Blog by Therese Cox
It’s nearly November and volunteers still are harvesting goodies from the garden.
For instance, we picked about six large bags and baskets of kale and collards this Wednesday evening. That does not include a bundle of carrots and a few green bell peppers.
Mainly, however, we are beginning to put the garden to bed for the winter – pulling up spent collards and Brussels sprouts; mowing the grass one last time (we hope); and trying to decide when to pick our other four pumpkins, the Jerusalem artichokes and the rest of the bell and cayenne peppers (answer: probably Saturday, Oct. 25).
Thanks to gardeners Debbie Hanna, Martha Ballman, Mary Stanley, Thom Porter, Nedra Porter, John Maier, Paul Schrecongost, Therese Cox and lead gardener Jean Simpson (who came two hours early to cut the field with her John Deere tractor).
While the weather was gray and cold, in the 50s, hard work in the garden chased away the chill.
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! Bill Nottingham guessed the correct weight of 59 pounds at the EMPTY BOWLS event! 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 stopped by to check on the pet pumpkin in the pumpkin patch. Other cole crops were doing well too….
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.
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.