Garden Updates — 09/21/2016 — 540 lbs. donated

Hello Everyone,

Wanted to thank everyone that was able to make it out to the garden last week. Sue was up at the garden yesterday afternoon, and I was up there in the evening. Together we harvested 45 lbs. Sue had 9 lbs. of awesome looking carrots, tomatoes, beans, onions, peppers and peas. Someone left some squash and a nice little pumpkin on the picnic table, thanks! I also got a nice eggplant from Kearnie’s plant. These donations were taken to Second Harvest.

As the summer draws to a close, we should look towards having a couple of workdays to clean up the garden and make our final harvests. I was thinking October 8th and October 15th both Saturdays (10AM – 2PMish). We could potentially make one of them a Sunday depending on interest. Please give some feedback if you may be able to help one of those days or if you have another preference.

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Thanks,
Jason & Jaimee

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Garden Updates –09/08/2016 — 495 lbs. Donated

Hello Gardeners,

Wanted to update you on the latest from the garden. On Tuesday (9/6) I dropped off 65 lbs. of produce to Second Harvest Food Bank, on 6969 Silvercrest Rd, just a couple minutes up 512N towards Bath. They even weigh the produce and give you a receipt which I thought was nice. Wanted to thank Chris for picking the squash, there were quite a few there! Additionally, I was able to get some tomatoes, peppers beans, kale, basil, and a couple last cucumbers. Today Evarlyne dropped off 7 lbs. of tomatoes to Second Harvest as well. This brings our total to 495 lbs.

The squash bugs have pretty much ravaged the plants and are now taking cover on and under the squash or pumpkins themselves. I’m not sure if they will have an adverse effect on the fruit themselves, but we probably should start thinking about picking the rest as well.

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Thanks,
Jason

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Garden Updates — 08/31/2016 — 423 lbs. Donated

Hello Everyone,

Wanted to let everyone know the latest harvests. On Sunday we harvested about 15 lbs. mostly tomatoes and some beans left by the Gilberte’s but also a melon. Dropped off at Trinity Monday morning. Today Sue picked onions and carrots from her plot as well as tomatoes and beans. I was able to pick some additional tomatoes, various squash, a nice eggplant, kale, and some more beans. 58 lbs. in all, quite a lovely harvest! That will also go to Trinity tomorrow. I picked a couple ears of corn, but it’s not looking so good this year.

On Sunday Jaimee and I mowed the garden area, but there is still a lot of trimming and weeding to be done. Anyone able to pitch in would be helpful.

Thanks,
Jason

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Garden Updates — 08/25/2016 — 350 lbs. Donated

Hello Everyone,

I was able to get out Sunday before the rain, and donated 23 lbs. to Trinity Soup Kitchen. Was out last night as well, ran into Ben and Veronicah (thanks for helping!). We picked another 22 lbs., mostly of tomatoes. The additional 45 lbs. brings our total to 350 lbs. donated so far.

I may need some guidance on what corn or squash can be picked, but I don’t imagine I’ll be up there again until Sunday.

Thanks,
Jason

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Garden Updates — 07/28/2016 — 170 lbs. Donated

Hello Gardeners,

Just wanted to update with our harvest results, and some pictures of our harvests.

So far the season has been full of many squash, zucchini, cucumbers, kale, beans, peas, radishes, basil and more!

07/08/2016 — 25 lbs. — Squash, Cucumbers, Zucchini, Radishes — Trinity Soup Kitchen (Sue K.)
07/11/2016 — 20 lbs. — Radishes, Cucumbers, Hot Peppers, Tomatoes, Squash, Kale — Trinity Soup Kitchen (Jason)
07/18/2016 — 15 lbs. — Squash, Cucumbers, Zucchini, Peppers — Trinity Soup Kitchen (Jason)
07/20/2016 — 40 lbs. — Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Hot Peppers, Squash, Radishes, Kale, Peppers, Beans, Peas, Basil — New Bethany Ministries (Jason)
07/25/2016 — 45 lbs. — Kale, Squash, Cucumbers, Zucchini, Turnips — Trinity Soup Kitchen (Jason)
07/28/2016 — 25 lbs. — Squash, Cucumbers, Zucchini, Pepper, Tomatoes, Basil, Broccoli, Beans, Peas, Kale — New Bethany Ministries (Jason)

Thanks,
Jason

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Garden Pictures — Then And Now….

Hello Everyone,

Just posting some pictures from early season including our workdays, until now! Things are looking great at the garden. See how much we’ve grown!

Thanks,
Jason

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Garden Update — 05/10/2016

Hello Gardeners,

I was able to make it out on Saturday and with the help of Evarlyne one of our new members this year, was able to complete putting the remaining two raised beds together.

We are planning a workday on Sunday, May 15th. We will need to cut the grass again, till the open area, and of course prepare your bed for planting. I have some seeds, but you may want to pick up some plants.

