Manna Meal

Charleston, WV

Flower

May 23 back to Rutledge Rd

Photos by Therese Cox

A crew of spinach harvesters came out this Memorial Day weekend to water plants and lend their labors to help feed the hungry. At the other end of town at the new Rock Lake Garden, Beth McClintock reports . . .”Terry lugged and I watered at Rock Lake Garden this morning.  The plants are doing very well.  One tomato plant that seemed to be damaged was perking up when we left.  The concrete pads have been laid for the compost bins. It’s supposed to get to 88 degrees today, so I will visit Rock Lake again tomorrow.” And so the good work moves forward even through the holiday. Great job crews.

Nine pounds of spinach and the harvesting crew

Nine pounds of spinach and the harvesting crew

David waters kale, garlic and lettuce plants

David waters kale, garlic and lettuce plants

Gale & Leila chat while harvesting the spinach leaves

Gale & Leila chat while harvesting the spinach leaves

Kelly & Patricia join in with the harvesting task

Kelly & Patricia join in with the harvesting task

Martha leads the spinach harvesting brigade

Martha leads the spinach harvesting brigade

Rock Lake Pool lives again but as a Garden

Manna Meal Garden Blog for May 20, 2015 by Therese Cox

Photos by Jean Simpson & Therese Cox

Welcome to Rock Lake Community Garden! Volunteers gathered to begin a new phase in the garden’s history. After nearly seven years on Rutledge Road (plaudits to Tom Jett), we met on mass at the former rock quarry/swimming pool to begin anew.

But we weren’t the first to arrive! Gerald Burgy, public works director for the City of South Charleston, and his crew welcomed us to his fair city by plowing up a garden space, clearing four truckloads of trash and getting started on building compost bins. Thank you, South Charleston, for the warm welcome.

Thanks also to volunteers Nedra and Thom Porter, Martha Ballman, Beth McClintock, Bob Lockhart, Jim Kinnison, Jean Simpson, Gerald Burgy, Chris Postalwait, and Therese Cox.

It was a bright and sunny but cool afternoon and evening – perfect for the grunt work of loading fertilized soil into the raised beds. Volunteers also planted Jerry Engle’s heirloom tomato plants and other plants started by Betty Chilton at her house.

Martha, Beth and Nedra also planted many perennials in the raised, conical mound. They included Echinacea, primrose, bee balm, rosemary, day lilies, oregano, lamb’s ear, butterfly weeds and cosmos.

Gerald ended the evening by tearing out some weedy trees from a sand pile on the eastern side of the Rock Lake property.

On Saturday, May 23, we’re back to Rutledge Road to water the new grass and the spinach, lettuce and kale. Beth will keep the Rock Lake tomatoes from getting thirsty.

Tilling the new Rock Lake Garden today! Thank you to Chris Postalwait & Gerald Burgsby for doing this work

Tilling the new Rock Lake Garden today! Thank you to Chris Postalwait & Gerald Burgy for doing this work. City of South Charleston & Rock Lake Presbyterian Church are awesome!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bob transfers fertile soil & compost to raised beds

Bob transfers fertile soil & compost to raised beds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beth hams it up with Kelly Straight, a member of Rock Lake Presbyterian Church, who made it possible for Manna Meal to locate its garden there.

Beth hams it up with Kelly Straight, a member of Rock Lake Presbyterian Church, whose negotiations  made it possible for Manna Meal to locate its garden there.

Nedra & Thom take a rare break from filling the raised beds.

Nedra & Thom take a rare break from filling the raised beds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gerald, Martha, Thom & Jim plant tomatoes

Gerald, Martha, Thom & Jim plant tomatoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gerald clears weedy trees growing in a sandpile

Gerald clears weedy trees growing in a sand pile. Look at that equipment!

Perennial from Rutledge Rd garden have a new home at Rock Lake Garden

Perennial from Rutledge Rd garden have a new home at Rock Lake Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tomatoes were planted in existing raised beds built by Jim Straight!

