Happy Monday

Happy Monday everyone,

Many thanks to all of you who made it out to help in the garden last week. We got a lot of stuff done to help the garden move into fall and winter. Shout outs to all our regular volunteers and the teams from GAP Inc., Hands on Bay Area, Bank of the West, Granada High’s FIT club, Amador Valley High’s Key club, Dublin High’s Global Leadership club and Transition class, the Boys Team Charity, Boy Scout Troop 815 and Girl Scout Troop 32019. We all rocked it out last week!

Together we harvested 785 pounds of fresh produce to share with Open Heart Kitchen and our local food pantries to serve our neighbors in need. I know their clients love getting all the fresh vegetables to eat.

We also made great strides in moving the garden into the fall by gleaning, clearing and weeding 1085 sq. feet of bed space. Then you amended and planted 756 sq feet of that bed space. To be exact we added about 2,700 pounds of compost and organic fertilizer to feed the 158 peas, 2,870 turnips, 3,218 parsnips and 12,384 carrots we direct sowed and 36 broccoli and 51 cauliflower we transplanted into the prepared beds. In about three weeks we will be putting out seedlings that grow up from the 2,928 seeds we started last week. Yes indeed we were busy folks!

In addition to all that planting the Saturday teams continued our compost making and the Girl Scouts started preparing and restored the irrigation lines in our soon to be native plant beds. The troop members are working to create a wonderful habitat for all kinds of native pollinator species.

The Troop will be assisting Scott Ball our local bee keeper in a bee class this Saturday at noon after our volunteer shift. If you are interested in keeping your own bees please do come to the class and learn tons from Scott.

The garden is making rapid progress into the fall crops because of your efforts! I now feel confident that because of you all, we will be able to continue providing our neighbors in need fresh healthy vegetables all year round.

As always, I am indebted to all of you and send you all my sincere gratitude. Fertile GroundWorks could not do all we do without wonderful volunteers like you. You are all truly amazing human beings. THANK YOU!!! for enabling us to TEACH, GROW, and GIVE.

I do hope that you all will be able to come back and see how your efforts helped the garden to grow and change with the seasons.

Until next we meet, please do take care of yourselves.

Happy gardening everyone.

With sincere gratitude and hugs