Weather: Sunny, high 40s
A large crew answered the call for help and showed up with the expectation of shoveling lots of composted manure onto the garden. However, the truck with the manure arrived later than usual and we didn’t make much of a dent in the pile. But there was enough time to get an initial 4-inch layer of manure on the asparagus.
The first transplanting happened…a row of parsley plants. They were planted about 1 to 1 ½ ft apart. In between Carla will plant seeds. This will allow ingrowing to replace the more mature parsley as it is cut.
Here the garden markers are being cleaned for reuse this year. Janet and Kathy were looking to see if there was already a “Parsley” marker to use in the new bed.
Note the new compost bins…all ready to get newly filled with garden waste.
The parsley was part of a contribution of herbs (basil, parsley, rosemary, lavender) from a volunteer who used them as luncheon table centerpieces at her son’s bar mitzvah. She wanted to have a tie-in to the Interfaith Garden. And who knows, perhaps some of her son’s guests will end up working with us because of what they learned that day.
Update on the woodchuck: He has not made an appearance since Tuesday when the trap was set. And there has been no more tunneling in the garden. Interestingly, while the cabbage leaves remained, the peanut butter was all gone. Carla wonders if sneaky squirrels found a way to pull out the bait without triggering the trap.
Carla reports that new hives were installed. The beekeeper expects that the bees did not survive our harsh winter so new bees will be arriving before too long. The good news was that the bees left behind some very tasty honey.
We were joined by 4 volunteers from South Church in Andover. After hearing of our Interfaith Garden from their recently called new minister, Rev. Dana Allen Walsh, they are looking into starting an interfaith Garden up North to provide outreach to nearby Lawrence. So they came to get first hand experience at the garden and to better understand what would be entailed. It reminded me of 6 years ago when a few of us went and met with Gaining Ground in Concord to pick the brains of that group. With a few acres, a full-time farmer and LOTS of volunteers, they raise and annually give away for free over 20,000 pounds of fresh produce to local food banks. Just as Gaining Ground inspired and provided insights on how we might get our project off the ground, we hope that what was shared this morning with South Church proves helpful.
Volunteers plant, grow, harvest and deliver thousands of pounds of organically grown produce to the Lexington Food Pantry each year.
Our sixth season of growing “Good Food for Good Neighbors” starts on Tuesday, April 7th, snow or shine!!
Volunteer schedules are in progress for the 15 faith communities and friends who offer a few hours per week from late March through early November in this beautiful community vegetable garden in the center of Lexington.
If you would like to join us, please sign up here…all are welcome, whether affiliated with a faith community or not.
You can help today by downloading, printing and posting this flyer for community service hours around town. Thank you!!
Volunteers from Hancock, Lexington Catholic Community and Pilgrim and St. Nicholas.
Weather was beautiful—sunny and warm.
Good news! Water is back at the barn! The leak in the underground water line was discovered and repaired. That will make all things easier–from washing off tools, cleaning off produce to watering!
Tuesdays are generally about planting, weeding and watering. Yesterday was no exception. Among the new plantings were basil, a squash hill and artichokes. Yes, artichokes! In my ignorance, I never thought artichokes were amenable to New England summers. And I certainly don’t
know what the plant looks like. I’m torn between Googling for pictures, or waiting to be amazed to see how the plant develops. I’m still remembering the wonderment of discovering asparagus plants.
Laurel and Carla shared the importance of milkweed plants for butterflies. Both of them recently had heard a presentation from The Herb Farmacy (at the Lex Garden Club??) and this was among the issues discussed. Apparently milkweed is a very important source of sustenance for butterflies, but human development has decimated its habitat and helped put the butterfly, especially monarchs, at risk. And so in deference to butterflies, Carla asked Laurel plant some milkweed she picked up at the pharmacy.
This was the first time I have worked since our Garden Blessing ceremony last month. As you may recall we
extended a general invitation to all present to provide their blessings on blank garden markers that would be used in the future to label our plants. It was fun yesterday to discover them, but I only had time to read a few. But what I read confirmed that the warmth and good cheer of that pleasant mid-May afternoon continues to envelop the garden and its workers!
I wish the picture were clearer. The blessing is wonderful…it reads “May only good things emerge—both from the soil and in the gardener’s life who find this.”
The next time you stop by, take a look and share in the blessing!
Hello Spring!!! Opening Day is Tuesday March 25th from 4:30 to 6PM. Our first Saturday at the Garden will be on March 29th from 9:00 to 10:30AM. Click on the Volunteer Button to let us know you’d like to help out this season. The snow is melting quickly. Carla has decided it’s time . . . → Read More: Opening Day at the Garden!
Ready to deliver one of the carts
This basket was filled with chard – twice!
3 varieties of tomatoes
Volunteers from Redeemer, First Parish, Pilgrim, Hancock and a few others from the community Harvest included tomatoes, eggplant, swiss chard, broccoli, beans, parsley, dill, mint, beets, kale, radishes . . . → Read More: Garden Report October 12th
Volunteers 9/28th: Follen, Hancock, Islamic Center, Lexington Catholic Community, First Parish and First Baptist
Volunteers 10/5th: Redeemer, Lex Catholic Community, Lex Methodist, Hancock and Temple Isaiah
Crops harvested: Swiss chard, eggplant, tomatoes, green beans, cabbage, kale, broccoli, parsley, dill, mint, zucchini, pumpkins, butternut squash, cabbage, peppers
It’s now easier to see that the . . . → Read More: Garden Report – Sept 28th & Oct 5th
Volunteers from: Cub Scout Pack 160, Hancock, First Parish and United Methodist
Weather: 60s and sunny, with a lot of dew on the ground.
Today’s harvest of 147 pounds included: lettuce, tomatoes, cabbage, parsley, beets, broccoli, leeks, kale, zucchini, tomatoes (3 varieties), butternut squash, eggplant, basil, onions, chard (2 varieties), and pumpkins.
Today we had . . . → Read More: Garden Report – September 21st
Volunteers on the way to the Pantry
Volunteers from: Redeemer, Follen, Lex Catholic Community, Trinity Covenant and others community volunteers
Weather: High 60s and sunny. We could use some rain!
Today’s harvest of about 140 pounds included: lettuce, spinach, parsley, beets, leeks, blueberries, carrots, kale, green beans, zucchini, tomatoes (3 varieties), winter . . . → Read More: Garden Report – August 24th