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“TOP OF BLOG” NOTES:
– Weed around the succulents
– Water the succulents
– Water plants on the trellis by pepper tree
– Clean up leaves from pepper tree (inside the garden and around the succulents)
– Water rosemary & thyme plants
– Clean out and reorganize Tupperware container in the garden
DELIVERY THURSDAY — all harvest deliveries go to Becky’s house. Delivery by 10:00am.
Instructions for Refurbishing
1. Turn the soil all along the row with a shovel, as deep as possible, starting from the valve end and walking backyards flipping each shovel full. Go farther along the row than the previous crop to prevent rows from getting shorter with time.
2. Spread 3 5-gallon buckets of compost evenly along the row (using the wheel barrow)
3. Spread 1/2 bag of chicken manure evenly along the row
4. Spread 1 bag of worm castings evenly along the row
5. Spread 12 cups of Gardner and Bloome granular fertilizer (or Bio Flora) evenly along the row
6. Turn the soil amendments one more time with shovel and break up clumps. .Mix well with a rake.
7. Shape the bed, forming a neat level row.
**To post harvest weights, go to: https://backyardproduceproject.org/garden-2-harvest-record/
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Saturday, 11/17 – posted by Rachel with Kim
Bt and Safer to rows 1, 3, and 4. Checked rat traps. All were still set. Watered succulents.
Week of 11/17-11/23
Saturday- Spray row’s 1, 3 & 4 with BT & Safer, may need to hit cabbage with spray of water first if you find aphids. Check rat traps. Water succulents and plants not on drip. Thanks & Happy Thanksgiving!!
Monday (Jill)- harvest.
Thursday, November 15- posted by Jill with Janet & Wanda
- harvested tomatoes, cabbage & first cauliflower from row 4.
- removed harvested cabbage & cauliflower plants
- removed dead-leaves tomato plants & yellowed leaves from bottom of cauliflower plants
- noted several cabbage plants outer leaves with holes, didn’t see worms.
Week of 11/10-11/16
Saturday- FE to row 3, check if leaves in pre-compost bin need to be chopped more with shovel. Water succulents. Check rat traps. Thanks!
Monday- No students, holiday.
NOTE FROM JANE on Fri Oct 19 — Elliot asked Becky if she would like to receive broccoli and cauliflower leaves along with the broccoli heads to distribute as greens. Becky said YES, and to please include them with the matching veggies or mark them in some way so she can tell what they are.
Note from Jane on Tues Nov 6 — Refurbishment Supplies— We received a donation of refurbishment supplies from Kellogg Garden Projects yesterday. The donation includes our usual refurbishment supplies EXCEPT they accidentally gave us 8-quart bags of worm castings instead of 20-quart bags. Roy recommends that for the winter garden, we IGNORE this difference in size and stick to our normal refurbishment recipe — 1 bag worm castings, 1/2 bag chicken manure, etc. for each row.
Note from Jane on Sunday Nov 4 – Harvest Broccoli — Several of our gardeners have asked: should we wait after the first harvest of each broccoli plant to let the plant produce secondary florets? I asked Roy. His reply was: In a home garden, it makes sense to leave the plant alone and let it produce secondary florets, but in our production garden, where our goal is maximum harvest, it’s better to to remove the plant after the first broccoli is harvested, then refurbish and replant as quickly as possible.
Thursday, November 8- posted by Jill with Cheri, Janet & Wanda
- harvested tomatoes and first cabbage
- fertilized rows 1 & 4 with FE, hand watered in.
- removed yellowed leaves from rows 3 & 4, removed brown leaves from tomatoes. Removed cabbage stalks after harvested & placed in green waste bag.
- Stopped by garden on Monday- spoke with Beverly, she and students will spray rows 2 & 4 on Wednesday.
Saturday, November 3
Thanks to Dave and Teresa from Garden 1 for resetting the rat traps and spraying rows 1 & 3 with BT and Safer.
