Manna Meal

Charleston, WV

Flower

How much did the pumpkin weigh?

Our pet pumpkin made its grand appearance at the EMPTY BOWLS fundraiser on Friday. It’s weight became a game of ‘guess my weight‘ to help raise additional funds for the soup kitchen. Here is a photo of Therese and John harvesting the great pumpkin which weighed in at 59.3 pounds! Saturday morning Paul and Jean harvested twelve pounds of kale and twenty-eight pounds of peppers while Leila harvested two huge buckets of flowers. The deer found the future cabbage patch during the week and couldn’t resist. They hopped right over the fence and began their fall feast.

Therese and John harvest the great pumpkin

Therese and John harvest the great pumpkin to help feed Charleston’s hungry

the pepper harvest was colorful

the pepper harvest was colorful

Paul harvests kale

Paul harvests kale

The harvest of the day

The harvest of the day

the cabbage was looking great on Oct 5

the cabbage was looking great on Oct 5

cabbage after the deer dined at Manna Meal garden Oct 18

cabbage after the deer dined at Manna Meal garden Oct 18

 

Our Pet Pumpkin

Therese stopped by to check on the pet pumpkin in the pumpkin patch. Other cole crops were doing well too….

little cabbage plants growing during their favorite time of year

little cabbage plants growing during their favorite time of year

our pet pumpkin is ready for the harvest

our pet pumpkin is ready for the harvest

Collards are young and tender

Collards are young and tender

 

Fall visits the garden

blog & photos by Therese Cox

Yes, Saturday at the garden was chilly, at best. At least the hail held off until after our work was completed and we were driving our warm cars through the intersection below Yeager Airport.

Still, the little band of volunteers accomplished much in an hour and a half. Thank you, Laura Rhodes, Ward Eisner, Paula Fluharty, Martha Ballman, Leila Martin, Jean Simpson and Therese Cox.

Gardeners mowed and whacked weeds on the river bank and around the fences; raked the rocks evenly across the driveway; and pulled up the spent squash vines.

We also harvested yard-long beans, green bell peppers, cayenne peppers and eggplant. Meanwhile, Leila cut many gorgeous flowers for her Sunday arrangements. Just as the rains began, volunteers snipped lots of kale and collard greens, which translated into a generous crate of the healthful veges.

We left a few carrots to plump up a bit. And the cabbages are growing rapidly, thanks to the cool fall temperatures, and should be ready in a few weeks.

Our first pumpkin is now fatter and more stubby--all the more poundage to guess on Oct 17 during Manna Meals Empty Bowls fundraiser

Our first pumpkin is now fatter and more stubby–all the more poundage to guess on Oct 17 during Manna Meals Empty Bowls fundraiser

Leila gathers zinnias in the rain and cold

Leila gathers zinnias in the rain and cold

Martha removes spent sunflowers from the lower garden

Martha removes spent sunflowers from the lower garden

 

Day to Serve

blog by Therese Cox

photos by Therese Cox & Jean Simpson

For the Governor’s Day to Serve, 21 volunteers hit the ground running at the Manna Meal garden. The weather cooperated with their abundance of zeal – it was warm and sunny and very clear.

A big thank you to the following for spending their Saturday spiffing up the garden – Lois Kuhl, Randy Rader, Bob Sylvester, Paul Schrecongost, Lakin Cook, Patricia Paul, Cathy Sutherland, Martha Ballman, Midge Schrader, Gary Brown, Judy Nottingham, Ann Garcelon, Laura Rhodes, Debby Edmonds, Taylor Lilly, Robin O’Brien, John Maier, Mike Burgess, Therese Cox and lead gardeners Myra Dolan and Jean Simpson.

First order of business was to ready the foundation for the new tractor shed, scheduled to be delivered Sept. 30. All morning, the John Deere motored between the rock pile and the shed site as Gary expertly filled in the low spots for the 21-foot-long building. John directed the process with engineering-level quality.

Meanwhile, down at garden No. 5, the rest of the crew weeded the Brussels sprouts, the kale and the collards and then raked and composted them. Likewise, in garden No. 2, the cabbage plants were weeded, as was the kale. Bob, Martha and Midge picked a gargantuan amount of this most-healthy vegetable. Indeed, WebMD says kale is a nutrition powerhouse, which “offers everything you want in a leafy green.” It’s an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K and has a good amount of calcium, folate and potassium.

As a fun end to the day, volunteers harvested the rest of the carrots – which turned out to be a variety of shapes and sizes.

Eighteen pounds of carrots were harvested today! The ladies had a contest to see who could pull up the largest one!

Eighteen pounds of carrots were harvested today! The ladies had a contest to see who could pull up the largest one!

Robin harvested some big carrots today

Robin harvested some big carrots today. At least three varieties were planted in the patch.

Ann would agree that pulling up carrots is like a treasure hunt.

Ann would agree that pulling up carrots is like a treasure hunt.

Twenty-one volunteers  donated volunteer hours to our Day to Serve project

Twenty-one volunteers donated volunteer hours to our Day to Serve project

the kale and collard harvest crew

the kale and collard harvest crew

our little pumpkin is now 18 inches across

our little pumpkin is now 18 inches across

Bob is a happy gardener, plucking kale from the raised bed....bet Therese told him something funny too.

Bob is a happy gardener, plucking kale from the raised bed….bet Therese told him something funny too.

Just a little this way, John tells Gary as Randy prepares to rake the new gravel into place.

Just a little this way, John tells Gary as Randy prepares to rake the new gravel into place. The shed foundation is completed today.

Lois carried carts and bags of kale and collard back to Jean's vehicle.

Lois carried carts and bags of kale and collard back to Jean’s vehicle.

Martha harvests kale in the raised bed...as did Bob in the background.

Martha harvests kale in the raised bed…as did Bob in the background.

Midge helps her buddy Martha harvest kale in the raised bed.

Midge helps her buddy Martha harvest kale in the raised bed.

We love our pumpkin patch

We love our pumpkin patch

Autumn has arrived

Autumn has arrived and so have pumpkins, kale, cucumbers and other late crops. Autumn gardening brings joy which is seen in the smiles of the garden volunteers today.

Bob in the pumpkin patch

Bob in the pumpkin patch

Ann weeding

Ann busy with weeding

Jean Deer/Deere

Jean Deer/Deere

Cukes on a trellis

Cukes on a trellis

Debbie must be weeding as it is our favorite thing to do

Debbie must be weeding as it is our favorite thing to do

Bouquet of kale

Bouquet of kale

Stuart harvests an entire crate of kale!

Stuart harvests an entire crate of kale!

Therese and her pet pumpkin

Therese and her pet pumpkin

Paul babies the cabbage patch

Paul babies the cabbage patch

Gary & John prep the foundation for the new storage shed

Gary & John prep the foundation for the new storage shed

John makes sure the foundation for the shed is perfect

John makes sure the foundation for the shed is perfect

To be continued....the shed is to be delivered next week

To be continued….the shed is to be delivered next week