August ~ observation, good intentions & muskmelons :-)

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Enjoy your readings with these jams + a cup of tea! πŸ™‚

Greetings Earth-healers!

It’s been a while since my last post…I hope everyone has had an amazing, FRUITFUL summer filled with friends, family, laughter, love, and most of all – GOOD FOOD! The gifts of summer harvests can be bountiful when grown with observation, love & care, and most of all – good intention. It’s one thing to decide to grow food to reap benefits such as money, and personal business growth… However, you begin to enter an entirely different realm of growing when you decide to garden/farm not only to be able to provide food for yourself and family/friends, but to truly heal the Earth. How do we begin to take the necessary steps towards healing Earth through something as simple as growing food? We observe, we walk with good intention, and we listen. You don’t have to travel to the farthest corner of the woods away from society to listen to Nature. Take a break from your headphones, from your car, and most of all – take a break from that phone. These things can wait. Just go outside, and start walking. Find a nearby creek, pond or patch of woods. Wander until you find a space that you can sit, close your eyes, take a deep breath in, and listen. Open your eyes, observe the patterns of Nature, the sweet smell of native wildflowers, the sounds of nearby birds…can you identify any? Touch, taste (make sure it’s edible! carry a Peterson’s Field Guide..please!), listen, and observe – your opportunities to connect with Nature are endless. Embrace this, live in harmony with these forces and elements, choose happiness and simplicity. Be conscious of your thoughts, words, and actions. Take a small journal with you on your travels, write anything that comes to mind. Let your hands freely move as they wish – you will never know how creative you are until you let everything go. Harmonize what you learn from Nature into the garden and beyond. Just be and be well.

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Here we are again, August! After working day in and day out in the Potomac Heights Veggie Garden for the past couple months, I think this is getting to be one of my favorite times of the year. We are still reaping the fruits of summer growth, yet preparing the garden (and ourselves!) for fall growth.That’s right you heard me, start planting those fall veggies people! Weed those beds, work in your compost, leaf litter, etc. line those rows, and seed, seed, seed! With a drop of water, splash of sun, and touch of love, your fall harvests will sure to be bountiful! This past week in the Potomac Heights Veggie Garden, we have planted…

  • Black Spanish Round RADISH

  • Misato Rose RADISH

  • Champion COLLARDS

  • Snowball Self-Blanching Fall Cauliflower

  • Early Jersey Wakefield Cabbage

  • Red Acre Cabbage

  • Detroit Dark Red Beet

  • Chantenay Red Core Carrots

  • Fennel, Florence

  • Daikon, Miyashige White RADISH

  • Golden Acre Cabbage

  • White-Stemmed Pak Choi CABBAGE

  • Crosby Egyptian (Early Crosby Egyptian) BEET

  • Oregon Sugar Peas (different source)

So much Gratitude for Southern Exposure Seed Exchange for their organic, locally and sustainably grown seeds! πŸ™‚

So….get your seeds in the ground, you’ll be happy you did! And as always, come see us in the Potomac Heights Veggie Garden ~ we’d love to see you there.

Be well,
Christine

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Ron, another amazing garden volunteer, sows Oregon Sugar Peas in the bed that we grew kale and cabbage in. Peas are legumes, which fix nitrogen back into the soil.

Ron, another amazing garden volunteer, sows Oregon Sugar Peas in the bed that we grew kale and cabbage in. Peas are legumes, which fix nitrogen back into the soil.

Thank you Southern Exposure Seed Exchange for all of our fall seeds! :-)

Thank you Southern Exposure Seed Exchange for all of our fall seeds! πŸ™‚

G, one of the garden's amazing volunteers, plants Collards in the bed that used to have carrots and garlic! Crop rotation at its finest ;-)

G, one of the garden’s amazing volunteers, plants Collards in the bed that used to have carrots and garlic! Crop rotation at its finest πŸ˜‰

We let some of our kale that was seeded back in April go to flower, and then seed. We harvested some of the seed pods, to save for fall crop, along with letting some stay on the plant. Eventually the seed pods split open from the sun, and seed themselves. Here's baby kale growing from that process! :-)

We let some of our kale that was seeded back in April go to flower, and then seed. We harvested some of the seed pods, to save for fall crop, along with letting some stay on the plant. Eventually the seed pods split open from the sun, and seeded themselves. Here’s baby kale growing from that process! πŸ™‚

One of MANY muskmelons (aka cantalopes) growing in the garden! Just a few more days before ripe and ready to eat! :-)

One of MANY muskmelons (aka cantalopes) growing in the garden! Just a few more days before ripe and ready to eat! πŸ™‚

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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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