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Monarch Caterpillars Are Here!

29 Jun

I found three caterpillars on milkweed in the play area today!

Since the ones that visited last year seemingly succumbed to predators (they all vanished suddenly), I took steps to protect them.

The plants are wrapped, loosely, with row cover that lets in light and water. We’ll see if it helps them survive…

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Many Thanks, Strawberry-Based Treat Recipes, and Party Pics

15 Jun

bowelIMG_6199Thank You!

Thanks to all who attended or donated to the garden for our Strawberries and Salad kickoff party last weekend.  Partygoers enjoyed fresh berries, sweet homemade baked goods, savory strawberry bruschetta, and more.  Find recipes, and photos, below.

CVEarthlab garden is self-funded and we are still collecting donations for the summer season.  If you’d like to help us grow, we thankfully accept financial donations via Shari Rueckl (195 Adams St, #15B).  Checks can be made out to CVOI; Venmo electronic donations go to @misssha.  Learn more about annual needs and membership here

 

 

 

 

Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler

Ingredients

Crumble topping

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 14 Tablespoons of melted butter
Strawberry rhubarb filling
  • 3 cups (12 oz chopped rhubarb—1/2”
  •   pieces)
  • 2 quarts chopped strawberries
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • Pinch of salt
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Topping: Whisk flour, baking powder, salt, granulated and brown sugar, lemon zest. Add the melted butter and cut with 2 butter knives as you would a pie crust. Refrigerate.
Filling: In a large bowl combine the strawberries, rhubarb, lemon juice, sugar, cornstarch and salt. Mix well and pour into a 9” by 13” baking pan. Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes. Take the crumble mixture out of the refrigerator and crumble with your hands evenly over the fruit filling.
Bake for 45-50 minutes.
It is done when fruit is bubbling and the topping is golden brown in spots.
Let crisp rest out of the oven for 15 minutes before serving. Can be served topped with vanilla ice cream.

Goat Cheese and Strawberry Bruschetta

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces or 3 cups of fresh strawberries
  • 16 to 20 Each thin baguette slices
  • Ounces soft goat cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons honey

Directions

  1. If desired, toast baguette slices in a 350°F oven for 10 minutes or until crisp. Cool.
  2. Hull strawberries. Slice each strawberry into several thin slices holding strawberry intact.
  3. Stir goat cheese and honey together in a small bowl; spread about 1 tablespoon onto each bread slice.
  4. Place strawberries on bread fanning strawberry over cheese. Repeat with remaining strawberries.

 

Tonite: Party Starts at 6:30pm

7 Jun

Join us this evening!  All residents are invited to sample the first garden harvest foods, strawberries and salad. Come to the community garden behind 195 Adams St., and bring a bottle of wine or another beverage to share.

Not sure what to expect? Check out photos from the June 2018 tasting party.

CVEarthlab garden is self-funded and we are collecting financial donations for the summer season now.  To  send a last minute RSVP, email CVEarthlab@gmail.com Thank you!  –Denise, Judith, Sandy & Shari

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Strawberries + Salad Party Is This Friday!

5 Jun

Have you RSVP’d yet?

All residents are invited to sample the first garden harvest foods, strawberries and salad, on the evening of Friday June 7th.  Come to the community garden behind 195 Adams St. after 6:30pm. Bring yourselves and a bottle of wine or another beverage to share.

The community room is reserved as backup; this event will be rain or shine! See photos from the June 2018 tasting party here. CVEarthlab garden is self-funded and we are collecting financial donations for the summer season now.

To RSVP, send a note to CVEarthlab@gmail.com

Thank you!  –Denise, Judith, Sandy & Shari

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Snap Peas Have Sprung!!!

1 Jun

Strawberries & Salad Party Will be Held Fri 6.7

31 May

All CV residents are invited to sample the first garden harvest foods, strawberries and salad, on the evening of Friday June 7th.  Come to the community garden behind 195 Adams St. after 6:30pm. Bring yourselves and a bottle of wine or another beverage to share.

The community room is reserved as a backup venue, so this event will be rain or shine! See photos from the June 2018 tasting party here.

