Archive | May, 2014

A Walking Onion?

31 May



Here’s a close up of the Egyptian walking onion baby bulbs that Benji’s science teacher gave us. They come from her sister’s garden upstate. Also known as tree onions, these perennials are described as “walking” because of the unique way they self-propagate. Instead of flowers, they produce onion seeds or “top sets” at the top of the plant. When the plants mature  the heavy seeds cause the plant to fall over and re-root itself; the seeds seem to “walk” over to other parts of the plot.  Of course I didn’t read any of this before I transplanted several bulbs into a large pot (former home to an unsuccessful small tomato seedling).

onion potAbout 10 bulbs are sitting in a cup next to the garlic planter. Let’s figure out what to do with them!  According to, when new top sets are planted they will grow throughout the spring and summer and develop tall green leaves and bulb/root growth in the ground, but they will not develop top sets in their first year–just roots and leafstalks.  This makes me think we might plant some onions in a place they can linger for a while. If we don’t pull out the bulb, they should regrow, develop top sets next year and then replant themselves. Maybe the garlic planter would make a good home? Only half of it seems to be producing anything; we can plant garlic somewhere else in the fall and perhaps use the planter for the onions?  I’m open to ideas.  -Denise



Lettuce gone wild!

31 May

imageReady to harvest, again and again. Enjoy it now. Harvest the large outer leaves or the whole plant (pinch or cut off at the base so you don’t uproot anything else). The large arugula leaves are really peppery, great with a Dijon vinaigrette.


Thank-you Thuha…

31 May

image…and Benji, Josh, and Gabriel for creating the little planting along the Jay Street fence. FOG (Friend of the Garden) Thuha gave us some irises from her “country” home, and Benji, Josh, and Gabriel helped with digging, lifting, supervising, and keeping a sharp eye out for worms. Last fall’s efforts have paid off in happy blooming irises and some plant that we can only remember is a perennial. I added a penstemon today to replace the bamboo that didn’t make it through our harsh winter.
Enjoy the color!

Goodbye Yahoo Group: Communications Update

31 May

As our 2014 gardening season approaches full-swing, it is time to bury our yahoo listserve, [cvEarthlab].  It has served us well, especially during the first years before the garden had a blog. Moving forward, please use this website/blog,, for communication. In a few weeks, you will not be able to reach other garden members by sending messages to

There’s still lots going on in the garden, much news to follow and many ways to participate! To stay up to date, register on the blog if you haven’t already. New posts are emailed to anyone who follows the blog via email (see tab and box on the right-hand side, above the calendar, that invites you to enter your address to receive email notification of new posts)

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To engage with the group, you can add comments to any post, or start a conversation using the suggestion box (right-side of home page).  We invite CVearthlab members to write and post blogs, too.  Post a comment or send a note to to get assigned privileges to use the admin side of the wordpress blog and post your own entries, photos and video. WordPress is an easy, fun and a useful tool. Feel free to ask questions by sending a message to the core group via

Thank you!

Shari, Deb, Ansley, Donna and Denise

CVearthlab Core Members


Coleus Plants Are In the Ground

25 May



I transplanted the 12 coleus plants that Deb bought today, basically creating the same border as last year.  All but one of the plants look healthy and strong; we may want to buy another two or four…

And while I was out there, I harvested and ate a great salad!  -Denise


Today! Transplanting Event 3pm-5pm

4 May

We are transplanting the seedlings we planted in March TODAY, Sunday, at 3pm.* Bring your plants (or your gardening hands and spirit) to the communal garden inside the children’s play area this afternoon.  All residents are invited to join this garden event, to become members of the garden or support CVearthlab’s efforts in other ways. Thank you!

*While many gardening events must be rain or shine, we may postpone the planting for an hour or so if it is pouring at 3pm.  Check this space for updates!  

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