Friday, July 1, 2011

when the sun comes out

It's finally stopped raining so continuously, and we've been able to enjoy some great work days in the garden. This past Friday, we thought it was going to rain the entire time, but it held off long enough for us to do some serious weeding. A few weeds aren't particularly problematic, but when weeds become prolific (like they were) they begin to compete with the plants we want for physical space, soil nutrients, water, and light. So, we pull them up. Thanks to the awesome folks who came to June 24 work-party for excellent weeding of all sixteen of the raised beds.

Amelia with a giant pile of greens, and the awesome weeding crew

Garden beets! Aren't they gorgeous?

Stir-fry with garden greens, zucchini (local, but not ours), onion, and garden sage

Veggies about to get roasted

We had to move the stir-fry to a giant pot instead of the cast iron frying pan, which wasn't big enough to hold all of the chard and beet greens we had. 

We also started a garden program with the Williamstown Youth Center, and now every Wednesday for about an hour or two, kids in the Youth Center summer program get to come over and help in the garden. This past Wednesday one girl weeded the entire round garlic bed:



And they've finally started construction over at Kellogg. It's weird, and a bit sad, to walk/bike by and see the bulldozed, empty space:

Check out the new documents linked on the right side of the page, especially the information on the different types of greens we're growing in the garden. Keep harvesting, and just don't forget to record what you take. Happy 4th!


  1. Found your blog by way of Bennington's Garden blog. I'm a West Coast gardener, but it looks to me like your garden is right up there on maturity, even though we can start so much earlier. Love your photos.

  2. Williamstown Youth Center! Awesome! And everything looks delicious, thank you guys for all your hard work! Also love the new blog design :) Any idea when the garlic will be coming out? We just harvested at the farm here in Seattle. And how are the potatoes?

  3. Meryl, thank you! We've been using mini hoop houses to extend the seasons, which has allowed us to harvest late into fall and begin harvesting again as soon as the snow melts.

    Andrea, you're awesome too :)