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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/
Saturday- check garden intact & covers secure after Thursday’s rain. Check traps. weed.
Monday– No students. Jill check on garden.
Thursday- check under all rows. If row 1 has cabbage heads forming, fertilize with FE. General garden maintance.
Thursday, January 17- posted by Jill with Wanda
checked under all rows, plants look good! garden wet. checked row 1 cabbage for heads, none noted yet. Weeded. Helped garden 1 remove harvested broccoli plants & placed leaves in compost & stalks in green trash bags. New gate installed, looks great! Temporarily held closed with tiles.
MONDAY Jan 14 by Abraxas high school. Pulled back cover and weeded row 1&2, secured covers back.
Week of 1/11-1/18/19
Saturday- remains quiet in garden, if rained out no worries 🙂 If make it to garden, check on covers to make sure secure. Any other garden maintenance.
Monday 1/14- check under covers of rows 1 & 2, loosen hooks on one side and raise half of cover, weed around plants & place weeds in green waste trash bin. Re-cover row, by securing hooks back in soil.
Thursday- check under row 1 for cabbage formation, if noted fertilize with FE. Weeding.
Thursday, January 10- posted by Jill with Cheri & Wandachecked under all rows, plants look great with adequate moisture (water remains off per Roy, with forecast of rain this weekend and next week). Weeded. Chuck was in the garden working on replacing gate to garden 2!
Monday Jan 7- by Abraxas High School weeded & raked leaves from pepper tree.
Saturday 01/05- Check & reset rat traps. Quiet in the garden. Happy New Year!
Monday 01/07- Happy New Year & welcome back! Quiet in the garden with all rows newly planted. Weed, rake loose leaves from pepper tree in & around garden.
Thursday 01/10- check under all rows, see if any plants need replacing, check rodent activity and moisture. weed.
Thursday, January 3- posted by Jill- weeded. checked under all rows, plants doing well, rows moist. went through stakes- saved enough for springtime tomatoes & moved rest up hill near shed. Brought 15 lbs of tomatoes ripened at home from row 2 for delivery (added weight to 2018 harvest totals)
Saturday, Dec. 29 – posted by Kim
planted row 4 with Farro cabbage. The row was sprinkled with Sluggo and covered. Helped with turning the compost in bin 1.
NEW BLOG EDITOR – Note from Jane on Dec 19 – As you know, WordPress has switched to a new editor. If you prefer the “classic editor” as I do, you can get it. After you select “Edit,” click on the 3 dots in the upper right, and select “Switch to Classic Editor.
Saturday 12/29- Plant row 4 (Roy is aware & will bring down), apply Sluggo Plus, cover with white row cover
Thursday- Check plants under all covers, replace any that are needed. Weed.
Thursday, December 27- posted by Jill
- Refurbished row 4, hand watered & turned water back on.
- brought 15 lb of ripened tomatoes from row 2.
Week of 12/21-12/28
Saturday 12/22- Plant row 3, Roy will bring down plants. Apply Sluggo Plus, cover with white row covers (hoops outside garden 1, near fertilizer). Merry Christmas!!!
Thursday- Refurbish row 4
Thursday, December 20- posted by Jill with Cheri & Wanda
- harvested last of cauliflower
- pulled cauliflower plants from rows 3 & 4. Turned water off row 4.
- refurbished row 3, hand watered.
- checked plants on rows 1 & 2, doing well, row 2, very wet.
Monday 12/17 by Abraxas High– planted broccoli in row 2, also mixed compost for middle pile.
COMPOST – Note from Jane on Dec 12 – As you know, we have three piles of compost, the middle pile being a mix of the other two and also sifted to remove chunks. We use that mixed/sifted pile for refurbishment if it’s there, but the other piles of compost are also perfectly good for refurbishment.
Week of 12/15- 12/21/18
Saturday- refurbish row 2 & turn water back on.
- Plant row 2- Jill will be in garden to help.
- hand water newly planted row with water pail.
- apply Sluggo Plus, lightly and carefully around row & away from plants leaves.
- cover row with white row covers **On Wednesday, when you’re in the garden, if you could start to remove the harvested cauliflower plants from rows 3 & 4 (use a long handled shovel, makes it easier) & shake off the excess soil from roots.Place leaves in pre-compost bin 1 & hard stalks from base in green trash bags & leave on ground near trash cans (make sure bags aren’t too heavy, so that someone can carry & they don’t tear) Thanks!!
Thursday- harvest remaining cauliflower from rows 3 & 4. Remove plants and place leaves in compost bin 1 & stalks in trash bags (do as much as you can). Thanks!!
Thursday, December 13- posted by Jill with Cheri & Wanda
- harvested; last of tomatoes, I took the green ones home to ripen.
- removed tomato plants, placed in green waste bags, removed stakes, leaves, roots and debris, turned soil over along both sides of row. Ready for refurb.
