Happy Monday

Happy Monday everyone,

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July and great weekend, the weather was just right! Many thanks to everyone who came out from Kaiser, Enjoying Life More, National Charity League, BSA Troop #888, Boy’s Team Charity and all the regulars who came to work in the garden last week. 

We harvested another 637 pounds of fresh veg to share with our neighbors in need. We even found a couple ripe cherry tomatoes, come on big boys! We harvested the last bed of onions last week. Someone asked how many pounds of onions have we harvested this year. The answer is, since we started harvesting them in April, we have harvested and shared 4,200 pound of onions. WOW!

The battle of the weeds continued, we got another 3,598 square feet of beds and paths cleared of weeds, including our infamous bind weed. Many thanks to RB for weed whacking another 3,000 sq feet of paths and areas surrounding the outbuildings. We also continued amending and planting beds. Amending 172 square feet of bed space with about 1,000 pounds of compost and fertilizers.

The big news is that all the hoop house seedlings that were destined for the garden are now in the garden! We got the last 33 winter squash out on Friday and the last 54 zucchini plants out on Saturday. WAHOOO! We will be able to start harvesting from the zucchini in about 50 days and the winter squash come October / November. 

We also got about 500 feet of trellising up and 44 cucumber, 107 melon and 119 winter squash plants up on the trellises. We did find 5 squash bugs while working with the winter squash. Four of them were in beds that did NOT have dill and fennel planted with the squash so right now it looks like that companion planting is working. We took the hint and direct sowed lots of dill in our ‘unprotected’ beds. We will redouble our squash bug surveillance efforts in the coming weeks..

The southern 84 tomato plants also got some love with their branches getting tucked back into their cages. 

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,