Week of 11/3-11/9
Saturday- check rat traps, spray rows 1 & 3 with BT & Safer. Thanks!
- Spray row 4 cauliflower & row 2 tomatoes with BT & Safer.
- Hand water succulents. Thanks!!
Thursday- harvest tomatoes, check cabbage some may be ready. FE to row’s 1 & 4.
Week of 10/27-11/2
Thursday, November 1- posted by Jill with Cheri, Janet & Wanda
- harvested tomatoes
- removed dead leaves from tomato plants, removed yellow leaves from cauliflower plants, checked plants for insects- did not see worms or aphids on cabbage or cauliflower.
Mon. 10/29 by Abraxas High School
Fertilized row 3 cauliflower, with fish emulsion also watered in, and weeded. Watered succulents also.
Saturday- Re-set rat trap’s near garden gate & hose. Tidy up garden, remove yellow leaves from bottom of cauliflower plants & anything else you can think of 🙂 Thanks!
- Fertilize row 3 cauliflower with 4 Tablespoons Fish Emulsion added to watering can, fill can with water and pour along center of row, trying to get on the soil to feed the roots. Then water in with hose. Fish Emulsion is in large brown bottle in blue container underneath the workbench where the BT & Safer is.
- Water succulents outside garden deeply. Thanks!
Week of 10/20-10/26
Thursday, October 25- posted by Jill with Cheri and Janet
- harvested tomatoes
- FE to row 4 cabbage
- garden looks good!
Saturday- Re-set rat trap, please (sitting on garden 2 workbench), Spray rows 1 & 3 with BT & Safer. Thanks!
- Spray row 2 tomatoes and row 4 cauliflower with BT & Safer. 1 TBL BT & 2 TBL Safer soap to pump in garden 2’s container. If using larger container from outside garden 1’s shed- use 1 1/2 TBL BT & 4 TBL Safer to pump.
- Water succulents outside garden 2 with hose, deeply, rosemary plant & succulents just inside garden gate & plant on vine outside gate.
Thursday- harvest, FE to row 4.
Week of 10/13-10/19
Thursday, October 18- posted by Jill with Wanda
- harvested tomatoes. Noted several starting to split near stem. Checked with Roy, decided not to fertilize further.
- Applied Sluggo to row 3 cauliflower, noted some leaves with large holes. Applied FE 8 oz. to row.
- checked all plants for worms and aphids. Noted small amount of white fly/aphids on row 3, tomato plants look good.
10-15 By Abraxas High School
Weeded all rows and checked for bugs.
Saturday- Re-set rat trap near hose and any others (peanut butter in work shed outside of garden 1. Forecast for rain in the morning, not a lot to do if you’re unable to make it in 🙂
- check all plants for insect activity- aphids on tomato plants (small white flying bugs) & tiny worms on rows 1, 3 & 4 (usually found underneath leaf)
- Continue weeding in rows and outside of rows. Place weeds in green waste trash bin.
Thursday- harvest tomatoes, FE 8 oz. row 3, Bio- Flora tomatoes?
Thursday, October 11- posted by Jill with Cheri, Jane & Wanda
- harvested tomatoes
- FE 8 oz. to rows 1 & row 4.
- noted tomato plants with aphids & white fly’s- sprayed with hose
- checked all plants for worms, we didn’t see any. Looks like possible rodent activity, eating one of the cabbage centers.
Monday 10/8- by Abraxas High School
BT and Safer sprayed row 2, tomato plants, weeded row 3 also.
Saturday, 10/6 – posted by Rachel
- Sprayed rows 1, 3 and 4 with BT and Safer (all had evidence of cabbage worms and cabbage loopers) so Monday team does not need to spray row 3 Thanks, Rachel!
- FE to row 1
- Some tomatoes are starting to turn color!
