Teaching Garden Update October 15th
The days are getting shorter and the air is getting colder, but we are continuing to harvest, weed, and plant our garden. Here you can see our cover crop and some fall crops like these tiny arugula sprouts and beautiful lettuce heads.
We also planted carrots, spinach, more lettuce heads, and kale for winter.
Our hoop house is really coming together for winter growing, thanks to some wonderful volunteers. After clearing the space out, we covered the ground with landscape fabric to help suppress weeds and put some woodchip mulch on top. We moved some of our milkcrates in to make garden beds. We will have kale, swiss chard, collard greens, and carrots in the hoop house this winter. Slide to the right to see the progress - and a group of visitors admiring our tallest kale plant in the last photo!
Also to help us grow throughout the winter, we are building cold frames over some of our raised beds. Here is our first prototype in action:
We were thankful to have a wonderful group of staff from our Farmstand program visit the garden this week. They helped us with so many farm tasks - we cleared out cherry tomatoes and zucchinis, put in cover crop, planted arugula underneath existing crops, seeded trays of lettuce, harvested green beans and cherry tomatoes, weeded some beds in our flower garden and planted some bulbs for next spring. Whew - what a busy day.
Last week we donated to Black Feminist Project. Our donation included kale, swiss chard, collard greens, joi choi, leeks, carrots, parsley, chives, sage, the last of our cherry tomatoes, hot and sweet peppers, and green beans.
This week we donated to Chilis on Wheels. The donation included swiss chard, kale, collard greens, pac choi, carrots, scallions, green beans, sweet and hot peppers, parsley, thyme, zucchini, and tomatoes.
We also had another visit from BloomAgainBklyn - can you believe these beautiful fall flowers from our garden? Wow!