The combination of cooler than normal temps and not much rain the past week has cut back on production a little. Our sandy soil needs rain (so we began watering again) and our tomatoes need warm evenings. Still, we were able to harvest a little for the local food pantry today.
Volunteers (3) harvest almost 60 lbs. from the Palestine Community Garden Sunday evening. When we delivered to the local food pantry it was great to see vegetables from other gardens around the community being shared as well!
It is official the weeds have taken possession of the garden!
Tomatoes are coming on strong. We are taking as many as we can to the food pantry on Mondays & Wednesdays and chopping & juicing in between and we still have tomatoes rotting in the garden. Everyone’s tomatoes are ripening now and as a result you can’t give ’em away!
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.
A young couple, Matt & Mindy, joined us Sunday evening to help harvest veggies for the local food pantry. It always good to see new faces at the Community Garden!
We picked tomatoes, green peppers, potatoes, and cucumbers.
We have yellow watermelon that should be ready in a few more days.
Yesterday evening we harvested more than 140 pounds of tomatoes from the Palestine Community Garden. Of those, we sold about 40 at the local farmers’ market. The rest will be canned for later use.
We also picked 27 lbs. of green peppers, 2 bags of green beans, almost 20 lbs of red potatoes, 3 watermelons, and several cucumbers.
Our food pantry is only open Mondays & Wednesdays and since the garden doesn’t wait … we harvest at the end of the week to sell at the farmers’ market and encourage volunteers and other to harvest what they can eat.
Proceeds from the market sales go back into the garden to help offset expenses.
This week we were pleased to have a local restaurant buy most of our leftovers after the market closed.
ps: I did not include these pounds in the running total since they do not go directly to the food pantry.
Our tomatoes are finally beginning to ripen. Several are splitting again this year, but we are working on a remedy … we hope!
One of our volunteers takes most of the “ugly” tomatoes for juice & sauces — we try not to waste more than we have to.
In spite of a bout with squash bugs we are still getting a few zucchini. Melons are growing like crazy and we will probably slice one open in the next day or two — they taste best eaten on the tailgate at the garden!
Our second week of harvest and off to a great start! And our new Rooftop Pantry Garden will be Blessed this Sunday soon to be producing too! Gardens are green and lush…and yummie!
The well will get a little bit of a break this week after rains of 2-3″ over the last couple of days. However, since are garden is on sand, the break will be short-lived. Harvest more peppers, cucumbers, zucchini and a few green tomatoes for the food pantry this morning. Our tomatoes are just beginning to ripen, but cooler temps this week may slow that down a little.
Today the nearby Rural King donated their remaining plants to our Community Garden. Some are pretty heavily stressed but hopefully they will react well to the dirt, water and sunshine of the garden.