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The Shed Sled

Manna Meal Garden Blog for Aug. 29 by Therese Cox. Photos by Therese Cox and Jean Simpson.

Talk about a glorious day at the garden! When we started at 8:30 a.m., the temperature barely registered 64 and the sun was clear and bright.

Volunteers delighted in a beautiful day at the garden on Saturday.

Volunteers delighted in a beautiful day at the garden on Saturday.

Fifteen of us joined in the day’s project – thanks to Thom and Nedra Porter, Patricia Paul, Matthew Crabtree, Bob Sylvester, Paul Schrecongost, Jim Kinnison, Midge Schrader, Judy Nottingham, Beth McClintock, Jerry Gilbert, Alice Gilbert, Therese Cox and lead gardeners Martha Ballman and Jean Simpson.

First off was re-positioning the tool shed so it sits on level ground. With just a few grunts and sighs, a handful of us slid it forward, then sideways on long boards. Jim scraped the gravel area level with the tractor and then we pushed the bulky shed back into place. Before moving it back, however, Beth and Jim cut out the weeds proliferating on the back fence.

The Shed Sled

The Shed Sled

Shed moving

Shed moving

Shed workers

Shed workers prepping the ground to level the shed. We love our tool shed!

After the tool shed became operational, Beth and Midge donned their organizational bonnets and loaded it up (neatly) with tools and the lawnmower. They also re-organized the compost shed/raised garden area.

Because additional tomatoes had reached maturity, they were harvested so Jean could take them to St. John’s kitchen.

But the biggest focus this Saturday was to raise the main garden a bit by adding fertile soil (delivered Wednesday by Green’s Feed and Seed) under the plants. Several gardeners joined this effort. Later, straw was spread out to help keep the weeds to a minimum.

As a crowning glory, Matthew, Bob and Therese placed pavers in an oval around the pumpkin patch. Doubtless, the vines soon will escape their temporary little encampment. We are hoping the first one, now just a few pounds, will outgrow last year’s giant at almost 40 pounds.

Not until about 11:30 did the crew gather up scattered tools to call it a day, but not before the temperature had climbed to nearly 80.

First-timer Alice prepares to shovel fresh soil. Welcome and thanks!

First-timer Alice Gilbert prepares to shovel fresh soil. Welcome and thanks!

Jim drives garden soil around the garden for placement under plants.

Jim drives garden soil around the garden for placement under plants.

Patricia scatters straw to help prevent weeds.

Patricia scatters straw to help prevent weeds.

Matthew loads a cart with mulch for the garden.

Matthew loads a cart with mulch for the garden.

Paul prefers not yo be photographed but we got him from behind the fence.

Paul prefers not yo be photographed but we got him from behind the fence.

Monster prickly weeds meet their match

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Jean rakes soil in the garden.

Jean rakes soil in the garden.

This week’s weather has turned almost cool – perfect for gardening. This Wednesday produced temperatures in the low 70s.

So volunteers spent most of the late afternoon and early evening weeding in the main garden. Again, we found monster, prickly weeds that we yanked out as fast as we could. In addition, the tomatoes were growing their arms right out of the cages, so we repositioned them or strung them up with twine.

Even after the Boy Scouts descended on the green beans the previous Saturday, gardeners found a trove of the skinny vegetables. They must like the wet soil that is ever present in the once-swimming pool.

Midge & Patricia planting fall kale

Midge & Patricia planting fall kale

One group replanted lettuce, spinach and kale in the future perennial garden. Apparently, the seeds used three weeks ago were either old or dried out, as they did not sprout so very well.

Judy plucks green beans for the Manna Meal kitchen.

Judy plucks green beans for the Manna Meal kitchen.

John and Mike brought in a bigger pump to help with the sump machine.

We enjoyed a full complement of volunteers this cloudy day. Thanks to our newest volunteer, Kellie Hassan, who lives close by in Rock Lake Village. Others who gave Manna Meal a few hours this Wednesday were Martha Ballman, Sally Hazard, Leila Martin, Thom and Nedra Porter, Gary Brown, Patricia Paul, Ann Garcelon, Mike Burgess, John Maier, Bianca Jenkins, Beth McClintock, Jean Simpson and Therese Cox.

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BSA Eagle Project

Rock Lake Manna Meal Garden was the happy site for a BSA Eagle Project this day.

On Saturday August 22 starting at 9:00 am, Manna Meal Garden will welcome Scout Troop #2 being lead by Scout Jay Gould working to complete his Eagle Scout project. His job will be to lead his fellow Scouts in the harvest of the garden and then take the produce back to Manna Meal kitchen and demonstrate how to process it for winter. The project goal is to help feed the hungry for the winter.

Manna Meal Blog for Aug. 22 by Therese Cox. Photos by Jean Simpson and Therese Cox.

The Boy Scouts have landed – right in the Manna Meal garden at Rock Lake!

Thank you, Jay Gould, for focusing your Eagle Scout badge process with us at the community garden. About a dozen Scouts, plus their family members, spent the morning weeding, harvesting and then, later, processing the produce at the Manna Meal kitchen at St. John.

Other volunteers this Saturday were Lakin Cook, Paul Schrecongost, Jim Kinnison, Matthew Crabtree, Bob Sylvester, Patricia Paul, Beth McClintock, Carol Locascio, Jean Simpson and Therese Cox.

Eagle Project Day!

Eagle Project Day!

Scouts working in the garden

Scouts working in the garden

Scouts help prepare produce that was harvested

Scouts help prepare produce that was harvested

The Scout crew

The Crew

Look at the awesome crew today!

Look at the awesome crew today!

Harvest time

Harvest time

 

Leaders

Therese Cox, Patricia Paul & Carol Locascio

produce delivery

produce delivery

BS Troop 2 joined Manna meal volunteers at the garden

BS Troop 2 joined Manna meal volunteers at the garden. Photo by Therese Cox.

 

Look at those tomatoes!

Blog for August 19 by Therese Cox. Photos by Therese Cox and Jean Simpson.

Propping, mulching and harvesting were the operational words this humid, gray, cloudy Saturday at Rock Lake.

Let’s add weeding, of course, a never-ending exercise. The main garden seems to produce the giant variety. Fortunately, the moist soil makes it easy to jerk them right out.

The picture of a healthy perfect tomato plant

The picture of a healthy perfect tomato plant

Volunteers harvested lovely tomatoes, mostly from the raised gardens. In the main garden, we spread mulch and pinned down the tomato cages so they wouldn’t topple over from the weight of the branches.

The bell peppers in the raised gardens under the porch needed a bit of propping. Gardeners watered them and the nearby mint and tomatoes.

A big thank you to those helping, in spite of a little rain later in the morning: Sally Hazard, Leila Martin, Matthew Crabtree, Mike Burgess, Martha Ballman, Patricia Paul, Therese Cox and lead gardeners Beth McClintock and Jean Simpson.

Tomato vines are often blight-ridden in late August, but look at these healthy vines and fruit

Tomato vines are often blight-ridden in late August, but look at these healthy vines and fruit

The Green Thumb crew

The Green Thumb crew