Posted by: beyonddinner | November 23, 2008

community garden plot

One action we took this year was to go back to our old neighborhood community garden and grow some of our own food. The season has officially wound down and last weekend we got our garden ready for the winter. Our tasks included the incorporation the 65 pounds of worm castings into the soil, harvesting the rest of the greens, beets and more, making sure the straw is spread well. Here’s a photo of my husband taking care of the worm castings:

incorporating worm castings into the dirt

incorporating worm castings into the dirt

Here’s our bounty from last weekend which included lots of greens – kale, chard, cauliflower greens, beets greens, plus the last fennel, two small heads of red cabbage, a few small carrots and beets, and parsley.

cauliflower greens

cauliflower greens – our cauliflowers never set heads, but we found the greens very edible – much like collard greens.
chard and beet greens

chard and beet greens

Our garden is roughly 12 ft. x 27 ft. and we were able to grow an amazing assortment of veggies this year. We’ll have to do a tally at some point of the variety and amount of goodies we got. We had a few problems with pests here and there – squash vine borers, flea beetles, aphids, but our yield was great. These crops did very well: Chard, kale, beets, fennel, carrots, bok choy, kohlrabi, green beans, butternut squash, lettuce, parsley, mint. The following did fine, but could probably do better if we worked on the problems we encountered: cucumbers, zucchini, green and red cabbage, onions. These crops didn’t do very well at all: tomatoes, cauliflower, and spinach. I’m glad that we harvested last weekend – we made it just before the weather turned very cold. We haven’t even gotten as high as the normal low in the 30’s for the past several days. I’m sure the remaining kale and collards that we left in the garden are completely finished now.

Now that the garden is put to bed, we have all winter to work out a plan for next spring. I’m looking forward to it!

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