CVEarthlab garden is self-funded and we are collecting financial donations for the summer now.  RSVPs to CVEarthlab@gmail.com are appreciated! Thank you!  –Denise, Judith, Sandi & Shari

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Strawberries & Salad Party Is Fri 6.7: Join Us!

31 May

Last Call for Tomato Seedlings, Transplant Plans

23 May

Hello!

It is time to account for all the seedlings started indoors.  We must finalize the raised bed plans and arrange to complete transplanting by early June.

Unforeseen conflicts have arisen and it is imperative to know which edible seedlings are going into the garden for the 2019 season.  If you have edible seedlings

  1. Contact cvearthlab@gmail.com and explain what plants you have, how many, and your care plan for the holiday weekend by 9am Friday.
  2. Make sure your seedlings that are hardening off are being watered.  The wacky weather makes it difficult to keep these tender plants in small pots alive and thriving.

There is only one core committee gardener in town this weekend, and lots of pest control tasks to attend to.  Thank you for updating us ASAP.  -Denise

PS

Children transplanted Bess’s gigantic zinnia during last night’s session.

Garden Q+A Session Wed 6-7pm

21 May

This is our last session for watering demos and transplant advice!

Please sign up to water over the holiday weekend if you’re in town.  Demos will be provided Wednesday evening.

Kids can water and transplant flowers and herbs. Adults can learn about seedling care, watering duties, the new raised bed tops, and more. Thanks!  -Denise

Here are some common transplanting questions — and answers.

Are your tomatoes, peppers, and flowers ready to go into the ground?

Indoor seedlings might be big enough for transplant – but that doesn’t mean they are ready to go from your warm, windless apartment into the outside world. The recommended minimum temperature for tomatoes and peppers is consistently 65 degrees (including nighttime). Our region typically doesn’t get that warm until mid-May or early June.

What’s up with the irrigation system?  Do I have to use it?

The drip hoses in the automated system are activated by a timer, which means less manual use of the spray hose is needed.  But, there are more knobs and levers around the hose, so you have to be careful not to turn the main water source off or change the timer settings.

How does the spray hose work?  Which one of the taps connects to the spray hose?

Use only the ORANGE hose. You can set the spray nozzle to various setting to adjust the stream. (FLAT and MIST are good for dampening the pink cedar chips we use to helps keep animals away). To fill watering cans, try SOAKER.

Switch on the water source using the tap on the fence.  Turn the blue lever (attached to the pipe connected to the orange hose) toward Jay Street for ON; turn it towards Adams St for OFF. Alternatively, remember left is loose, right is tight.

When can I transplant my tomatoes?

The weather will probably not be warm enough to transplant tomatoes before May 15th. However, you can start hardening them off – gradually exposing them to outdoor conditions so they will be ready

How do I harden off tomatoes and peppers?

Here’s a description from GrowingGardens.org ‘s Guide to Hardening-off:

In order to give plants a chance to grow from seed to mature, fruit-bearing plant, gardeners need to start plants indoors during the cold late winter, and transplant them outside once the temperatures are warm enough to support proper plant growth.  “Hardening off” is the process of moving plants outdoors for a portion of the day to gradually introduce them to the direct sunlight, dry air, and cold nights. 

  1. Harden off gradually, so that seedlings become accustomed to strong sunlight, cool nights and less-frequent watering over a 7-10 day period.
  2. On a mild day, start with 2-3 hours of sun in a sheltered location.
  1. Protect seedlings from strong sun, wind, hard rain and cool temperatures.
  1. Increase exposure to sunlight a few additional hours at a time and gradually reduce frequency of watering, but do not allow seedlings to wilt. Avoid fertilizing.
  1. Keep an eye on the weather and listen to the low temperature prediction. If temperatures below the crop’s minimum are forecast, bring the plants indoors or close the cold frame and cover it with a blanket or other insulation.
  1. Gradually increase exposure to cold.
  1. After transplanting to the garden, use a weak fertilizer solution to get transplants growing again and to help avoid transplant shock.  Be sure to water plants after hardening them off.

 

 

 

 

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Testing Water Sked Button

21 May

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