photos & blog by Therese Cox
Aug. 20, 2014 Yes, it did rain buckets this week – but not on gardening afternoon!
So our modest group got to work, and work we did, under clear conditions and 82 degrees. I’m talking about fun work – picking tomatoes, peppers and ring-necked squash; kale, zinnias and basil; and, of course, weeds (so relaxing).
It wasn’t that the weeds were so very pervasive over the entire garden at this late time in the summer. Instead, they seemed to congregate around the tender, new cabbage plants in the lower area. Indeed, it was difficult to find the vegetable plants under such a heavy cover. But we did. Here’s to a plentiful fall cabbage harvest!
Volunteers clipped a few flowers so more would generate. Gary tilled the former lavender. John, Gary, Jean, Bob and Paul worked on the tractor for our next cutting spree. Plus, Jean and Paul measured off and marked out an area for our future tractor shed.
Thank you to Thom and Nedra Porter, Bob Lockhart, Paul Schrecongost, Gary Brown, Patricia Paul, John Maier, Jean Simpson and Therese Cox.
If you listen very quietly you can hear the symphony of pollinators at work in the garden.
Blog by Therese Cox
While small in number, Saturday’s gardening crew was mighty. Proving this premise are the five crates of fat, red tomatoes – not to mention a big crate overflowing with tender kale.
Thank you, Bob Sylvester, Patricia Paul, Lakin Cook, Cindy McGhee, Leila Martin and lead gardeners Myra Dolan and Therese Cox.
Under a cool but azure sky, we spent an entire hour weeding the bush beans that the naughty deer visited last week, nibbling blossoms. But we are hopeful the beans will resurrect and give us some yummy vegetables soon.
Bravely taking the initiative, Lakin lugged the stuffed wheelbarrow to the weed cemetery at the bottom of the property. Thanks, Lakin!
After harvesting the tomatoes, the crew also stripped the brown branches from the tomato plants, removing, as Cindy says, the possibility of the development of unwanted inoculum (our new Latin word of the day, which means a microorganism used in inoculation). That’s all I can tell you. Google it or use an old-fashioned dictionary (a book).
Toward the end of the morning, after the heat dried out the dew, we gathered as a group to harvest the kale, growing wildly in the raised bed. Still going strong, Leila carefully chose flowers to blend in her lovely arrangements to be sold the next day at St. John’s.
The garden has missed us. It has quietly been growing tomatoes & kale while we were at the Bean Stringin’ last weekend.
Blog by Therese Cox
Numerous and plump tomatoes awaited garden volunteers this sunny but cool evening. Gardeners had taken the previous Saturday off to help celebrate Manna Meal’s Bean Stringin’ Day at Capitol Market.
By the way, the celebration netted 629 pounds of beans for our soup kitchen customers – filling up the St. John’s freezer with the beautiful and nutritious vegetables. Tony, here’s to your culinary skills! And thanks to the many, many philanthropic supporters who purchased beans from local farmers at the market for to Manna Meal.
Thanks also to the cheerful and hard-working crew who donated their Wednesday evenings to work at our Rutledge Road garden: Jerry Engle, Thom and Nedra Porter, Therese Cox, Martha Ballman, Leila Martin, Mike Burgess, Gary Brown, Wes Goodwin, Paul Schrecongost, Ann Garcelon, John Maier and lead gardener Paula Fluharty.
Much was accomplished between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.
In garden No. 4, we plucked the fat tomatoes from the vines; weeded underneath; and secured wiggly cages. We removed “lazy” beans and their vines from the trellis; harvested yard-long beans; thinned carrots in garden No. 1; weeded the bed; and laid newspaper and straw to retard weeds.
Down in garden No. 2, volunteers harvested bell peppers and the large, ring-necked squash – rounding out our colorful cache that also included kale from garden No. 5.
Fortunately, we had lots of newspapers and straw for positioning under vegetables and in aisles in the hopes that those pesky weeds grow somewhere other than our precious garden.
Prizes can be picked up from 7am till 2pm 7days a week at the back door off the alley of St. John’s 1105 Quarrier St.
Manna Meal, Inc. 2014 Bean Stringin’ @ the Capitol Market Saturday August 9th
Congratulations’ to all the winners & many Thanks to all the donors for wonderful gifts.
Thank you all for being a part of our event and helping to FEED the Hungry in our community
Mini Give aways: Raffle Items:
Blue Ticket - 539707 # 1 Bob S. – Blue Ticket – 539794 – Clay Center, Baskin-Robbins, ITunes
Red Ticket – 516947- Collected # 2 Beth – Blue Ticket – 539723 – One Stop
Red Ticket – 516849 # 3 – Red Ticket – 517406 – Chico’s, Hair Solutions, Young’s Floral Collected
Red ticket – 517184 # 4 – Dave – Red Ticket – 517326 – Mi Cocina de Amor, Lowe’s, WalMart Collected
Pink Ticket – 658569 # 5 – Bruce – Pink Ticket – 658565 – Home Depot, Greens Feed & Seed
Pink Ticket – 652559 # 8 – Connie – Red Ticket – 517407 - FOOTMAD , Blue Grass Kitchen, Fiddler on the Roof tickets
#10 – Sue – Pink Ticket – 658527 – Computer Consultation, Doll, Bread Warmer
# 11 - Blue Ticket – 539673 – YMCA membership – Collected
# 12 – Blue Ticket – 539758 - Charlie’s, Cornucopia, South Hills Market
# 13 - Blue Ticket – 539938 – Yarrid’s , Geraniums, Eggplant
# 14 - Rick – Pink Ticket – 658670 – Cracker Barrel, IHOP, Bob Evans, First Watch
# 15 - Pink Ticket – 658546 – Computer & Printed – Collected
# 16- Vivian B. – Red Ticket – 516883 – Artisan crafted Necklace & earrings
# 17 – June – Blue Ticket – 539625 – 14K Gold Canary Ring
# 18 – Tonya – Pink Ticket – 658633 – Andrusite & Diamond Ring
# 19 – Isaac – - Blue Ticket – 539840 – Petit Jewelry – Collected
A ‘Dream Team’ committee of volunteers organized this year’s Bean Stringin’ at the Capitol Market and with the efforts of the many, it broke all records. 625 pounds of beans were bagged and frozen to feed the hungry this winter! The raffle and all the prizes from supporting merchants attracted many a passerby as well as most of the stringing participants and it broke records as well. The Capitol Market with Tammy Borstnar’s crew went the extra mile for Manna Meal Soup Kitchen by providing a Bluegrass band called Total Meltdown to play for three hours. Tammy also provided free buttered corn on the cob to the crowds and donated the great venue space at which to hold this event. Great job organizers, donors, and volunteers. We love and appreciate each and every one of you. Click on any photo to enlarge it for viewing.