo to row 4, saw alot of holes.  Watered Row 1.  Swept out the tool shed.  Watered some of the plants in the native garden.  Cleared out some of the weeds in the native garden. Planted some moonflower morninglories on the corner, by row 1.  Planted some sunflower seeds at the ends of row 1, to grow sunflowers.

SUNDAY, MAY 12 – posted by Lori with Julia
–Found more snails on the row 8 beans, so we sprinkled sluggo all down the row.
–Found little green worms chewing away at some of the pepper plants, so we sprayed row 6 peppers (and row 5 tomatoes) with Bt.
–Added another strand to the tomato trellis. It’s actually not that hard for 1 person to do it once Roy shows you the technique. If you think the tomatoes need another strand for support, contact Roy and ask him for a demo.
Tues-Thurs-Sat-Sun teams: usual garden maintenance. Spray plants with Bt if you see worms; sprinkle regular Sluggo around the plants if you see slugs or snails.

SATURDAY, May 11 – posted by Teresa

Was a little rainy this morning, so session was abbreviated.  Checked Rows. Row 8 (uncovered Bush Beans), removed many yellow leaves, also some snails and slugs, and light weeding.  Row 7 (covered Summer Squash): looked under cover, looked pretty good.  Row 6 (covered Bell Peppers): looked okay; adjusted cover to tighten and broaden as needed.  Row 5 (Tomatoes): looked perfect!  Found that Pre-Compost Bins 2 and 3 were empty. Thank you to Kim of Garden 2 for working Bin 1; Kim turned over underneath matter; rough chopped new additions; then layered old and new.

FRIDAY, May 10th– posted by Annette with Bernadine

There was a question about filling  up the trash bags.  There are two of us who empty the bags on Friday.  If they are too heavy, we can’t lift them.  Today there were several bags that were full of heavy ice plant and cuttings from the native garden. We had to take out half of each bag and transfer the ice plant and stems to other trash bags. It’s better to fill them halfway if they are really heavy.

If you need extra bags, they are in the storage bin next to the pre-compost area.

We checked all rows today. The row with cabbage? had some snails and the leaves are looking chewed.  These don’t seem to be doing very well.

THURSDAY, May 9th – posted by Elliot

  • Row 3 tomatoes: at Roy’s direction removed the cover and left to dry on the fence. He says the plants should be ready next week to prune, in prep for staking. He noted one or two plants that hadn’t grown (fertilizer missed a spot?) and will look for Celebrity replacements.
  • Row 5 tomatoes not quite ready to tie up to stakes with another line of string; probably by next week. Many blossoms appearing. Lowest leaves are curling inward: a problem?
  • Checked under covers and inspected all the rows: all looks good. Caterpillar damage noted last week to row 4 plants seems to have ended and except for a few small snails, all rows seemed insect free. Light weeding in and between rows.
  • Delivered harvest (mostly cauliflower, a few zucchini) to PQ Lutheran Church.

TUESDAY, May 7th  posted by Maureen with Tony

  •  Inventory of refurbishment supplies
  • Weeded
  • All rows looked good
  • question:  Should we remove bag and reline cans when they seem full?

MONDAY, MAY 6 – posted by Sandra

Cleaned out some of the weeds in the native garden.  The 3 morning glory seedlings I had planted in the corner were gone, next to row 1.  Maybe a gopher ate them.  I will replant them with some new seedlings.  I have not had good luck with planting sweet peas or morning glories in that corner.  The pepper plants were planted too close together and not deep enough, so I replanted them on 1 side.  I staggerd the plants.

SUNDAY, MAY 5 – posted by Lori with Julia and Dick
–Checked all rows; all looked ok.
–Tightened up a few of the tomato strings in row 5. As  we start adding more string for support, we’ll use the plasticized string that’s in the locked tool cabinet. (The thin white string is just for the first stringing.) Be sure to pull the string tight so that it supports the main stem of the tomato plants. To do this, you might need to gently move some branches above or below the string. If you think another layer of string is needed, but aren’t sure how to do it, always best to contact Roy for help.
–New batch of compost in the Biostack was cooking today at 120 degrees.
Tues-Thurs-Sat-Sun teams: usual garden maintenance; also watch for signs of worms, aphids, mice, etc.

