Everywhere you look in the garden these days, something is happening! More seeds sprouting and being sown, irrigation installed, herbs planted, starts donated, beds weeded, beds sifted, manure delivered and turned into the soil, compost cooking, and hoophouse hopping with tomatoes.
After the stretch of dry weather, it was crunch time for the watering. Todd Peterson, intern with the Greenbank Farm CSA and Master Gardener intern, set up the 1/2 inch poly pipe in PVC conduit out to the beds. Most of the beds now have t-tape (a low-flow drip system) set up and we’ll be having a “how-to” on that soon. Now almost 21 beds are irrigated!
Jamie McNett and Greg Sager planted tomatoes in two different ways. Jamie buried his tomatoes in really deep holes, and Greg demonstrated how you can plant the tomato sideways and then bend the stem up. In both methods the lower leaves are removed so that roots grow out of the stem to create a larger root system. Stay tuned for a “how-to” on tomato growing techniques.
Fred van Benschoten donated 15 yards of aged cow manure and Dave Montgomery hauled it to Good Cheer. Then, in three hours of energetic effort, Michael Nelson, Mike Negrete and Brian Pike shoveled, wheelbarrowed, spread 3 inches on the beds, and turned them over. Fourteen beds were amended and prepped in this way!
Kennedy Horstman, Melanie Lowey and Margaret Moore potted up dozens of tomato starts from Molly Petersons. Judy Bierman and Kate Boulware filled up several dozen containers for the upcoming “Small Space and Container Gardening” workshop on May 23rd, from 10 am- 12 noon.
Mr. Jorn Aronson’s South Whidbey High School History class students volunteer regularly at the Good Cheer Food Bank, and also lent a hand in the garden: soil sifting, weeding raspberries, moving and spreading manure and turning beds, setting up irrigation pipe, cleaning up strawberry starts.
The young men in the “Alternatives to Detention” program of Island County Juvenile Court, supervised by Leon Shordon, have worked really hard and made a significant contribution to the garden. They have sifted beds (about 10 total), mulched, planted (see artichokes above) and turned in the manure in the hoophouse beds.
In just this one photo, Judy and Kate are making compost, Mike and Melissa are hoeing up weeds and spreading leaf mulch, and Shirley Tinkler is planting rosemary donated by Bayview Farm & Garden! It is all just so amazing what the community is doing!