Garden Updates — 03/31/2020 — Season Starting (Cautiously)

The last few weeks have been a big adjustment for us all.  I hope everyone’s family and friends are safe, and you are at home maintaining following orders.  We are in new territory, and as we look at the world with this new lens, we wonder how soon things will return to normal.

We had a wonderful meeting a few weeks ago, with a solid turnout.  Our seed starting project was off to a great start.  Pastor Candy & Debbie have been doing a great job getting these seedlings off to a great start.  Below is a picture Pastor Candy passed along.

As we begin this growing season, we should all remember that our produce will be needed now perhaps more than ever.  We have some challenges ahead, it would seem that at least part of the beginning of the season will be tending our gardens individually, and there won’t initially be any group workdays as we had previously planned.  However, there are many ways you can get started practically immediately with the garden.  Some of you may be anxious to get outdoors, especially in this situation.  The wonderful thing about gardening is that there is nothing between you and the land.  In fact, this is the exact time perhaps that God is calling us to reconcile with the land.

There are a number of things I’m working on for the start.  My intention is to have plots re-labeled with place cards to make sure everyone knows where their plot is.  I have ordered 6 yd. of compost, that will be delivered Friday.  Anyone wishing to get started could probably do so by this weekend.  There are a number of crops that can be planted this early, and may be for many of us a great opportunity to try an early planting of something that does well in the spring.  Red Beets, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Lettuce, Onions, Parsley, Radishes and more all could be planted as early as now.  There are a number of great companion mobile Apps such as Gardroid or From Seed to Spoon that call tell you exactly when and what to plant.  I will also be getting the rain barrels filled so that people can fill watering cans to water their plots.  When the compost arrives, turn over the first foot of soil in the bed adding some of this compost, and your soil will be off to a great start.  All sorts of tools such as pitchforks, rakes, shovels, and the wheel barrow are in the Shed.  This is a standard combination lock, with the combo being E-A-T.  (2 turns to the right ending on first letter, left all the way around stopping the second time on 2nd letter, turn right directly to third letter).  Tilling the open area may be a bit challenging for a single person, we may defer that until perhaps early May.

As we navigate this uncharted territory, we have many option, but the best is to post your questions to the garden Email group – wesleygarden at googlegroups dot com.  We have approximately 4 plots still available at a cost of $30 per plot.

 

Stay Safe everyone!

Jason

 

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Garden Planning and General Meeting 2020: 03/10/2020 @ 6:30PM (Church Library)

Hello Gardeners,

Happy Leap Day!  As I write this, winter has warned us that we are still within it’s clutches.  However – it is not too early to begin planning for the 2020 growing season.

Also, if you were part of the garden last season, could please let me know for 2020 what your plans are and how many plots you intended to have.  This will help us determine the number of plots available for this season.  The cost of a plot is still expected to be $30.  Enclosed is our prior year budget, the 2020 Garden Plot Covenant, and our agenda for the next meeting.

We will have our first Garden Group Meeting on Tuesday, March 10th at 6:30PM in the Church Library.  This would be a great opportunity for newly interested members to come meet and join us as we talk about ideas for 2020.  We have some early season things such as a plant sale that Christine and Youth group will be having as well as plants we intend to grow from scratch with Pastor Candy and give out as a means to have church members contribute some produce from home.

Looking forward to seeing you all!

Jason Walters

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Garden Updates — 11/16/2019 — 358 lbs. Donated

We have a slight update to our donation total for the season.  We had one addition squash, and 2 small cabbages.  13 lbs taken to Second Harvest Food bank, 11/11/19.  That brings our total to 358 lbs. for the season.

Most of the plots have been reasonably cleared out, but some others were not.  Some of you may have received an Email from me with a reminder to clear out your plot.  Please do so while you have the chance.

I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.

May God bless you and your families.

Jason

 

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Garden Updates — 10/21/2019 — 345 lbs. Donated

Hello Gardeners,

 

We conclude the growing season with 345 lbs., with some nice squash and garlic from Wendy A.  Also, was able to get 2 nice cabbages from Sue K.’s garden.  This was definitely our lowest producing yield, and we will want to talk about changes for next year.  I’m looking for your feedback in how to make things better.

 

I will not be taking any more donations for this season, but if you have anything to add and are willing to take to the food bank on you own, New Bethany, Trinity Soup Kitchen, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Northeast Ministries all accept donations.

 

The rain was a bit of a damper on the final clean-up efforts on Sunday.   However, it is still expected per the garden covenant that you will clean your raised bed at the end of the season.  I will be reaching out to some of you with reminders in the next day or so.

 

Thanks again for your effort this season, and look forward to seeing you soon.

