I went back to the garden this afternoon to take an inventory of what is actually growing in there. This sign greets you as you open the gate to enter. It wasn’t kidding!
I spent some quality time with the tomato plants weeding around them and cleaning up the dead leaves. A few of the plants had perky, little yellow blossoms on them! If I wasn’t hallucinating from the heat, there were at least two little green tomatoes hiding behind the leaves as well. Here’s what is on deck for the first harvest (from the front of the garden to the back):
Watermelon, Sweet Corn, Acorn Squash, Tomatoes, Peppers (Bell and Banana), and Carrots. Strawberries and pickling cucumbers are on the perimeter of the North side of the fence, and Cilantro, Basil, Sage, and Thyme sit in pots at the head of the rows of watermelon.
I met with my supervisor at the garden and she is hoping to do some weeding along the south perimeter to make room for rocks that are coming in to make a path to walk on. I am going to head back tomorrow morning and get to work on that (hopefully with help from the Vets!). I hope to have some classes about gardening so that they don’t get burned out on weeding. Paths in between rows have already been covered with some straw we just need to carry that through the rest of the garden. The straw should keep people from walking in to the rows and compacting the soil by giving them an idea of where to walk.
More updates to come!