Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Green and Growing

Ask and you shall receive. It started raining Friday night and the entire Philadelphia metro area breathed a collective sigh of relief. The weather has cooled down and our rain barrels at the Walnut Hill Community Farm are completely full. I got a helpful e-mail from Carol, a reader from the Pittsburgh area, reminding me to secure them to the shed because they are incredibly heavy and could cause injury, so that's our next priority over at the farm.

As for The Woodlands Community Garden, we had a work day this weekend and built four more beds! This means that we can invite eight more people to join the garden. The waiting list is down to only a handful of people now, which is a beautiful thing.

The bed that M and I tend is looking kind of bedraggled because of the haphazard way that I tied up the potatoes. But it gets them out of the way of everything else that I've planted in the rows: hot peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, melons, watermelons, winter squash, basil, leeks, chives, and sweet potatoes.

We also decided to celebrate the fact that the garden is one year old by having a little potluck party after the work day. It was delicious, as usual, and a nice break from the hard work.

And today the judges from the PHS City Gardens Contest come to judge The Woodlands Community Garden. It was really fun to talk to them about the garden, we've done a lot in only one year and they were sufficiently impressed. Fingers crossed!

*** Check out the wildflower meadow at The Woodlands where we relocated our bees. They're very happy.***

At the St. Bernard Community Garden things are also growing nicely. I've harvested a few cucumbers already and nibbled on some cherry tomatoes. There's still kale, swiss chard, beans, onions, peppers, tomatoes, herbs, and lots and lots of zinnias growing.

I planted four different seed packets of zinnias along the border, so I plan on seeing more views like this all summer:

Happy gardening everyone!


Nicole said...

lookin good! I'm hoping to harvest our first tomatoes in the next week or so! I can't wait!!!!!!!!!! Then it will be tomatoes every day for the next month or more! Yum! This is the only reason to put up with a Davis summer!

cribs said...

Wow I can see that you are not an ordinary gardener. You have a great talent managing your garden. I can see it on your harvest. Everything looks so well.