Week of 10/06-10/12
Saturday 10/6- Kim, just read your note on (Friday) missed it Thursday regarding worms you found, so- Spray rows 1 & 4 with BT & Safer, fertilize row 1 with 8 oz. FE mixed in one watering container. Re-set rat trap near hose, Thank you!!
- Spray row’s 2 tomato & row 3 cauliflower (update: no need to spray row 3 as Saturday team already did) with BT & Safer (4 Tablespoons Safer & 2 Tablespoons BT to 32 oz. water) can use new sprayer with long wand- located outside garden 1’s locked tool cabinet in box or use the sprayer in garden 2’s rubbermaid box.
- weed, especially row 3, place in green waste trash bin. Weed prior to spraying.
Thursday 10/11- harvest tomatoes, check all plants for worms, check rat traps.
Thursday, October 4- posted by Jill with Janet
- Harvested first tomatoes from row 2! found one hornworm on plant & removed.
- Fertilized tomatoes with 12 cups Bio-Flora, side-dressed & hand watered in.
- noted the holes in the leaves of cabbage row 1 & applied Sluggo Plus.
Saturday, September 29 – posted by Kim with Rachel
- removed, folded and placed black row covers into bins
- checked the rows out and found cabbage worms on the cabbage ( row 1) and on cauliflower (row 4)
- set three traps – two in the back and one up front between the mail box and table
Week of 9/29- 10/05
Saturday 9/29- Remove row covers from rows 1 & 4, can leave arches in place in case we end up covering with white shade cloth. Set rat traps (3 in rubbermaid container) as precaution with crops exposed (per Roy). Thanks!
- Weed, especially row 4, in between the plants, place all weeds in trash can labeled “green waste” (not compost pile, don’t want to “contaminate” compost)
- Watch out for rat traps.
Thursday 10/04- Check with Roy re: fertilization of tomatoes, check if any tomatoes ready for harvesting, check rows for insects.
note 10/1 from Abraxas High School – Weeded row 4, cabbage row
Note from Lori on 9/11: We have a new 1 gal pump sprayer (with a long wand) in the locked tool cabinet. It’s ready to use. Detailed directions are inside the box. But if you’re not sure how to use it, easiest thing might be to look on the outside of the box where it basically shows how it works. We have an old one that looks similar, also in the tool shed. Not sure if that one still works. I’ll check it on Sunday—unless someone else wants to do that first.
White row covers – Note from Jane on 9/18 — At Roy’s recommendation, I purchased two 250-foot rolls of white row cover fabric. We use this to hold the heat in when it gets chilly. The rolls are in blue plastic wrapping, on the ground near the refurbishment supplies. Each one can be cut into either five 50-foot lengths or six 40-food lengths. The rolls are meant to shared by all three gardens. Please handle the new and old row covers gently. Our source for these is going out of business., so we want to make these last.
Monday 9/24 – posted by Abraxas High School
BT and soap sprayed row 2, tomato plants, also watered succulents inside and out
Saturday 9/22 – posted by Kim with Rachel
- cut 4 – 50′ row covers, placed them into the containers
- watered cauliflower in row 3
- saw another roll of row covers in the locked shed. So, we should have plenty for all gardens. Thanks! I checked with Jane & she said we could use enough for our 4 rows.
Tasks for week of 9/21-9/28
Saturday 9/22- cut 4- 50′ row covers for garden 2, leaving extra to cover ends, place in containers. Check new plants row 3, water as needed.
- Spray row 2 tomatoes plants with BT & Safer (4 Tablespoons Safer & 2 Tablespoons BT to 32 oz. water) can use new sprayer with long wand- located outside garden 1’s locked tool cabinet in box or use the sprayer in garden 2’s rubbermaid box.
- hand water succulents inside and outside garden deeply, soil is hard and needs to be watered slowly and deeply to soak in. Thank you!!
Thursday 9/27- check tomatoes if need extra row of twine. Check new plants row 3, hand water/replace if needed.