This week we have already had a lot happening in the garden! The GMOG was proud to welcome all those who participated in the Mason Life Retreat, with their combined efforts, the Potomac Heights Vegetable Garden is blossoming with goodies. Also, the Sustainability class’ service learning is winding down in the next week. Their positive attitudes and hard work helped shape this summer’s garden. Best of luck to all of them on their personal paths to global sustainability!
This week there are some seedlings being germinated in the greenhouse. Both the Sustainability class as well as the Mason Life Retreat helped contribute to making these babies sprout. We hope they’ll be ready for hardening within the next week (hardening: a process where the baby plant is brought out into the natural elements outside of the greenhouse for short periods of time so that they may grow stronger), and ready to be planted in the next 2 weeks.
There has bin a bit of water erosion in parts of the garden which needed to be addressed. The spaces that were deeper in the ground were filled in with donated soil and packed down to secure a smooth path throughout the garden. This was a lot of heavy wheel-barrowing and raw garden-goddess strength! Thanks to the awesome Mason Life participants who were up for the task!
Also, the potato plants were hilled and new soil was placed on a few surrounding beds. A few of the beds have sunk down because of the water erosion, and needed a fresh layer of dirt. The potato and pea plants are loving the newly-made soil; these beds have given the garden some issues in the past, so it is important to watch them for infestation issues.
We have prepared the back of the barn for the edible mushroom bed. We have cleared and these volunteers below offered to cut and lay grass down on this area. Next step will be the straw. This will be a wonderful and cool spot for them.
The endives are coming along and should be ready to harvest within 3-5 weeks. Our Malibar spinach is growing in its new spot but is not ready for a trellis. Our cucumber and watermelon plants have begun to wind themselves in our trellis’, and are growing big leaves to soak up this hot summer sun. Our strawberries are flowering and hopefully we might have another yield of them within a few weeks. Our blueberry bushes are absolutely delicious and stunning. These ORGANIC blueberries are quite special in their sweetness. Because of our home-Mason-made Organic compost, our plants have an undeniably fresh taste, and depict their sweetness in the vibrant colors they wear. Our pomegranate bushes are getting bigger and flowering! Our Fig trees are growing with all the water and weeding we have been providing it with. Thanks to the ladies for weeding these along with the Golden Rasberry bed!
We are just about to pull the lettuce and arugula this week, so please come by the garden to harvest some. Or check for us in the JC selling all these fresh wonderful products starting in 2 weeks!