Volunteer gardeners came out this morning before the 90 degree heat arrived.
Blog and photos by Therese Cox
Saturday was a busy day in the Kanawha Valley, with the distance run, the WVU-Alabama football game and the long Labor Day Weekend.
In spite of these and other competing activities, 12 hardy souls showed up at the garden to apply some serious muscle to both the produce and the weeds. Thank you, Martha Ballman, Liz Hereford, Leila Martin, Taylor Lilly, Debby Edmonds, Patricia Paul, Judy Nottingham, Tom Larkin, Leslie Frame, Lily Frame, Jean Simpson and Therese Cox.
While the day started with cool temperatures and a blanket of dew, the weather soon warmed up; or shall I say heated up – to nearly 90. Jean, as lead gardener, led the crew on a picking rampage (though she actually tackled the weed-whacking).
Volunteers managed to collect two big crates full of kale, from two different gardens (raised and lower). That job took a couple of hours with three or four of us. Tom tackled the tomatoes and also cleaned up the dead vines. He harvested several of Jerry Engle’s gorgeous heirloom tomatoes.
Debby and Taylor, under Martha’s tutelage, thinned out the carrots while Judy, Liz, Patricia, Leslie and Therese focused on the kale, some of which was littered with little bites removed. Lily videotaped the morning and interviewed Jean for a school project.
Volunteers also picked beans, a few squash, one pepper (most were harvested the previous Wednesday) and two big pails of flowers (thanks, Leila).
We left the beans, still hoping for some growth. Otherwise, and except for the tomatoes, squash and kale, garden action is slowing down with the near onset of autumn.
The volunteer crew’s work was documented by photographer & blog writer Therese Cox.
Service is the only thing that brings real joy. Whether it be in our own family or in the families of our friends.
A crew of volunteers spend the afternoon at the soup kitchen thinking of others while prepping tomatoes from our own Manna Meal garden and corn from the gardens of others. The produce will used throughout the winter to put wholesome meals on the table for Charleston’s hungry–no questions asked. Come join us!
I did not weigh all the food please don’t ask why…I always do…
Great job ladies & Thom…. Thank you all so much: Nedra Porter, Katie Nesselrodt, & Joan Burns, Samantha Snodgrass, Robin O’Brien, Laura Rhodes, Dixie Hill, Pat Force, Amy Ricketts, Liz Hereford, Denys Snodgrass, Lisa Lopinsky, Thom Porter, Carolee Felber, Julie Kuyk. Not pictured Barbie Sadolf.
Liz, Pat, Lisa & Joan….The ‘corn ladies’
Katie, Carolee & Rita these ladies were the’pepper people’
Amy & Laura transformed the tomatoes to juice
Mother daughter team Samantha & Denys
First row starting right to left: Nedra Porter, Katie Nesselrodt, & Joan Burns, Samantha Snodgrass, Robin O’Brien, Laura Rhodes, Dixie Hill, Pat Force, Amy Ricketts, Liz Hereford, Denys Snodgrass, Lisa Lopinsky, Thom Porter, Carolee Felber, & Julie Kuyk
Sunday, August 24th from 3 till 5 we ask for volunteers to join us in the soup kitchen as we process our fresh garden tomatoes for winter use.
blog by Therese Cox
It started as a drizzle at 72 degrees but the day brightened as we focused our attention on the produce at hand.
Knowing a good crew would gather in the kitchen the following day, we picked every red and even pink tomato for processing. That made a bundle. To make sure the plants remained healthy, gardeners also cleaned up the wilted and browned tomato limbs.
With Jean Simpson at the helm, we also picked yard-long beans, peppers, squash – and oodles of basil for flavoring the tomatoes for roasting. Flower lady Leila Martin scouted out the choicest selections of flowers for her Sunday arrangements.
Meanwhile, the male contingent, or 80 percent of that species in attendance, were necessary for the upkeep of the John Deere (some call it the Jean Deere). They cleaned and greased and serviced our new workhorse after the rigors of the summer. Thanks, Thom Porter for sticking with wife Nedra and the other sisters in the vegetable patch. The basil needed you.
These volunteer sisters and brothers not aforementioned were Myra Dolan, Patricia Paul, Martha Ballman, Cindy McGhee, Therese Cox, Bob Sylvester, Jim Kinneson, Tom Larkin and Isaac Forman.
When all the ripened vegetables were harvested, the crew then focused on yanking weeds from the cucumber and kale patches and cutting the grass in the flower garden.
photos & blog by Therese Cox
Aug. 20, 2014 Yes, it did rain buckets this week – but not on gardening afternoon!
So our modest group got to work, and work we did, under clear conditions and 82 degrees. I’m talking about fun work – picking tomatoes, peppers and ring-necked squash; kale, zinnias and basil; and, of course, weeds (so relaxing).
It wasn’t that the weeds were so very pervasive over the entire garden at this late time in the summer. Instead, they seemed to congregate around the tender, new cabbage plants in the lower area. Indeed, it was difficult to find the vegetable plants under such a heavy cover. But we did. Here’s to a plentiful fall cabbage harvest!
Volunteers clipped a few flowers so more would generate. Gary tilled the former lavender. John, Gary, Jean, Bob and Paul worked on the tractor for our next cutting spree. Plus, Jean and Paul measured off and marked out an area for our future tractor shed.
Thank you to Thom and Nedra Porter, Bob Lockhart, Paul Schrecongost, Gary Brown, Patricia Paul, John Maier, Jean Simpson and Therese Cox.