Happy Monday

Happy Monday everyone,

            I hope everyone had a great weekend, the weather was just right!  Many thanks to the families and folks who came out from Workday, Kaiser,  National Charity League, Young Men’s Service League, Boy Scout Troop #924 and the inaugural team from the Danville/Alamo chapter of the Boy’s Team Charity to help all the regulars in the garden last week. 

            We harvested a whopping 1,297 pounds of fresh veg to share with our neighbors in need.  Yes, we harvested a lot of onions but they are moving out fast to our neighbors. Folks seem to really like them.  I can hardly wait for all the green tomatoes to ripen.

            We continued the battle of the weeds, weeding and gleaning 4,033 square feet of beds and paths.  We also continued amend and planting beds.  Amending 734 square feet of bed space with about 4,590 pounds of compost and fertilizers.

            Tuesday we potted up some narrow leaf milkweed for our monarch butterflies.  We also transplanted 90 cucumbers, 11 melons, some dill and 167 winter squash plants into the garden.  All those winter squash should be mature just in time for Thanksgiving harvest feasts. The hoop house is almost empty now. This year we are testing protecting our cucurbits (squash, melons and cukes) from the infamous squash bug by trellising the plants and companion planting members of the umbelliferae family (dill, fennel, parsley etc.)  Many thanks to the Tuesday and Saturday crews for putting in the infrastructure and then putting the plants up on their trellises.  Only eleven more cucurbit beds left to do.

            The tomato plants also got some love with their branches getting tucked back into their cages.  Plus, we received our new irrigation lines and put them out in the garden expansion on the South side of the garden.  The new model of drip lines have cool blue racing stripes, come check them out.  Now that there is reliable water in the expansion we were able to plant out our new ‘pumpkin patch’ in the area.  YEAH!

            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