Garden 3 Blog

THANK YOU to all you amazing volunteers. We won the Horticulture Award of Merit and Horticulture Excellence from the Poway Valley Garden Clubs Flower and Plant show last Saturday for our Cabbage. You should all be very proud! You all are awesome!!!

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NOTE FROM JANE ON JULY 11 ABOUT POSTING ON THE BLOG:  If you try to edit and see weird messages about blocks, it’s because WordPress now offers two different editors, the Block Editor and the Classic Editor. We’re sticking with the Classic Editor. Always choose the Classic Editor if given a choice, and if you see weird stuff about blocks and don’t see a choice, go into Settings (a wheel that appears in the top right area after you click on Edit) and select Classic Editor there. Let me know if you have problems with this.

NOTE FROM JANE on AUG 6 about fertilizers – Our wonderful inventory team, Tony and Maureen, have alerted me that we have a lot of Gardner and Bloome Tomato, Vegetable, and Herb Fertilizer and very little Bio Flora fertilizer. Roy assures us that these two produces are interchangeable in use, so please the Gardner and Bloome where you have been using Bio Flora. Thank you!

NOTE FROM JANE on AUG 11 about liquid fertilizer — We’ve been using AgGrand liquid fertilizer for several years, but we’re running out and the company is no longer in business. Roy says to use fish emulsion / fish fertilizer as a replacement.


Week To Do List: Posted 9/12

  • Hand water row 2 cabbage and row 5 kale and chard
  • Check carefully to see what is eating new plants.
  • Set traps if needed. peanut butter
  • Safer/Serenade/BT  for Rows 1 and 4
  • I am out of town until Oct 4 so please rely on Jill in Garden 3 and Farmer Roy for information. The tomatoes are almost done. Lets see how they do on Monday and make the call. The green tomatoes should be taken home and let ripened until they are red. If anyone wants to take that on let me know. It would be most appreciated since I will be out of town. 


Saturday, Sept 14 (Diana, Ann, Geeta)

Trimmed off some of the squash leaves that had mildew. Sprayed the squash and cucumbers with Safer/Serenade/BT.

Watered the Kale/chard and cabbage rows.

Watered the plants by the gate.

Ann helped garden 2 refurbish a row.

Thursday, Sept 12 (Barbara, Laura, Rain)


  • 4.75 lbs Cucumbers
  • 6.25 lbs squash
  • 5.5 lbs Tomatoes

Planted Tender Sweet Cabbage(row 2)..added sluggo, covered with black shade cloth.

Pulled out some dead cucumber plants that had downy mildew.

Watered by fence front..Watered Kale and chard..added sluggo.

Need to add BT/Safer/serenade to squash (row 1) and cucumbers(row 4)

Wednesday, Sept 11(Ana, Paul)

Trimmed mildew leaves from summer squash, watered the squash at the begging of row ( plant is small and doesn’t seems to be getting enough water ) . Watered plants by the entrance.  Traps do not have critters. Fixed a metal frame at the end of row 5 that had fall down. 

Monday,  Sept 9     (Brian, Karen and Betty)


  • Tomatoes        4.5 lbs.
  • Squash            11  lbs.
  • Cucumbers        3 lbs.

Brian trimmed lower leaves of squash. We checked traps, harvested vegetables. Left cover off tomatoes hopefully they will ripen in the sun. Another small harvest. No evidence of the gopher/mole.  (Wooden stake on tomato row snapped at the bottom and was tied up) The tied up stakes have   started  to fall again. Karen & Brian dropped off vegetables.

Saturday, September 7 (Diana, Ann, Rain, Laura)

Refurbished row 2.  Thanks for help from Rachel, garden 2. Also with Rain and Laura from the Thursday group helping the refurbishing went really fast.  The row is all ready to be planted.

Cut out a few more leaves from the squash that had some powder mildew.

Thursday, September 5 (Barbara, Nanci, Laura, Rain)


  • 2.5 lbs Tomatoes
  • 14.5 lbs Peppers (Final Harvest)
  • 8.25 lbs Squash
  • 6 lbs Cucumbers

Fertilized cucumbers with 8oz FE.

Pulled out Pepper plants. Put in compost..row is ready to be refurbished.

Trimmed squash plants row 1

Watered row 5 Kale and chard.

Uncovered tomatoes. Hopefully this will help them turn red.

Wednesday September 4 ( Paul,Ana)

Garden inspection, trimmed squash leaves and some  tomatoes leaves. Found lots  roly poly bugs eating a cucumber. One gopher was caught on a trap.   

Monday September 2      (Brian & Karen)

Watered all rows and outside of gate area, trimmed squash leaves and weeded. Noticed 3 gopher/mole hills. Barbara said she will contact Roy. Welcome Laura and Rain to Backyard Garden 3!

