UPDATE FROM THE GARLAND COMMUNITY GARDEN!
The photo shows a coming attraction to the garden. One of our three young pear trees (three years old) has 10 pears! The other two have none--go figure.
This morning I just filled 15 one-gallon bags with Swiss Chard and Kale and 3 one-gallon bags with basil. Each bag is two servings of super healthy food. Thus, a total of 30 servings of greens. Charlie will deliver the bags in a few minutes to the Good Samaritans, a food provider in our community.
This is noteworthy because all of these greens came from four five-gallon pots that I have on my plot at the garden and at my home. The mission of our organization, Loving Garland Green, is to show (by example) the value of growing some of the food you eat and sharing it with others as we donate 50% of our produce to non-profit food banks in our area. Even if you have limited space such as a small patio or deck, or perhaps a sunny room, you can grow lots of healthy things to eat.
Everything is growing like crazy at the garden. I think this will be the year of the tomato for the garden. I’ll get down there and count (in between the monsoon showers) but I’m fairly certain that we have close to 100 tomato plants down there in the various plots and many of them already are loaded with green tomatoes.
NEW GARDENER AND NEW PLOT--ALL IN ONE DAY!
We just added another new young member to our active gardeners. Her name is Emma Spalding who recently moved to Garland from Kentucky. I signed Emma up on Sunday and by the end of the day she had already made and planted her garden plot! Emma is going the natural way: no border and leaves mixed with the soil. So far, all three of our latest members over the past two months are young and have created their own new plots where there once were none!
SPEAKING OF YOUNG . . .
I got a call last week from Isabella Ignacio from North Garland High School Key Club. She was calling to offer volunteer help to the garden from the club. School is out in June and in July Isabella will be coordinating with Matt Grubisich, Director of Garland Parks and Recreation, and Loving Garland Green to mulch a large pile of brush down at the garden.