SATURDAY, May 4th – posted by Teresa

  • The garden looked good overall. No new dug-up holes or plants today.
  • Concentrated today on pre-compost bins with Kim of Garden 2.  Turned over Bin 1 down to the really dark underneath stuff and moved much of that to Bin 2.  Eliminated hard roots, chopped lots of material, and layered new with old in Bin 2.  Hoping that both bins will benefit from aeration in the coming week.
  • Thank you Jane for the new Green Waste and Trash signage for those bins adjacent to the Pre-Compost Bins.  I transferred all the fresh, wet, ice plant from the Trash bin to the Greens bin.

FRIDAY, May 3rd– posted by Annette with Bernadine

When we arrived today, we noticed that Row 1, 3, 6, and 7 had the row covers partially off.   All the rows had holes up and and down the row. Some of the plants were dug up but not destroyed.  We replaced the plants and filled in the holes.  Maybe that is why Row 1 didn’t look like it had been refurbished last week.

We weeded outside the garden and cleaned up some of the dead ice plant.

THURSDAY, May 2nd – posted by Elliot with Peggy

  • Row 4: no caterpillars actually seen but the holes are getting pretty bad. A few of the plants closest to the orchard appear to have more holes than leaf! Since yesterday’s crew had sprayed with BT and R3-2 we left alone but the row should be watched.
  • Row 5: began the process of tying the tomato plants to stakes — first line of string. Not sure if we could have done it without Jill’s guidance and help.
  • Delivered a very small harvest (3 boxes of chard and 1 of herbs) to the PQ Lutheran Church. Becky has asked that we deliver all harvests to the Church until further notice.

WEDNESDAY, May 1st – posted by Tammy with Kerry & Diana

  • We weeded and weeded.
  • We planted in R1, watered real well, sluggo plus it, and covered it. We planted red bell peppers and 3 jalapenos plants on each end of the row.
  • We have caterpillar munching on our R4 so we sprayed BT and R3-2. We also sprayed the fungus gnat and rootknot exterminator to all rows 1-4. Per Roy.

Friday Team – please keep on weeding since the rain has stop. And thank you for refurbishing R1 last week. Monday team please keep on weeding since the rain has stop. And thank you for refurbishing R1. I think we need to find a better way to let other people know about if we have refurbished the row so we don’t do double duty. Maybe put some type of flag to signal everyone? And I totally understand that sometimes you come to garden and it doesnt look like it is refurbished, I’ve had that happen to me. Thanks for volunteering. 

TUESDAY, April 30th  posted by Maureen

  •  Contacted Tony and called a rain day.   When things cleared up I went to do Full garden one inventory .  I found one of the tomato plants pruned.  Called Roy who came and helped me to prune the remaining plants.  He said the (Thursday?) team would tie the tomatoes.

MONDAY, APRIL 29 – posted by Sandra

I refurbished row 1 with compost, worm castings, fertilizer, and manure, and dug up the added componenets into the soil. It didn’t look like it had been refurbished and I saw holes of where maybe the plants had been pulled out or stakes.  I hadnt looked at the blog before I went to the garden to check what had been done to row 1. I had been expecting to plant green peppers today with the row refurbished, so I didn’t check the blog. The green peppers were not at the garden.   Jill was at the garden also, and she thought row 1 hadn’t been refurbished either.  The row will be extra ready to grow the new crops of green peppers and jalapenos.  Thank you for refurbishing.  Row 1 can be planted with green peppers and jalapeno peppers.  Dig deep when planting the peppers and have 1 leaf underground in the planting.  Plant the jalapeno peppers at one end of the row.

SUNDAY, APRIL 28 – posted by Lori with Julia and dick
–Planted golden glory yellow zucchini and dunja green zucchini in row 7; sprinkled with Sluggo + and covered. (Thank you Thurs team for getting row 7 ready so quickly.) Also covered row 6 bell peppers.
–Roy says not to worry about discolored and eaten bean plant leaves; the newest growth looks healthy (so far).
–we put the wooden stakes gathered by Teresa on Sat in water/bleach solution overnight. Roy will pound them into the ground (row 5 tomatoes) for us.
Tues team: contact Roy; he’ll show you how to prune and tie the tomatoes.
Thurs team: looks like we’re in a brief harvest lull? Check under row covers for worms, mice, etc. Also watch for signs of worms on tomatoes.
Sat team: check plants for worms, mice, etc; precompost.
Sun team: check plants for worms, mice, etc; biostack.