  • Squash               14 3/4 lbs.
  • Cucumber         1/2 lb. (1)
  • Bell Peppers     8 1/4 lbs.

Sunday, September 01 (Geeta) 

Between row 2 and 3, it appears we have three Gopher mounds. 

Saturday, Aug 31, (Barbara, Diana, Rachel)

  • Planted Chard and Kale in row 5. Watered well and spread sluggo. Covered plants with black shade cloth. 
  • Treated row 1 and 4 with Serenade for powder mildew.
  • Row 2 peppers was sprayed with BT and Safer on 8/24 

Thursday, Aug 29 (Barbara, Laura, Rain)


  • 2.5 lbs Tomato
  • 10 lbs Peppers
  • 7 lbs Summer Squash (row 1) First Harvest
  • 1 lbs Cucumber (First Harvest)

Please welcome Laura and Rain to garden 3. Cleaned up new squash plants and weeded row 1.

Wednesday, Aug 28 ( Ana, Paul)

Refurbished row 5, found more than 3 dozens  grubs when digging for refurbishing.

Monday, Aug. 26           (Brian, Karen)

 Very small harvest :

Tomatoes 9 lbs.

Cut dead leaves, watered all veggies and plants out side of garden gate. Brian pulled weeds and checked traps. Observer a mole mound by tomato row.  Cucumbers and zucchini have small fruit, quite a few peppers that are almost red and tomatoes seem to be slowing down. Hope everyone has wonderful week.

Thursday, Aug 22 (Barbara, Nanci)


  • 12.5 lbs Tomatoes
  • 4 lbs Peppers
  • 8.5 lbs Squash(Final harvest)row 5

We have a gopher under the tomatoes. I put a sign for Roy to see where it is but it is pretty obvious…Fixed three leaks in water line…Watered plants by gate.

Wednesday, Aug 21 (Paul)

Cut away dead leaves from new  squash plants. Trimmed up some dead tomato plant leaves. Trimmed row 5 squash plants and treated them with safer soap.

Monday, Aug 19 (Brian, Karen, Betty, Marion)


  • Tomatoes – 46 lbs.
  • Bell Peppers – 9 lbs.
  • Squash – 2.5 lbs.

Watered plants by gate. Succulents transplanted by Karen near the gate are doing well. Betty and Marion harvested the orchard. Brian and Karen delivered produce to Becky’s home.

SATURDAY, AUG 17 (posted by Jane) — A big thank you to our shopper Suzanne and our handymen Tony and Paul for giving us a new garden shed, installed today. We plan to store harvest boxes in it, freeing up the Garden 1 sheltered workbench. It probably doesn’t need a lock, but you tell me.

Saturday, August 17 (Diana & Ann)

Treated rows 1 and 5 squash plants with Serenade.  Trimed old leaves from row 5 squash.

Sprayed tomatoes and peppers with Safer/BT that garden 2 had left over.

Watered the new plants in the boxes at the gate.

Thursday, Aug 15 (Barbara, Nanci)


  • 9.5 lbs Peppers
  • 23.5 lbs Tomatoes
  • 5.5 lbs Squash
  • 1 lb Herbs

Replaced two  squash plant row 1 that had died…pulled out two squash plant row 5 that were covered in aphids and powdery mildew..Watered new succulents at the gate. (Thank you to the person/team that planted them.

Wednesday, Aug 14 (Ana, Paul)

Fertilized tomatoes with Gardner and Bloome fertilizer . Summer squash has aphids , we treated it with Safer soap. Removed dead leaves from summer squash. Removed 1 dead tomato plant.  Made fresh bleach solution.

We need bleach and safer soap.

Monday, Aug 12 (Karen, Brian, Marion)


  • Tomatoes – 76 lbs.
  • Bell Peppers – 8 lbs.
  • Squash – 1 lb.

Watered plants by gate. Marion and Cyndi (Garden 1) delivered produce to Becky’s home.

Saturday, August 10 (Diana, Ann)

Put FE on Peppers.

Trimmed old leaves off of squash and the put Aggrand on them.  Used the last of the Aggrand so more is needed. COMMENT FROM JANE — that’s the last of the Aggrand, I’m afraid. They went out of business and we can’t get more. I asked Roy what product to substitute, but he hasn’t given me an answer. I’ll push on that.

The new cucumber and squash plants are looking good.

Thursday, August 8 (Barbara)


  • 5.25 lbs Summer squash
  • 5 lbs peppers
  • 16.75 lbs tomatoes
  • .5 lbs Herbs

Watered row 1 it seemed dry…replaces two dead cucumber plants…

Wednesday, August 7 (Ana, Paul)

Replaced 4 zucchini plants that had died on row 1. Trimmed leaves from summer squash. Found lots of aphids and ants on summer squash, treated summer squash with safer soap. There are grasshoppers in the garden, maybe they are the ones eating the leaves of the cucumber.