Tomatoes were planted in existing raised beds built by James Straight!

 

The Restoration

photos by Therese and Jean

Manna Meal Garden Blog for May 16, 2015 by Therese Cox

Small but mighty, Saturday’s group of volunteers took a giant step toward declassifying the Rutledge Road garden. That almost sounds like State Department legalistic language.

What I mean to say is that gardeners put one more garden area to bed by raking, seeding and spreading hay. That leaves two gardens to produce lettuce, kale, spinach, peas and onions. We hope to harvest those spring crops by July and then be completely focused on the Rock Lake property.

On this day, we dug up a few more perennials for temporary storage, watered and weeded and generally admired the speed at which our few crops are growing. We also gratefully received Jerry Engle’s beautiful heirloom tomatoes – several dozen – to plant at Rock Lake, probably in the raised beds.

The perennials included chives, bachelor’s button, agastache and hyssop.

The weather was delightful, a steady 70 and cloudy.

Thank you to Patricia Paul, Martha Ballman, Paul Schrecongost, Jim Kinnison, Marsha Palmer, Nedra Porter, Jean Simpson and Therese Cox.

On May 20, we meet at Rock Lake to plant perennials and tomatoes.

Chives potted up for the move to Rock Lake

Chives potted up for the move to Rock Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jean, Martha, Marsha & Patricia harvesting spinach

Jean, Martha, Marsha & Patricia harvesting spinach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jean & Marsha study the task of transporting plants to Rock Lake

Jean & Marsha study the task of transporting plants to Rock Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oregano and spinach at its peak of perfection

Oregano and spinach at its peak of perfection

Preparing to transport herbs to Rock Lake

Patricia and Therese preparing to transport herbs to Rock Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The prize winning iris

The prize winning iris

happy little garden at the end of the work session--it will be missed

happy little garden at the end of the work session–it will be missed

 

the year of the iris

the year of the iris

lettuce is looking good

lettuce is looking good

grass planting preppers

grass planting preppers

seeding the former garden space with Kentucky Blue Grass

seeding the former garden space with Kentucky Blue Grass

Martha filling the watering can

Martha filling the watering can

The restoration is complete on most of the garden spaces

The restoration is complete on most of the garden spaces

 

 

Wed., May 13 Council Mtg & Iris Boom

Photos and info from Jean Simpson

The iris has never been more beautiful than it is this year. The spinach continues to grow and delight us while lettuce is enjoying a good start now. We are counseling together about our future at Rock Lake Pool [yes, it is still under all that soil] while ironing out all the details of the memorandum of understanding. We are excited about the possibilities that lie before us.

Kelly, James & baby London Straight, Gerald Burgoby [spelling of his last name isn't known at this time] from the City of South Charleston, Jim Kinnison, & Scott Hamilton from the Church council together about the future

Kelly, James & baby London Straight, Gerald Burgy from the City of South Charleston, Jim Kinnison, & Scott Hamilton from the Church council together about the future

Rock Lake pool is beneath that soil.....memories!

Rock Lake pool is beneath that soil…..memories!

blog by Therese Cox

What a gorgeous evening for gardening, this warm and clear Wednesday evening!

Eight volunteers focused mostly on watering the lettuce, spinach and kale as the irrigation lines already were removed in anticipation of our big move to Spring Hill.

The spring crops, except for the kale, appeared healthy and lush – onions, garlic, bountiful spinach, peas.

Thanks to Patricia Paul, Bob Lockhart, Wes Goodwin, Paul Schrecongost, Martha Ballman, Ann Garcelon, Jean and Therese Cox.

We dug drainage ditches on either side of the rows of lettuce and kale to help maintain adequate water for the vegetables, Paul explained. Jean weed-whacked all the grassy areas that fan out among the former perennial gardens.

Everything received a healthy dose of water, then fertilizer.

