|Spring was busy this year: |
We had lots of birds nesting in the garden including these song sparrows
I’m Liane, the full-time garden manager at Thistletown CI this year, and have Clara, the garden manager from last year, co-managing the garden part time. After completing an internship on an organic vegetable farm last year, I joined the PACT team because, like PACT, I believe in the power of a garden (or even more simply, seeds) to bring people together to create and grow community, educate, and engage, and positively influence sustainability.
|One of my first days in the garden when I was still trying to figure out a |
growing plan for the year - so many opportunities! And hard to believe it could produce so much!
Back in mid-April, the garden felt like a blank canvas, ready to be designed the way I envisioned, and then the reality of having to weed EVERYTHING and figure out what I was going to plant set in very quickly. One of the main things this spring was turning some of the weed-prone places into perennial areas for more asparagus, rhubarb, strawberries, and herbs to try and get some of those typically weedy areas under control. Hopefully, this will translate to more rhubarb and asparagus for all next year (but we’re still having problems with those pesky asparagus beetles). Through the spring there were learning moments: some things got planted a bit too soon (like the radish), scaling my thinking down to a half acre of growing (instead of 7+ acres), learning to prioritize in this space, realizing that strawberry patches are not a bad thing (although we did get rid of some of the older strawberry patches), discovering new pest problems to deal with (aphids have been terrible this year!), and figuring out what made the most sense for the space. Overall, it was a good spring, and at our first market on June 16th we had a selection of veggies that I was proud of: radish, spinach, salad mix, kale, and herbs.
|The day we weeded, added compost, and prepped beds for our hot crops - |
a pretty big accomplishment for one day! (That's me in the red hat)
|Our hot crops all planted and growing strong!|
That's tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant planted that you can see
(alongside beets in the foreground and bush beans somewhere in there too!)
|Harvesting garlic. It needs to dry out for a bit before we will have it at market.|
|Our first cabbage harvest on July 14th.|
|Our latest market - lots of veggies to choose from!|