Week 3 and our gardens are lush and our garden yield is growing! Thansk to this week’s gleaners: Nancy, Larry, Brandon, and Pastor Karen
Well the weatherman is calling for a killing frost mid-week, so we are trying to get what we can from the Community Garden. We dropped peppers off at the Food Pantry today and that will be our final trip this season.
Plans are already being made for next year though. It has certainly been a learning experience!
We still have a few things to pick in the Community Garden, but it is about to wind down here in Southeastern Illinois.
Last week we took nearly 20 lbs. of green beans (from pole beans) to the food pantry and there may be one more picking to go.
This weekend we picked peppers, peppers, & more peppers! The hot peppers don’t go over so well at the pantry so we’re offering them to the public for a free-will donation. Some are being frozen by our volunteer gardeners for use through the winter.
We sold over 5 gallons of salsa at our Salsa & Chips food booth at our community’s Wine & Art Festival adding another $150+ (after expenses) to our garden fund for next year.
Our tomatoes are finally beginning to ripen AND look nice too!
Picked 12 ripe tomatoes off of one vine this morning got 2 pecks of purple beans from just one row and this is the 2nd picking.
It’s time to make salsa in Palestine, IL
Our first planting of bush beans were harvested over the weekend. Volunteers from the church picked more than 100 lbs of green & purple beans. Several more are ‘almost ready’ and the plants are still blossoming!
Our tomatoes are beginning to ripen – AT LAST! – and the quality has improved quite a bit. We’re selecting the nicest fruit to go to the food pantry and keeping the ‘not-so-pretty’ to make salsa.
Yes we know now … is NOT the time to transplant grape vines, but when opportunity knocks?
The local community college’s horticulture program lost its instructor so they needed to empty their nursery. We spoke to an area vineyard and they told us that although this not the normal time the vines needed to be in the ground. We are setting post and will run wire along the top for the vines. Each line will hold 18 vines and we expect to plant at least 2 lines – maybe 3.
Maybe we will be making our own communion wine (or juice) before too long!
On our way to the Palestine Food Bank with today’s goodies from the garden. We’ll stop by the garden and cut some fresh basil on the way.
We have lots of tomatoes on many vines, but they are slow to ripen this year so … we decided to send a few green tomatoes (for frying) to the Palestine Food Bank today. Cut quite a bit of basil for the pantry and included a little fact sheet/cooking hints handout.