Here are some of the members. Others arrived on the scene as well.
Some gardeners in the personal rows, checking for bad bugs.
First order of business was the Sharecropper Rows regarding harvesting.
Carl will let us know when we can harvest and he will harvest FIRST for the Echo Lodge sales counters. When the 2nd and 4th Thurs mornings arrive we will check the lodge to see what's available that hasn't sold. Those will be gathered first for the Food Pantry because they will be given away that very day. If we need more, we can harvest directly from the garden.
He said you can harvest small quantities for yourself as the crops become mature. He has no problem with that. This means for your personal use, you and your immediate family.
Right now the Sugar Snap Peas are ready. Any that are about a finger length long and have a bit of fullness, are mature and need to be harvested. You can harvest them a bit smaller, so don't bother to measure, just eye-ball it. If it looks the size, harvest it but try to harvest the larger ones first to get more bang for our buck and also to keep the plants from ceasing production.
Don't those peas look delicious! Carl is harvesting some today.
Bugs: There are two varieties of Lady Bug that eat our crops, the Mexican Bean Beetle and Squash Lady Beetle. A separate article will be forthcoming with pictures.
We have also asked for volunteers to be assigned specific rows in the Sharecropper section to water and weed. This is necessary as the season progresses, gets hotter, and there's more to do. It makes it much easier to share the volunteer chores among all the gardeners. Rows were assigned as requested and those rows are the responsibility of the garden member for watering and weeding. When harvesting time comes along, it will be on a volunteer basis with all members sharing the harvesting duties.
Gardeners have taken on some Sharecropper’s rows to ensure that people don’t get over loaded. If you were not at the meeting today, please check out the rows that were not spoken for and let Leigh know if you would be willing to take on some of them. We may have even more rows in the future.
Here are the current rows and who is maintaining them:
On the left side (closer to the road):
Beth G and Dawn: Peas and first two rows of beans
Jennifer and Dave: Turnips, two rows of beans and spinach row
Betsy and Deb: 2 rows of broccoli (on either side of Matt and Alison’s rows) beet row and one row of carrots
Open: broccoli, cabbage, yellow squash
Open: beans in back half of garden
On the right side:
Sandra: Squash, cucumbers, two rows of beans, Filet beans and zucchini
Rita and Deb: Tomatoes and 2 rows of beans
Jackie: two rows of carrots on both sides
Nate: corn, squash and beans in back
Open: other beans in back
Please contact Leigh by email if you can volunteer to maintain the open rows.
Today Nate is thinning the cucumbers along the pea fence to approx 6" apart so that task will be finished. Thank you Nate.
Some of the Sharecropper rows, lookin' good.
Also, the Rubbermaid watering can that we all like has been discontinued and cannot be found for purchase. If someone comes across a watering can they like, if they buy 4, I will reimburse them! Thanks! Leigh.
We got only one tenth inch of rain during the night. Carl tells us that you can water the garden rows every day and it won't be too much because the soil is a sandy type.
In your personal rows you can practice deep-watering. With your watering can, pour water at the base of the plant (be sure there's a well-shaped hollow around the plant) and count to seven (7 seconds). That should give the roots a good soaking and you will be able to skip a day until the very high heat of summer or special watering needs of the plants themselves.
Hope to see you around the garden.