Beans and peas produce seeds pods, but so do broccoli, cabbage and other brassicas. After the brassica plants reach maturity (after you’ve picked the broccoli head and plucked the outer cabbage leaves), if left in the ground, they will flower and eventually produce seed pods. The pods can be dried and the seeds then extracted and saved for next year’s planting.
Archive for May, 2010
Going on vacation? Got an ample harvest? Just feeling generous?
Consider sharing your extra harvest with the food pantry. Use the sign-up sheet inside the mailbox or email us. The pantry team will harvest ONLY what and how much you specify. For example, you can say, “Take one beefsteak tomato,” or “Take all the zucchinis.” If you are going on vacation, the pantry team will harvest ONLY what is too ripe to survive until your return, unless you specify otherwise.
Want to join the pantry team or just help out once or twice? The team harvests from our garden every Tuesday morning and delivers to Malachi’s every Wednesday afternoon. Email us.
We are looking for locally harvested bamboo to use as tomato stakes and teepees. Bamboo, which is a type of grass, is a sustainable resource because it grows quickly without the need for fertilizers or pesticides. Bamboo is a natural fit in our organic garden.
Got a bamboo forest in your yard that needs taming? Please consider chopping a few bamboo stalks (4-8 feet is ideal), removing the leaves, and dropping them off at the garden. We have a pile started in the back right corner of the garden where you may leave them. (Contact us if you have a donation.)
Members, you are welcome to take bamboo from the pile for use in your garden plot.
Thank you, Adrian Bonser, for a generous $300.00 donation earmarked for a portable greenhouse.
We look forward to adding a greenhouse to our garden by this fall after researching our options and consulting experts. Our plan is to create a greenhouse that is portable, sized appropriately for our garden, and replicable.
Why a greenhouse? A greenhouse could help extend our cool season harvest for the food pantry and/or communal beds and could provide a means to grow transplants in the spring for our charity beds, members, and/or fundraisers.
Want to help with this new project? Email firstname.lastname@example.org!
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On Saturday, our pumpkin team planted the Three Sisters Garden! And had fun doing it!
It was a family affair as members and volunteers of all ages marked spacing for the plants, weeded, amended the soil with compost, planted corn and pumpkins, and set out the soaker hoses. The kids were in charge of planting the corn and their own Halloween jack-o-lanterns and did a great job.
After the corn sprouts a few inches, the team will plant more pumpkins and the beans. Team members will then help keep weeds to a minimum and water during dry spells. The benefit of joining the team is first dibs on the harvest!
The Three Sisters Garden, which consists of corn, squash, and beans, is a traditional Native American practice and an eco-friendly gardening method. Read a great summary here. We are using many heirloom seeds, some with rich Native American history, such as the Cherokee Trail of Tears Beans and Seneca Red Stalker Corn.
Thanks to one of our new members, Stephanie, for donating all of the seeds for the Three Sisters Garden and sharing her deep gardening knowledge and enthusiasm.
ORGANIC GARDENING for Beginners Workshop
Where: Dunwoody Community Garden at Brook Run
Date: Saturday, June 5
Experienced gardeners will share information and answer questions in an informal, hands-on setting. Free for garden members. A $5 donation is suggested for non-members. Reservations required, space limited. Email us at: membership@DunwoodyGarden.org or Dunwoody Community Garden on Facebook
Total Weight: 16 pounds this week!
- Thanks, Sally and Angela, for donations from their home gardens.
- Thanks, Diana, for donations of romaine lettuce from her community garden plot.
This puts us at 116 pounds, for a donated value of $984. We’ll cross over the $1000 line next week!
Check out Pattie’s update on our Ton for Hunger progress.
Want to join the pantry team? You could help tend the beds, harvest, clean the veggies, or deliver donations to the food pantry. Email Sustainablepattie@comcast.net.
Today’s harvest : 7 pounds
- carrot tops for soup
- Swiss chard
- bunching onions
- a handful of strawberries
- the FIRST tomato!
Minutes from Board of Directors Meeting/April 26, 2010 at Goldberg’s
Board members present:
Treasury: All beds are assigned, although latest people assigned have time to prepare and plant their beds. There is $1247 in bank account ($500 to be kept in reserves, and $500 earmarked for water). Elevated bed for those with mobility issues funded by garden. Mailbox garden funded by donations (Ashley Doolittle, Betty Londergan).
Social Justice: Food pantry beds transitioning to summer crops, with the help of various garden and non-garden members. Weekly donations continue. Beds producing very well. Café Intermezzo cooler offered as overnight storage option if we have great bounty moving forward. Developmentally disabled adults relationship established and bed in back staked out.
Education/Social: Daisy troops continue to come to garden. Boy scouts building compost sign. Self-guided walking tour being developed.
Grounds: Flower bed garden nearing completion (Dunwoody Garden Club money spent). Additional plantings and mulching to prepare for garden tour underway. Bill grant to help with rain garden.
Fundraising/Grant Writing: Two members interested in helping in this area.
- Café Press magnets to be considered for membership renewal time
- Container spots to be offered at membership renewal time
- Paypal button added to website as donation option for credit cards & Paypal accounts
- Looking to have creek water tested
- Three board positions up for re-election in August. Pattie Baker to move to new Advisory Board.
Monday, May 24 at 10:00 AM at garden!