June 5th – The summer heat has moved in, and the garden is really taking off! We spent much of the week watering, weeding, and harvesting, and the next round of lettuce will be in the ground soon.
May 29th – We had our first garden distribution outside of People’s Community Health Clinic this week! Our lettuces, kale, spinach, green onions, and radishes were ready to be harvested. We also built a raised bed for a small herb garden and planted tomatoes with our Green Iowa friends!
May 22nd – New Green Iowa AmeriCorps summer members joined us in the garden this week! We enjoyed some much needed fresh air and social interaction while planting more potatoes and weeding. Even the grass got a long overdue haircut ☺ Have a happy Memorial Day weekend!
May 15th – After a chilly weekend with temperatures below freezing, we’re looking forward to the warmer days ahead! Although, the weather didn’t stop our tiny crops. This week our summer AmeriCorps VISTA member, Jessa Bokhoven, spotted our first potato sprouts! Our beds of leafy greens continue to brighten the garden, and the radishes and onions get bigger each day. Good things are coming!
May 9th – More soil improvements! We got a load of topsoil donated to us from Benton’s Sand and Gravel, and we could not be more thankful! This week has been full of spreading it across parts of the new beds that were too rocky to plant anything. We were able to recover approximately ⅓ of the garden that we had lost due to poor soil quality! So amazing!
May 1st – Happy May Day! The past two days were spend planting collard greens, broccoli, and cauliflower! The lettuces are growing well, radishes and onions are making an appearance, and the sun was shining. We have been practicing social distancing during the pandemic by only allowing our core group to work in the garden. We also encourage everyone to take responsibility by staying home and practicing social distancing as well.
April 22nd (EARTH DAY!) – What better way to spend Earth Day than in the garden? Despite the hard times of the COVID-19 pandemic, we enjoyed the opportunity to get the earliest harvest crop in the ground. The beautiful spinach, lettuce, kale, and Swiss chard starts we ordered were ready and desperate to find their home in the garden, so we got to work. After getting them in the ground, we were quick to water and mulch the plants. The mulch will help avoid destruction of the leaves when mud puddles create a back splash from heavy rains.
April 10th – What an exciting day it was! Asparagus roots went in the ground. Something great about the asparagus plant is that it is what’s considered a perennial plant, so it will come back each spring on its own. Deeper trenches had to be dug for these, but it will all be worth it for the years to come!
April 1st – Spring is here. That means it’s time to garden! With great care to ensure social distancing, a few AmeriCorps members were hard at work spreading the composted manure donated by Hansen’s Dairy to the recent expansion on the garden. This manure will improve the soil in these new beds over time to eventually become nice homes for asparagus and raspberries