SATURDAY, April 27 – posted by Teresa

  • Collected long wooden stakes in preparation for soon-to-be planted tomatoes in Row 6.
  • Worked pre-compost.

FRIDAY, April 26– posted by Annette with Bernadine

Took out lots of trash bags today. Refurbished Row 1, wet it down and put the soaker hose back down and turned on the water.  The row is ready to plant. Did a little trimming outside the garden.

Left all the white cloth covers on.  When is it time to remove them?

The lock to the shed was on backward, and the combination hadn’t been rotated, so someone could have gotten into the shed.  I don’t know if we have unwelcome visitors that would try to get in, but just a reminder to rotate the numbers.

THURSDAY, April 25 — posted by Elliot with Naomi and Peggy

  • Row 7 harvested 28.5 pounds of cabbage. Pulled all the roots and refurbished the row
  • Delivered harvest from all 3 gardens to Becky’s house.

WEDNESDAY, April 24th – posted by Tammy with Kerry & Diana

  • Garden looked good.
  • We weeded outside the garden area.

Friday Team Sorry I missed the comment from Jane about refurbishing R1. We didn’t refurbished R1. Would there be anyway that you ladies can refurbish R1 for Monday so they can plant? Thank you. Monday Team I believe you will be planting what Roy has for you? Thank you again for volunteering.

TUESDAY, April 23rd  posted by Maureen   with Tony

  •  checked all rows – bush bean row had brown dead spots on leaves checked with Roy – he thinks it is from heat when leaves have moisture on them and nothing to worry about
  •  Inventory of garden one refurbishment supplies
  • Watered pepper row
  • weeded
  • Roy turned on Row 7 water so that we could mend it – but it turns out that it had too many leaks to bother and since the row is about to be refurbished we turned off the water.

MONDAY, APRIL 22 – posted by Sandra with Heidi and Cyndi

We cleared out the pea vines in row 1.   Watered the native plants.   COMMENT FROM JANE — Thanks for your good work, but this isn’t the way we run the garden.  Row 1 should be refurbished as soon as possible by another team, making it ready for replanting. FROM SANDRA – Thank you for refurbishing. I felt uncomfortable about asking to refurbish row 1, because it is alot of work.

SUNDAY, APRIL 21 – posted by Lori with Julia
Sprayed rows 5-8 with Bt. The remaining cabbages in Row 7 had a lot of worms. (Didn’t notice that earlier.) Removed all row covers in those rows.
Tues team: usual garden chores.
Thurs team: please harvest all remaining cabbages in row 7, even the small ones. (If you don’t have time to pull out the stems, just leave that for the next team.)
Sat team: if there are cabbage stems still in the ground in row 7, please pull them out and dispose of them in green waste.
Sun team: contact Roy about staking and tying  tomatoes.

SATURDAY, April 20 – posted by Teresa

Roy uncovered white cloth of Row 5 tomatoes.

Roy instructed me to plant Squash in Row 2 in holes he already prepared.  Watered Row; planted half-row of green, half-row of yellow zucchini; sprinkled Sluggo Plus; covered with white cloth.  Thank you to Kim from Garden 2 for your help and guidance!

FRIDAY, April 19-posted by Annette with Bernadine

Refurbished Row 2. Roy has Squash seedlings that he will put out to plant in row 2.  Checked all rows.  Trimmed outside the garden.

THURSDAY, April 18th posted by Naomi with Peggy

79.5 lbs. of cabbage,  11 lbs. cauliflower,  8 lbs. peas  (Sorry, on this site my computer will only double space.  Someone left their glasses and cell phone on the shack counter.  We placed it in the shed, top shelf by the scales. Didn’t want to leave on counter because we heard volunteer students were coming in to work.)

TUESDAY, April 16th posted by Maureen   with Tony

  •  checked all rows
  •  Inventory of garden one refurbishment supplies
  • replaced some row covers that had come off
  • weeded
  • Watering was finished before we arrived, but from the evidence – it looks like the watering tape for row 7 has at least three leaks in it.

