|Mmm, lilacs, can you smell 'em?
|February: Start peas...
|...and onions in the greenhouse.
Many seed crops need two years to develop. Beets, carrots and onions are three examples. In February we re-plant these root-crops (that have lasted since the previous season in our root cellar) into pots, in our greenhouse. Later we will transplant them back into the garden to finish their flowering and seeding process.
|Carrots and beets, replanted for seed.
February is also about pruning and planting trees and bushes. OSU students and our neighbor David Crosby joined us in the fun of putting donated plants in the ground, pruning and staking them.
|Not the nicest weather but we had a good time anyway. Brad, Chris and Chris planting four-dozen blueberries.
|Brad and Llyn, spreading leaves around blueberries for mulch
|Brad, planting blueberries. He told us that being in the garden reminded him of hanging out at his immigrant Italian grandparents house when he was a boy.
|Getting the fence up was a very important step to protect our new orchard!
|David and Llyn tie fruit trees to stakes. We had three dozen trees donated, apples, pears and plums. Next year we'll add hazelnuts and figs!
|Lettuce and broccoli starts, ready for planting.
|Doreen has been a huge help this spring with greenhouse transplanting.
|Llyn drills holes in untreated wood-blocks (5/16") for Mason bees.
|Gini planting lettuce and showing off a worm. Thanks to all the organic matter we add, our garden is full of them!
|Collars made from soy-milk containers protect seedlings from March weather and the few bunnies that manage to squeeze under our fence (left). Lettuce plants in foreground.
|Onell piles fresh grass clippings between the plants.
|Mulching is fun for the whole family, Abel, the youngest of the four Ramos boys lends a hand.
|Brianna and Emily - we never heard such giggling in the garden!
|Melody and her great-aunt, Doreen.
|Onell Ramos and his Mom, Monica.
|Onell, Abel and Mom pull last year's old, woody turnips.
|Kevin mulches the east gardens.
|OSU students plant artichokes and lettuce.
|Chris and Reilly fill buckets with compost for tomatoes.
|Kristen snips the flowers off garlic.
|Jason and Chris fill buckets with mint-straw to mulch potatoes.
|Potato planting bucket-brigade!
|Digging holes and planting potatoes.
|Elisa piling compost for tomatoes and squash.
|Planting our maple groves.
|Adri watering peas.
|Chris planting peas - a second crop so we'll have them later in the season!
|Courtney and Jenn plant grape cuttings to "root" them.
|Doreen and Melody in the greenhouse.
|The first planting of peas (in the background) are finally flowering. Won't be long till we can add fresh peas to our salads!
|Mid-May lettuce patch.
|Our first salad of the season!
Gallery of Givers: The Sharing Gardens operates entirely through volunteers and donations. In addition to all the people you see pictured we also wish to thank: Matt Nelson (our electrician extraordinaire!) and his dad Bob who dropped everything and made fixing up our pump in time to water the gardens his first priority. Ismael Ramos cleans out his rabbit and chicken cages and brings us the goodies. Kate Gillow-Wiles donated a sweet bench for us to take our (far too infrequent) breaks. The Cavenaughs brought us a bunch of Heirloom seeds, Sam and Shirley Stone - windows, firewood, gardening books and more. David Crosby has repeatedly loaned us his tractor and brings us fun-finds from yard sales that we can use in home and garden. The Dillards have donated fencing material and "share" their hired-helper -Thomas- to assist with mowing and weed-wacking when we get overwhelmed. Cindy and Jim Kitchen - though we don't have any pictures of you, we always love to share garden-time. Rick brings us massive amounts of grass-clippings. Mark Frystak delivered two truck-loads of straw on a moment's notice. Lynn and Pat - thank you for your general support and specifically the five buckets of seed potatoes. We think we're finally going to have a decent crop this year!
|This tool has your name on i
Come on down and pick up a tool. We don't want the weeds to grow too high from tools laying idle!
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