Today is a lovely day. The sun is out, it's a balmy 72 degrees in Gloucester, and I feel a sense of accomplishment that can only be described by these photographs of the bounty of food Lara, my garden participants, and I harvested yesterday from the Open Door garden.
I also think playing with bugs is important, so here's a photo of one of my garden participants at The Open Door (TOD) holding a large snail she found in the broccoli bed.
More to come,
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The Backyard Growers Program has extra seedlings (mainly tomatoes, possibly tomatillos, peppers, eggplant, basil).
- If you are a current Backyard Grower WHO HASN'T PICKED UP YET I will put your seedlings on the picnic table in the backyard for you to pick up whenever you want over the next couple of days. If I'm home I can give you seeds too--just knock on the door.
- All other current Backyard Growers or Garden Mentors please feel free to swing by, whenever, in the next couple of days to help yourself to extra seedlings as supplies last.
- If you are a past Backyard Grower and/or a friend of the Beacon Street Farm you are welcome to buy plants for $1 a piece. Proceeds support the Backyard Growers Program. Pay by the honor system by putting money in the jar, which will be on our landing by the side door.
I may or may not be around so everything is self service! Extra plants will be composted and/or fed to the chickens on Friday!
The Beacon Street Farm (9 Beacon St.) is "pass at your own risk" - please watch your step! Also, please do not park anywhere near my neighbor's driveway (across from us on Wells Street).
Thursday, May 24, 2012
I would like to say a great big "THANK YOU" to Lara and the BYG volunteers/staff for providing me with such a wonderful garden! I have learned so much from this program, and am so excited for the opportunity to create a really amazing garden. I never would have been able to afford all of this on my own, and I am truly grateful. I have already harvested my first bowl of spinach and a side salad's worth of lettuce! I can't believe that I am able to grow 3 types of tomatoes, peas, radishes, 2 types of onions, 2 types of lettuce, carrots, basil, kale, broccoli, spinach, melon (and soon cukes and green beans) all in my own side-yard. And I live on a busy main street with little yard to boot! Thank you so much! I hope to volunteer and give back to the program next year so that other family's can have the same opportunity. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
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Saturday, May 12, 2012
Got my first two hours in the garden today under my belt, and it's only 9:00 am. The knees of my jeans will never be clean again, my fingernails will most likely have dirt under them until October, my back requires Advil and Ben gay each night, and I couldn't be happier!
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Hello, Backyard Growers! We (Grace, Erin, and Sarah) are FoodCorps garden coordinators who work at Veterans' and Beeman Elementary Schools. We collaborate with teachers to integrate the gardens into their curriculum, develop fabulous Cafeteria Events, and lead after-school workshops. Here are a few snapshots of us planting, cooking, and eating with the kids. Interested in learning more? Check out our Tumblr: http://gloucesterfoodcorps.tumblr.com/.
Posted by Sarah Rubin at 10:50 AM
My shelling peas and sugar peas are growing so beautifully, and needed trellising sooner than I thought they would this year. Since I like to repurpose where I can, I was looking around the shed for materials when I came across some old tomato cages. The lightbulb went off in my head! My four year old gardening partner and I had a grand time flattening the cages. We just laid them on the ground, and then stomped on them to flatten them. Once flattened they slid perfectly right inside my raised bed, and the peas are gratefully climbing. I would love to hear others ideas on repurposing in the garden.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Do you have carrots growing in your lawn? Like right where the random wildflowers were last year? I keep pulling up things that I SWEAR are angry little carrots, heavy on the extra root strings. Is this because my carrot seeds got swept out of the raised bed box and found homes in the lead-filled lawn soil? Or is this some weird hybrid weed that is going to take over the world? I guess what I'm wondering is if you guys have them too. Or if I'm alone. Oh, geez, tell me I ain't alone.
I love this weather, cool and reassuring after a too-warm, too-dry winter. It's nap weather. Soup weather. Cat weather. Cookie weather.
It makes me dream of what's coming to the garden:
basil waiting to be whirled into pesto
leeks to swirl across a chard tart
French melons small and warm in the palm
peas climbing toward heaven
tomatoes for everyone: Sungolds that jump into my mouth, San Marzanos with their saucy
girly figures, Mr. Stripey to make kids giggle
Gardens in my dreams.