Garden volunteers descended on the winterized garden Saturday, November 21, 2015 for another harvest and morning of labor. It is a time to be thankful for the many gifts from the garden in 2015. It is a time to thank all the volunteers who came to the garden and gave service. Thank you everyone! We are thankful for you. The community is thankful for you.
Manna Meal Garden Blog by Therese Cox for Nov. 14. Photos by Therese Cox and Jean Simpson.
It may be mid-November but we’ve still got lots of garden tasks to accomplish.
This Saturday, we turned our attention away from amending the main garden (which we will do at a later date) and focused on three major responsibilities – harvesting kale, filling raised beds with mushroom compost and weed-whacking the miniature golf area (for the Rock Lake Presbyterian Church).
Good news is that Tom Larkin has returned to the garden! Welcome back, Tom.
We also were assisted by Boy Scout Troop 2 member Nicholas and his mother, Jennifer. Parent volunteer Jeffrey Willis also helped a great deal by cutting grass throughout the garden and in the miniature golf area.
Thanks also to Scott and Susan Hamilton and Jerry Childers, who worked on the electric lines for the light posts. That leaves regular volunteers Jean Simpson, Beth McClintock, Jim Kinnison, Patricia Paul, Paul Schrecongost (and his granddaughter, Anna) and Therese Cox.
While the temperature was quite chilly, the sun beamed on the garden crew. We dismantled the interior fence for the purpose of cutting grass. Lots of kale was harvested. Nicholas proved himself quite the work horse by filling three raised beds with compost. Way to go!
A main task was to attack the Putt-Putt area, quite overgrown and bushy, not only with vines and weeds but also with giant clumps of ornamental grass. We got a good start on the job and will continue next week.
Manna Meal Garden Blog & Photos for Nov. 7 by Therese Cox
Three boys and three parents representing
at Charleston Catholic High School served the garden for a second time this summer.
Matt Spiegel, Andrew Strickland and Will Strickland are working on their “citizenship in the community” badges – which require eight hours of service. We’re glad they chose the Manna Meal Garden. Thanks also to parents Traci Strickland, Wendy Young and Jeffrey Willis for spending the morning in the 50-degree temperatures and doing lots of raking.
Loyal and long-time volunteers also helped – lead gardener Jean Simpson, Patricia Paul, Jim Kinnison, Gerald Burgy, Paul Schrecongost and Therese Cox.
As mentioned, raking mulch was the main order of business this Saturday. City of South Charleston workers had delivered the mulch during the week. Our plan is to cover the entire in-ground garden with a few inches of mulch and topped with ground-up leaves to raise the level up and out of the dampness from the natural springs present.
While the crew got a good start, we’ll need more mulch to complete the task next Saturday, it is hoped.
Gardeners also harvested kale, lettuce and Swiss chard – all of which are growing beautifully under their translucent cloth tunnels. The rainbow chard, planted two weeks ago in the raised beds up front, is thriving also.
Thanks to Will, who engineered a kind of wooden bridge spanning the mud hole created by the tractor wheels near the leaf piles by laying old boards over the squishy areas.
As a reminder, volunteers no long are working on Wednesdays. We expect to finish off Saturday sessions before December.
Manna Meal Garden Blog & Photos for Oct. 31 by Therese Cox
Chilly weather did not deter nine garden volunteers Saturday! At least it did not rain.
But the temperature rose and the work to be done kept us toasty.
Thank you Ann Garcelon, Midge Schrader, Gerald Burgy, Jim Kinnison, Paul Schrecongost, Beth McClintock, Gary Brown, Jean Simpson and Therese Cox.
Off came the protective, translucent covers over the kale, spinach and Swiss chard.
There was plenty to be harvested, and pick we did, filling crates to overflowing. We keep the vegetables under wraps not only to keep them warm, but also to restrict Rudy, our fat groundhog denizen from chomping down on the tender greens meant for the Manna Meal customers.
We even discovered a few well-formed radishes that were ripe.
Gerald screwed several more boards to the new raised beds while Gary enriched the compost in the bins with mushroom mulch. He also continued to fill the new raised beds with soil.
We meet again next Saturday, skipping Wednesdays now that daylight savings time has ended.
Manna Meal Garden Blog & Photos by Therese Cox for Oct. 28
Good-bye to Wednesday garden sessions! Now that daylight savings time ends Nov. 1, we’ll focus our work on Saturdays until cold weather intervenes. Who wants to work in the dark?
This day was an abbreviated one as the rains (though warm) came – but not before volunteers Beth McClintock, Martha Ballman and Therese Cox planted scores of rainbow chard in the raised beds near the sheds.
Gerald Burgy also attended the volunteer party – he discussed with us the matter of the City of South Charleston delivering both ground-up leaves and mulch for the garden. Thanks again, Gerald, for your loyalty. The City has been fantastically supportive of the Manna Meal garden.
We’ll meet again Saturday!