Well, we're harvesting form the garden now! Hard to believe it's only 12 weeks since we broke ground. We're eating lettuce
(though some of it is already bolting due to the heat-wave we had last week), kale and collard greens. Zucchinis
are just coming on and yesterday we spotted the first ripe tomato
(We won't be eating it though...each year we save the first tomato for
seeds so we're selectively harvesting for the earliest crop. We'll let
you know how to save your own tomato seed in a future blog.) Soon we'll
have more tomatoes than we know what to do with! The raspberries
that we transplanted from Evelyn Lee's garden are absolutely thriving
and produce about two handfuls a day (Just about enough to feed whoever
shows up to help with the garden on a given day). New, dark green leafy
canes are coming up from the roots of the plants. Next year's harvest
looks to be exponentially larger!
intention for the Alpine Community Garden is to provide food for those
people who contribute time, money or materials and for the surplus to be
donated to the Monroe Food Bank.
A few of us got to talking and
realized that many folks here in the Alpine area have times when their
gardens are producing more than they can possibly eat themselves. Chris
and Llyn (the focalizers of the garden) have decided to do a harvest
each week on Wednesday evenings, and to take the garden's surplus over
to the Food Bank on Thursday mornings.
If you have surplus garden
produce, or other contributions you'd like to make to the Monroe Food
Bank, please bring them by on Wednesdays before 7:00 pm. If we're not in
the garden, just leave them on the picnic table under the picnic
pavilion. We'll make sure they get to the people who need them.
Thanks in advance!
Chris and Llyn