I recently stopped by the Blessed Sacrament garden to fix part of the retaining wall that got ripped out by a truck bumper. I was very impressed with the production of this first year garden. It is a big success and the gardeners are excited to get the garden in tip top shape to show off for the first day of school next Monday.
Since summer school ended in early July, I have not been involved in the upkeep of the Westlake community garden. I learned a few days ago that the garden is a finalist for best community garden. I am very proud of the school staff and family center women who have taken over and I have successfully put myself out of work until next year (if I am needed).
I have been very busy building baskets and bins and attending the weekend farmer’s markets. I am continuing to be a vendor at the Saturday Pioneer Park Market and I have switched from the Friday morning Thanksgiving Point Market and I will finish the summer at the Sunday Wheeler Farm Market. My latest creations are stack able crate style produce storage bins.
I checked on the bees and they are actively producing honey in the top super box. Most of my bees collect water out of an adjacent bird bath but I found one getting a drink from the poultry water bucket.
Growing in bins makes harvesting easy as all one has to do is pull up the bin and dig through the dirt for the tators. This eliminates having to use a shovel or pitchfork which commonly spears some of the harvest.
Which can be quickly washed off with a garden hose sprayer before being brought in the house.I have been actively turning and screening my compost bins. I recently used about 60 gallons to compost my new blackberry patch.