Sunday, October 16, 2016

Roots & Wings at the Ferry Festa

Roots & Wings shared a table with our friends at Dobbs Ferry Food Pantry at this year's Ferry Festa. We had a great location--across the way from the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct booth, with the fragrance of Sushi Mike's BBQ and music from the Main Stage filling the air.

It was a beautiful day to greet many Kitchen Garden, CSA, and Food Pantry friends, and introduce ourselves to others.

Our bean bag toss and farmer photo opp was a hit with all ages.

Our Festa Special is a Farm to Ferry Thanksgiving Delivery of lettuce, butternut squash, potatoes, brussel sprouts, beets, turnips, and whatever else is ready to be harvested.

Pick up is Sunday, November 20, for a cost of $30--if interested, please let Nancy, our CSA Manager know.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Kitchen Garden party report - October 8th

We had a great time last Saturday at the Kitchen Garden! Marcelo, Laura, Blanca, Akiko, Iris, Linda H, Linda M​, Susan, Gabriela and her friend Chiara gathered around the table. In addition to great conversation and exchange of ideas and recipes, we shared a wonderful potluck breakfast that included coffee, South American mate, muffins, casseroles, among a host of yummy delicacies, and the star of the party: our own mini watermelon, just harvested--it was delicious and we are so proud of it!

Enjoy the pictures below (​thank you Iris for great pictures as usual)!

Monday, September 19, 2016

September 17 at the Kitchen Garden

We had just about everyone at the garden on Saturday (except for Gabriela who was deep in applesauce making! We watered and weeded, cut back dead plants, staked the ever tilting tomatillos and cherry tomatoes, and had a good time together.

Some of the harvest butternut and acorn squash, eggplant, Black Krim and cherry tomatoes, tomatillos, cucumbers, plus a tray of greens to plant for a (hopeful) fall crop.

Linda H. and Iris (behind the camera) took out the old lettuces and planted baby spinach, kale, arugula and cilantro.

Els working on the tomatoes

Susan and Linda M. deep in discussion.

Mark outside the fence checking on some small squash.

Marcelo in the collard patch.

Laura and Blanca at the produce table.

Eggplants and cherry tomatoes are still coming!

Linda M and Els’ beautiful rainbow chard.

Monday, September 12, 2016

September 10th at the Garden

Els, Linda H, Marcelo, Mark, Blanca, Laura, and Gabriela endured the heat this past Saturday at the garden.

In addition to the usual watering, harvesting, and weeding (and trying to straighten some of the tomato and tomatillo plants!), Mark brought the weed whacker and worked on the garden borders. We also removed the lambs quarters, then Marcelo applied some newly sifted compost and used the broad fork to aerate the soil. Then we planted some greens that Els had--we don't know the English name, but Els tells us it's a mild and yummy green!

Food Pantry: We left two containers with cherry tomatoes (one red, one sungold) and several green peppers in the fridge for the food pantry (Molly, please let me know if you find  them and whether they made it alright through Wednesday; if possible, please leave the containers in the toolbox or keep them somewhere so we can reuse them).

Watering schedule:
Susan won't be able to water on Mondays anymore but she'll be doing Sundays instead. Schedule for this week so far (please let the core group of gardeners know about any changes or if you're able to fill any of the missing spots):
Sun: Susan
Mon: --
Tue: Gabriela
Wed: Iris/Linda H
Thu: Marcelo
Fri: --
Sat: Group

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Kitchen garden update - July 30


This Saturday's gardeners were Iris, Marcelo, Blanca, Laura, and Gabriela.

We continued watering, weeding and harvesting mother earth's beautiful and healthy bounty.

Bad bug: Squash bug eggs, nymph, and adult. If you see them, squish them!
We removed many squash leaves that were affected by white mold (likely powdery mildew) at the back by Oak St. Gabriela will be spraying a mixture of milk and water (recipe provided by Suzi Novak during our monthly classes, although it's best to use before an outbreak). We also saw some tiny eggs under one of the squash leaves and a white bug that turned out to be the aptly named squash bug. These are sap suckers; but the main reason why they are damaging is because as they feed they inject a toxic substance into the plant that causes it to wilt. More info here. I believe that, as long as we don't see them in large numbers, we should be fine by squishing any bugs or eggs we see around. We've also seen predator bugs (robber flies, I believe) that may be helping us keep pests in check (hopefully a sign that we're doing things right and attracting a diversity of life!)

Good bug: Robber flies have been seen at the garden and may be helping us keep pests in check.

We keep seeing signs of a larger critter chomping the crops. We initially thought it may be deer jumping up the fence at its lowest point, but on Sunday, Iris noticed some of her low-lying, ripe tomatoes eaten halfway through. She's convinced it's a groundhog or something similar, and she found plenty of breaches in the fence where they could be getting in. We're looking at whether this is something that we can repair, or whether we need to rebuild the fence, or part of it. If you have any ideas, please share them!

Chomped leaves and one of several potential entry points for groundhogs and such.