Of course, at Rutledge Road, we’re down to two garden areas of spring crops. We’ll remain here and slowly transition (actually quickly transition) to Rock Lake. For instance, Rutledge Road will be our focus May 16, as we receive the scores of tomato plants started from seed by volunteer Jerry Engle. Thank you, Jerry!

Volunteers will divide them up to take home for a few days of babysitting before they are planted in the raised gardens at Rock Lake May 20.  Also that day, we’ll transplant all the perennials in their new home in Spring Hill.

Last on our list of tasks this Wednesday was filling a huge plastic bag with fresh spinach, harvested by several gardeners.

Stay tuned for more later about sessions at both Rutledge Road and Rock Lake. Everyone is so excited about the extreme generosity of members of the Rock Lake Presbyterian Church.

Wes working behind the iris

Paul working behind the iris

Bob & Wes working at the garden

Bob & Paul working at the garden

 

Frilly white and purple iris continues to bloom

Frilly white and purple iris continues to bloom

Yellow and purple iris

Yellow and purple iris

Each variety of iris has it unique fragrance

Each variety of iris has it unique fragrance

more white & purple iris

more white & purple iris

White iris

White iris

their close-up

their close-up

...and the spinach continues to flourish

…and the spinach continues to flourish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iris close up by Therese Cox

iris close up by Therese Cox

Martha & Patricia harvest spinach. photo by Therese

Martha & Patricia harvest spinach. photo by Therese

Wes & Martha work together

Wes & Martha work together

What a gorgeous evening for gardening, this warm and clear Wednesday evening!

Eight volunteers focused mostly on watering the lettuce, spinach and kale as the irrigation lines already were removed in anticipation of our big move to Spring Hill.

The spring crops, except for the kale, appeared healthy and lush – onions, garlic, bountiful spinach, peas.

Thanks to Patricia Paul, Bob Lockhart, Wes Goodwin, Paul Schrecongost, Martha Ballman, Ann Garcelon, Jean and Therese Cox.

We dug drainage ditches on either side of the rows of lettuce and kale to help maintain adequate water for the vegetables, Paul explained. Jean weed-whacked all the grassy areas that fan out among the former perennial gardens.

Everything received a healthy dose of water, then fertilizer.

Of course, at Rutledge Road, we’re down to two garden areas of spring crops. We’ll remain here and slowly transition (actually quickly transition) to Rock Lake. For instance, Rutledge Road will be our focus May 16, as we receive the scores of tomato plants started from seed by volunteer Jerry Engle. Thank you, Jerry!

Volunteers will divide them up to take home for a few days of babysitting before they are planted in the raised gardens at Rock Lake May 20.  Also that day, we’ll transplant all the perennials in their new home in Spring Hill.

Last on our list of tasks this Wednesday was filling a huge plastic bag with fresh spinach, harvested by several gardeners.

Stay tuned for more later about sessions at both Rutledge Road and Rock Lake. Everyone is so excited about the extreme generosity of members of the Rock Lake Presbyterian Church.

 

Saturday May 9, 2015

blog by Jean Simpson

We were a small but mighty crew today comprised of Carolee Felber, Cathy Sutherland, Jean Simpson, Bob Lockhart & Jim Kinnison.

The front tire of the tractor was flat. We filled it with air a couple times in the past, but it has been flat every time we go out. So needless to say, that task is what occupied Jim’s time. He took it off and headed out looking for a tire doctor.

The rest of us weeded, watered and fed the whole garden with fish emulsion….  This is the second time we put the emulsion on the spinach….and it is growing like crazy…..

Great day…..see everyone next week.

Happy Gardening…..

Love the Irises…….

Carolee, Cathy, Jean, and Bob with a postage stamp on his head thanks to an unwanted camera feature

Carolee, Cathy, Jean, and Bob with a postage stamp on his head thanks to an unwanted camera feature

 

 

 

 

 

 

spinach was harvested again today

spinach was harvested again today

purple iris perfume the air

purple iris perfumes the air

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

white iris with lacy purple edge

white iris with lacy purple edge