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Anne

Anne's Tomato Donation

This week’s donation (so far):

  • 2 pounds of garlic heads
  • 2 ½  pounds of tomatoes from Anne’s plot
  • ½ pound of romaine lettuce from Diana’s plot
  • 1 pound of lemon balm
  • ½ pound of basil
  • 1 pound of mint from Pattie’s home garden
  • 18 pounds of zucchini from Angela’s home garden (Yes, you read that right!)

Grand Total: 25 ½ pounds

harvest

Harvests for Donation

 

Ton for Hunger Drive update:

We’ve donated 142.5 pounds so far this year. We crossed the thousand dollar line this week and have provided a donated value of $1,116.50 in just ten weeks of donations in 2010.

Delivery to Malachi's Storehouse

Delivery for Malachi's Storehouse

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Click here to read our editorial in The Dunwoody Crier.

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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!

Cherokee Beans

 

Seneca Corn

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.

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More than forty people gathered at the garden yesterday for our first membership meeting of the year. What an enthusiastic crowd! Members chatted, shared seeds and knowledge, planted plots, threw footballs, and enjoyed a pleasant afternoon outdoors. But this was more than a social event; we had business to conduct. And where did we assemble to tackle each important point on the agenda? Well, of course, in the heart of our sunlit garden, hedged with playing kids.

VOTING RESULTS.   One point of business at the meeting was a vote. Members voted roughly 3 to 1 to change the bylaws to allow non-organic seeds and transplants. The rule now reads:

The use of organic transplants and seeds, when available, is preferred.

What does that mean? Well, we are an eco-friendly garden committed to organic practices, so please seek out organic seeds and transplants first. Farmer D’s, Home Depot and other local retailers do carry limited varieties of organic seeds and transplants, so please select those when possible. When you can’t find your favorite pepper transplant grown organically, you may now buy the non-organic one to plant in your community garden plot, but you MUST grow it using strictly organic methods. Use ORGANIC soil mix, fertilizer, pesticides/herbicides/fungicides, etc, all of which are readily available at local garden centers. Okay, you might be thinking, but I’m still confused about this organic hubbub. That bring us to another point of business we covered at the meeting…

WORKSHOPS.   Members completed surveys indicating what they’d like to learn—from making birdhouses from gourds to planting with the moon cycle. The tallies were very tight because we have a knowledge-hungry and diverse membership, but the top five requested workshops are:

  • Organics Demystified
  • Companion Planting
  • Spring Gardening Basics
  • Summer Gardening Basics
  • Cool Season Gardening Basics

PROJECTS.   In addition, members also completed surveys indicating which garden projects most appeal to them and which they might like to help create and maintain. The projects ranged from planting a rain garden (to divert standing water from the road to the creek) to building universal access beds for the physically challenged. The top five picks are:

  • Worm Farm
  • Communal Herb Garden
  • Edible Hedgerows
  • Flower Gardens
  • Toolshed

We are on our way to getting those flower gardens planted. Click here for a great story about the raised beds that now line the front of our garden and will be used for non-edible ornamentals after we acquire seeds, transplants, and bulbs. Let us know if you have any thinnings from your yard to donate.

Please check our blog in the coming weeks for workday announcements, workshop dates, and updates on our various garden projects.

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