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.

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    A great harvest this year

    Total pounds of produce this summer from our four raised beds………….640 ounds.

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      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!

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        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.

        When choosing which flowers to integrate into the vegetable garden, try to [Read more...]

          Easy Newspaper Seed Starters

          It’s easy to recycle old newspapers into seed starters. A full sheet of newspaper will make 4 seed starters.

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          Materials
          Newspaper
          Toilet paper tube
          Plastic container(s) to hold the desired number of seed starters
          Vermiculite
          Peat Moss
          Water
          Clear Plastic Wrap – Optional [Read more...]

            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...]

                Cover Crops and Winterizing

                For many gardeners, the first frost of the season isn’t too far away.  The cold bite of winter will be here before we know it, so now is a good time to start thinking about how to protect your garden over the frigid autumn and winter months.  There is one simple thing you can do to get a jump start on gardening next spring.  Protect your soil and annual plants until the spring by planting cover crops in your garden.  Cover crops will help protect your [Read more...]

                  The Harvest, Joy, and Justice continue to grow!

                  Even thugh the end of season is growing near, we have much to grow and give away!  Weights are for the weeks of August 28, SeptembeIMG_4533r 2 and 10.

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                    Hillside Raised Garden Box

                    Building a raised garden bed on an incline can be tricky.  If your garden area is on a hillside, you will need to have higher sides on the downhill side to retain the soil.  If it’s only a slight incline, you may be able to level the box by placing the higher side into a slight trench to level it.

                    However, if your incline is too steep, or you don’t want to dig a trench, here is a simple way to make a level garden bed which sits on the ground and requires no digging.IMG_7366

                    This box is built with some leftover 6′ privacy fence *panels.  We used uncut boards for the front and back, and cut a board in half to make the sides of a 3′ x 6′ box.  The corner posts for our box are cut from a 2″x2″ cedar post.  The lengths of the corner posts are determined by the desired box height, and the amount of slope you are working with.  We had an 8′ post and cut it into (4) 2′ lengths.

                    A common size for a raised garden bed is 4′x8′.  Anything wider than 4′ will make it hard to reach everything without stepping into the bed, which compacts the soil.  The length of the box is [Read more...]

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