And so it begins!

Here we are, almost the middle of June already!  I’ve planted most of my plants, but this year has been very strange, already…super hot early, then rain, rain, rain…the weeds are loving it!  If you haven’t planted your crops yet, make sure that you are on top of the weeds at least…they can take over before you know it.  Remember to spend time outside the fenceline too, we have to keep it looking good outside as well as in….the high grass is already getting out of control, but I can’t mow it, since it is rocky and at an angle.  HELP please!  The other thing that I need to remind you all about is that the lawn mower needs gas, if each of you want to give money for a gallon of gas, or purchase a gas card so that we can keep the mower filled.  The garden (and I) appreciate the help!

Sebastian and I hatched some praying mantises, and released over 200 of Imagethem in the garden, to help control bugs naturally.  If you see them in the garden, please do NOT kill them!

Pictures and notes to come soon.

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What IS that big plant?

ImageFor all of you who happen to look over at my plot and wonder, ” What IS that huge, cloudy looking plant in Ann’s garden?”……it is fennel.  I had a little experiment going this year, letting plants go to seed, to see what would happen.  And…..

My leeks, garlic, and shallots had gorgeous flower heads, the broccoli is looking a little anemic….and the fennel went absolutely nuts!  What a great plant, if you like small trees in your plot….

 

I am waiting for the seeds to turn brown, so that I can harvest them for eating over the winter, and to plant more in the spring.  They taste kind of like licorice, as do the feathery leaves.  I simply didn’t use the plant last year, and it came back this year, and went to seed.  Lots of our plants do that if you let them go for two years.  Kale, onions, choy, garlic, shallots, broccoli, leeks…..probably more, too, if I thought about it.  The bees have been enjoying the flowers, and I haven’t had the heart to tear them down.  Bees have been having a rough time, and without bees, our food supply will dwindle down to nothing.  I figure that it doesn’t cost me anything to let them have some food from my garden.  There is plenty there!

 

 

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Sept 2011

One sign of a healthy garden is the quality of critters that we can find there.  Sebastian found this lovely cricket one afternoon.  We also have some beautiful worms aerating our soil, which provides great food for our produce.  The community garden does not allow chemicals, but who needs chemicals to grow wonderful food? Chemicals would destroy the healthy environment that allow beneficial insects to exist.

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28 May 2011

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It was hot this weekend, but people were out getting the garden ready to go.  Early crops are doing well.  I can’t wait to see what a difference a few more weeks will make!

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8 May 2011

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The garden is quiet, waiting for the weather to break so we can get those plants in.  Some gardeners have already put in cool weather crops.  The grass grows so fast this early in the spring!

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