CLEAN UP DAY AT THE GARDEN + LUNCH

It’s time. Tomorrow we’ll start doing a big garden clean up, pulling out most of the tomatoes (we can still let the green ones ripen off the vine!), and replanting the greenhouse beds with hardy winter greens. Afterwards there’ll be another VOLUNTEER LUNCH at NOON, complete with a big, beautiful garden salad and other goodies. Come on by! P.S.- Have you seen our spiffy new worm bin?? This isn’t it, but it looks exactly like this one and was installed during last week’s vermiculture workshop presented by Jefferson County Public Works and WSU Master Gardeners. We can’t wait to start some serious composting!

Moving Right Along!


Thanks to this little stretch of warm sunshine we’ve had, the little starts have been jumping out of the soil like crazy in the greenhouse! Pictures will be posted soon…it’s hard to keep up with documenting all the changes this time of year!

Last Wednesday we had a great first work day, and really made some headway, putting up the fence and moving the gate, and moving dirt every which way. THANK YOU to everyone that came out!

This week we have more dirt to move, garlic to transplant, and an assortment of planting to do inside and outside! Stop by anytime, 10-3ish.

BIG THANKS!

WOOHOOO! It’s finished. The plastic is on the greenhouse. Does it look great or what?

BIG BIG THANKS to EVERYONE that helped on the various stages of the project: John, Brad, Greg, Malcolm, Judy, Lys, Jason, Carl, Craig, Grant, Renny, Keegan, Christine, Claudia, Casey, Eric, Larry and the Wallyworks crew: Dan, Lucious, Nate, and Micah. You all made it happen!

Greenhouse Raising, Chapter 1:

In the beginning, there was gravel and dirt….

Then we dug holes, poured cement, and set posts:

Meeting of the minds, coming up with the afternoon game plan:

Hoops and purlins go up!


Day 2: moving dirt, making beds, building doors.

THANK YOU THANK YOU to the very skilled and gung-ho volunteers that came out for the raising! As you can see, we’ve still gotta get the plastic up–so stay tuned, there’s more raising on the way!

Wednesday Wash Out

The forecast is calling for another wet Northwest winter classic tomorrow, and since really there’s not much left to do (pictures coming soon of the newly built outside garden beds!), we’re calling off the 2-4 Wednesday work party. So stay inside and rest up for the grand greenhouse raising in just a few weeks… we’ll need all hands on deck!

first work party: before and after

Our first work party was a huge success! We moved lots of raspberries, greens, and a couple fruit trees to make way for the greenhouse, built a retaining wall, cleared out quack grass, and squared up the greenhouse footprint. Big thanks to everyone that came out to lend a hand! The next work party is slotted for THIS SATURDAY 2/18 at 9:30. We’ll be finishing the seed starting shelf and building some outside garden beds. Hope you can come!

BEFORE

DURING

AFTER

Field Trip: Whidbey Island Good Cheer Food Bank Garden

A few garden volunteers took the ferry over to Whidbey Island today to visit the Good Cheer Food Bank Garden. Cary Peterson, the garden coordinator at Good Cheer, met us there to show us the low-tech systems that she uses in the garden. She’s been fine-tuning her food bank production systems over the past four years at Good Cheer and is a wealth of knowledge, not to mention a huge inspiration!

We checked out the greenhouse design and layout…

And she shared her greenhouse crop rotation strategies…

And all of her planting and planning wisdom…

And showed us the super seed germinating shelf, which we hope to replicate in PT!

The trip was inspiring and energizing, but also reminded us that we’ve got lots of work to do before springtime!  Before we can construct the greenhouse (which will be delivered next Wednesday!), we need to level the garden space and install a short retaining wall on one side. Get your muscles warmed up–we’ll be posting dates for work parties soon!