The Wedge at 214 Park Avenue

The Wedge at 214 Park Avenue

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

First Squash Harvest!

Last weekend saw the first real fruits of our labor--a pile of squash! We definitely earned them, too...we spent most of the morning combating the dreaded squash vine borer. This winged pest is the scourge of squash, cucumber and watermelon lovers everywhere, because they're so hard to get rid of once the eggs have hatched and the caterpillars have tunneled their way into the plants. We took them on the old-fashioned way on Saturday, making an incision in the vine near the borer's hole, picking out the caterpillar and tossing them out for the birds to enjoy. Merciless? Yeah...a little.

We then patched up our plant patients with masking tape and buried the incision under a mound of rich, compost-enhanced soil. It's been three days, and so far the plants appear to be recovering very well--more squash is already ready for picking!

We've also got a ton of Roma tomatoes that are on the verge of starting to ripen and turn red, and the first Yellow Pear tomatoes are turning, well, yellow. We are also watching the eggplants grow bigger and bigger, and we expect to start picking those soon!



At this coming Saturday's workday, we'll be assembling our picnic table, building a compost bin, pruning tomatoes, picking squash and cucumbers, weeding and watering. Hope to see you there--we're about to be harvesting far more than the regular volunteers can eat!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Peppers!

Hi folks,

This week's big news is peppers--nearly all the plants have at least one pepper that's ready for harvesting. We've also got chard and even a few okra that are ready to be eaten!

The other big item on the horizon is SQUASH, TOMATOES and CUCUMBERS. It's very apparent to us that we're gonna have waaaay more than we can eat. That said, we invite you to come get involved, as there's plenty of goodness to go around!

The next workday is this coming Saturday, June 19th, from 9-noon. We'll work on:
  • Putting up our sign/bulletin board
  • Building a compost bin
  • Watering/weeding
  • Spreading hay/laying burlap weed barriers
We expect that there will be veggies ready to take home this weekend, so please come help out and take home some [truly] fresh produce!

Monday, June 7, 2010

June 5th Workday

A small crew of us came out for a workday on Saturday from 9-12. We made a sizeable dent in the weed population, laid down some more hay, watered, reworked the burlap weed barriers and built a new potato cage!

(Nearly ready to harvest!)

New at the garden this week: almost-grown swiss chard, strawberries (we think this will be the last round for the year), cucumber, squash and eggplant blossoms, bean flowers, green tomatoes and full-grown chile peppers! You can see for yourself--just click on the chard (or click here) to see our workday photo album!

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P.S. Many thanks to the Hillsborough St. Bruegger's Bagels for donating breakfast!