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

We are going to  wait until next week to pull out the pea plants in row 1.  There were alot of peas, yet on the vines.  Some of the vines are dry, but there is still alot of peas. If there are still a lot  of peas and flowers, we won’t  pull out the pea vines.  We will pull out the pea vines on Monday, if needed.  We appreciate your wanting to help, but we will pull out vines, if needed.  Thank you. Looks like you are still picking alot of peas with 7.5 lbs, it is a constant each week.  Maybe when that number goes down, it will be time to pull out the vines. There was a little mildew on a few vines. Cleaned out the dead growth underneath some of the cabbages.  Watered the native garden.

SUNDAY, APRIL 14 – posted by Lori with Julia and Dick
*Newly planted bell peppers looked great; we covered them. Checked under other row covers. Saw signs of digging at the ends of rows 6-7-8 but plants were ok. We pushed the soil back into place. Will need to keep an eye on this although if it’s skunks or raccoons (which seems most likely) not much we can do.
*Looks like we might have water leak in row 7, between rows 7&8. I marked it with a bamboo stake for Roy to check because it wasn’t watering when we were there this morning.
*Dumped out lovely batch of compost from the Biostack and started new batch.
Question for Sandra (Mon team): Row 1 snap peas are developing mildew and blooms are about gone. Please let us know in the blog if Thurs harvest team should pick all remaining snap peas and, if they have time, should they start pulling the plants out? (If they don’t have time, they’ll leave some or all of that for another team to do.)
Tues-Thurs-Sat-Sun teams: all the usual garden chores; check under row covers. If you see plants dug up by critters, check with Roy for replacements.

SATURDAY, April 13 – posted by Teresa

  • As happened earlier in the week, it seems some critter visited the garden and did some digging in more than one row, including Row 6 where some of the prepared planting holes were disturbed.  Evidence of digging also in at least one of the rows covered with cloth (maybe Row 5 or 4?). Thank you to Rachel of Garden 2 for pointing this out.
  • In Row 6: Watered row, planted bell pepper seedlings per Roy’s instructions (12 inches apart with parallel rows on each side of the watering tape rather than staggered).  Lightly sprinkled Sluggo Plus around plants.  Did not have time to cover with white cloth.

FRIDAY, April 12 – posted by Annette with Bernadine

Planted Tomatoes in Row 3 that Roy had left on the outside table. Covered the row with the white row cover.  Still noticed quite a few peas in Row 1.  Checked all the new rows and everything is looking watered and doing well.

THURSDAY, April 11 – posted by Elliot with Naomi and Peggy

  • Row 1 harvested 7-1/2 pounds of peas. Still plenty of blossoms on the street side of the row. A lot of snails also noted among the plants.
  • Row 2 harvested 25 pounds of cauliflower. Several plants at the orchard of the row had cauliflower of an odd color (purple patches) and had started to bolt. A good quantity of smaller heads should be ready next week
  • Row 6 (cabbage) had a few broccoli plants at the orchard end and those were harvested (broccoli 3 pounds). The rest of the row had only a few firm cabbage heads , 10-1/2 pounds. The rest getting pretty big but still spongy.
  • Delivered harvest from all gardens and Roy’s giant bags of lettuce to Becky at the PQ Lutheran Church.

WEDNESDAY, April 10th – posted by Tammy with Kerry & Diana

  • We refurbished row 3 for tomatoes.
  • We covered R4 with white cover.
  • R2 looks like a bunch of cauliflower can be harvested tomorrow.
  • We pruned some of the plants.

Friday Team please plant tomato plants that Roy will have on hand in R3. He either will bring them down or you will have to call him to find out where they will be. Please plant them on the north side of drip tape, 18″ apart, &  2″-3″ from drip tape. Ask him if you should cover them with black cloth? Monday Team please keep doing what you have been doing. Peas look like they are dwindling out? Thank you for your volunteer work.

TUESDAY, April 9th posted by Maureen   with Tony

  •  Last night the garden was visited by critters (skunks?) that made holes in many rows-  Some destroyed beans and one dug up tomato that was replanted.
  •  Inventory of garden one supplies
  • covered bush beans and tomatoes per Roy’s instruction – he may want the covers removed by the weekend

MONDAY, APRIL 8, posted by Sandra with Heidi

Watered the green beans and removed the cover, as requested by Roy. Watered the new broccoli plants. Watered the native garden.

