Happy Fall Everyone,
I think you all can thank me for the wonderful weather we have been having. After several weeks of poor weather, I decided to use the 40 Whitworth students to harvest the tomatoes so they could start ripening indoors. OF COURSE, the week after we harvested them, the weather turned beautiful. Murphy’s Law…
This past week was another great week for harvesting. With all the help that has been offered at the garden, we are getting much done! This week we harvested another 260 lbs of potatoes to finish out the rest of the district plot. The first shipment of potatoes went to Second Harvest; 575 lbs. Thanks to the LDS Youth groups from 17th and 22nd Wards for their hard work. Another group from University of Idaho is scheduled to come on the 5th.
Many have asked if they can have the same beds next year. It will be great to have you back! If you are planning to put fall crops in for spring (garlic, certain kinds of onion sets, etc.) let me know and we will keep you in the same bed. If you would just like to garden in the beds again next year, let me know and we will reassign in February. We will be tilling the beds before planting in the spring, so please let me know if you have put any bulbs in so that I don’t till them up!
Next year we will be expanding and using the other half of the field. If you know anyone who would be willing to donate irrigation pipe to the garden, please give them my contact info. When we have so many volunteers helping out, it is really great to not have to move irrigation pipe.
A shed is in the works for the garden. It is in the planning and design stages now. It will be a wonderful addition to the garden; a place where more experienced community members can rest in the shade on its covered patio and share their experience with the rest of us. Providing the opportunity for our students to benefit from our older community members is an important piece among the many objectives of the garden. The shed will also house a few tools.
The garden continues to be a labor of love and service. Thank you for your support and all your hard work.
See you at the garden!
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