- Removed some harvested cauliflower plants. Plan last harvest of both rows 3 & 4 next Thursday.
Wed Dec 12 by Abraxas High School
Monday Dec 10 by Abraxas High school
Planted cabbage in row 1, applied sluggo also.
Covered row 1 with white row cover- posted by Jill
Sunday, December 9- posted by Jill
- removed some of the harvested cauliflower plants.
Saturday, Dec 8 – posted by Kim, with Rachel
- refurbushed row 1. We only kept one drip tape on the row, but the row is wide enough for two tapes if needed. The row looks beautiful!! Thank you!!- Jill
- the bin with the gloves were left without the lid on. They were full of water. The gloves are spread out on the table to dry out.
Week of 12/8-12/14
Saturday- Refurbish row 1 (if there aren’t any large bags of worm castings use one full small bag instead), turn water back on, check rat traps.
- Plant row 1 cabbage, space 18″ apart, zig-zag, plant a few inches from tape. Keep plants in peat pots, but make hole on bottom larger. I will be in the garden tomorrow morning to help- Jill
- apply Sluggo Plus around new plants, careful not to get on leaves
- cover row with white row cover (found in bin along fence)
Thursday- harvest. Harvest all of tomatoes, take green ones home to ripen. start removing plants.
Dec 3- by Abraxas High –Pulled out harvested cabbage plants in row 1, composted leaves put stems in green trash bag.
December 2- posted by Jill
harvested, last of cabbage row 1, first cauliflower row 3. Removed loose cabbage & cauliflower leaves, placed in pre-compost bin 1, chopped smaller & placed loose stalks in green bag.
Dec 1 – posted by Kim
sprayed rows 3 & 4 with safer and Bt. Removed spent plants and checked on the rat traps. The garden looks really good after all the rains.
Tasks for week 12/01/18-12/07/18
Saturday 12/01- spray rows 3 & 4 with BT & safer (I found a good sized worm this week that destroyed a cauliflower plant at the west end of row 4), remove plants that have been harvested from rows 1 & 4, check rat traps. Thanks!
Sunday- harvest all cabbage row 1, several cauliflower are ready in rows 3 & 4.
- Remove harvested cabbage plants from row 1. Pull plant out, shake off excess soil from roots, remove leaves & place in compost bin 1 (chop smaller with large shovel from storage bin outside garden 1), place stalks in green waste trash bag & leave outside trash containers- too heavy to break down in compost & too heavy to lift from green waste bins. (green trash bags found in large rectangular bin parallel to compost bins, at east end of container).
- Remove debris & leaves from row 1, so ready to be refurbished on Saturday. Move irrigation tape off row & turn soil down the length of the row with one shovel full depth (using large shovel from from shed). When finished, sanitize tools by soaking in bleach solution for 10 minutes & rinse off.
- If you have time & are looking for something to do, can remove cauliflower plants from rows 3 &4 that have been harvested, and do the same as cabbage plants from row 1- pull out plant, shake off excess soil, remove leaves and put in compost bin 1, place hard stalks in green trash bags. ***Good to use wheel barrel***
- Remove yellow leaves from bottoms of cauliflower plants, put in compost bin.
***No worries if you don’t complete tasks, we can take care of Thursday***
Thursday- harvest. Finish prep of row 1, so it’s ready for refurbishment on Saturday. Can bring refurb supplies to garden 2 to stage for refurb.
Friday, November 30– posted by Jill
stopped by garden to drop off boxes. Annette in garden 1 was harvesting, I harvested 4 cabbages.
Nov 28 by Abraxas High- Composted garden 3 tomato plants, cut into pieces put in bin 1.
Thursday, November 29- posted by Jill
- Rain day
- harvested what cabbage & cauliflower needed yesterday. Noted large worm eating a small cauliflower plant in row 4. Discarded worm.
- Delivered produce from garden 3’s harvest yesterday, garden 1’s tomatoes & garden 2’s tomatoes from Monday. Delivered to Poway Boys & Girls Club head start program per Becky.
- Plan to have Sunday harvest.
Week of 11/24-11/29
Saturday- remove harvested plants from row’s 1 & 4, chop up any remaining large leaves in pre-compost bin (didn’t have time to do on Monday), check rat traps.
Monday 11/26- by Abraxas High. Harvested 20lbs of tomatoes, weighed and put on counter in garden one.
- Harvest tomatoes that are red/starting to turn red, twist off “calyx” stem at top, weigh with scale from shed where sprayer is, place in box or bag to continue to ripen until Thursday, Leave on work bench in garden 1, post weight in blog & mark box/ bag from garden 2 & weighed.
Thursday- harvest, check tomatoes from garden 1 work bench and add to harvest. Water plants not on drip if dry. Remove yellow leaves from rows 3 & 4.
Monday, November 19- posted by Jill
- fertilized row 3 cauliflower with 8 oz FE in watering can and hand watered in.
- removed yellow leaves from rows 3 & 4
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.