We need bleach and safer soap.  

Monday, Aug 5 (Karen, Brian, Marion)


  • Squash – 3.75 lbs.
  • Tomatoes – 14.5 lbs.
  • Peppers – 5 lbs.
  • Herbs – 1 lb.

Watered plants by gate and  new plants and tomatoes. Unfortunately the flowering plants above gate were dead, so plants were pulled out. Garden inspected and looked good.


Saturday , August 03 ( Ann)

Checked on the new Cucumber plants, saw 2 traps that had sprung, but no animals caught in them. With the help of Garden 2, reset the 2 traps in the Cucumber row and added 2 additional traps by the faucets. Watered the new plants to make sure they had enough water and cut off some of the dying leaves off the older squash plants. 

Thursday, August 1, (Barbara, Lisa)


  • 9.5 lbs Summer Squash
  • 12 lbs Tomatoes
  • 8 lbs Bell Peppers

Something is eating the new cucumber plants. Probably a rat.  I set two traps and put them directly in the row. Be careful. Added sluggo as well but i don’t think it is a slug.

We put away white shade cloth. 

Wednesday , July 31 ( Ana, Paul)

Planted zucchini on row 1 ,watered and covered it.   Replaced 3 cucumber plants that had died. Applied fish emulsion on peepers. Covered tomatoes with black fabric , left the white cloth drying  by side fence. Fixed the wooded pole that was falling on the tomatoes. Fixed the doors on the plastic cabinet.   

Monday, July 29 ( Betty, Brian, Marion)


  • Zucchini – 1 lb.
  • Peppers – 1.25 lbs.
  • Tomatoes – 20.5 lbs.

Refurbished Row 1. Watered plants by gate and new cucumber plants. Noticed heavy infestation of white flies on tomato plants. Doors on plastic cabinet were off their hinges when we arrived, unable to fix. Brian delivered all produce to the church. Marion and Jill, Garden 2, harvested the orchard.

NOTE FROM JANE ON JULY 28 ABOUT THE NEW SHADE IN GARDEN 1 :  A big thank you to Lori and her husband Dwight for purchasing and installing the new shade on the Garden 1 shelter.

  •  To raise the new shade: Pull down on the little bungies at the bottom corners to release them. Use the hand crank to roll the shade up. (You can create a handle by bending it at the joints.)
  • To lower the new shade: Use the hand crank to let the shade down. Pull down on the bungies and fasten them at the corners.

Saturday, July 27 (Ann)

Pulled out the green beans with help of Diana’s daughter and raked the leaves off. Bagged up green beans since Diana mentioned that they don’t compost well. The row still needs to be refurbished. Checked on Row 4 cucumbers, they had plenty of water. Two of them had died, but all others looked good.  

Wednesday, July 24 (Ana, Barbara)

Applied bio flora on tomatoes and squash .Watered rows 3, 4, 5 and plants at front gate.

Monday,  July 22 (Betty, Brian, Cindy, Barbara Marion)


  • Tomatoes- 80.5 lbs.
  • Zucchini- 1.5 lbs.
  • Green Beans- 2 lbs.
  • Peppers- 8.5 lbs.

Note from Barbara – I forgot to mention I brought 8 lbs of squash from my home garden to donate.

Barbara planted cucumbers in row 4. Watered , Added sluggo and covered. We used the black shade cloth from the tomatoes and put white on the tomatoes until we get the black ordered. When it comes in please replace.

Watered plants by gate. We delivered produce to the church.

Sunday, July 21, (Barbara)

Checked the garden today for critters in the traps but they were all empty. I watered beans, tomatoes and peppers …they looked dry. I gave Lori one of our live traps because they are having a real problem in garden 1 and ours look pretty good. She set up the rat traps for the whole garden. Thank you to Lori..I hate that job.

I am going to post each week a “To Do list” above in the Top of blogs notes so everyone can find it easier. I think it is getting lost down below. You will still need to check below to see what actually got done.

Saturday, July 20 (Diana, Ann)

Sprayed BT/Safer on the tomatoes.

Cleaned out some old leaves and bad fruit from the squash plants.

Watered the plants by the gate.

Thursday July 18 (Lisa, Nanci & Diana)


  • Tomatoes – 21 lbs.
  • Peppers – 10.5 lbs
  • Squash – 7 .5 lbs.
  • Green Beans – 2 lbs.

Wednesday, July 17 (Ana,Diana)

Refurbished row 4. Watered all rows and plants by the front gate.

Monday, July 15 (Karen, Betty, Marion, Cindy)


  • Tomatoes – 68.5 lbs.
  • Squash – 3 .5 lbs.
  • Green Beans – 9 lbs.

Watered plants by gate. Ran out of time to refurbish as we delivered produce to the church.

Filled trap with peanuts Saturday afternoon 4:00. I put the peanuts in the bottom drawer of our cabinet.

