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.
Lance, Paula, Judy, Debbie and Bruce worked at the Garden of Grace. Bruce and Lance started the harvest at 9:15 AM and the others arrived about 10:00 PM. A total of 13.5 person-hours were worked.
All ripe and nearly ripe tomatoes were harvested for salad and all green tomatoes large enough to be stuffed were also harvested. In addition to this about 25 partially ripe tomatoes were picked for ripening wrapped in newspaper and stored in a garage. Bruce will check with Leonard about hanging tomato vines with green fruit to ripen once they are pulled.
Swiss chard, basil, cucumbers and trombetta squash were also harvested for salad. Pumpkins, butternut and miscellaneous winter squash (picked earlier) were weighed and will be used for table decorations along with Indian corn. (The squash will then be cooked in OHK meals.)
About 150 Stockton Red onion seedlings were planted in K5, completing the planting in that bed.
Saturday, gardeners and volunteers planted several flats of brassicas (mostly kales and collards) and chenopods (beets and chards) that have been sitting in the garden for several weeks. These were placed into the N end of beds K5 and K6. Also planted into these two beds were several varieties of garlic and shallots, all donated by Paula Glogovac, and into K5 three varieties of onion seedlings (about 250 total plants), donated by Wanda Finn.
Also, the Yellow Mangel seedlings were planted into bed CDE3. These are being grown for seed production.
Bed K4 was topped with several inches of donated compost.
Finally, we had a visit by Pete Rudnick.