A Peek At The Garden

From a nursery rhyme: Mary Mary quite contrary, how does your garden grow? With silver bells and…well, in FCCV’s case – beets, carrots, peppers, collard greens, cauliflower, Blue Hubbard squash, green beans, celery, eggplant, asparagus (in process as is rhubarb), potatoes and cucumbers galore, onions, squash, pomegranates and….well, lots of choices! And where does it go? To local food pantries!

Some crops worked; some did not. Several of the beds were dedicated to potatoes and we still have remnants of that crop, well, cropping up! Two of the beds were reconfigured into what we call “grid gardening.” Watering is more evenly and easily distributed and that’s a good thing. We experimented with companion planting and learned what didn’t work so well and how we’ll do that better next time. Tall growers like broccoli and cauliflower took the sun away from plants that needed more like carrots and beets, but we figured it out. And, in the blistering, relentless heat we had, the tall growers actually became shade “treelets” and protected plants below – kind of like live umbrellas!

Our garden is an adventure in progress – It will be dormant (“lay fallow”) for a few months to rest and be replenished (us too!), which will give us time to do some serious maintenance and make a plan for winter and spring planting. Come be a part of it!                 


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