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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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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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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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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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!
Today’s delivery tot he Palestine Food Pantry includes:
Eggplant, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Banana Peppers, Bok Choy
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Monday morning harvest for the food pantry included:
Sweet corn, eggplants, cucumbers, tomatoes, banana peppers, & zucchini.
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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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