Our 2014 garden layout will be available for viewing on the webpage along with planting date-harvest date guidelines.  The 8 beds have been moved toward the north and south sides of the fenced area to create space for 4 new raised beds down the center, making a total of. This year we are growing cool and warm weather vegetables. The cool ones are spinach, romaine lettuce, pac choi, napa cabbage, kale, broccoli, red beets, yellow beets, and bunching onions; and, the warm ones are zucchini, yellow squash, butternut squash, cherry tomatoes, green, red, and yellow peppers, yellow beans, green beans, carrots, swiss chard, and cucumbers.

Usually we manage to get the cool weather crops of spinach and lettuce planted sometime in mid-April.  Well, when we started working in the garden on April 28th, we already had several ready-to-pick, volunteer bunches of spinach!  That was a surprise because a spinach plant goes from germination to harvest in 42 days. So, if you do the math, it means those spinach seeds probably germinated in mid-March (you’ll remember that it was still a bit snowy then!  Those 3 volunteer seedlings taught us to plant the cool weather crops in March!

We are in need of volunteers to water, weed, and harvest.  Nancy Borkman is available if you have questions to teach best practices for watering and harvesting – such as water in the morning before 10:00 am or pick cucumbers daily once fruit is 5 inches long.  Watering and picking instructions will be available at the garden in a cooler within the garden. A sign-up sheet for watering will be posted online again this year.

This year, because of the unique production capacity of the garden, we’ve chosen to donate our produce to support the limited budgets of the International students with families at Trinity International University.  Delivery and distribution of harvests will be two-three times a week.  Volunteers for making deliveries would also be welcome.

Nancy Borkman


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