Row cover was removed to reveal a perfect kale patch! Since it is still young, Jean and Paul added straw mulch and wished it a happy growing season.
A crew of eleven volunteers came out this crisp Saturday morning. Salad greens were harvested, the perennial garden was mowed and cleaned up for winter, garlic was planted for next summer’s harvest, straw mulch was added to the lavender bed and green manure–a ground cover seed mix of winter wheat & rye, hairy vetch, crimson clover–was sewn in the lower garden, the hot compost pile was covered for winter…and that pretty much buttoned up the chores for winter prep. All that remains to be done this year is to harvest the greens as long as weather permits. Great job crew! Robin O’Brien, Therese Cox, Carter Zerbe, Judy Nottingham, Molly Linehan, David Eubanks, Ann Garcelon, Paul S and his lovely dog Philomena, Henry Zion, Bob Lockhart and Jean Simpson.
Leila is better than FTD. All summer she cut flowers from the garden and made lovely arrangements that were given as thank you gifts for donations to Manna Meal Garden. Flowers were also shared with sick volunteers or those who needed cheering. From time to time, they even made appearances at weddings. We are grateful to be able to give thank you flowers for donations. Money gathered from this effort helps us purchase amendments and extras for the garden. Thank you Leila Martin for sharing your dedication and talent!