June 19, 2017


The hotter it gets, the earlier we start working in the garden!!  Thanks to everyone who has been showing up at 6:00 and 6:30 a.m.  It is early, but it's also MUCH cooler!!  We're done by the time the sun is shining on the garden!

June 9, 2017

Our Garden LOVES the Heat!!

Here we are, our first full week into June and things are heating up rather quickly!  The squash, zucchini, cucumbers, and tomatoes are LOVING the "bowls" that fill up with water from the bubblers in the garden...and don't spray all over their leaves.  And it doesn't waste water, either!!  The new way of growing tomatoes up the twine attach to the bamboo trellis is working well, but does take concerted effort to pinch off the suckers on a regular basis!

The lettuce and spinach did SOOO well all spring long...as did the snow peas and the sugar snap peas.  We pulled out the last of the lettuce and spinach on Monday, and now the second planting of Zucchini and Yellow Squash has been put in.


 This is just four of the nearly forty tomato plants we have growing this way...can hardly wait for these beauties to turn RED!!!

April 27, 2017

Picking and Pinching ... in the Garden???

Beautiful morning!!  Beautiful garden!!  We picked lettuce, and spinach, and beets!!  We pinched the suckers off the tomato plants and pulled a few onions, too!!  It's amazing what a little sunshine, compost, weed control, and working with friends can do in a garden!!!

April 11, 2017

EVERYTHING'S PLANTED...except okra!!

We had several people come out last night for a beautiful evening "work party!"  I ALMOST wish the weather could stay just like this for 4 months!!  Truly lovely night to work in the garden!

Kids and adults worked together to get all the zucchini, squash, cucumbers and additional bed of onions planted.  We also thinned beets, removed old spinach, and harvested a lot of beautiful lettuce and spring spinach!!

 ("Dr. Death" also is trying to snag yet another gopher from our garden.  He's three for three so far!!)

We pinched off the lower limbs of our tomato plants, and everything is watering beautifully!

South Side beds...

These are NOT gopher mounds...just watering "bowls"...

Peas are thriving!

Our herb bed...needs some work...but the leeks are doing great!

Two beds of beets

Zucchini on the left; onions on the right

Tomatoes trellised with bamboo

Two beds of Potatoes!

Lettuce, spinach and onion beds

March 31, 2017

Peanuts are Planted!!!

How does the song go???  "With a little bit of help from our friends..."  Well, the cub scouts showed up at our community garden and learned a lot and helped out even more!  They pulled weeds, identified plants, and then helped plant the whole bed of peanuts!!  They didn't even mind getting their hands dirty!!  THANKS, BOYS!!!

March 18, 2017

Spring is Sprung!!!

Lots of work getting done in the garden!!  All of the north beds have pvc lines attached and are running.  The peas are doing well, the beets, onions, lettuce and spinach are all coming up nicely.  The potatoes are a little slow...at least for the not-so-patient
 We cut 100 pieces of bamboo from a friend's place in Ivins and are constructing bamboo tepees/trellises for our tomato plants...it's an experiment this year!!  Keep watching and you'll see how it works out!

 Beets, lettuce and spinach have been thinned...a few times!!  Onions have been replanted from their "clumps" to a little more growing room...
 And we planted nearly 50 indeterminate tomato plants:  Juliet grape tomatoes, Wilford, Roma, Champion, Early Goliath and Goliath.  Bought our plants from Ballard's Nursery in Hurricane.  Maybe next year we'll start growing our own starts...maybe!!

February 19, 2017

Three weeks later, plus some perfect rain the last few days, and the garden is coming to life!!  The Snow Peas are coming up really well; the Sugar Snap will be about a week behind...since we dug up the second bed of Snow Peas and replanted with sprouted Sugar Snaps...I'll try to remember better next year...we DON'T need two beds of Snow Peas!!!


Lettuce + Dog and Child Prints!
More evidence of fun in the garden!
Leftover Fall  spinach, lettuce & onions