Monday, April 23, 2012

Planting has begun in Abingdon, Virginia

We are excited to report that we had our Spring Planting workshop. After a lot of time organizing tilling, with a lot of setbacks (machinery problems, underestimating-how-hard-the-land-was problems), it was great to meet with all the participants in one place and work together planting.

We potted on starts of the more tender species, such as tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers, and will be letting them get bigger in a greenhouse first. We labeled all our brassica starts and passed them out, demonstrated cutting potatoes for planting, and weighed out seed potatoes and separated our onion sets into bags for people. We built a compost pile, too. We also passed out seeds and a planting handout on depth, spacing, watering, mulch, and compost. It was great working together with everyone at our template garden on the food bank's grounds--Ecumenical Faith in Action in Abingdon,VA. We passed out tools, answered questions, and all got to know one another a little better.

Our tiller--it turned out we needed a tractor tiller to really dig in to a lot of the tough sod.

Baby brassicas in neat rows

With the help of participants we planted peas, carrots, radishes, beets, lettuce, spinach, onions, brassicas, and potatoes

Everyone worked really hard labeling and individually potting our starts. Teamwork!

Seeds Galore

Magnificent compost pile. The van is where the magic happens--we use it so schlep everything. It can fit many trays of seedlings!

One of the volunteers brings grass clippings and leaves for mulch, and compost. We mulched our baby onions!

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