 

We have some donations to report:

10/10/2019 – 7 lbs. – Second Harvest Food Bank – Peppers

10/15/2019 – 10 lbs. – Second Harvest Food Bank – Peppers, Tomatoes

10/21/2019 – 78 lbs. – Second Harvest Food Bank – Peppers, 2 Cabbages, Scallions, Big Squash & Garlic

 

Thanks,

Jason

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Garden Updates — 10/04/2019 — 250 lbs. Donated

Hello Gardeners,

 

Please remember that final Garden clean-up will be on Sunday, October 20th between and after services.

We will be making one more collection this year for the October 5th electronics recycling event.  I’m very thankful to Ardis C. & Sue H. for their recent donations to help offset those costs at .75/lb.

 

We have a donation to report:

10/02/2019 – 15 lbs. – Northeast Ministries – Lots of Peppers & Tomatoes

 

Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

 

Thanks,

Jason

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Garden Updates — 09/27/2019 — 235 lbs. Donated

Hello Gardeners,

 

Things are definitely slowing down for the season.  As of October 1st, I will only look to do one collection per week until clean up day.  Please remember that final Garden clean up will be on Sunday, October 20 between and after services.

 

Also, a reminder if you have any batteries to recycle, we will be making one more collection this year for the October 5th date.  I’m very thankful to Ardis C. & Sue H. for their recent donations to help offset those costs at .75/lb.

 

We have 2 donations to report:

 

09/23/2019 – 10 lbs. – Trinity Soup Kitchen –Peppers, Tomatoes, Chinese Okra.  Thank you Wendy A. again!

09/26/2019 – 3 lbs. – Northeast Ministries – Peppers, Tomatoes

 

Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

 

Thanks,

Jason

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Garden Updates — 09/19/2019 — 222 lbs. Donated

Hello Gardeners,

 

Just a reminder that we will be having final clean-up work day October 20th.

 

In recycling news, we recently took almost 50 lbs. of alkaline batteries to the electronics recycling event.  We will be making one more collection this year for the October 5th date.  I’m very thankful to Ardis C. & Sue H. for their recent donations to help offset those costs at .75/lb.

 

Additionally we have 2 donations to report:

 

09/14/2019 – 6 lbs. – Trinity Soup Kitchen – Beans, Peppers, Tomatoes.  Thank you Wendy A. again!

09/19/2019 – 5 lbs. – Northeast Ministries – Peppers, Tomatoes

 

Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

 

Thanks,

Jason

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Garden Updates — 09/12/2019 — 211 lbs. Donated

Hello Gardeners,

 

Just a reminder that we will be having a general cleanup event on September 14th at 10AM and a final clean-up work day October 20th.

 

Additionally we have 3 donations to report:

 

09/06/2019 – 4 lbs. – Second Harvest Food Bank – Beans, Peppers, Tomatoes

09/09/2019 – 4 lbs. – Trinity Soup Kitchen – Beans, Peppers, Tomatoes.  Thank you Wendy A.

09/12/2019 – 7 lbs. – Northeast Ministries – Peppers, Tomatoes

 

Thanks,

Jason

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Garden Updates — 09/03/19 — 196 lbs. Donated

Hello Gardeners,

 

Harvest is falling off quite a bit, however there are some tomatoes and peppers that are still coming in.  We also have had a few donations of beans from Wendy A..   We will be looking to have a general cleanup event on September 14th at 10AM and a final clean up work day in late October.

 

Also wanted to give you all a heads up, that there are a few electronics recycling events coming up if you live in Northampton County.  Will be getting our battery collection to one of these events.

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09/14 — Easton Recycling Center — 500 Bushkill Drive — 9AM-12PM

09/21 — Forks Twp Public Works, 100 Newlins Rd E. — 9AM-12PM

10/05 — Northampton Community Center — 1601 Laubach Ave — 9AM-12PM

 

Computers and Laptops are generally free, but most other items there is a charge for.

 

 

Some donations to report:

 

08/29/2019 – 8 lbs. – Trinity Soup Kitchen – Beans, Peppers, Acorn Squash Tomatoes

09/03/2019 – 9 lbs. – Trinity Soup Kitchen – Beans, Peppers, Tomatoes

 

 

Thanks,

Jason

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Garden Updates — 08/26/19 — 179 lbs. Doanted

Hello Gardeners,

 

We’ve had a couple decent sized harvests the last few days.  Tomatoes are starting to change color and ripen.  It’s good to get these for harvest on the early side, as I’m seeing quite a few that are getting soft spots or insects are burrowing into.  If we catch the produce early it’s no problem to let it ripen indoors!  We also had a great couple of donations of beans!  Really appreciate that.

Wanted to give a shout out to Chris F. for mowing the garden and trimming along the fence.  It certainly looks much better, and I really appreciate the help.

Some donations to report:

08/23/2019 – 15 lbs. – Second Harvest Food Bank – Beans, Cucumber, Squash Tomatoes

08/26/2019 – 22 lbs. – Northeast Ministries – Beans, Peppers, Acorn Squash, Tomatoes

 

Thanks,

Jason

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