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Thank You For The Harvest Party!

23 Oct

 

We would like to thank everyone who came out for, and contributed to, this year’s harvest potluck fundraiser.

We owe the party’s success to the residents who cooked, brought beverages, donated funds, and celebrated the 2019 season Saturday night.

Scroll down to see pictures. Please submit dish recipes to cvearthlab@gmail.com.

Warmly,

Judith, Denise, Sandy, and Shari, CV Earthlab Core Group

 

Rhubarb cobbler (fresh whipped cream not shown).

 

 

 

Thanks for a Productive Workday!

5 May

 

 

Spring Happenings: Upcoming Activities, Events To Note

3 Feb

Bookmark this page and check back for updates on specific times. See also CVEarthlab google calendar*.

Friday March 29th: Lettuce and arugula broadcasting**  6:00pm to 6:16pm

Sunday, April 7th: CV EarthDay Fest (possible weed pull and toss event **)

Mid March:  Weekend workday to direct sow early veg, prep

Mid to late April:  Watering on schedule starts

April 27 or 28 (or both days of weekend):   Workday to transplant flowers, herbs (from GrowNYC plant sale)**

Wed May 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd: “May Wednesdays” Gardeners converge outside from 6-7pm to water, answer seedling, transplant questions. **

Early June: Tomato transplanting, staking

Early to Mid-June: Spring Celebration/ Strawberries + Salad Tasting

*Don’t miss any gardening opportunities! If you use a gmail calendar, subscribe to CVEarthlab google calendar by clicking cal icon on CVEarthlab.com (This is not the same as following the blog via email notifications, which is also recommended. Subscribing means CVEarthlab events appear on your google cal.)

** especially fun and kid-friendly

Vote For Your Favorite Flowers!

20 Jan

Time to think Spring! CVEarthlab core members will order seeds for the Indoor Planting Workshop on March 2nd , and we’d like input from committee members.

What Flowers Should We Grow?

You are welcome to check as many boxes as you’d like. The poll requires an email registration; you are welcome to send feedback to CVEarthlab@gmail.com if that is preferable. Thanks in advance for sharing your opinion!

Scenes From Sachet Workshop, December 2018

19 Jan

Check out pictures from the sachet-making workshop in early December. To upcycle dried lavender, lemon balm and other herbs harvested at the end of the 2018 season, the garden committee hosted an intimate and fun event.  About 11 attendees made a total of 35+ fragrant sachets.

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Next time we hold a pre-holiday sachet workshop, harvesting and drying herbs before October will allow us to do the crafting several weeks before Hanakkuh and Christmas, hopefully accommodating more participants.

What To Pick and Eat Now

30 Jun

Bee balm, aka Monarda, sprouts an edible flower.

Borage, with its small blue glow, also has petals you can eat.

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Borage flowers

Hot weather means the sweet pea season will be over soon — grab one now!

Alpine strawberries are small but sweet. Spearmint and peppermint, in pots around the garden, are almost always available.

Coming soon: Patty pan squash, tomatoes, ground cherries, cucumbers and more!

Related: The watering schedule is available.  Go to the signup to volunteer for a specific date.

Thanks!

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Early June in the Garden

7 Jun

Photo: Ezra Schultz

Sat July 9th: Crazy Growth Report!

9 Jul

I hadn’t been outside in a few days, so today I was amazed by how fast things are growing: Almost all of the tomatoes need staking/pruning/ support.

There’s also sprawl from the ground cherries that I tried to reign in…The cucumbers are ready to climb so I pulled down some of the snap peas… I suppose I will snip off the scapes this weekend and plan a garlic harvest.  Who wants some?

 

Have you watered lately?  Its hot and those tomato plants are thirsty, click here to volunteer to water on a specific day.  See you outside!!!  -Denise

 

 

Preparing Tomato Plants for Transplanting

18 May

Today I started “hardening off” the two tomatoes that I started from seedearlier this year.  If you too have tomatoes in your window, you’ll want to get them ready to move outside.

I’m aiming to get mine in the ground by Memorial Day weekend, so I’ll spend the next 6 to 9 days gradually exposing them to the outdoor air, light and temperatures before they go into the garden bed.

Shari shares this guide to hardening-off tomatoes: growinggardens.org/hardening-off-plant-starts. I have some flowers, too, but I’m assuming they aren’t as complicated as fruit-bearing tomatoes to toughen up.

Who else has tomatoes, and how many? We should think abtomato-seedlingout what is going where in the small garden, so we don’t end up with too many tomatoes!

 

Perennial Plantings Sat 4.30

30 Apr

 

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Echinacea along fence near shed.

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Facing the long border fence, from left: Coral bells, viola, bee balm, viola, lavender, viola.

Related: Check out our other pollinator-friendly perennials here. 

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