Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tough Love Tuesday September 15th
The most daunting task being faced by the Edible Peace Patch seems to be the never-ending growth of our well-adapted Florida grasses. However, we spent a majority of the day removing the day removing phantom blades that continue to grow directly against the outer walls of the beds and targeting heavier patches of growth. The compost bins are overflowing with green vegetation, eager to cook in the sun with some recycled produce acquired from Lakewood’s cafeteria. Due to the high amount of rain we’ve received in the last few days our mulch has lost some of its bulk and spots of cardboard were beginning to show through. The second half of our shift was spent distributing the mountainous pile of mulch throughout the entire garden. It feels like quite an accomplishment to reduce such a huge pile to a mere sprawled out heap. The garden is truly starting to come together; some areas are yet to be covered in cardboard and mulch but as of today we’re over half-way there.
We’ve also planted starters for corn, tomato, eggplant, watermelon, cantaloupe, and pumpkin; this season is going to be delicious! We’ve learned from the previous seasons’ experiences that the sooner seeds get into the soil the better chance they have for sustained production. The pace being set will guarantee a polished garden and a clean learning slate for the students coming out next week.