Saturday, July 13 (Diana, Ann)

Pulled all the cucumber plants out and put them in the compost bin. Turned the water off to the row and did the first turnover of the dirt. We did not add any amendments.

Cut off a couple leaves from the squash and also one fruit that had some bites out of it.

Roy’s squirrel trap had 3 squirrels in it.  Row took it away and left an empty one but we could not find any peanuts to put in it. There still is another trap up near the squash with peanuts in it.

NOTE FROM JANE ON MONDAY, JULY 8 – I know the roll-up shade on the Garden 1 shelter has had it. Our shopper, Suzanne has ordered a new one, and Lori’s husband has offered to install it. Please leave the old one in place until that happens so the pulleys will be there to be re-used. Thanks!

Thursday, July 11 (Barbara, Nanci, Diana)


  • Tomatoes – 31 lbs
  • Peppers – 1 lb
  • Cucumbers – 1.5 lbs
  • Squash – 1.5 lbs
  • Beans – 6.25
  • Summer squash from Rachel and Diana’s home garden – 8.25 lbs

There is a critter eating a lot of produce. I set live traps.

Saturday team take a look and see if we have cucumbers left and take out plants if there is no fruit. Otherwise leave it for Monday to harvest and pull out plants Monday.

Refurbish row 4 cucumbers. It is a large row so it will need extra compost. We are planting cucumbers again.

Wednesday  – Bio Flora Tomatoes row 3 and squash row 5.

Wednesday, July 10 (Ana, Paul)

FE green beans and peppers. Found cucumbers and summer squash damage by rodents. Set 4 rat traps  with peanut butter, 2 outside the fence , 2 at either side of summer squash. Peanut butter left in a drawer.  

Monday July,8 (Betty, Brian, Karen, Marion)


  • Tomatoes – 48 lbs.
  • Squash – 12 lbs.
  • Cucumbers – 18 lbs.
  • Green Beans – 18 lbs.

Watered plants by gate. Placed black covers over the tomato and pepper plants. Betty delivered to the church. Thanks to garden 1 for their assistance.


Saturday, July 6 (Diana)

Hosed off the tomatoes then sprayed with Safer.

Thursday, July 4 (Thank you so much to everyone who showed up! We had plenty of help)




  • 7 lbs of Tomatoes
  • 18 lbs of Beans
  • 8.5 lbs Summer squash
  • 6 lbs cucumbers
  • 1 lb Herbs Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano

Saturday team – Please hose off aphids on tomato plants and spray with Safer Soap. 

When the temperature reaches 90, we should cover the tomatoes and peppers with black shade cloth. You can find the shade cloth in our white drawers by garden 3. They fit our long rows perfectly.

Wednesday, July 3 ( Ana, Barbara, Paul)

Fertilized  with bio flora tomatoes and  summer squash. Fertilized  cucumbers with FE. Removed yellow leaves from summer squash. Watered all rows and plants by front gate. Place extra post on tomatoes.

Monday, July 1 (Brian, Karen, Audrey, Betty, Marion)


  • Tomatoes – 11 lbs.
  • Squash – 15 lbs.
  • Cucumbers – 31 lbs.
  • Green Beans – 27 lbs.

Watered plants by gate. Thanks to Gardens 1 & 2 for their help in harvesting.


Saturday, June29 (Diana, Ann)

Welcome to the garden, Ann.

Showed her around the garden and where everything is.

Found some powder mildew on the zucchini and talked to Roy about it. He said he would talk to Barbara and work out a plan for controlling it.

Teresa in garden 1 needed some help refurbishing a row so Ann and I helped.  This gave Ann a good introduction into refurbishing.

Thursday, June 27 (Barbara, Nanci)


  • 35 lbs cucumbers
  • 9 lbs Beans
  • 6.5 lbs Summer squash
  • 5 lbs Tomatoes
  • .75 Herbs

Saturday team – Please Fertilize Cucumbers with 1/2 cup Agrand and Fertilize Tomatoes with bio flora and water in.

I believe the white fly looking things on the tomatoes is actually the shells of dead aphids. Don’t worry about them.

Wednesday, June 26 ( Ana, Paul)

FE peppers on row 2. Treated tomatoes with  Safer soap, there is heavy infestation with  aphids . Removed yellow leaves from cucumbers and zucchini. Watered plants by the gate and arbor.

Monday, June 24 (Karen, Brian, Cindy, Marion)


  • Zucchini – 3.75 lbs.
  • Yellow Squash – 4 lbs.
  • Tomatoes – 3.25 lbs.
  • Cucumbers – 28.25 lbs.
  • Green Beans- 6 lbs.
  • Oregano – .5 lb.
  • Rosemary – .25 lb.
  • Thyme- .75 lb.

Watered plants by gate. Assisted orchard harvesting. Cindy and Marion delivered produce to the church.

