Happy Monday

Happy Monday everyone,

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  What a great and productive time we had in the garden this past week.  WE had help from lots of new faces and families from Boy’s Team Charity, National League Charity, Global Leadership Initiative for Youth, Girl Scouts and Lai’s Friends of Fremont.

One of the most notable things we got done was the construction of a beautiful new gazebo at the front of the garden. In addition to making a wonderful entry point for the garden, it won’t blow apart in the stiff winds that we get in the garden. It was great to weigh produce in its shade this week.  I am looking forward to staying dry in  the winter rains while working under it. MANY THANKS DD! for spear heading the gazebo project and all those who helped him build it. Perhaps DD’s fingers were getting tired, as he is also our master sail tailor who always fixed the tarp when it seams got blown apart, thanks for doing all that sewing too DD!

Another exciting thing for me was that Zane and my lessons on bee keeping from SB, our bee keeper, have progressed to the how to harvest honey stage. Very cool.  Learning tons from SB, THANK YOU SIR!

Yet another big project was flushing all the drip lines in the garden, replacing old water lines and trying to fix all the leaks we could find. WAY TO GO TEAM! It takes a lot of patience to do this rather tedious chore but it needs to get done twice a year. All your help is greatly appreciated.

We also pulled and pulled weeds again, the garden is looking very well tended. THANK YOU ZEN PULLERS! JS is one talented lady, not only can she build gazebos but she also kept up the squash bug hunt.  In addition to all these chores, we also planted another 27 winter squash, 23 melons, and hundreds of basil, fennel, cumin and dill seedlings, and sowed hundreds of black eyed peas to improve the beds we will soon be planting in fall/winter crops. We even planted our first kale and collard seedlings that we will be in harvesting into spring of 2021. YAY!

In addition to all those big projects and plantings we were able to harvest and share 256 pounds of summer produce with our neighbors in need last week, including our first tomatoes of the summer that some very sharp eyed harvesters found.  THANKS BP & MC!  While overall harvest weights feel like they drop between the onions and tomato harvests please know that we were able to add about 400 pounds of onions to the produce we took in to the pantries last week  and that since mid-June we have harvest 3,510 pounds of onions and still have some in storage to share for the next few weeks. Many thanks to all the folks who have helped rotate the onions in storage as they finished curing.

As always, my sincere and heartfelt gratitude to all you.  Thank you all for coming out to help the garden help feed our neighbors.  Fertile GroundWorks couldn’t do what we do without each and every one of you.  THANK YOU!

Have a wonderful week everyone.

Until next we meet, do stay safe and keep loving the ones you are with.

Giant cosmic hugs