Happy Tuesday everyone,
I hope everyone had a relaxing three day weekend. Thanks to you all we started getting the onion sets out into the garden on schedule! Yay! Another very productive week Regular volunteers were joined by Kaiser’s IT team (some of are becoming regulars themselves!) , students came out from Livermore, Granada,Valley, Foothill, Bishop O’Dowd, Amador and Dublin High Schools, plus members of the Global Leadership Initiative for Youth and a few new volunteers who came out just to help.
The first step to getting the onions in was to glean out the beds they were destined to go into. You all were able to glean out 477 pounds of summer vegetables that had mostly survived a little frosting. That was about 400 pounds more than I thought we would be able to find! You all got a whole bunch of those plants chopped into little pieces, THANK YOU! The birds are loving their ever growing tomato cage pyramid. We sorted out the green and blushing (little bit of color change) tomatoes and set 7 crates into the office to try and ripen them for sharing next week. I know folks were happy to receive all that yummy produce.
After gleaning out the shareable vegetables you all went on to take out the plants and weeds from 1,615 sq ft of bed space. Then amend 847 sq feet of that bed space with fertilizer and 20 wheelbarrows of compost, nigh on 5,000 pounds! Feeling tired yet? Into some of the amended beds we were able to plant 2,150 onions. We will start harvesting them in April and on into June. We will plant onions into the three beds we amended but ran out of time to plant on Saturday.
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. Have a great week!
Happy gardening everyone.
With sincere gratitude and hugs