Sunday, June 23 (Barbara)

Planted the flowers in the garden boxes on the arbor as you enter garden with potting soil. Hopefully this will keep them alive a bit longer. Please remember to water every visit. Garden looks beautiful. Beans are ready to be harvested.

Saturday, June 22 (Diana)

Sprayed BT/Safer on tomatoes as there are lots of white flies and some aphids.

Did a check on the rest of the garden. Trimmed some zucchini leaves. There are green beans to be harvested on the upper row by the tomatoes.

Watered the plants by the gate.

Thursday, June 20 (Lisa)


  • Squash – 5.5 lbs
  • Cucumber – 14 lbs
  • Beans – 0.75 lbs

Wednesday, June 19 ( Ana, Paul)

 Weeded and pulled yellow leaves from row 4 and 5. Watered  rows 1,2, 3 , 5 and plants around front gate and arbor. Didn’t water row 4 (cucumbers)  because we didn’t wanted to wet the fruit that is growing close to the ground. Tomatoes have a heavy infestation with aphids. 

Monday June 17 (Marion)

  • Harvest:
  • Cucumber- 73.5 lbs.
  • Zucchini- 6lbs.
  • Yellow Squash- 10 lbs.

Added bio flora to squash row. Thank you to Cyndi from Garden 1 for her assistance today.

Sunday, June 14 (Geeta)

Pulled weeds from row 1. Garden inspection. Zucchini is definitely ready to be harvested. Super thankful to be in quiet nature. 

Saturday, June 15 (Diana)

Tied up tomatoes with twine.

Sprayed Safer/BT on rows 3,4 & 5.

Thursday, June 13 (Barbara, Lisa, Nanci)


  • 28.5 lbs Summer squash
  • 57 lbs Cucumbers 

Watered plants in front of gate..Fertilized row 4 (cucumbers) with FE…We will fertilize beans after the first harvest.

To Do:

  1. Tie up tomatoes with twine from box. Don’t use the string….
  2. Bio Flora Summer Squash Row 5. Make a 1/2 in trench along watering tape and apply Bio flora,. Cover with dirt and water in.
  3. Treat row 3, 4, 5 with Safer soap/ BT solution.
  4. Monday team please harvest summer squash aggressively. 

Wednesday, June 12 ( Ana. Barbara, Paul)

Welcome to the garden Paul our new volunteer.

Applied Bioflora and fish emulsion to peppers on  row 2 . Light weeding. Watered rows 1,2,3 and plants outside gate and arbor.

Monday, June 10 (Brian, Karen, Betty, Marion)


  • Cucumbers- 24 lbs.
  • Yellow Squash- 8 lbs.
  • Zucchini- 8.25 lbs.
  • Herbs- 2.25 lbs.

Watered plants by gate. Made new bleach solution as the bleach bucket was empty. Assisted Garden 1 and 2 in harvesting. Brian and Karen delivered a SUV full of produce to Becky’s home.


Saturday, June 8 (Diana)

The beans are starting to flower, wondering when they get fertilized. Put more sluggo around them.

A number of the tomato plants had suckers growing from the bottom so I cut them off.

Pruned off some of the squash leaves that were laying on the ground.

Watered the plants by the gate. The new plants in the big pot look really nice.

Thursday, June 6 (Lisa and Nanci)


6.75 lbs cucumber

26 lbs summer squash

Noticed some ants on water line at tomatoes

Wednesday, June 5 ( Ana)

Applied sluggo on row 2,4,5 and outside south side of fence. Weeded. Water plants outside gate and arbor.

Monday, June 3 (Betty, Brian, Karen)

Harvest: 11.5 lbs Summer Squash

We replenished the boxes from the garage, repaired small spade with a long handle, tried to get rid of the snails in the garden, weeded, and assisted garden 1 with harvesting.

Sunday, June 2 (Barbara, Geeta)

Took out the root bound geranium outside fence and planted fresh flowers. Please continue to water plants outside gate. Especially the big pot and the small plants in the arbor. 

Monday and Thursday harvest schedule through the summer… Sluggo should be applied everywhere. There are lots of snails about….General maintenance this week.

Saturday, June 1 (Diana, Rachel, Barbara)

Raked the mulch and garden area. Swept the stair…Uncovered the peppers. Sluggo on row 1 and 2.Fixed a leak in row 4. Hosed off and wiped down chairs and tables by garden 1.

Thursday, May 30 (Lisa, Nanci)

Harvest:   30 lbs Summer squash

Wednesday, May 29( Ana)

Treated rows 3,4,and 5 with BT/Safer soap . Weeded around all rows. Removed snails from row 5 . Found a bunch of crows taking pieces of the white cloth on row 2 to be used as nesting material , they are not afraid of the scarecrow .