SUNDAY, APRIL 7 – posted by Lori with Dick and Julia
–Thank you Fri team for refurbishing row 6. We flattened it out a bit and re-centered the watering tape.
–Checked under row covers; pulled weeds. All looks good.
–Will dump out Biostack compost next week and start a new batch. Already have some working in the wooden composter.
Tues team: Usual garden chores.
Thurs team: Wow, that was a lot of produce last week! Looks like we might finally have some cabbage ready to go soon in row 7.
Sat team: You’ll be planting either zucchini or bell peppers in row 6. Will email you to let you know which and also some instructions.
Sun team: Usual garden chores.

SATURDAY, April 6 – posted by Teresa

Helped unload truck-load of compost picked up by Lori & Dwight. Worked with Bin 1 and 2 – chopped, turned, advanced pre-compost plant material.

FRIDAY, April 5– posted by Annette with Bernadine

Had just enough time to refurbish Row 6 before it started to drizzle.  Put the soaker hose back, so row should be wet and ready to plant.  Row 8 was wet, so didn’t need to water. There were lots of peas and flowers, so maybe vines should be left for a few more weeks.

THURSDAY, April 4 – posted by Elliot with Naomi and Peggy

  • Row 1 harvested 7.5 pounds of peas
  • Row 2 harvested 25.5 pounds of cauliflower, removed harvested plants.
  • Row 3 harvested 16 pounds of broccoli, removed harvested plants.
  • Row 6 harvested last remaining golden cauliflower, 14 pounds. Removed all plants; row should be ready to refurbish.
  • Delivered to PQ Lutheran Church harvest from all 3 gardens, 3 huge bags of Romaine lettuce brought by Roy and other miscellaneous donations left on the table.
    NOTE: When harvest is this large, completely filling my car, Becky needs the delivery to be at the Church instead of her house. We consult by phone about that first. She was wondering when and if we would be shifting to twice-weekly harvests.
    NOTE: Thanks to partners from the other gardens for help in pulling harvested plants and delivering to composting bins

TUESDAY, April 2nd posted by Maureen   with Tony

  •  checked all rows
  •  Inventory of garden one supplies
  • planted bush beans in row 8 watered in and covered flat with white row cover per Roy’s instruction

MONDAY, APRIL 1 – posted  by Sandra with Heidi and Cyndi.

Weeded the pathway in native garden and along the road.  Put on a row cover on the tomato plant row.  Watered the new  broccoli plants.  Trimmed off a few dead parts on the pea plant row.  The pea plant row still looks good and is producing alot of flowers and peas.  Last week there were 8 lbs. of peas and continues to do better each week.  Watered the native garden.  Watered the morningglories along the corner, by row 1.

SUNDAY, MARCH 31 – posted by Lori with Julia and Dick
Nice work weeding brigades!
We did more of the same today. Also trimmed nasturtiums on back fence. Turned and strained compost in the Biostack.
NOTE: Roy has seeded zucchini and bell peppers; they’ll be ready in about 2-3 weeks. We’ll be planting one of those when row 6 is done. So there’s no rush on refurbishing that row.
Tues team: contact Roy for bush bean seeds for row 8.  Direct seed 4 rows (1 row down each side of each watering tape), 6 inches apart (and close to the tapes). Spray with water after planting to moisten top soil. If you have time, cover row 5 tomatoes with white row cloth because temp is supposed to cool again this week.
Thurs team: harvest. Also, spray row 8 bean seeds with water to keep top soil moist.
Sat team: spray water on row 8 seeds to keep moist; help unload truckload of Miramar compost.
Sun team: usual garden chores; spray water on row 8.

SATURDAY, March 30 – posted by Teresa

Refurbished Row 8 with the help of Rachel and Kim of Garden 2.  Thank you Ladies! (Lots of grubs found and removed).  Did not cover Row 4. Thank you to Friday post for reminder about snakes.

