Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Growing like crazy!

The Campbell Community Garden is in full veggie production now! We are busy harvesting as well as planning for our fall and winter gardens.

Campbell Community Garden Harvest Sharing beds; our herb bed is in front, with tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant behind; out of view are cucumbers, squash, leeks, beans, and more!
The Campbell Garden Harvest Sharing Program has been great for our gardeners who are on vacation or otherwise not able to harvest their veggies. Between vacationing gardeners and our dedicated donation gardens, we are donating 60 pounds of veggies a week.

Produce donated on August 20th includes summer squash, cucumbers, dill, thyme, basil, parsley, leeks, eggplant, a few tomatoes and peppers, kale & chard.
It is amazing how quickly the summer squash and cucumbers grow!  What to do with out of control zucchini? See the video from Mavis at  One Hundred Dollars a Month:

As soon as it is time to rip out the squash and cucumber plants, we will have new things to plant in their places. We intend to grow year round in the Campbell Garden.
Seedlings of kale, chard, cabbage and basil

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Improve your garden and help raise funds for Campbell Garden

Dean Innovations Finer Outdoor Living is helping Campbell Community Garden raise money to build our shed and purchase garden tools  by donating one dollar for every yard of Premium Soil Blend sold in August (up to $500!).

Call Dean Innovations today at 503-281-1637 and and mention the
GIVE BACK Special to help Campbell Community Garden reach our goal. Here is a link with more information, and a thermometer that shows our fundraising progress: Dean Innovations Community Giveback.

Premium Portland Soil Blend
Premium Portland Soil Blend is well suited for mixing 50/50 into your existing garden soils to create beautiful, nutritious, well drained planting berms or vegetable beds. You will also get excellent results using this for raised beds, new turf, and plant hole amendments for shrubs and trees.

While one might not think of starting a new garden bed in August, it is actually a perfect time to do so:
  • Fall and winter maturing vegetables like kale, lettuce, and broccoli need to be planted now.
  • Garlic & onions for next summers harvest need to be planted in October
  • Building and improving shrub and perennial beds now will mean they are ready for fall planting.
  • $1 of every yard of Premium Soil Blend will go to Campbell Community Garden!
So, if you have considered adding more growing space in your yard, maybe for a bigger patch of tomatoes next year, or for more shrubs for privacy, now is the time to do it!