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Archive for June, 2014

Abundance

This week, we had our largest harvest so far this season. We delivered 35 pounds of cucumbers, kale and beans to Miriam’s Kitchen.

 

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25 lbs. of cucumbers!

Even better, we’ve been getting the first small harvest of some of our other crops.

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We were also fortunate this week to host two different volunteer groups, and to have the opportunity to contribute produce to a staff cooking class on campus.

Next week, for the first time, we’ll be contributing to the Foggy Bottom Freshfarm Market CSA. This is a big step for us, one that allows us to become more deeply integrated with the community and to work toward a self-sustaining future. Woohoo! 

More happy garden news: our sunflowers are starting to bloom! 

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Also, I saw about 10 bees in the garden yesterday, doin’ their pollinatin’ thing. This makes me happy that the garden is flourishing and that the bees are flourishing!

Finally, and speaking of flourishing, we have hundreds of baby figs on our fig tree! Yum yum yum. Pictures will come soon…

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Volunteer Groups

Hello from the GroW Garden!

Last week was a busy one in the garden- we had two groups of volunteers come into the garden to help us out.

The first group was from Americorps: 

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Look at those sweet faces!

They helped us finish up our cucumber trellises:

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So much twine!

They also helped us plant some blueberry bushes:

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Our second group was a bunch of high school students from the YMCA Youth Leaders Conference:

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These kids were so friendly and hardworking!

They helped us with a very important job- weeding and prepping beds:

 

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A HUGE thank you to both these groups! Y’all got so much done and us garden managers are very grateful!

 

Additionally, a little veggie update:

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Our cucumbers are taking very well to their trellises.

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Look at the tiny wee baby zucchini!!

 

 

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I’ve never seen a more beautiful bean.

That’s it for now- thanks again to our volunteers!

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Dear world, it has been too long, but we’re looking forward to keeping y’all updated on garden happenings throughout the summer. Here are some recent changes:

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Alex, cradling five pounds of freshly-harvested kale.

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Caitlin, getting pumped about radishes.

Compost

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Our wonderful new compost tumblers have finally been relocated to their proper home behind the construction shed, where they won’t be such an eyesore and won’t be taking up precious growing space.

Trellising

In an attempt to maximize our space and to support healthy and happy plants, we’ve been taking advantage of vertical growing by adding trellising throughout the garden.

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Building trellises is hard.

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Alex and volunteer Gabrielle doing a stellar job.

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(mostly) completed cucumber trellises!

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tomato cages

What else is new? Veggies!!! Here are some of the things we’ve harvested so far this season:

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Spinach! nom nom nom.

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(very) Spicy Salad Mix.

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Radishes: up close and personal

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This is what two pounds of kale looks like.

We’ve also been harvesting tons of herbs. And we’re growing all this other fun stuff!:

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Sunflower (see marigold for size comparison)

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Baby cucumbers!

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Bean plant growing up a sunflower.

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See the top of the bean plant sticking out from the sunflower?

That’s all for now! Keep checking in for more updates.

 

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