FRIDAY, March 29– posted by Annette with Bernadine

Cleaned up roots and leaves in Row 6- The Cauliflower that is left looks beautiful and ready to harvest. Trimmed yellow leaves from other rows and weeded outside the garden a little.  Lots of tall grass growing.  We were being very careful in case there are snakes hiding.  Lots of bags were taken to the trash.

Sorry, we didn’t cover Row 4. The rows were all moist and we didn’t need to water by hand.

THURSDAY, March 28 — posted by Elliot with Naomi and Peggy

  • Row 1 harvested 8 pounds of snap peas
  • Row 2 cauliflower looking great, heads fist-sized or smaller. Should be a good harvest next week
  • Row 3 broccoli look good, still to small to harvest
  • Row 6 harvested 30.5 pounds of golden cauliflower. Smaller heads should be ready next week for a last harvest of the row. Began pulling the harvested plants but no time to finish; left next to the row.
  • Row 8 harvested 8 pounds of broccoli (at Roy’s direction even the smallest) and removed the plants; row ready for refurbishing
  • Delivered harvest to PQ Lutheran Church from all 3 gardens plus 60 pounds of Romaine lettuce brought by Roy.

WEDNESDAY, March 27th – posted by Tammy with Diana

  • We planted cabbage in R4, because that is what Roy had ready.
  • Sluggo Plus R4.
  • Watered R4 really well. If people can keep an eye on it, that would be great. Also can someone put the white row cover over it? We didn’t have time.
  • Looks like R1 is starting to be it’s at it’s end?

Friday Team – keep doing what you have been doing. Thank you for refurbishing last week. Monday Team – Talk to Roy about what to plant next in R1? And keep doing what you have been doing. Thank you for your volunteer work.

TUESDAY, March 26th posted by Maureen   with Tony

  • weeded  and checked all rows
  •  Inventory of refurbishment supplies
  • weeded entrance area to garden

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

Trimmed dead growth on the pea vines.  Looks as though there is still alot of growth towards pea pods. Weeded underneath the pepper tree and patio area.  Also, we made a combined effort of Gardens 1, 2, and 3 of weeding the roadway. Planted morning glories along the corner trellis by row 1.

SUNDAY, MARCH 24 – posted by Lori with Dick and Julia
Lightly sprinkled Sluggo Plus around the newly planted tomatoes in row 5. Moved more of the green waste from bin #1 to bin #2, which might help it air out. The strong smell is because the green waste is so wet. As it dries out, the smell should lessen. Turned Biostack. Did some weeding.
–We put the row 4 watering tape down the center and turned the water back on to help keep the soil moist for when you plant.
Note to anyone who is looking for something to do: In addition to weeding inside the garden (1st priority), there are lots of weeds coming up near the little round table and in other areas that will be in full view when we have the annual BBQ & Fundraiser on June 2. Could do some weeding in these areas too.
Tues-Thurs-Sat-Sun teams: All the usual garden chores.

SATURDAY, March 23 – posted by Teresa

Cleaned up yellow leaves and light weeding in Rows 6-8.  Chopped and rotated Pre-Compost Bin 1; added some to Bin 2.

FRIDAY, March 22 – posted by Bernadine

Worked on Row 8, taking out many of the broccoli  stems/roots, disposing of them, and cutting the leaves, which I placed in the compost bin.

Row 3 may be ready to be planted.  Annette and I refurbished it last Friday.

THURSDAY, March 21 – posted by Elliot with Naomi and Peggy

  • Row 1 harvested 7 pounds of snap peas
  • Row 6 harvested 13.5 pounds of cauliflower. Nice golden hue. Some heads bore signs of slight scraping — gnawing by rodents? Many smaller heads remain for next week. Removed harvested plants for composting
  • Row 8 broccoli harvested 22.5 pounds of broccoli. Again, many smaller heads remain. Had no time to remove the harvested plants.
  • Delivered harvest from all three gardens, plus 2 very large bags of Romaine lettuce brought by Roy, to PQ Lutheran Church. May have been the largest delivery yet by single Prius workhorse.

WEDNESDAY, March 20th – posted by Tammy

  • Weeded and pruned.
  • Couldn’t plant because forgot to buy nematod prevention.
  • THANK YOU Friday team for refurbishing!

Friday team – I will find out from Roy if he picked up the NP from WA and let you know. If he did, then you ladies treat & plant that day. I believe he will have a flat of tomatoes for you. Monday team – Thank you for your volunteering and look at task list you don’t know what to do.

