At the Garden: April 23, 2016

Volunteers from First Baptist, Chinese Bible Church, and Hancock helped this morning.

Weather: drizzly

Potatoes were planted here in the gullies of the hill piles above. Each week volunteers will check to see if the potato plants have started to poke through the soil. If yes, they will be buried again with the soil from the hillocks beside them.

Potatoes were planted here in the gullies of the hill piles above. Each week volunteers will check to see if the potato plants have started to poke through the soil. If yes, they will be buried again with the soil from the hillocks beside them.

 

Seed packets are organized in the barn, waiting for their turn to be planted.

Seed packets are organized in the barn, waiting for their turn to be planted.

 

You can see the progression of paths which now are defining more of the beds as they have been established. Poles in the back half are where the peas were planted.

You can see the progression of paths which now are defining more of the beds as they have been established. Poles in the back half are where the peas were planted.

 

Our excellent path builders. First put down wet newspapers and then cover with a layer of straw.

Our excellent path builders. First put down wet newspapers and then cover with a layer of straw.

One of our volunteers shared something new with us—how a weed we would have blithely tossed away is used in other cultures. The feathery green this volunteer is holding can be cooked along with ginger and soy to create a broth that sooths the tummy.

One of our volunteers shared something new with us—how a weed we would have blithely tossed away is used in other cultures. The feathery green this volunteer is holding can be cooked along with ginger and soy to create a broth that sooths the tummy.

At the Garden – April 2, 2016

Volunteers came from the Chinese Bible Church of Greater Boston, Hancock, and Grace Chapel.

20160402_first asparagusCan you see the first stalks of asparagus? It won’t be long before they are harvestable. I wonder how much later we see the evidence of the cool weather crops (peas, greens, etc.) that were planted by Tuesday’s crew.

If you haul enough manure you don’t need a coat to stay warm!   Friends from Grace Chapel help feed the soil.

If you haul enough manure you don’t need a coat to stay warm!   Friends from Grace Chapel help feed the soil.

 

Our Seventh Season Begins!

Report from the Interfaith Garden – March 19, 2016

First things first...signing in!

First things first…signing in!

Mark has already looked back at prior years and found that our first day this year fits the pattern of opening within a week of the first day of Spring….excepting last year of course, when we got an almost 3-wk late start. But everything about last year’s winter was exceptional. It was a nice brisk day with lots of sunshine. So we got a good start on prepping for the coming season, …. clearing out the debris of winter, raking the winter rye clumps left after rototilling, and spreading composted manure.

20160319_raking the winter rye

For more photos from the Garden, check out our Photo album

 

September 19: A Four Cart Day!

Volunteers from Chinese Bible Church, Follen, Redeemer, First Baptist and Hancock

Weather: Nice cool fall day. Damp due to the hour, but soon dissipated.

Harvested today: 220 pounds including broccoli, beans, eggplant, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, Swiss chard, cabbage, pumpkins, bok choy, butternut squash, acorn squash, radishes, scallions, kale, green peppers, arugula, and . . . → Read More: September 19: A Four Cart Day!

At the Garden: Saturday, September 12

Volunteers from Chinese Bible Church, Hancock, Redeemer, First Baptist, Follen, Quakers and the neighborhood.

Weather: Bit damp after rain of past two days, but otherwise fine.

Harvested: a total of 108.5 lbs. including tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, broccoli, pole beans, eggplant, kale, chard, peaches, green peppers, bok choy, green onions, . . . → Read More: At the Garden: Saturday, September 12

At the Garden: Saturday, August 22

Volunteers: members from Hancock, Follen, Pilgrim, and the Chinese Bible Church

Weather: Hazy and damp, but no rain.

Yield: Informal estimate of 155 pounds consisting of kale, eggplant, rhubarb, potatoes, green peppers, beans, broccoli, yellow squash, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, parsley, basil, garlic, tarragon, Swiss chard, and delicata squash

. . . → Read More: At the Garden: Saturday, August 22

At the Garden: Saturday, July 18

Today’s volunteers were from: Redeemer, Pilgrim, Hancock and First Baptist The weather turned out OK after all. With rain up until 7:30am, we had wet feet, but that was all.

The harvest totaled 60 lbs, consisting of: arugula, basil, beans, bok choy, cilantro, dill, kale, leeks, lettuce, mint, oriental peas, parsley, peppers, raspberries, radishes, . . . → Read More: At the Garden: Saturday, July 18

At the Garden: Saturday, July 11

Volunteers today from: First Parish, Chinese Bible Church of Greater Boston, Lexington Methodist, and the Lexington Catholic Community

Weather: lovely July morning– Sunny and 70 degrees.

The crew this morning had a lot to do since the Interfaith Garden was closed last Saturday for the 4th of July holiday. As you would expect, there was . . . → Read More: At the Garden: Saturday, July 11

At the Interfaith Garden: Sat., June 6

On Saturday, June 6th, a Girl Scout Brownie troop and some of their parents came to help. One brownie had worked another Saturday and she reported that she liked coming back and knowing where things were and what to do. The girls were curious, worked hard and enthusiastically went from one task to the next. . . . → Read More: At the Interfaith Garden: Sat., June 6

Report from the Pantry – June 14th

I got to chat with Carolyn Wortman yesterday at the Lexington Food Pantry. As you likely know, she is the longtime volunteer that coordinates the Pantry. Since all the work we do at the Interfaith Garden ends up at the Pantry, I thought you would be interested in what’s happening there. Included in this . . . → Read More: Report from the Pantry – June 14th