Wednesday, June 19, 2013

We're On It

Hello everyone,

This last week has been hectic and eventful. Our main goal has been to get all of the gardens to full production mode and we are most of the way there! This process entails clearing beds covered with weeds (and those ungodly oregano plants), broad forking the soil (which mixes and aerates it), adding compost and then raking the beds.

The weeds from the Presidential Garden 
Only then can the planting start. As of today, the presidential garden is completely planted. Four long rows of transplanted cucumbers, zucchinis, squash, watermelons, and melons sit beside a row of tomatoes. On the other side, this morning we planted seven short rows of carrots, radishes, arugula and cilantro. This is in addition to the potato plants and peas that were there before. Finally we planted a variety of beans between the peas and the fence. For now, the presidential garden is full! Down in parson's garden, we have planted both seeds and transplants. In addition to the potatoes, beets, garlic, basil, peppers, tomatoes, radishes, lettuce, kale, swiss chard (etc!), in the last few days we planted eggplant, more peppers, scallions, more beets, more basil, more lettuce, kale, parsnips, mustard greens, arugula, kohlrabi, carrots and bok choy. Even with all of these planted, a few rows are currently empty, waiting for the zucchini, brussels sprouts, peppers and okra currently sprouting in our grow cart. Up at Mount Greylock High School, we are still in the process of revamping some of the beds.
The Presidential Garden after a little work

However, we have planted beans are are on our way to perhaps planting another squash, zucchini patch. Lucy and I, (yes it is Josh writing, the mystery is solved) met with two of our high school interns (I am feeling pretty good about being an intern with interns) and they seem ready to get going. Back on the home front, we just placed an order for blackberry, raspberry, and strawberry plants, as well as asparagus crowns and rhubarb seeds. We are still looking for some grape vines. Williams growers, get ready for a new dimension to the garden: fruit!! Now, as the immediate planting gets completed we shall begin to look ahead to bigger plans that can be accomplished this summer. Stay tuned.


The Grow Cart keeping our transplants happy

A beet plant


A garlic scape almost ready to be harvested

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