TUESDAY, March 19th posted by Maureen   with Tony

  • weeded  and checked all rows
  •  Inventory of refurbishment supplies
  • Applied nematode solution to rows 5 thru 8 with Roy’s help
  • Planted tomatoes in row 5
  • Tony had duct tape in his car and patched up the tarp covering our supplies

MONDAY, March 18th – posted  by Sandra with Heidi and Cyndi

Cleaned up the rows.

SUNDAY, MARCH 17 – posted by Lori with Julia, Dick and high school student Jeremy
Refurbished Row 5. Turned and added to Biostack.
Tues team: On Tues morning on my way to work I’ll drop off pkg of beneficial nematodes. It’ll be on the workbench counter. Contact Roy so he can explain how to use it. (They’re mixed with warm water, I think, so he’ll need to help with that.) You’ll be applying it to rows 5-6-7-8 on Tues morning.
Thurs team: harvest and delivery.
Sat team: contact Roy for tomato plants. He’ll show you how to plant them in Row 5. Ask Roy if we need to cover the plants. Also, if possible, ask him to test the water line to make sure it’s in good condition. We turned it back on but I think all water to the garden was still turned off when we were there on Sun.
Sun team: check all rows; weed; Biostack.

SATURDAY, March 16 – posted by Teresa

  • Cleaned up remaining broccoli stems/discards, wire hoops, and metal stakes from Row 5, which appears ready for Refurb.
  • Removed lots of yellow leaves from Rows 6. Noticed a few yellow-variety cauliflower getting bigger (than fist-sized reported earlier in the week), yet some plants still not showing any heads.
  • Removed lots of yellow leaves from Row 8. Many broccoli heads showing.
  • Temporarily uncovered Row 7 and checked cabbages.  Looking good and growing especially at orchard end.  Adjusted wire hoops and stakes to allow for more space; recovered white cloth.
  • Chopped much of Pre-compost Bin 1 however there is more to chop, turnover, and perhaps advance to Bin 2.
  • Thank you for the new tool shed padlock – it works like a champ!

FRIDAY, March 15-posted by Annette with Bernadine

Refurbished Row 4- ready to plant.  The rows look good, but things seem to be slowing down.  There were quite a few peas on the vines and a good number of flowers.

THURSDAY, March 14 — posted by Elliot with Naomi and Peggy

  • Row 1 harvested 1/2 pound snap peas. Lush foliage seems to be taking its time to produce any more
  • Row 4 harvested 16.5 pounds of cabbage; all plants now removed from the row.
  • Row 5 harvested 9 pounds of broccoli
  • Row 6 harvested 1 head of cauliflower (2 pounds). A few fist-sized heads were showing but most of the plants have yet to display any, still wrapped in their cocoons.
  • Delivered to Becky’s house another large harvest from all three gardens as well as many donated citrus and broccoli

WEDNESDAY, March 13th – posted by Tammy with Vicki, Kerry, and Diana

  • Weeded in the garden. And pruned.
  • FE both R3&4, and took off the row covers & put them back into the middle storage area.
  • R4 can be harvested all please.

Friday Team – If you have nothing to do please pull out any stalks and refurbish row4. Thank you.

Monday Team – Usual garden chores. Thank you.

TUESDAY, March 12th posted by Maureen   with Tony

  • weeded  and checked all rows
  •  Inventory of refurbishment supplies
  • Applied FE to row 7 cabbage

MONDAY, MARCH 9 – posted by Sandra with Heidi

Weeded and checked all rows.

SUNDAY, MARCH 10 – posted by Lori with Julia and Jeremy
Checked all rows; all looked good. Did some weeding in and around the rows. Pulled out the harvested broccoli plants that were still in the ground. Put away the unused row cloths. Added to Biostack.
Tues team: if not rained out, apply FE to row 7 cabbage.
Thurs team: harvest. (Quite a haul last week!)
Sat team: usual garden chores.
Sun team: usual garden chores.

