Sunday, March 18, 2012
Sunday, July 3, 2011
This morning we worked with a new bunch of young gardens. We brought out the smaller tools and planted a number of flowers including, black-eyed susan's, petunias and pansies. All the children got a chance to dig a hole and plant at least one flower. We were a little pressed for time because the kids sang some VBS songs and then we had to be back in church for communion. I believe the plant is to work in the garden about 1 Sunday a month and then in between we will keep the plants watered. The older gardening group will help with gardening tasks in between. We are all excited about this new garden and ministry!
Friday, July 1, 2011
Over the past 6 years we have just been adding new wood chips on top of the old wood chips. Now we are see more and more weeds growing on the paths as the wood chips have broken down into more soil. Seems like it is a good time to remove the wood chips, put back down the weed fabric (which is still in good shape) and put in fresh wood chips. We will use the old partially composted chips in some of our composting operations.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
The plants are Christian Assembly Garden are looking good. We've got several folks who work on the garden during the week. Jim B. has worked during the day, tilling and fertilizing. Antonio comes and works almost every evening. The tomatoes, beans, zucchini, cabbage and cucumbers are looking great. Antonio has been "mounding" soil around the plants creating what is know as a camellon. He has a special tool called an azadones (sort of a short hoe with a curved blade) that he uses to remove the weeds and bring the soil up around the each plant. This technique bring the moist clay from down lower in the soil closer to the plants. You can really tell a different where this technique has been used in the garden.
Monday, June 27, 2011
The garden at Northwold is slowly coming along. Ever year it seems like we are able to plant in a larger area of the garden. One of the first crops were were able to plant this year was ornamental corn. The corn will be knee high by the 4th of July which is great. We'll see if we can keep the deer and raccoons away. I wish were were able to prepare more of the soil. Slowly, but surely we will be able to plant more on this lot.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
This evening we started on the area that will be the new Children's Garden at Epworth. The theme for this garden is "A place where kids can grow." Epworth's nursery group will use this garden on Sunday mornings planting flowers and veggies. The Lilly of the Valley plants will be removed along with some of the pavers. We will grow veggies in the area pictured above and flowers in the area around the corner.