Thursday, April 2, 2015

Update 4-2-15

Hello Gardeners,

            The weather may have cooled, but action in the garden is picking up.  Mark your calendar for the Garden Committee Meeting, next Monday, April 6 at 6:30.  Below is an update and a few photos are attached to document what is going on.

1)      About 200 brassicas (cauliflower, broccoli, red and green cabbage and Chinese cabbage) were started for the Mission Garden several weeks ago and are now in the Career Center greenhouse. 

2)      Seventy two pots of tomatoes were planted today and will also go to the greenhouse once they are sprouted.  Next will be the pepper plants and the some of the squash and vine crops.

3)      The old farmer in me got to have fun today with a John Deere.  It wasn’t a very big one, but I still had fun.  Thanks to Eric Johnson for the use of his pickup to tow the equipment trailer with the tractor.  And thanks to Phil Cowan for helping spread leaves and get the compost loaded.  We tilled all of the open area of the Mission Garden.  There were a lots of the leaves we spread last fall that were mixed in with the tilling.  Then we used the front end loader to consolidate all of last year’s compost into one pig pile for us to use.  It is one big pile – so dig in!   We finished up by moving the piles of leaves from last fall into the composting area for this year’s processing.

4)      The graphics program on my old computer with which I maintain the plot map is on its last legs, so I am spending a number of hours recreating it in MS Publisher on a new new computer. (Windows 8 – sympathies accepted.)  That has delayed my getting the plot assignments out to everyone. I will have it completed and the plot map up at next Monday’s meeting.  We have a number of plots still available, so if you know someone who would be interested, please pass the word to them. 

5)      Remember that we have a spring work day coming up on Saturday, April 11.  We will have an extensive list of tasks to work on, so we hope to have a good turnout.  Pray for nice weather.  We know Saturday doesn’t work for everyone, so I will put out a list of projects that can be worked on individually at a time fits your schedule.