Happy Monday

Happy Monday everyone,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Father’s day celebration. So nice and cool! What a roller coaster of temperatures last week, breaking 100 during our Tuesday shift then cooling down to almost chilly to start our Saturday shift. Many thanks to the folks from Workday, National Charity League, and Boy Scout Troop #888 who all came out to help in the garden. Despite the temperature fluctuations we really got a lot done last week.

We harvested a whooping 750 pounds of fresh veg to share with our neighbors in need. ON top of harvesting we also got tons of garden chores completed. Caging 279 tomato plants before they ran wild. Putting up the first 75 feet of our trellises, for the cucumbers we planted. Started another batch of compost to complete the circle of growing. We also started putting in the irrigation to our pumpkin batch expansion, thanks DZ!

For bed preparation we gleaned and weeded 1,384 square feet of bed space, amending 964 square feet of that space with about 6,750 pounds of compost in addition to the fertilizers we add to feed the seedlings as they grow this summer. Speaking of seedlings we transplanted the last 19 tomato plants, bringing the garden’s total to 318 tomatoes. I am so thankful our night time temps are finally staying over 50F so most are starting to set fruit. YEAH! We also transplanted 84 peppers, 12 watermelon, 10 eggplants, 34 orach, 40 zucchini and 78 cucumber plants. We also got two beds of our three sister demonstration beds completed by transplanting 33 winter squash plants and direct sowing 60 corn and 112 pole bean seeds. Should have the third bed done this week. Can’t wait to see them up and growing!

As always, I am indebted to you all 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,