SATURDAY, March 9 – posted by Teresa

  • Weeded and pruned yellow leaves Rows 5-8
  • Applied FE to Rows 6 and 8; removed hoops and spikes of Row 6
  • In Row 6, saw 1 almost-ready cauliflower at the far end closest to pepper tree; and 1 tiny head at opposite end (looks yellow); no others yet appearing in this row
  • Much of the white row cover that had been placed on the fence (see Monday and Tuesday) had fallen and was resting in mud. I placed back on fence for drying out; perhaps two people can put it away once dry
  • Thank you to Rachel and Kim of Garden 2 for chopping Bin 1
  • NOTE REGARDING ‘NEW’ COMBINATION LOCK: it is a little finicky to open

FRIDAY, March 8 – posted by Bernadine

  • Pulled spent roots and discarded roots from Row 4.
  • Pruned yellow leaves in other rows.
  • Checked all rows.  Still many flowers on Snow peas in Row 1.

THURSDAY, March 7 — posted by Elliot with Naomi and Peggy. (A full crew in all the gardens and an after-rain harvest that barely fit into my Prius without having to place produce in my lap.)  COMMENT FROM JANE — Wow!

  • Row 1 harvested 2-1/2 pounds of snap peas; also 1-1/2 pounds of radish. Doesn’t look like many future pea pods will be produced and recommend that the plants be pulled.
  • Row 4 harvested 25 pounds of cabbage; nine plants with smaller heads were left for next week. (Wednesday team’s request that all the remaining cabbage be harvested hadn’t been seen before leaving for the garden.)
  • Row 5 harvested 34 pounds of broccoli. Looks like many more will be ready next week.
  • Row 6 has only two tiny cauliflower heads showing so far; no sign yet in the rest of the plants.
  • Load was too big to fit into Becky’s car so at her request delivered the harvest from all gardens directly to the PQ Lutheran Church

WEDNESDAY, March 6th – posted by Tammy with Diana

  • Weeded rows 1-4.
  • Pruned plants.
  • The garden was wet again from the rain.
  • R4 – cabbages can all be harvested.

Friday & Monday Team – keep on doing what you are doing. If nothing to do look at the task sheet. Friday – if all cabbages are harvested out of row 4 please refurbish. If you don’t have time, then we will get to it next Wednesday. Thank you all volunteers for your time and effort.

TUESDAY, March posted by Maureen   with Tony

  • weeded  and checked all rows
  •  Inventory of all supplies
  • Did not put the row cover back on the broccoli, as Monday team suggested because it looks like another sunny day.

MONDAY, MARCH 4, – posted by Sandra with Heidi

Checked the rows and all looked good.  Pulled off the row cover for the broccoli that is growing large inside the covering.  Thought it would be good for the broccoli to get a little sunshine today. Put the covering over the fence, and Tuesday team can place it over the broccoli again if it is needed.  There are still blossoms on the pea plants, and maybe see how it goes to let it still grow peas.

SUNDAY, MARCH 3 – posted by Lori with Julia, Dick (and student volunteer Jeremy)
–Checked all rows; all looked good. Did a little weeding. I expect Row 5 broccoli to be done in the next 3 or so weeks. After we refurb that row, will plant tomatoes there.
–Delivered 30 lbs of lemons to Becky from my neighbor’s tree. (I checked with Becky first.)
–Turned and added to biostack.
Tues Team: usual stuff.
Thurs Team: There are a few radishes at the base of the Row 1 sugar snap pea plants. They’re hard to see but they’re on the uphill/south side of the row. I marked the location with a bamboo stake. Going toward the orchard, there appear to be a few of them and I think they might be big enough to harvest<?> A few of the broccoli plants in Row 5 might also be ready to harvest this week. If not, for sure the following week.
Sat Team: apply fish emulsion fertilizer to row 8 broccoli plants.
Sunday Team: usual stuff.

FRIDAY,  March 1- posted by Annette with Bernadine

Garden still wet, but noticed that water was on, don’t know why.

It looks like there are lots of blossoms on the Peas.  Should we wait a few weeks to pull them?  Lots of cabbage is ready to harvest.  Noticed the weird cabbage that seems to have gone to seed.

Cleaned up the branches that were piled up by the sidewalk. Trimmed  yellow leaves around broccoli plants.

The purple plants are mustard plants that keep coming up.  We don’t do anything with them, but they look pretty.  The leaves can be harvested and used in salads or stir fried.