We have much to be grateful for!
|Karen and Chris unloading barrels|
Karen Finley, of Alpine's Queen Bee Honey
drove with Llyn down to Eugene and back and loaded twenty recycled 55 gallon barrels donated by Glory Bee Foods
onto her truck and brought them back to the greenhouse. They are set up
to support our potting tables and, once filled with water, will provide
thermal mass--moderating the temperature of the greenhouse year round.
The water-filled drums will absorb the heat from the sun, or the
woodstove, during the day and release it slowly through the night.
|A sample of our seed bank.|
We received a seed-donation from Brigitte Goetze of
Alpine. All together we had three lidded buckets full of seeds - most of
which Chris saved systematically over the course of last year's
harvest. We sorted through them and determined which ones we could give
away and have been sharing them with other gardeners, and people growing
food for those in need.
We are grateful to the
Tri-County Tribune for offering to print our complete wish-list and an
explanation of the "Sharing Garden's" purpose. The article has only been
out two days and we've already received a donation of over 2000 "plug
trays" from Frank Pitcher who grows cabbage-seed commercially. We
haven't decided if we're going to cut them up with a razor knife - to be
able to give away smaller amounts of starts (there are 128 holes per
flat!), or if we'll plant multiple varieties of seeds on one flat to
have "variety-packs" we can give away. We'll put the word out when we
have seedlings available.
|Bruce and Chris planting seeds|
Today we got some breaks in the rain. It's amazing
how fast the greenhouse heats up as as soon as the sun comes out! We all
peeled down to tee-shirts though the temps were still chilly outside.
Bruce Hayler showed up to give us a hand. Though he's been a gardener
for many years, this will be his first experience in a greenhouse. We
sifted potting soil, added some fertilizer and sifted rabbit manure and,
between the three of us started seven flats of seeds. It's starting to
really feel like a greenhouse!
We've received a
beautiful green-painted mailbox from Renee and Johan Forrer of Monroe.
We'll put that up in Monroe once the season gets going and it will be a
place for plastic bags and a harvest knife for people to pick produce.
Save your clean, plastic bags for us to use during harvest season!
If you need thornless ever-bearing raspberries,
contact us and we'll arrange a time to show you where you can dig them up. We can supply pots if you need them for transport. Our contact info.
Here's a link to our updated wishlist.
New items include: water-based exterior house paints, a wheelbarrow or garden-cart
and, though we received all the plug-trays from Frank today, we still especially prize the standard "six-pack" size
so let us know if you have some you don't need. Even a small amount helps.
If the ground where you live is still too cold and soggy for planting peas, try this method we used last year with great success
|Another beautiful rainbow over "The Ark"|
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