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 just.good.food 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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Garden Gumbo Night!

Last night our volunteer garden crew met at the Palestine Community Garden for a little Garden Gumbo cooked over an open fire!  We used fresh Okra, Potatoes, Tomatoes, Bok Choy, Banana Peppers, Onions, Green Beans, a Jalapeno Pepper, and Sweet Corn – all straight out of the garden.  To this delicious mix we added a little shrimp, sausage, and cajun rice (not from the garden :) ).  Grilled Eggplant w/Basil and Cantaloupe (also from the garden) was our side dish and dessert.  What a delicious way to celebrate God’s Blessings on our garden!

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Today’s delivery tot he Palestine Food Pantry includes:

Eggplant, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Banana Peppers, Bok Choy

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Bok Choy – A New Favorite

Wow! Is it hot and humid and sweaty!

In spite of the heat work goes on at the Palestine Community Garden … perhaps at a slower pace, though.  We received our last load of topsoil and have begun filling the herb beds.  We also continue to work on converting the garden to Back to Eden style gardening and we can already see improvement in how the plants are weathering this 90+ temps.

Today we picked Bok Choy (actually the seed packet said Pak Choi) to take to the local food pantry along with our 1st sweet corn, eggplant, cucumbers, and zucchini.

Eggplant, cucumbers, zucchini, bok choy, sweet corn

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