Regarding the open space, here’s what I’ve come up with. The open area is now 60’ x 35’. I subdivided it into 16 sections equal. That equates to a 7.5’ x 17.5’ area or (131 sq ft.). I marked every 7.5’ with a stake. Everyone having a plot can have the opportunity to claim one of those spaces or pool your spaces together with another family. I am reserving a space for Gabriel Jafari.

Thanks,
Jason

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Garden Updates — 05/04/2016

Hello Everyone,

I wanted to reach out to everyone, and say I know we are running a little behind and everyone is very anxious to get planting, especially since we’ve been getting a lot of rain. However, the same rain is preventing us from getting the remaining boxes constructed. Since our last workday, Rich and Chris were out and managed to put two beds together, but there are still two or so left.

I’m able to make it out to the garden on Saturday around 3PM. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make it out before then. If anyone can come out and help get the remaining beds together and help with tilling the open area that would be super. I will leave my cordless drill, with screws and mallet in the shed.

The next date after that for our next workday would be Sunday, May 15th 12:00PM – ?. Ideally, we should really be planting around that time.

Thanks,
Jason & Jaimee

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Garden Updates — 04/13/2016

Hello Everyone!

We had a good first meeting, kicking things off for the new season, and that includes some new faces. Welcome!

I wanted to summarize what we discussed especially for those who were unable to be there.

Our First item of business is that we have planned the first Garden Workday to be Sunday, April 24th at 12:00PM – though some of us may start after the first service. We will be doing some replacement of raised beds, tilling, and general garden clean up. It is my hope to have some manure or compost available for that first workday.

We have four new members. Everlyne Omari, her sister, Tony Pombrio, and the Foster family, again the garden extends great welcomes to these folks!

We discussed that in the coming season in order to be fair, we will be dividing the open space up into areas proportional to the raised beds you have, though you may pool space together with other members, and that space does not need to be contiguous.

Presented was the concept of 6 or more members willing to come together to raise only one or two crops in their plots to maximize the amount of that crop and exchanging with others. This may also give us opportunities to sell some of these crops at church as available. Several members are interested in this approach.

Jason presented the budget and the question was raised about possibly raising the plot fees as they have kept steady over the last few years. It was decided that for this year the fee would remain the same, but an increase would be considered for the 2017 season. However anyone wishing to contribute or donate extra would be welcome to do so. Our budget has remained steady at about $500 allowing for one or two expenses over the season. We have about $100 left over from the prior season.

Regarding the plot maintenance we will be replacing wood for 7 raised beds, bringing our total plots replaced to 11, the remaining 6 will be replaced in 2017 at an approximate cost of $315. Sue also raised the issue that some of the dirt in her plot would need to be removed from the yellow jackets and spray used during last season.

Andy strongly recommended that the garden purchase a gas powered trimmer that will be in the shed ready for anyone to use.

Mike presented an idea of creating a running task list on the garden website for those who are unable to make the regularly scheduled work days, but could offer some help at other times. Jason will look into implementing something like this on the web site.

The idea was also discussed about purchasing a compost tumbler so we can begin to properly compost some of our materials. This will be researched further, to hopefully find a practical but economical solution. Once such a solution is in place we could train everyone.

Also, we passed around some sample seed pods for cucumbers and peppers from miracle grow that Jason’s sister gave us. There are more available..

Thanks,
Jason & Jaimee

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Community Garden 2016 Kickoff Meeting: April 10th, 2016

Hello Gardeners!

Hope you all are doing well! Hopefully everyone has been enjoying the warmer weather and the increased daylight! For certain spring is on the way and with the spring comes time to start thinking about the garden! We ended our 5th season strongly with 971 lbs. of produce donated, and hopefully we can shatter that record for the coming growing season.

I would like to hold our first Gardeners meeting for this season on Sunday, April 10th 2016 at 10:15AM in the Church Library (pending availability). There are plenty of things to discuss for the coming year.

This year, I’ve decided to limit the number of tomato and pepper plants I grow indoors, in favor of relying on transplants instead.

I wanted to point to one of my favorite sources for plants, the Rodale Institute. They are holding their usual two plant sales and are as follows:

April 8th-9th: 10AM-4PM: The Garden Store has the best selection of organically grown lettuces, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, chard, herbs, trees, shrubs and more!
May 20,21,27,28: 10AM-4PM: This would include tomato, peppers, eggplant, squash and more!

If there is sufficient interest perhaps a group field trip would be in order.

There are also many workshops that are little or no cost to attend:

Calendar of Events

Rodale Institute: 611 Siegfriedale Road Kutztown, PA
Also wanted to draw your attention to a Gardening related movie being shown called “Can You Dig This” at the ArtsQuest Center Wednesday March 30th, 2016 at 7:30PM. You can purchase tickets at: http://www.steelstacks.org/event/2319/can-you-dig-this/. I know a number of us will be attending.

Thank you and look forward to seeing you all.

Jason & Jaimee

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