Monday, July 15, 2013

Community Garden Update 2

Here is the update from mid June to now.

Trials & Tribulations

The local vocational school came to the garden to plant 3 plots of vegetables for the food shelf.

The seedlings didn't arrive in good shape and none were labeled.

Nobody thought they would survive.

They students got down in the dirt and planted 3 plots for the food shelf.

Later, one of the plot owners planted an entire plot full of herbs.

Garden club members picked up more seeds for their gardens. These garden angels have donated plants and weeding for the community garden.

The Community Garden is growing.

As the vegetables grew, we knew that the local deer would probably be coming by for some meals.

We went to the Montpelier Agway and picked up some secure deer fencing and a solar charger.

Linda and I unrolled the poly wire 4 times around the entire garden and set the insulators low for woodchucks and higher for the deer of all sizes.

Cedar posts were on the corners and needed special insulators so the polywire would go around them.

Brad read the solar charger's owners manual as we set up the electric fencing all around the garden.

This little solar charger was going to put enough volts thru the polywire to deter anything that would want to feast on our garden.

Brad attached the wires....

..and put the charger on a post and turned it on.

It worked.  It was hot.

Garden is now protected.

Just need a gate...

Back at the library, gardeners were still pouring over the seed packets.

Everybody loves free seeds....

 ...And good fencing.

 I put up a warning on the fence.

The deer can't read.

Lettuce is coming up along with other greens.

Our "message board."

By July 1st the asparagus row was all played out.  Many many people benefited from the asparagus and the rhubarb.
Both crops were shared with the elderly and shut ins as well as others who wanted some fresh greens to add to their diet.

Vermont received 22 inches of rain in June and the weeds went crazy.  The veggies did well too.

Especially all those seedlings the students planted.

But the weeds became higher than the veggies.

Dozens of tomato plants needed to be weeded and mulched to keep the weeds down.

We ran out of tomato cages and are looking for donations of cages to use on all the other tomatoes.

A gate was built.

With a hand carved handle.

The lettuce loved the rain and humidity.

Personalized name signs were added to the plots.

The plants that the school kids planted were not labeled, so we didn't realize HOW MUCH Kale there was until last week.

 The gate was put on hinges and hung with care.

The deer don't have thumbs so they can not open it.  The garden is safe.

And the kale grows on....

We are now harvesting it.

For the food shelf and anyone else who wants it.

There is so much we could feed the entire village with it.

Guess what this is.

Looks like we have a plantation of.... ?

Gardening isn't for everyone.

94 degrees today. And will be hotter tomorrow.

All the rain the past 4 weeks have made the mosquitos horrific and the humidity has made it difficult to weed, except in the very very early morning.

And then the ticks showed up.
I got a tick bite that left a bulls eye.  No fun.

There are risks, hard labor and lots of challenges to raising our own food, but we know its fresh, chemical free and will fill some freezers and keep these gardners fed this winter.

 I really enjoy coming down to the garden Sundays after church, and looking at all the veggies coming up.

This big project has been an incredible learning project for us all.

And it ain't over yet.

Stay tuned for Update 3 in August.



  1. this is such a wonderful project. i can't wait for the next update. we are in the upper 90's today with 94% humidity...not fun at all.

  2. As a long time person with untreated LYme disease, I so hope you were able to get at least some Doxycycline to treat the bull's eye. You do NOT want to end up like me. Please know that the blood tests are very inaccurate. Some doctors say that up to 50% of the patients who test negative have Lyme.

    And I love the handle on the gate!

  3. What a lot of work but everything is looking good! I would NOT do well with the mosquitos and ticks. (shudder) Did you get your tick bite looked at?

  4. But you can never have too much kale and it will be good to pick until January.

  5. Now that's teamwork! The garden looks great. :)

  6. what a wonderful way to help your community! kuddos!

  7. I have no green thumbs at all, and only love gardens to sit in, lol !

  8. This is a wonderful community project and the garden is doing beautifully! Hope that the deer don't jump over the fence! My deer think that I'm putting out a daily buffet just for them!

  9. A community garden is a wonderful thing! good work!
    What a lovely gate handle!

  10. Wow.

    I love this community garden project!

    I've seen them when we visit other places. Most people here in Phoenix find it so difficult to garden because of the intense summer temperatures but I often think if we lived elsewhere I would participate in something like this!

    Thanks for an intriguing link for the letter 'I'.


  11. Wow!!! I love how everyone came together and created this community garden. It is so fun to see everything grow and so fun to enjoy the harvest!

    Blessings & Aloha!
    Yay! I am finally catching up to some of my "I" visits! Yikes! I am still not in a routine with my blogging and visiting. I hope you can pop on over to my place :o)