Monday May 27 (Betty, Cindy)

1. Put Bio Flora on summer squash

2.  Tied up tomatoes

3.  Weeded row 1 walkway

Saturday, May 25 (Barbara, Rachel)

  1. Treated all rows with beneficial nematodes
  2. Found lots of snails on summer squash row 5. Trimmed leaves and picked snails off and spread sluggo.
  3. Replaced old hose with new one. (Thank you Suzanne!!) So nice to have a hose that doesn’t leak.
  4. Watered plants around the gate

To Do:

  1. Monday – Please fertilize Summer squash with Bio Flora. The tomatoes will be ready for another row of twine. It is in the bottom drawer….I put the wire on row 1. We may want to cover the row. Please check with Roy.
  2. Wednesday – BT/Safer row 3,4,5.
  3. Thursday – Harvest and rake up and through away all bark around the garden. It looks messy. 

Wednesday, May 22 (Barbara)

Harvest:  16.5 lbs Summer squash (First harvest)

To Do: Saturday – Nematode treatment on all rows with help from Roy. BT/Safer to rows 3,4,5.

Tuesday, May 21 ( Ana)

Fertilized tomatoes with bio flora. Weeded around garden.

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!

Friday, May 18 (Diana, Rachel, Barbara)

Planted 2nd row of bush beans to row 1 and applied sluggo…Took off the cover of cucumbers so bees can pollinate the flowers

To Do:

Fertilize tomatoes with a side dressing of Bio Flora. Dig small  trench behind the tomato row. Fill with Bio Flora and cover with dirt. Water in.

BT/safer on the cucumbers..row 4

The big fundraiser is coming up on June 2 and would love it if everyone would attend. It is time to clean up all the little stuff around the garden so it looks its very best. It does look pretty great already. 

Thursday, May 16 (Lisa, Nanci)


  • 6.75 lbs summer squash

Applied sluggo plus on row 1 beans

Wednesday ,May 15 (Ana, Linda)

Planted peppers on row 2, watered plants, applied sluggo plus , turned water  on, cover with white cloth. Removed snails from  row 5. Spread mulch outside fence (south side ).

Monday, May 13 ( Betty, Brian, Karen, Cindy, Marion)

Refurbished Row 2. Turned off water row 2. Removed snails from squash. Watered plants by gate. Weeded.

Saturday, May 11 (Diana)

Got all the cauliflower roots pulled out before it started raining too hard.

Thursday, May 9 (Barbara, Lisa, Nanci)


  • 75 lbs Cauliflower  (First and Final Harvest)

Composted cauliflower leaves…Tied up Tomatoe plants with twine ..applied BT , Safer and Sluggo to row 3,4,5. 

To Do: Remove cauliflower roots and put in a black trash bag.  Refurbish row 2. We are going to plant peppers. Keep a look out for snails and remove. They seem really bad this year.

Wednesday, May 8 ( Ana, Linda)

Inspected cauliflower and removed a few snails from cauliflower, we didn’t find any worms . Removed lots of snails from zucchini, summer squash  on row 5. Removed yellow leaves. Weeded outside of fence and spread mulch ( south side).


Saturday, May 4 (Diana)

Planted bush beans on both sides of the South drip tape of row 1, around 150 plants. Thanks to Kim from garden 2 for the help or I could have been there all morning planting! Watered them and put Sluggo down.

Thursday, May 2 (Barbara, Lisa, Nanci)


  • 11.25 lbs chard(final harvest)
  • 1.5 lbs herbs(oregano,  thyme rosemary )

Refurbished row 1 with help from Jill in garden 2…..BT and safer on row 3 tomatoes and row 5 summer squash. continue every 2 weeks from here on out… 

To Do: nematode treatment on all rows. I will try to get it done this week before planting.

Saturday team plant bush beans on south side of row closest to cauliflower. We will plant bush bean seeds on the north side in a week or so staggering the harvest.

Check plants for snails and large worms and pick them out. Reapply Sluggo if needed.


Wednesday. May 1(Ana, Linda)

Removed white cover from row 5, cover was wet, please put away when dry. Found snails on row 5, treated with sluggo . Removed  yellow leaves from cauliflower on row 2, didn’t found cut worm but found some snails and caterpillar. Weeded all rows. 


Sunday, April 28 (Barbara)

Tied up Tomato plants with string and found cut worms in cauliflower – Sprayed BT and Safer on Row 2 Cauliflower. 

Thursday, April 25 (Barbara, Lisa, Nanci)


  • Chard – 9 lbs

Fertilized Cauliflower row 2 with FE…..Watered all rows with hose…Added more sluggo to rows 4&5….  We have nematodes in row 1. We will treat all rows in June with beneficial nematodes…Removed leaves from bottom of tomatoes as Roy instructed. Treated wood stakes with bleach…they are ready to be used on  the tomatoes rows.

