We at Frame Presbyterian Church in Stevens Point just harvested our second half of Bibb lettuce this morning and took it over to Operation Bootstrap, our biggest local food pantry in the area. We washed up the lettuce as it rained last night and bagged it up this afternoon to hand out to families. We harvested over 33 lbs of lettuce so far!! I can’t believe it. We built two 12′ x 4′ raised beds last fall and filled them with compost and plants are literally jumping out of the beds.
I’m going to replant the lettuce area tomorrow with green beans although we’re leaving about 8 square feet of lettuce to continue growing to use in our Mission suppers each month at the homeless shelter, etc. Check out the picture collage below. A couple of our church kids helped to harvest this morning. We also have another bed of green beans, mini-bell peppers, tomatoes, and carrots. Our children’s group will help us harvest the carrots in the fall. What a great program–plus we were able to get financial assistance from the local “Giving Garden” program who had grant money to help us pay for the materials. It’s good all the way around.
We used the square-foot gardening method and really got a lot of plants within each square foot. Quite amazing.