On Thursday Nov 17, Lance did a sort of inventory of what was recently transplanted or planted in the new beds K4-K7. About 1965 onions from the large Lockhart purchase were counted, about 1196 yellow and 769 red.
Wednesday, 11/16/11, Lance and Emily started the harvest and Bruce and Diana started placing T-tape on beds K4 and K7.
All fruit was removed from bell and banana pepper plants (B2, AB7 and AB8) and all remaining squash was harvested from F1 and F2 (butternut) and JA (intermixed varieties of pumpkin, acorn, delicata).
Mark dropped off six large Trombetta squash (the largest being 5 feet long) that he brought from his home garden earlier the same morning.
Chard was harvested from the JA bed. Lance weighed and with help from others transported produce to the Asbury Kitchen where Open Heart Kitchen (OHK) staff and volunteers used them in the day’s entrees.
As soon as the T-Tape was place on bed K4, Bruce and Diana started digging a 5 to 6 inch hexagonal pattern of small holes for planting Early Red Burger and Sweet Pak Yellow onion seedlings that Mark had purchased from Lockhart Seeds Inc. in Stockton, CA.
Judy and Teresa arrived at 10:00 AM and worked with Diana to finish digging the holes and start planting the onions in K4 while Bruce started digging a 5 inch hexagonal pattern in K7. After K4 was completely dug, Diana helped Bruce dig K7 while the others finished planting K4. A patron from OHK asked several questions about organic gardening and helped plant some onions.
After the rest of the crew left, Bruce and Lance finished planting the Sweet Pak Yellow onions in bed K7. In all, about 2000 onions were planted.
Monday, 11/14/11, Bruce and Lance removed rock from K4 and Bruce tilled the compost into bed K4. Lance also spread lasagna mulch to the West of K7.
Bruce spread 27 cubic feet of the Home Depot steer manure compost on the K5 bed (300 sf) and used a Mantis tiller (thanks Paula for lending your tiller to the Garden!) to mix the compost and/or manure into the soil on beds K5, K6 and K7 (975 sf). Seedlings were also watered. This work took 3 hours (from 2:00 to 5:00 PM).
Saturday Lance and Bruce worked on the Western 4 K-beds and the lasagna mulch area to the West of the K-beds. For this description, I will number the existing beds K1 through K7 (East to West) knowing that this convention hasn’t been nailed down yet.
The remaining half of bed K4 was leveled and three 5-gallon buckets for rock removed.
Additional rock was removed from the surface of bed K5 (Lance: # of 2-gallon buckets?).
6 wheel barrows of chip mulch were spread on the aisle between K6 and K7 bringing the level up to about 3 inches below the bed surfaces along the Southern 20 feet of aisle.
Piles of previously placed Republic Recyclery mulch (RRM) were spread to cover the entire 5-foot wide K7 bed in about 4 to 5 inches of mulch.
Piles of previously placed RRM were spread to cover the Southern quarter of the 4-foot wide K6 bed in about 3 inches of mulch.
Grass clippings and predominantly leafy mulch (form North or South Pile) was spread in lasagna mulch fashion over the area to the West of K7.