Total pounds of produce this summer from our four raised beds………….640 ounds.
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.
Througout each week, Nancy guides us and Katie, Brandon, Susan, Larry and a host of Sunday worshippers help harvest, weigh, and deliver. All good!
This evening we were blessed with a few extra volunteers at the Community Garden and as a result 165 of vegetables were harvest! We are still having problems with the quality of the tomatoes so some of those will be going home with Brian for juicing. We encouraged everyone to take a little home with them this evening too.
Speaking of tomato problems, we’ve started using an inline feeder to pump magnesium sulfate (epsom salt) on the plants through our drip irrigation. Hopefully, it will help.
We added a nice herb garden this year and we’ve been making herb infused vinegars from a variety of herbs and selling them at the local farmers’ market.
We got off to a good start at the Palestine Community Garden.
This year we decided to plant a bigger variety of produce and an herb garden.
In spite of all good intentions the weeds are taking over (5 volunteers vs. 1/2 + acre) and last night’s wind storm played havoc with our corn.
Tomatoes should be ripening soon, a few volunteer cherries have already begun to turn.
The garden has been good to our community this year. We have been able to share with our families who attended Vacation Bible School, our parishioners, many of whom are unable to garden for various reasons, our pastor and his family and many visitors to the church. However, most of the produce has been donated to our local food pantry. The weights listed are what was harvested and donated directly to those clients.
We’re harvesting our tomatoes now! There is NOTHING like a home grown tomato! The pole beans are bearing, some beets are popping up, and the sweet peppers just keep coming.
Church members have added, from their home gardens, to what we share with the local food pantry. And last week, for the first time, we noticed that folks from the pantry’s host church had started bringing some fresh veggies, too. We think we started something good!