Summer rains, sheet-mulching, and more!


ImageG, one of our amazing volunteers, mows the thick patches of weeds before we lay down the cardboard and cover with woodchips (a form of sheet-mulching).

     One of my absolute favorite things about summer is the warm rain showers that only last long enough for you to be able to fix some tea, turn your phone off and post up on the deck for a few hours with your favorite book. We had a few of those this past week, in between the heavy rains and crazy powerful (but beautiful) lightening. After letting mother nature do her thing for a couple of days, I finally returned back to the garden yesterday evening to check things out, and man, the garden couldn’t have been happier! I didn’t have my phone on me so unfortunately I couldn’t snap any photos so you’ll just have to see it with your own eyes to believe it!

And what perfect timing! Come celebrate the start of a new month, the joys of rain & shine, and see how the garden is beautifully evolving into an edible oasis filled with arugula, spinach, asparagus, kale, broccoli, beets, peas, beans, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, sunchokes, sunflowers, cabbage, chard, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, and more! There is LOTS to do (as always) ~ some of the things to do this week include:

  • Build trellises for peas, beans, tomatoes
  • Finish sheet-mulching the pathways
  • Harden the tomatoes that are still in the greenhouse and transplant into garden
  • Create mandala keyhole bed
  • Repaint the shed
  • Weed, weed, weed!
  • Sow pumpkin, corn, beans, squash, etc. in side beds

Check out the summer garden hours here or on our Facebook page!
Hope to see you there!

With love and SO much gratitude,
~ Christine ~


About gmugarden

Greetings current or potential vegetable people! This site is devoted to the vegetable garden that exists at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. The aim of the site is to keep people like you updated on the garden happenings and to show progress to those who can't participate! Enjoy and happy vegetable eating :)

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