Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Saturday, August 18, 2012
These shots really show just how tall and healthy the garden looks this year. The signs are dwarfed! Also note the stump of the "invasive species" tree that was removed prior to this growing season....the garden loves the newfound sunlight.
So as of August 17 we have donated 420 pounds of vegetables.....this past week alone we harvested 104 pounds. Thank you zucchini!
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The garden is glorious! As of August 14 we have donated 366 pounds of vegetables to AFAC and we're just getting started.
The scarecrow still stands in the midst of towering tomatoes and zucchini plants that could probably consume him!
Our Sunday School bean garden is loved by the rabbits but we keep hoping to have a bean or two!
We have corn for the first year and it has done really well. Last year the seeds never made it out of the ground.
This is one of our super producing zucchini plants. Just incredible how fast the stuff grows.
We are harvesting several times a week and we are grateful for our cadre of volunteers who love this place!
In June, Cherrydale Baptist Church asked if we would do a session for their Vacation Bible School about our garden. The kids really worked hard!
One group worked on the compost piles to move the material from one container to another.
A second group created and "planted" a scarecrow! We figured we could use one to keep the birds at bay.
The scarecrow has weathered the derrecho, the beating sun, and has worked diligently to keep the birds away. Its kind of freaky to see it everytime you go to the garden! The birds think so too!
We used a basic kit from Home Depot to set up a small garden area and then with help from Dads we moved the soil to the garden location and began our hard work!
We tried to protect our bean garden but some rabbits seemed to love the growing plants even with our makeshift protection. We keep tending it in hopes we get some beans but I'm not sure that will happen this year.
I admit it. Events happened so fast and my blogging ended up on the back burner! I'm going to start with just how great the garden is this season! The fence and water improvements were lifesavers thanks to a grant through Extension Service.
We have two water hookups in the garden now at the corners. This makes for super easy water access, the water pressure is great and two people can water at once if needed.
And note the glorious fence! Supplies were donated by Long Fence and Greenview Landscaping did the installation. It has really helped keep critters at bay. We have had no damage within the fence since it was installed.
So thank you Extension Service for helping with these two critical needs.