And so it begins!

We are LOVIN’ our raised bed gardening!  They are so much easier to take care of and they are beginning to fill in nicely.  We got nearly 3 lbs of radishes out of 4′ walk up bed.

Fighting a few pests – especially in our cabbages but hey, that’s life!

A church member set a hive near the garden this year and we are hoping for some mutual benefits from that.

Making our first trip to the local food pantry this evening. :)

Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church

We had a very good year–up almost 20 lbs of food over last year with two 12 x 4 foot raised beds. The kids helped us plant the seeds and the Frame Green Team pulled weeds, watered, harvested, and hauled food to various food pantries in the area. We have two large compost bins that church members contribute to as well as a brand new rain barrel that was just completed. It can hold about 320 gallons of water and has a nice wooden surround built by one of our church members, so it looks attractive. We’ll start to use this in 2015. We plan to build another raised bed next spring as we are getting lots of compost and seem to have enough sunlight in that area. We had very good luck with lettuce this year harvesting two crops, probably because of the cooler weather. This is an enjoyable and really valuable project that helps some of our less fortunate neighbors get organic, quality food.

Fall Harvest and Clean-Up!

 

 

 

 

 

What a wondrous growing season this has been.  Our Garden Keepers raised, harvested, and distributed to local hungry in our area over 600 lbs. of fresh, organic veggies!  Yippee for Tippe!  Special thanks to Nancy and Peter…Katie, Brandon, and Susan!  And our fall clean-up happens 10/12 as youth, members and friends, and

volunteers from Crossroads Pres. in Mequon join IMG_4533together in fun of this worshipful work!  Can’t wait for next year!

Bees

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Many people think of bees as a nuisance, but they are quite beneficial to have buzzing around your garden. These busy little insects are responsible for much of the pollination that takes place. If a plant is not pollinated, it will not be fertilized. If it is not fertilized, it will not produce fruits or seeds, so it’s obvious your garden would benefit from the presence of the best pollinators around.

Bees are usually paired with thoughts of a large field of flowers, or non-edible plants outside of a vegetable garden. However, it is quite simple to lure bees over to where you need them the most. Bees are attracted to brightly colored and aromatic flowers and plants, so having a section of flowers amongst the vegetables is a great way to get the bees in the general area.

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Update from Wausau

Our garden this year was a great success. We harvested 215 total lbs. of tomatoes, zucchini, onions, carrots, radishes, cabbage, beets, and lettuce over the last three months. We planted beans and peas twice but something ate them both times. This year’s total is at least 100 lbs. over last years harvest.

Looking forward to improving our results next year.
Jim

 

 

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Lasagna Gardening

The leaves are falling, which means lots of organic material for your garden. Fall is a great time to start layering your lasagna garden when organic materials are readily available from fallen leaves in your yard or your neighbors’.

layer garden bed

Lasagna gardening is a no-dig, no-till, organic gardening method which turns layers of materials like kitchen waste, straw, shredded paper, and newspapers into rich, healthy compost. This might possibly be the simplest way to garden and uses stuff that you would normally throw away. One of the best things about lasagna gardening is how easy it is. You don’t have to remove existing sod or weeds. You don’t have to dig or till. You don’t have to move compost. Essentially, you are layering and composting in place, and then planting and growing your garden in the compost.

The first step for making your lasagna garden should [Read more…]