About 10 of us gardened together on a warm day. Here is what we did:
Lots of weeding and weed-suppression to clear up some of our aisles, which have been getting pretty wild! Aisles that have been weeded should either be dug out to the clay layer or covered with leaf mulch (not available), burlap (sometimes available), or cardboard in order to prevent new weeds. Some have already been covered in cardboard or burlap but a few have not because we didn't have the necessary materials.
- Fixing supports for tomatoes, beans and other plants that fell in the storm.
- Tying tomatoes to trellises, tying amaranth together because they were falling onto other crops, potentially spreading seeds
- Planted bush cucumber in part of the ex-shallot bed
- Insect control
- Cut back some echinacea/coneflower from the path nearest the grapes because a 2nd gardener was stung by a bee when passing by there!
- Harvest: potatoes, big-medium-small tomatoes, green and yellow beans, cucumbers, zucchini and yellow squash, lots of onions, all the shallots, a few leeks, jalapenos, a sweet pepper, parsley, basil, mint, kale, pink eye purple hull peas (a.k.a. southern field peas or black eyed peas), ground cherries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, okra
- Something is eating our new bean plants in A2.
- We could use more cardboard and burlap.
- We could use some real leaf mulch
SUGGESTIONS FOR MIDWEEK GARDENERS
- Continue weeding and protecting areas that have been weeded already, as suggested above
- Insect control
- Tying and otherwise tending tomatoes.
--Michele Easter on Saturday, July 10, 2021
About the Carrboro Community Garden
Learn more about Carrboro’s community garden, located in Carrboro’s Martin Luther King Jr. Park on Hillsborough Road. It is open to anyone interested in growing food in an environmentally sustainable way.
Stop by during a work day for a garden tour and more information. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Work days during summer are Wednesday (6 – 8 p.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m. to noon)
The harvest is shared by everyone who donates their time (30 minutes or three hours), whether that time is spent watering, weeding, mulching, planting, pruning, tying, staking, or chasing the occasional rabbit back through the fence.