Hello new and returning garden members,
In order to be assigned a plot for the Spring 2013 semester you must attend one of the two plot sign-up days: either Sunday February 17th at 1pm or Monday February 18th at 4pm.
This day will also include an special Introduction to Gardening for all of those new gardeners. You have a few options for being involved. You can help us with our community plots, adopt a plot on your own or just come into and volunteer!
Feel free to email us for more information: email@example.com
We had a great composting and vermiculture workshop this past week! Thank you Heidi for putting this on. Margaret and Ross each won a composting bin and are all set to reduce their carbon footprints!
New Composting rules: We have had some strange items in our compost lately (including chicken bones and muffins) and would like to make change our rules a bit this year.
For now please only compost:
- Raw Vegetables and Fruit
- Egg Shells
- Tea bags and coffee grounds
Thank you and happy gardening!
This Friday from 10am-noon, one of our fellow OGT gardeners will be leading a hands-on Vermicomposting Workshop in the garden.
Heidi was the public education manager for the Monterey Regional Waste Management District, the landfill in Marina, for almost 10 years. One of her favorite jobs at the District was teaching in the garden as the “Compost Gourmet.” She brings that knowledge and enthusiasm to maintaining our worm bins today.
This is your chance to learn how to build a compost pile, or set up a smaller worm bin to compost food waste in your apartment. We’ll be harvesting the worms and raffling off a free kitchen compost container!
Here’s the plot assignments for this Fall. Pictures from our first work day will be up soon!
Remember even if you don’t have a plot, you are always welcome in the garden. Our workdays this semester are:
Fall 2012 garden plot assignments
Hello gardeners and lovers of accessible green space!
We are beyond stoked to announce that Our Green Thumb has been nominated as one of 5 organizations to potentially receive the proceeds from Follies ticket sales !!! Only the top two organizations will win, so – vote for us!
What could Our Green Thumb do with the money?
- offer a stellar campus-wide workshop on the subject of your choice, potentially with take-home-ables (could be: potted-vegetable gardens, rainwater catchment, vermiculture (worms!), compost systems, municipal waste field trip – OR anything awesome you can think of)
- purchase lumber to frame each plot, both beautifying the garden AND preventing water and nutrient run off from beds
- purchase additional compost infrastructure (we currently process between 200-400 lbs of your food scraps each week!)
- purchase more decorative plants for planter beds and street-scape facing Van Buren
- purchase a more diverse seed collection for gardeners
- purchase more tools (replace our broken wheel barrel; more trowels, etc)
Follow this link to vote: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDdVMjAwanduQkM3WVZ0MU9QbS1PX3c6MQ
Thanks for your support, supporting YOUR campus green space!
I’ve noticed three things going on regarding Kale in the garden this month (note: these do not apply to all plots!): aphids, poor care, and improper harvesting, the last of which inspired the sign pictured below. Thus, I thought It may be helpful to go over a couple of the basics for those of you who are not familiar (or who want a refresher!).
First things first: Kale plants like to have a little space. This isn’t terribly surprising (many veggies do), but I was surprised to find recommendations of 12 to 18 inches between seeds. (Yes – a foot!) This allows Kale plants enough space for all of their leaves to receive sunlight when they eventually grow larger. This means that if you densely planted seeds and find your bed with thick rows of sprouts, your Kale will thrive best if you thin them out.
That leads me to another fact that growers new-to-kale may not realize: Kale is essentially a perennial crop, meaning it continues to grow and produce through multiple seasons, even multiple years, if you care for it correctly. An essential part of this care: harvesting.
The only way Kale will grow up big and strong to last multiple seasons is by undergoing continued, proper harvesting. So what’s the proper way? Always harvest the older, larger leaves that are closest to the bottom of the stalk, and be sure to take each leaf stem-and-all. So long as you continue to harvest in this fashion, the plant will continue to produce new leaves from the top as it grows taller. But if you harvest the leaves from the top, they you will stunt the plants growth!
Also note: you should continuously remove yellowed leaves. If they are yellowing or have holes in them, it’s a sign that you’re not harvesting quickly enough!
Continued, proper harvesting is the number one way to fend your plants from all the insects who would like to make it their dinner instead of yours. The principle is quite simple: if you’re constantly getting your hands up in your Kale plants, you’re constantly disturbing where insects would like to set up shop. Furthermore, if you’re constantly harvesting then you’re taking the stuff they’d prefer to eat. It works out nicely, doesn’t it? Just harvest regularly and you shouldn’t have a problem.
That said, aphids are also fond of kale flowers. When a Kale plant does mature enough to begin flowering, you can make an exception to the chop-from-bottom-only rule and remove the flowers – before they attract aphids.
The bottom line is: be kind to kale, and kale will be kind to you!
Read more: How to Care for Kale | Garden Guides
As many of you know, the crazy wind storm that shook Monterey last Tuesday managed to knock over one of the large trees in our garden (!). Thankfully no person was hurt, and luckily very little property damage occurred (with the notable exception of a few succulents – may they rest in pieces!). Upon informing the Presidents office, we were promptly provided with wood-chipping services, and – less than 24 hours later – we had a giant pile of wood chips !
This worked out serendipitously, as we were in fact in need of mulch to combat weeds and redefine the paths between the plots. Thus on Sunday, about 15 garden members joined me in the garden to celebrate our dear trees passing and to put the resulting mulch to good use.
Hello Gardeners (& garden enthusiasts!) -
Tomorrow – Sunday, February 26th – we will have our first full-garden work day from 1-6pm. All are welcome, even if you do not have a plot! This is a chance for anyone interested to swing by and get their hands dirty. We will be focusing on preparing two beds for this semesters share-cropping project, but there are plenty of other projects around the garden to work on too!
For those interested in participating in our share-cropping experiment, please be present in the garden between 3-4pm tomorrow to discuss plans for with the space and set a course of action. Anyone arriving before 3 may continue with the prep work (weeding plot 9 & the large plot west of the garden shed), and whoever may stay past 4 could potentially begin planting. Please know that all plot-keepers are welcome to participate in share-cropping, even if you did not express interest during our first meeting!
We hope to see most of you tomorrow!
Amanda & James
Click here to access the contact info of your plot-sharers!
We’ve incorporated the plot assignment list into a basic layout of the garden (north being to the left, Van Buren St at the bottom). I hope this reads intuitively! If not, you can verify your plot number on the contact sheet linked above. If you still have questions, don’t hesitate to ask!
PLEASE NOTE: Plot numbers on the NORTH half of the garden have shifted. If you already had a plot on the north, then you have the same real-estate – the number has merely changed.
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Hey gardeners! Happy Halloween!
I just thought I’d drop a quick line, thanking our presenters this past October — Brooke Greco (vermiculture) and Roger Manley (rainwater harvesting). Check out the photos!
Also, please put these upcoming events in your calendar:
Saturday, November 5 1:30-3:30 — Cookie Bake-off Fundraiser for OGT (a part of Fall Fest ’11)
Thursday, November 10 12:30-1:30pm – Vermiculture Workshop Part II — Harvesting Worms and Worm Castings
Sunday, November 20, time TBD — Composting Workshop with Heidi Feldman
Vermiculture Part I