Monthly Archives: May 2014

Strawberry Harvest Party!

Another exciting announcement to our group!

 

Please join us in celebration of the garden and the many strawberries that will be ready for harvest! 

 

We will be having a Strawberry Harvest Party on Sunday, June 8th 2014 from 10:30AM – 12:30PM.  You can pick your own strawberries and enjoy them as your favorite dessert!  What a great opportunity for us to get together and enjoy the “fruits” of our labor!

 

See the announcement below!

 

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Thanks,

Jason & Jaimee

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Garden Updates — 05/29/2014

Hello Gardeners!

  

We have some good news.   Things are moving along nicely at the garden.  Last weekend, Sue’s sister Sandy was able to help us out by picking up 12 bales of Straw at Seiple’s farm.  I laid about 4 bales out in between beds.  We still have plenty to use, so feel free to grab whatever you need.

 

Lisa and I had an adventurous trek to get some manure for the garden today.  We were able to get a load of horse manure from Hope Lock Farms in Bethlehem Township, and a load of Alpaca manure from Blankstone Alpaca Farms in Center Valley.  Both loads are next to the open area in the garden, and are available for your beds as you plant as well.

 

Even better news is this Saturday May 31st, we will do our planting.  We will have our pepper and tomato plants available that Bill and Deborah raised from seeds.

 

I hope you can join us on Saturday, we should be getting started around 10AM.  If you cannot make it please, let me know and I will save some plants for you (please let me know how many plants as well).

 

If you are aware there is also a hazardous waste drop off event going on at Northampton Community College starting at 8:30AM.  If you have old paints, oil, gas, mercury, batteries this event will allow you to dispose of them responsibly and for free.  This is for residents of Northampton County.

http://www.bethlehem-pa.gov/pdf/HHWFiler2014.pdf

 

Thanks,

Jason

 

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Garden Updates 05/11/2014 — First donations — 5 lbs.

First and foremost, I wanted to wish all you mothers a very wonder Mother’s Day. The weather was gorgeous, and I hope you were all able to enjoy your special day!

 I wanted to send out some updates on the garden since the last posting!

 We have made our first donation of asparagus to New Bethany Ministries. Lisa was able to harvest and donate 3 lbs. I was out this evening and also harvested about 2 lbs. which I will take tomorrow morning. If you haven’t had any asparagus from the garden and would like to, there are new sprouts almost every day or two. I’m not sure how much longer it will be around, but I can attest to the fact that it’s very good, and was well worth the wait.

 Last Saturday (5/10) we had a workday and got quite a bit done. We have put weed block down in between each of the raised beds, fastened to the ground with garden staples. This should easy the mowing process quite a bit. I would like to put hay down. Does anyone know a good source for hay? We were also able to finish tilling the large open area. We need to get some weed block down in that area soon, to prevent the weeds from growing again. We were also able to test the water line up to the shed, and it survived the winter well! Also, the rain barrels have been re-configured and connected back to the shed roof, and they have already filled thanks to the rain (thanks Ron!). Laura our neighbor also showed us the bee hives she built over the winter and her attended placement. She’s willing to work with anyone interested in learning about the bees or bee keeping.

 On Thursday, Jaimee and I went to Deborah and Bill’s to move our tomato and pepper plants to larger cups. They should be ready to be planted in the ground in the next few weeks.

 I would like to have the next scheduled work day be 5/17/2014 from 9:00AM-12:00PM. I would like to see if it may be possible to get a group together to get manure to spread before we do a lot of planting.

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Thanks,

Jason & Jaimee

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