Garden Report – August 26th

We had another great day at the garden on Saturday with about 11 or 12 folks working today. We had a couple new folks, but mostly “regulars” volunteering. Absolutely perfect weather, blue skies, crisp air.

We had an astonishing 94 pounds of tomatoes go over to pantry today – and after the carts left someone noticed we hadn’t picked any cherry tomatoes. We also had amazing amounts of basil and parsley and they smelled so heavenly. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.
Tomatoes are now far and away our number one item at 192 pounds for the year. There are still a lot of green tomatoes left to harvest as well. Onions and squash are each about 110 pounds, then spaghetti squash, cucumbers, rhubarb, and potatoes come in around 40 pounds each so far this year.

We are now over 900 pounds for the year.

There was a bunch of squash (it is shaped like butternut, but colored differently) harvested on Tuesday. We also took two good sized eggplants over. They were beautiful.

One downside of Carla being gone for two weeks is that mosst of our pallets / plastic trays were still over at the food pantry. We shuffled things around and made it work.

The carts came back with a big pile of plastic trays and one of the wire buckets that went over last week.

Speaking of carts going to the pantry – last week the small cart came back with a flat. We pumped it up last week and it seemed to be holding – but today that tire was flat again. So we’ll have to get the tire patch kit out next week.

It has been dry here – so we did water as much of the leafy greens as we could.

Next weekend is Labor Day weekend. The Interfaith garden and the food pantry will be closed for the holiday.  We will see you all in a couple weeks!

 

Love What Matters

“20 or so years ago my friend Iva’s grandmother lost her diamond engagement ring while farming/gardening on her family’s land near Armena (Camrose), Alberta, Canada. After many tears and hours of searching, she never did find the ring. In the end, she used her own hard earned money to replace the ring and never told her Husband!

Iva recently built a house on a portion of this family farm land. This garden has been feeding the family for years, but this year it had a special gift for them.

Guess what happened when Iva’s family went to harvest some of the garden last night?!? 😳

Grandma’s secrets are safe with mother earth no more!

The “carrot ring” has been returned to Iva’s Grandma as of this morning (Aug 15, 2017) she is very happy to have the original ring her late husband proposed to her with.”

Hat tip to Kathryn Jacob!

[Love What Matters]

Garden Report – August 19th

It was a beautiful day to be working at the garden this morning. Perfect temperatures, blue sky with a few clouds, low humidity and a good amount of dew still on the grass as we arrived.

Carla is on vacation visiting grandkids this week, but we had a great crew today of about 16 very experienced volunteers from Grace Chapel, Hancock Church and the Chinese Bible Chapel. We also had a first time student who was working to earn some of his community service hours.

We had our largest delivery to the food pantry so far this year of about 169 pounds of produce (with a lot of thanks to the crew of volunteers from Tuesday). Even with our largest harvest so far this year – we sent three full food carts off to the pantry early!

Three carts with 169 pounds of produce!

The star of the show today was 56 pounds of a wide variety of regular and heirloom tomatoes. We also delivered 21 pounds of yellow squash, 19 pounds of cucumbers, 18 pounds of onions, and 15 pounds of spaghetti squash. We also had about 8 pounds each of rhubarb and green peppers and 6 pounds each of beans and zucchini.

So far this year, we are close to 750 pounds of produce delivered to the pantry. Surprisingly the number one item is onions at about 115 pounds so far this year. Tomatoes are number 2 at 98 pounds and yellow squash at 86 pounds. After that, we have 43 pounds of spaghetti squash, 40 pounds of potatoes, 37 pounds of rhubarb, 34 pounds of bok choy, 28 pounds of zucchini, 27 pounds of cucumbers, 26 pounds of parslane and green peppers, 18 pounds of Swiss chard and radishes, followed by 13 pounds of leeks, basil and lettuce.

 

From Garden to Food Pantry: June 17, 2017

Harvesting at the Garden

Carting the harvest to the food pantry

Donnalee, who often volunteers at the Garden on Tuesday afternoons was was waiting for our delivery at the Food Pantry.

 

. . . → Read More: From Garden to Food Pantry: June 17, 2017

At the Garden: May 20, 2017

Volunteers: a Lexington Brownie troop

Weather: Sunny, dry, 60s to 70s

We were delighted to be joined this morning by an enthusiastic troop of about 8 Brownie scouts and parents helping at the Garden this morning. For some, this was a repeat volunteer opportunity. For others, this was the first time they were . . . → Read More: At the Garden: May 20, 2017

Season 8 First Harvest: April 29, 2017

Volunteers from: Chinese Bible Church, Pilgrim, First Parish, Hancock, First Baptist and the Lexington Catholic Community

Weather: sunny and in the 60s

Tasks: Harvest asparagus, rhubarb, mint and chives; deliver our first harvest to the Lexington Food Pantry; water seedlings; and weed

Season 8’s first harvest and delivery team!

. . . → Read More: Season 8 First Harvest: April 29, 2017

At the Garden: April 15, 2017

Volunteers from Follen, Hancock, and the Lexington community

Weather: Sunny and 50s

Tasks for Saturday:

Find the first vegetable already pushing up through the soil ( hint: it’s asparagus as seen to the right )

Construct bean and pea pole structures in the small garden, Plant onions, peas and . . . → Read More: At the Garden: April 15, 2017

Our Eighth Season Begins!

After a number of weather cancellations, we finally got to work on Tuesday, April 4th and Saturday, April 8th. Volunteers emptied compost bins, cleaned tools, pumped air into the wagon wheels, shoveled compost and cleaned up the barn. Asparagus is already on the way! For more photos of the . . . → Read More: Our Eighth Season Begins!

Michael Pollan’s Ideas on Gardening and Gardens

We are going to be opening the garden on March 25th this year, weather permitting. Here are some of Michael Pollen’s ideas about why gardening (and composting) is such a wonderful activity – to tide you over for the next three weeks till opening day. – Mark Sandeen

Here’s the thing: It’s seldom that such . . . → Read More: Michael Pollan’s Ideas on Gardening and Gardens

Year End Harvest Wrap Up

In our 7th season at the garden, we delivered 1,740 pounds of produce to the food pantry. Our second best year! That compared to 1,666, 2015, 1,541, and 1,637 pounds of produced delivered by this time for the last four years.

At the top of the list was 221 pounds of bok choy, 217 pounds . . . → Read More: Year End Harvest Wrap Up