The deer and turtles are quite happy after having come to lunch at the garden.
blog by Therese Cox & photos by Therese, Jean & Myra
Well, it might have been a happy meal for the deer and turtles at the time but I’m hoping a bunch of guilt will seep in soon! And maybe they won’t be tempted again.
While the point of the garden is to share the vegetables we grow, we don’t mean with animal types. Fortunately, they left some for Manna Meal customers. The deer seemed to prefer the bean blossoms, or future beans. They did not scavenge the beans themselves (thanks, I guess).
So, volunteers harvested 35 pounds of tomatoes, 15 pounds of green beans and 15 pounds of squash, in a comfortable 65 degrees with somewhat cloudy skies.
Kudos to Nedra and Thom Porter, Paul Schrecongost, Jean Simpson, Judy Nottingham, Myra Dolan, Ryan Sattler, Liz Hereford, Dick Hanlon, Patricia Paul, Gary Brown, Tom Larkin, Jim Kinnison and Therese Cox.
These gardeners also spent the morning re-staking tomato plants; weeding garden No. 1; planting collards and kale in lower garden No. 1; planting beets in the raised beds; and planting carrots and Swiss chard.
blog by Therese Cox
A not-so-pleasant surprise greeted volunteers Wednesday afternoon. Most of the Swiss chard and lazy housewives beans had disappeared with nothing but blunted stems in their places.
A Sherlock Holmes investigation revealed some sagging fences where an enterprising deer or two might have crept in to nibble at the bountiful harvest.
So the crew of nine volunteers mended the fences and still had time to pick 71 pounds of other vegetables.
These included 25 pounds of beans, 22 pounds of tomatoes, 11 pounds of kale, nine pounds of collards and four pounds of squash.
With lots of heat and humidity (90 degrees), Jean Simpson led the volunteers – Corleen Patterson, Will Patterson, Martha Ballman, Nedra and Thom Porter, Mike Burgess, Cheyanna Johnson, Wes Goodwin and Paul Schrecongost.
Manna Meal Garden Blog for July 16 by Therese Cox
Big news this Wednesday evening! For the first time, Jean used our new John Deere tractor to till a garden plot – the former lavender garden. She also used the bucket attachment to scoop out compost for the cabbage garden. Good work!
A cool and cloudy afternoon was a welcome relief from recent steamy weather.
A total of 14 volunteers tackled several tasks. They included Jim Kinnison, Patricia Paul, Jerry Engle, Thom Porter, Nedra Porter, Ryan Sattler, Leila Martin, Mike Burgess, Barbara Rose, Janie Bowling, Frank Mathews, Paul Schrecongost and Therese Cox.
First on the list was to prepare and plant two rows of Top Crop bush beans with the mechanical planter in Garden No. 1. Thanks, Patricia and Nedra!
Next was to tie up the plants in the tomato garden and weed below – a job accomplished quickly by Jerry, Leila, Paul S., Nedra, Janie and Frank.
Paul took a crew back to garden No. 5 and scraped up and amended the soil with compost in six rows in preparation for planting two of cabbage and four of kale.
Thanks to Ryan and Thom, Garden No. 2 may be (relatively) free of potato bugs and weeds (for now).
All the while these tasks were being accomplished Jim and Jean zapped the grass in the surrounding yard.
Bob Sylvester was so traumatized by his close encounters with the Mexican Bean Beetle in all its stages of life–egg, fuzzy yellow larvae and beetle–that he had to go home to do some writing therapy. Therapy produced the following! Thanks Bob we hope this publication will help you deal with your nightmare–please wear gloves to help dispatch the squishy bugs next time.
Not exactly epicurean,
unless you’re Epilachian.
For if you’re Epilachna varivestis,
You’re the worst of the worst of pestis
We picked and grubbed those phony ladybugs.
The egg and larvae, pupal stages in our beans,
from leaves and ground and all around.
More than hundreds were found.
They looked like pretty ladybugs,
though hungry like voracious slugs,
They ate and ate and ate without a shrug,
Those tiny, little, groveling bugs.
We dug, then squeezed the dickens
from the prizes of our pickin’s.
Some squished right up our arms as Myra said,
But better dead than orange/red.
The heat became excruciating,
The sweat began to flow so freely,
As beetle bugs a-went to hiding,
They waited, laughing, some were chiding.
We won the battle anyway this day.
In our special Manna Meal way.
Among the plants we made new friends,
renewed some old as day did end.
We picked the beauty of the harvest,
to heck with all those pesky larvas.
And coming back again next week
to laugh and help the poor to eat.
bob sylvester ~ 7/12/14
July 9th and 12th Reports by Therese Cox
July 9, Wednesday:
Volunteers: Jean Simpson and Paula Fluharty, leads; Devin Cottrill, Patricia Paul, Martha Ballman, Paul S., Mike Burgess; sunny.
–Green beans harvested; other beans sprayed. Mike weeded in the rows.
–Onions harvested and field cleaned. Bed weeded and prepped.
–Basil pinched and mulched.
–Cabbage seeded in onion bed between rows of basil and at head of short bean rows.
July 12, Saturday:
A score plus one person made light (but not cool) work in the garden this steamy Saturday. While the temperature started us at 8:30 a.m. with a bearable 66 degrees, it soon jumped up to the 80s, then 90 by 11 a.m.
Thanks, first, to lead gardener Gary Brown and hard-working Myra Dolan, as always. They were joined by Vicky Grate, Carolee Felber (congratulations on your Master Gardener status, achieved today), Patricia Paul, Martha Ballman, Zoey Sims, Brad Sims, Regina Higginbotham, Nedra Porter, Thom Porter, Therese Cox, Bob Sylvester, Leila Martin, Judy Nottingham, Jean Simpson, Tammy Walker, Sherry Bryant, Tom Larkin, Jim Kinnison and Mike Crites.
Volunteers tackled the beans in Garden No. 1 as a top priority. They pulled out the spent vines, still clinging tenaciously to the fence, and harvested the many beans. Weeding continued, both in Garden No. 5 and No. 1 and among the Roma tomato plants. Cabbage was picked (and more seeded in Garden No. 5), as well as kale, chard and carrots.
In the ground went two full rows of cabbage in No. 5, plus curly kale in the first raised bed.
Gardeners dug up some gorgeous elephant garlic from Garden No. 1, removed extraneous soil and set them out to dry in the sun. Jean will hang them up in her garage to air out and dry. Of course, all the babies were saved to plant next spring.
New pumpkin vines and flowers have sprouted in Garden No. 2, so the white cloths were removed and set out to dry.
Finally, it took several volunteers to scavenge about the former lavender garden for rocks that had been mounded around the plants. It will be tilled soon. They deposited the rocks into the spigot area rock garden.