Final Post of the Year

Our garden is now resting for the winter so that the soil may be used again in the spring of 2016. We harvested less in pounds this year (390 total) but much of that had to do with the abundance of rain, followed by a lack of rain. But we are grateful for the food we were able to grow and give to people who normally would not have fresh vegetables.

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September and Still Growing



Harvesting is becoming fewer and further between, but still ongoing.
We’ve also begun preparations for Fall & Winter … a bed inside the hoop house to see if we can extend harvest into early winter, clearing the garden beds, and working on adding compost & mulch to the beds, row crop areas, & pathways. 
God continues to bless our garden and its mission.

Okra, Carrots, Eggplant – the hot peppers are to be dehydrated for personal use.


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Dry Summer

We continue to gather tomatoes and peppers. The cucumbers are done and even though we’ve planted some new green beans, they are slow at growing again. We had a very wet spring, and a very dry summer, and it seems that we have fewer produce than we had last year. Though, we are grateful for what has grown!

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We are thrilled the Palestine Community Garden is still producing!  This week, watermelon was the “big” crop.

Tomatoes & okra are still going and we will be picking brussel sprouts in a few days.  Sweet potatoes will be coming out soon.

We’ve planted a small fall garden for the first time so we’ll see how that goes.
Today we learned the Food Pantry would accept dehydrated fruits & veggies, so we are looking into that possibility as a way to extend our sharing beyond the growing season.

Watermelon, green beans, tomatoes.

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A Welcome Break in the Weather

The cooler temps make working in the garden much nicer, but it has surely slowed down ripening!
We were able to get a few things planted for fall harvest for the first time in 3 years of gardening!
We have turnips, beets, and lettuce coming up. Late zucchini is producing. Kale, sugar peas, bok choy, swiss chard, cabbages, spinach & radishes should be popping up soon.

This week we harvested watermelon, cantaloup, tomatoes, green beans, okra, banana peppers, & eggplant for the local food pantry plus our volunteers were able to enjoy some of the fruits of their labors as well.  

We were also blessed with another load of wood chips to help us as we take our garden Back to Eden … God IS good!

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A Good Harvest for an Interesting Summer

This is Hanover Presbyterian Church’s third year doing a garden and we’re excited that we are harvesting lots of good food for the Open Hands Open Hearts Food Pantry, as well as the House of Hope Food Pantry in Madison, IN.

This year we also tried something new. With thanks to the Presbytery of Ohio Valley for the grant they gave us, we did a Tomato in a Bucket Project. Southwestern School agricultural students grew tomatoes for us, and once they were just the right size, we planted them in five gallon buckets to distribute to the people at the food pantries to begin their own gardens!

This summer has been interesting with so much rain at the beginning of the season, and then hot days with little rain in the last few weeks. But our garden continues to grow strong! 5-22-15 distribution at OHOH food pantry 1DSCN1900

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Dog Days of Summer

After a Spring and early Summer of over abundant rainfall we’ve now enter the dog days of summer – little rain / high temps – IT MUST BE ILLINOIS! :)

The garden is suffering a little from lack of rain and a outbreak of BUGS, but we are still blessed with a variety of goodies for the food pantry.

This week we harvested:
Tomatoes, Okra, Cantaloupe, Eggplant, Banana Peppers, Watermelon, Green Beans, Bok Choy, Swiss Chard, and the last of the Cucumbers and Zucchini.

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