Last Friday we had a packed day in the garden. Good thing more folks are showing up every week to help! Spring is the most important time in the garden and we have got lots to do!!( Every Friday from 1-4pm) The garden club even meet for a while to plot their agenda for the spring to come.
Tracy Neal Guest pruning teacher
We had a guest teacher, Tracy Neal, who is a Master Gardener and Continuing Ed teacher, come and teach the garden crew how to do first year fruit tree pruning in our little orchard.
The first few years of a fruit tree’s life is very important. Though the pruning is minimal, it determines the form, strength and health of the tree for the rest of it’s life.
We did a few careful cuts, and for most folks, they were their first pruning cuts ever.
Me cheering on Shari to make her first pruning cuts
We added some wooden branch spreaders and we did some slight branch training.
Encouraging the leader
Now for years to come, our students will be able to watch these trees grow, shape and form and yes, soon enough, bare fruit!!
Diego tucking in the last of the little Super Star White Onions
We also planted onion sets. Onions sets are basically little tiny onion plants that have about three leaves on them. They are much further along in their growth so much more likely to give nice onion bulbs than starting your own from seed (which I have done ever year till now with little success!!)
Now that is a lot of onions!!
I bought the onions online from Dixondale Farms, which was recommended by my friend Arina Pittman, who will also be teaching Gardening Classes through SFCC Continuing Ed this summer, stay tuned!! These onions are from the Intermediate Sampler pack which included three types of Intermediate Onions; a red, a white and a yellow. If you go out to the garden you will soon see one bed planted in each. We will be paying close attention to how each one does to determine the best onion for our garden, and of course our chefs and kitchen.
Elea harvesting America Spinach
Last but not least, we harvested over 2lbs of beautiful Spinach from our beds. Actually we have been harvesting this all winter, but in the past month we have been able to harvest about 2 lbs a week!! This variety is my new favorite, as not only is it productive, but totally beautiful and tasty. I present to you America Spinach, by Seed Savers Exchange. Try it, I know you will be delighted!
Big old bucket of Spinach off to the Kitchen
Interested in learning more, helping out having fun? Come join the garden volunteers every Friday afternoon from 1-5pm.