Late October, and the Garden Is Still Going Strong

| 10/22/2010 4:05:33 PM

Tags: fall, fall gardening, community garden, salad greens,

Our work garden rocks. There’s really no better way to put it.

Everyone who has participated in the inaugural year of our community work garden says they’ve never seen a garden produce so much. My theory is that it’s the perfect mix of compost, sun and love/adoration. I mean, we shower that thing with praises pretty much every day — more often than we need to shower it with water. A large tomato, watching the garlic we planted a couple weeks ago begin to come up, or seeing a butterfly depart from a flower sends us all into a happy mixture of giggles, chatters, oohs and aahs.

 October garden harvest 

It’s almost November, and we’re still harvesting basketloads of veggies every week: tomatoes, all kinds of peppers, watermelons, eggplants, herbs, green onions and more. Plus, our lettuce and spinach patches are going gangbusters. In fact, there’s so much lettuce, we decided to have a “Salad Day” at work today. Others brought in fixin’s, and we all shared in the bounty.

Rumor has it that the first hard frost is coming to our neck of the woods in eastern Kansas on Thursday or Friday of next week. We’re planning a Fried Green Tomato Party and another Salad Day to make sure we eat every last thing we possibly can.

Salad Day 

10/28/2010 9:49:12 AM

This was such a fun project, and the fried green tomatoes were completely inspiring. The "fried in butter" part made my culinary roots happy, and the flavor was simply splendid. The other day when my car went to the dealership for servicing, I hitched a ride back to the office on their shuttle. The driver pulled up at our office building and said, "Oh, you're the guys with that big garden. That's so neat. I've been keeping track over the summer. ..." So our reputation is growing, so to speak. >:=] --KC over at The Herb Companion

Karen Rooman
10/25/2010 3:55:15 PM

Shelley, Your blog captures how magical our garden has been this year. The community garden has served many purposes besides eating the harvest. It was a place to go to clear your head and center yourself from work. I think the garden did so well is because the plants responded to all the care and positive input from all that participated. Thank you Heidi and Shelley for your inspiration and hard work.

Ilene Reid
10/25/2010 1:21:51 PM

Shelley, I enjoyed your blog and I too had so much FUN working and playing in the garden. I did learn so many things from participating in the garden group. Oh, and I was amazed at the cucumbers that plant produced. My favorite of course!!! Thanks to you and Heidi for being our fearless leaders and I look forward to next season!!!! Fried green tomatoes----count me in!!!

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