Saturday team – Add wood stacks to Tomato row. String is in the top drawer of the cabinet. Use it for the first tie up of tomato plants. Check garden 2 or Roy  if you have questions. Garden 2 just did it.

Wednesday, April 24 ( Ana, Linda)

Weeded. Spread mulch outside east side of fence. 

Monday, April 22 (Cindy, Barbara)

planted row 4 with cucumbers.  Watered well.  Applied Sluggo.  Covered row with white shade cloth.  New drip tape.  Water turned on.

watered at front gate.  Thanks Barbara for the help.

Sunday, April 21 (Geeta)

Worked on Eucalyptus mulch South and East outside fence line.  Thanks to Lori for BT spray on row 2 and 3 

Saturday, April 20 (Diana)

Refurbished row 4, thanks for help from Rachel and Kim.

Didn’t find any aphids in row 2 but picked out lots of worms.

Note from Barbara – Weed wacked the area outside fence with help from Fred. We need to bring wheel borrow full of eucalyptus mulch from the pile near the road. About 4 feet wide all around East and South outside fence line.

Row 2 is Cauliflower not Broccoli. We were not sure from the beginning. But it looks like cauliflower it is..put new name tag:)

Thursday, April 18 (Barbara, Lisa, Nanci) 

Welcome Nanci to garden 3!! We are very happy to have you.     


  • 25 lbs Cabbage (Final Harvest)
  • 19.25 lbs Chard
  • 1 lbs Herbs (Oregano, Rosemary and Thyme)

Row 2 has aphids . Hose off with strong spray of water. Watered plants at gate. Put away white cloth.

To Do: 

  1. Refurbish row 4.
  2. Plant cucumbers. Water well and Cover.  May need to replace water tape.  Found a lot of leaks. 
  3. Row 2 Bt and Safer soap.
  4. Eucalyptus mulch area South and East outside fence line about 4 feet.

Wednesday, April 17 ( Ana, Linda)

Inspected garden. Removed yellow leaves. Weeded outside the fence. White covers were wet, they couldn’t be put away.

Monday, April 15 (Brian, Karen, Marion, Betty, Wyatt (Betty’s grandson))

Watered plants by gate and 3 succulents outside of East fence. Removed dead leaves. Weeded with help from Wyatt, the master weed remover.

Found white covers on ground that were wet. Since they were wet we did not put them away.

Sunday, April 14 (Geeta) 

Garden Inspection, Pulled weeds, and harvested cabbage roots. 

Thursday, April 11(Barbara)


  • 33 lbs Cabbage
  • 7.25 lbs Chard
  • 1 lbs Herbs(Rosemary, Thyme and Oregano)

Row 2 Fertilized with FE…Watered all rows they looked dry…uncovered tomatoes and removed cloth.  Put it on the fence to dry.. it was to wet to put away.

To Do: Put away white cloth on fence…take off and put away white cloth next to broccoli plant row 2. If it is wet hang on fence to dry…Check for aphids…continue weeding perimeter. It is time to weed wack the weeds outside the fence. They have really grown. If anyone would like that job please let me know.

Wednesday, April 10 ( Ana, Linda)

Weeded between rows and outside the fence. Made fresh bleach solution. Gate was found open.

Monday, April 8 (Marion, Brian, Cindy)

  • pulled while shade cloth off the rows.
  • light weeding, removed some cabbage roots
  • hosed off aphids from a couple chard plants
  • watered by gate
  • please remember to place heavy stuff in trash can below by garden 1.  The bag in the trash can was so heavy I had to drag it down below. Thanks

Thursday, April 4 (Barbara, Mike)


  • 15 lbs chard
  • 25 lbs cabbage
  • .25 Herbs

Found a few aphids on the cabbage..sprayed with safer soap.

Check new rows everyday for pest and treat if needed.  Pull white covers to the side for a few days. It is going to be hot.

Wednesday, April 3 ( Ana, Linda, Barbara)

Planted Golden glory yellow squash and Dunja Zucchini on row 5.             Watered , applied Sluggo, covered row, opened drip water line.                  Weeded outside fence , Barbara planted blue agave outside the fence, do  not pulled out , please weed around them.

Monday, April 1st (Marion, Betty, Brian, Karen, Cindy)

Refurbished row 5.  Watered. Replaced drip line.  Did Not turn water on.  

Safer soap rows 1 and 4.  Used the last of liquid safer soap.  Need directions on how to use safer dust.

watered by front gate.

Saturday, March 30 (Diana)

Found the gate open when I arrived at the garden this morning.

Pulled out the rest of the cauliflower roots in row 5 and turned the dirt over. It is ready for adding the amendments for refurbishing.

Thursday, March 28 (Barbara, Lisa, Mike)


  • 22 lbs Cabbage
  • 8 lbs Chard
  • 10.25 lbs Green Cauliflower (Final Harvest)

Noticed aphids on Cabbage in the middle section. Blasted cabbage with water… Fly’s will not hurt the crops but are annoying, I agree. Roy said not to worry.

