Thursday, March 29, 2012

The First Planting....

Freshly transplanted leek start blowing in the wind
The first crop to go into the ground this season are leeks.  An odd first choice for early crops as usually thoughts of peas and brassicas jump into the mind long before any alliums, but that's what we had, so that's what went in the ground.  Chris (the Americorps Garden Assistant) was able to secure a good amount of starts and they all went in the ground hopefully enjoying the sun, rain and wind that took turns playing weather yesterday.    

I'll admit they're in a little more compost rich soil than I would prefer.  We're doing all the soil prep by hand at this time as the soil is much too wet to till.  At the Tuesday night workparty, we had a great group of folks weeding this new row and then I amended it with wonderful Allied Waste compost (Thank you Allied Waste!).  The pile was a bit soggy though so trying to spread out the compost and work it into the soil proved a bit more difficult than I was hoping.  Thus I hope our leek starts aren't too shocked or burned by the amount of compost they are in! 

Overwintered kale sharing the row with our recently planed leek starts
One row of crops in, only 95 more rows to go!!!  That being said, we'd love to have (and honestly, could really use) your help every Tuesday for our SAGE work party starting at 4pm! 

Friday, March 23, 2012

Fans and Friends,
What a great way to welcome spring and start the growing season!  March 20th, our first Tuesday evening work party, was a beautiful Oregon day, full of rain and fun; perfect for gardening!
Lower row of SAGE garlic unhappy with all the water we've had this March!
A great big "Thank You" to all the wonderful people (Paige, Bryan, Brian and John) who came out and braved the precipitation for our first Tuesday work party of the year.  We even had some friendly ducks swim by and help us (you can see from the photo that we're not joking when we say that the ducks could literally swim by us!)
After spreading a whole pile of mulch (about 6 yards worth!) and weeding the garlic beds that weren't underwater, we concluded the evening with an excellent pizza dinner.  On site we have a cob pizza oven that quickly cooked our pizzas that were topped with fresh kale from the garden.  The dough was generously donated by Fireworks, the restaurant located directly south of the south co-op.

Fire roasted pizza will frequently be featured after Tuesday evening work parties.  Volunteer throughout the year and enjoy the seasonal diversity of toppings we'll feature from the garden. 
As an open invitation to all of our friends, family and neighbors we will be holding open volunteer evenings at SAGE until November. We'll meet every Tuesday at 4pm and work until dusk (saving some of that daylight for eating fire roasted pizza!). 
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join us in the garden (rain or shine)!  

See you all soon!
Frazier Thurman
CEC Community Outreach Intern