Winter Prep

As the breeze blows colder and the days grow darker, activity in the garden inevitably winds down. The next two weeks will be focused on preparing the garden for winter. Today, we covered beds with row covers and hay to keep what’s alive warm, and took out the skeletons of the fall crops. We also raked leaves and put compost on our Gilmer plot. Our favorite faculty family came by again, probably this fall’s most enthusiastic and dedicated gardeners. 

Come by for the last workday of the semester: Sunday, 11/17 at 3 pm

A potluck may or may not be in the works…

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UVA Community Garden Honored by the P.U.M.P.K.I.N Society

That’s right! The UVA Garden was recognized this past month by the P.U.M.P.K.I.N. Society, one of the secret societies here at UVA. In recognition for the garden’s commitment to the wonderful gourd, the P.U.M.P.K.I.N. Society left us the intricately carved pumpkin pictured below (it’s a fancy “P” if you weren’t sure!) and letter of recognition. What an honor! Definitely one of this fall’s highlights.

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Carvin’ in the Garden 2013

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Another fall harvest, another Carvin’ in the Garden! Would it really be October without it? One of our favorite events to host and participate in, this year’s definitely didn’t disappoint. Lots of amazing food was shared, including warm apple cider and (of course) pumpkin pie, and pumpkins carved. Thanks to all who came out!

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Love and Emilia getting into the Halloween spirit! 

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The art of seduction, carvin’ style.

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Cool, indeed! 

Happy fall everyone!

 

 

 

Bye Bye, Beans

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Hello fall!

Today was just one of those fall days that makes gardening great: warm light, crisp air, and plenty to harvest. We picked the last of the beans and then pulled the plants out to make room for winter’s cover crops. After rototilling two of these beds, we planted a cover crop assortment of alfalfa and clover. We also trellised late ripening tomatoes and thinned some baby lettuce.

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Bye, for now!

Another Day, Another Harvest

We spent most of today’s workday picking beans, peppers, eggplant, and digging up carrots! It’s getting too late in the season to plant new things, so from here on out we’ll mostly be doing maintenance work and harvesting. Along with picking a bunch, we also cleared out some pumpkin vines and Emilia took on trimming some raspberry bushes. All in all a successful and quick workday. Thanks to all who came out!

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Cabbage planted this past Wednesday

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Tomatoes of the heirloom variety (?) I think

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Carrot foraging!

CORNFEST 2K13

 

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Today was our fourth annual Cornfest here at the Community Garden, and it was awesome! We had lots of snacks (many featuring corn, of course), grilled corn on the cob, cornhole, and fresh tomatoes and carrots right from the garden. Thanks to everyone who came out today, especially if you brought a treat to share! 

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Yay corn! Yay friends!

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Feat. Pita Chips

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Big Okra & Round II of the Garden Watermelon

Today we had a productive day of watering, weeding, clearing out herb beds, and harvesting! We assessed the herbs and decided to nix the chives and keep the mint. We’re planning to plant some more herbs (basil, parsley…?) soon – TBD! After we got the manual labor out of the way, we got straight to picking beans, eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, beets, okra, and a watermelon. Some stars were the refugee beans, a heritage variety from the Thomas Jefferson Heritage Foods garden, and our second ripe n delicious watermelon of the season!

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Hello sunflower!
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Growing okra
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Hey gurl.
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Watermelon!
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Baby broccoli!
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Peppers!
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Pumpkin doin its thang
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Picking beans
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You can’t eat okra this big, so…
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A day’s pickings!
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If only every day could end with watermelon.