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Monday, June 1 2015

MORNING WORKERS: FARIDA, C YRIL, JAMES, B OTA (7-11 PM)


TIME: 8AM -12PM
Hand weeding strawberry beds (inside and around) and harvested some
Cutting down the long grass (finally) got most of the farm done
Notes:
When picking strawberries you want to pinch them off the
stems, not pull!
Make sure to pick the bad ones and throw them away. This
will prevent the diseases from spreading
Some of the rows have most likely wilted. Most of the
sources say that it has to do with water: too much or too
little. We have to find the cause and make steps to fix that.
AFTERNOON WORKERS: RACHEL AND BOTA
TIME: 11-3PM
Transplanted Tomatoes (heirloom and cherry next to garlic). Spacing 18 between
the plants, 3 rows
Weeded the garlic beds
Notes:
We have learned that one should cut the scapes to help the
heads of the garlic harden and be healthier. AND the
coolest part is that you can eat them, so we out some in
our stir fry yummy)))))) The scapes look funky, since they
curl and twist.
We plant to place the basil next to tomatoes as soon as our
new basil seedlings become strong.
Tuesday, June 2 2015
MORNING WORKERS: JAMES, FARIDA , B OTA (6-10AM ); RACHEL (8-12PM); C YRIL
(7-11AM )

Cleared the old asparagus bed Hurray!!!!!!


Continued weeding strawberry rows, only have three to go. Harvested 6 ziplock
bags of the berry.
Cut more long grass and cleared all around the trailer!!!
Weeded two squash beds
Brought out the lawn mower (kept in the trailer)
Notes for tomorrow:
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Finish the pumpkin beds and water them


Mow along the blueberry bushes
We accidentally cut down the rhubarb in the
garden.oops.

Wednesday, June 3 2015


MORNING WORKERS: JAMES AND BOTA (6-10AM ), FARIDA, R ACHEL , CYRIL (711AM )
Weeded pumpkins, zucchini (both farm and garden) and squashes, asparagus. Also,
raised asparagus hills where the plants needed support.
Watered pumpkins, squash and asparagus
Continued cutting the long grass almost done. I believe the only problem zones
are around apples and rhubarb.
The lawn mower broke (((((( Vivian agreed to take his out to the farm sometime this
week.
Weeded more strawberries and picked enough to fill two ziplock bags
AFTERNOON : BOTA (11AM -3PM)
Weeded all around and inside the high tunnel
Washed, cut in half and froze the strawberries
Watered the beds
Thursday, June 4 2015
MORNING WORKERS: JAMES, BOTA (6-10AM), CYRIL (7-11AM), FAIRDA (6-8AM )
Weeded ALL beds and opened the row covers to let the plants breeze. Discarded the
old, rotten and sad looking leaves.

Watered ALL the beds (we havents had ANY rain in the past few days, I believe
since last Saturday)
Cleaned the green house and swept the garage
Met Jeffrey Steel and arranged garbage pick-up. He comes MWF around 6-7am. He
said we can leave the bags by the appartments. Very nice guy)))))
Note:
We have observed one of the most amazing and unique bee behaviors.
When cleaning the green house, around 10am James notices that bees
started swarming around the garages. In a matter of a few minutes, there
was a cloud of noisy, buzzing bees just hanging out we have never seen
anything like that, well except for maybe cartoons. Anyway, we left to the
farm, and by 11 or so, the bees formed a swarm up on the tree in the
garden. When Vivian came for the presentation for the Golden Scots, he
explained to us that this behavior is the result of a happy and healthy
hive. The bees run out of space and took off to find a new home. Good job,
Bees! The only thing now is HOW to get up high on that tall tree and save
the swarm.. (to be continued).
AFTERNOON : B OTA (11-3), RACHEL (11-3), FARIDA (1-3 PM)
GALDEN SCOTS PRESENTATION!!!!
So we set up the whole place very nicely:
Freshly picked strawberries from the farm
Strawberry bread
A bowl of radishes
Scapes from the garlic
Poster about Local garden, slide show of garden photos and our lovely binders
The presentation was led by Vivian, who talked about bees and then the gardeners
took over. We showed them both the garden and the farm. Everyone loved the
strawberries and the bread. We had plenty of questions about what we grow and
how we do it. The great thing is that we were able to share our love for gardening
with the alumni!!!
Ideas for future presentation:
1. Napkins and table cloth (we had to but some for today)
2. Some food from the garden, depends on the occasion.

3. Guest sign in book. We should create something where people who visit the
garden can sign in)))))
4. Water. Good thing the Alumni were provided with water, otherwise the
humidity and the afternoon sun would have gotten us.
5. Personal fans????? Creative garden projects.
Notes:
Later during the day I went out to pick more strawberries and found a
killdeer nest in on the rows. There was one single egg in it. I marker it
with a flag, because I have no idea what I should do with it. It doesnt
seem right to just take it out of there and move it. The mother bird might
end up losing her only child.
Pretty exciting and quiet unusual..As I think of it, todays garden day
was filled with events: bees swarming, Kildeer bird nest with an egg in it
and of course, the Golden Scots.
Friday, June 5 2015
MORNING WORKERS: JAMES AND BOTA (6-10 AM), C YRIL, FARIDA AND RACHEL (711AM )
-PLANTED NASTURTIUM
- W ATERED TOMATOES
- WEEDED AROUND TREES ON THE FARM AND MULCHED (THIS ALLOWED FOR THE CUTTER TO
NAVIGATE IN THE NARROW SPACING IN BETWEEN THE TREES)
- H ARVESTED MORE STRAWBERRIES
AFTERNOON WORKERS: BOTA 10AM -2PM
EXPERIMENTAL TRELLISING OF PEAS USING METAL POLES (3)
W EEDED CARROT BEDS
LEARNING HOW TO WORK WITH BEES (LESSONS FROM VIVIAN)
THINNED LIME BASIL
MADE CILANTRO PESTO
Notes:
The hot peppers that Ruby gave us didnt germinate.
Herbs in seed blocks are peeking through; however they seem to be very
slow

The bell peppers in tin containers appear to be bigger than the other
continue the experiment