Garden Updates — 5/22/2017

Hello Gardeners,

Just wanted to say thanks for the great teamwork yesterday on continued clean up and planting. So proud of the job everyone has done. Everything is looking amazing, we have to keep the momentum going! We planted a variety of squash, potatoes, and the sweet potatoes Sue planted last week. We also planted a number of tomato and pepper plants. We now have the benefit of a nice rain to perk things up. Thanks to Sue we are in the process of getting a number of blueberry bushes which will make another great addition to the raspberry and strawberries.

It was also great to have a visit from Bob Cullen. He has been a great supporter and friend of the garden, and for that I am truly thankful. One piece of advice he offered us in better weed control. That is creating two layers of newspaper which is in plentiful supply to lay down around our plants and any areas where we want to prevent weeds. Then we would add a layer of mulch or straw on top. This has the potential to do a better job than the weed block we put down, and has the added benefit of being able to be tilled in the soil at the beginning of the next season as it will naturally decompose.

Also – I have a small number of tomato and pepper plants left, if anyone would like some please send an Email to me or the group.

In other news — Last week we recycled approximately 100 lbs. of batteries and dozens of fluorescent bulbs. These batteries and bulbs have been kept from landfills. Currently battery waste is generated at a rate of about 20,000 – 30,000 tons per year, while we are only recycling about 1,000 tons. It takes about 50 times the energy a battery provides to manufacture it. Consider using rechargeable batteries wherever possible.

Please see the latest pictures below:

Thanks,
Jason & Jaimee

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