Sunday, November 1, 2009

Clean Up

Before it becomes totally overgrown, you may want to remove stakes, boxes, etc. so the garden will be ready for next Spring.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Please send the rain...

Hi gardeners,

Possibly you have noticed that I have not tended to my watering... likely my garden is shriveled. Too many other obligations, too far away, not enough rain, the excuses list goes on :-(

I hope the rest of you have been better stewards. This has pushed my resolve to get  a water supply for next year.

P.S. Has anyone seen Desi's pickle buckets?


Thursday, May 28, 2009

Take the GroGood Pledge

I know we are all donating garden veggies, but I thought this was interesting.

I haven't been to the garden all week since we have had rain. I plan on making the trek on Saturday and can't wait to see how things are doing. Hope everyone had a good week. Tracy

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Other Gardens to Learn From...

Hi Everyone,
I am up in Maryland at my Aunt's, who lives in a retirement community. They have a very large community garden for residents, and I am coming back with a ton of ideas and some 'long bean' seeds. A few things this garden has, we should work toward:
* Purple Martin house for catching insects
* All plots have a barrier of stone or landscape timber around the base to build up soil
* There are compost areas and areas where sand is brought in once a year
* There is water piped underground to a spigot every 30-40 feet. 
* Grass grows (fescue) between the plots to keep the dirt down.
* Most have plastic fencing to keep the deer and rabbits out.
* They are using metal posts covered with old tennis balls to permanently mark plots.
* Sheds have been installed on the perimeter for storage of equipment so everyone doesn't have to lug theirs out to the garden each time.
Of course, a picture is worth a thousand words. I hope the weather will cooperate and I can get out there again before I leave to take photos.

Pickle buckets & Pantyhose

Just a quick post to let everyone know that I picked up four 5-gallon pickle buckets from a Firehouse Sub shop nearby. They are now just beside the wagon that Laurie left for us to use., they are upside down as not to collect standing water. The lids are there as well to help contain the water as you wheel them out to your plot in the garden. I will take them home and store them for use next year (I'm hoping there will be a garden next year!?!) over the winter or donate them to the church if they would like to store them for use in the garden and/or another church project.

Also, I've read that women's nylons (aka pantyhose) make great ties for staking plants in the garden. So, if you have some old pairs of nylons laying around, try re-purposing it for staking your plants. I am required to wear nylons as part of my "uniform" for work (yes, the CEO refers to our business suits as a "uniform"), so I was excited since I have tons of old nylons and would love to re-use them if possible. I would suggest washing them before you use them to stake out your plants though :)


Friday, May 22, 2009

Watering issues

Of course we would get our crops in and then the rain would start missing us!

Did you all see the "key" I left for the water spigot right be the hose? Hopefully it will stay there. Also, I believe Bill Ross is looking into the water we used to have coming across the road that Ernest had rigged up two years ago. What about the idea of building a box to hold an elevated Rain Barrel? I think we can get a 50-60 gallon barrel for about $70. If we make a spigot for it and run drip emitters from it, we can all water with Mother Nature's help (when it rains again) and do it MUCH easier.

Sorry I am out of the loop for a few days, but promise to get on this mid next week...

I hope everyone is ok with the change of settings I made so you can see blog posts in your Email in box. Tracy suggested it, I thought it was a great idea, and I think I made that happen - Desi did it?