To Do:

  1. Safter soap row 1 and 4.
  2. Refurbish row 5
  3. Plant row 5 

Wednesday, March 27 ( Ana, Linda)

Found lots of flies under the white cover of broccoli, we removed as many flies as we could. Garden inspected. Weeded row 2 and outside the fence.

Monday, March 25 (Betty, Karen, Brian, Marion)

Garden inspected. Removed yellow leaves. Weeded in garden and also by the table and the main path.

Saturday, March 23 (Diana)

Pulled out all the kale plants in row 1.

Put FE on the chard in row 1.

Thursday, March 21 (Barbara, Lisa, Mike)


  • 15.5 lbs Gr Cauliflower
  • 13 lbs cabbage (First Harvest)
  • 15.5 lbs chard
  • 13 lbs kale (Final Harvest)

Happy 1st Day of Spring:)  Every thing looks great. 

To Do – Fe on Chard. Kale can be pulled out as well as harvested roots from cabbage and cauliflower. Be careful of watering system. Remember to put heavy roots in a trash bag by compost trash cans. Keep look out for aphids and other critters. Use sluggo if needed. Weed all areas.  

Have a great week

Wednesday, March 20 (Ana, Linda)

Garden inspection, newly planted tomato plants look good. Removed snails from cauliflower . Weeded outside the fence.

Monday, March 18 (Marion, Brian, Karen, Betty, Cindy)

  • planted tomatoes row 3.  Watered row, applied Sluggo, covered row
  • watered by front gate
  • light weeding, removed yellow leaves

Sunday, March 17 (Barbara, Geeta)

Treated all rows with beneficial Nematodes and weeded around outside of fence. The ground is very soft so weeds come out easier now then when the ground is dry and hard. Please continue to weed perimeter of fence back about 2 feet. 

Saturday, March 16 (Diana)

Refurbished row 3. Thanks to Rachel and Kim from garden 2 for their help!

Thursday, March 14 (Barbara, Lisa, Mike)


  • 13 lbs broccoli(last harvest)
  • 4 lbs Kale
  • 6 lbs chard
  • 3 lbs green cauliflower(1st harvest)

Pulled out remaining broccoli roots. Put leaves in compost and roots in black plastic bag for trash. Watered plants at gate.

To Do:

Make sure we water gate plants this weekend. It is going to warm up.

Row 5 has a leak at west end. We didn’t get a chance to do it today.

Saturday team – refurbish row 3

Sunday team – treat for nematodes with help from Roy and Barbara on Sunday.

Monday team – Plant row 3 BHN 10-21 tomatoes

Have a very Happy and Safe St Patrick’s Day!!! 

First Harvest of Green Cauliflower! 

Wednesday, March 13 (Ana, Linda)

Garden inspection. Removed a few snails from kale and cabbage.                FE row 1. Weeded. Removed yellow leaves.

Monday March 11 (Betty, Brian, Karen, Marion)

Searched for snails and found a rare one on cauliflower. Removed yellow leaves. Light weeding.

Saturday, March 9 (Diana)

Put FE on row 5.

Pulled out some of the harvested broccoli stalks. Put the leaves into the compost bin and the stalks in a black trash bag. I did not pull out all the harvested stalks since there were quite a few plants that had a second head growing, they weren’t side shoots but another head. They can be harvested when the rest of the plants are.

Thursday, March 7 (Barbara,Lisa, Mike)


  • 43 lbs Broccoli
  • 6 lbs chard
  • 5 lbs Kale

Applied sluggo to row 1 & 5. Picked off all snails I could find.

To Do:  This week check all the rows and pick out the snails. We have a lot and they will devastate the garden. Sluggo doesn’t do all the work.

Saturday or Sunday team –  FE row 5;  Carefully remove all the harvested broccoli plants. Shake off the dirt. We will harvest the remainder next week. Please put the roots in a black trash bag and leaves in the compost. Do not fill the trash bag to full. We need to be able to get it to the curb.

Saturday or Sunday team –  FE row 5

Wednesday team –   FE Row 1

Wednesday, March 6 (Ana, Linda)

FE cabbage on row 4, Found snails on cabbage,removed them and  applied Sluggo. Removed snails found on kale. Weeded . Inspected newly planted row 2, all plants look good.  

Monday March 4th (Marion, Cindy, Betty, Brian)

  • Weeded.  Removed yellow leaves.
  • Found snails on kale.  Picked them off and applied Sluggo.
  • It was lightly raining so we did not apply BT/Safer.

Sunday, March 03, (Geeta and Jeremy)

– Garden inspection, pulled weeds and picked up yellow leaves. Sorry Team, we did not do the Safer/BT on row 1.