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May 28 Thurs was the second day of good storms. Today: The OTR HomeGrown Garden looks great after those heavy rains, which could not have welcomed our starts and seeds in any better. The cucumbers that Robert(the runner) planted are sprouting, the lettuce planted scatter style seemed to take well and I think we’ll have a good patch of lettuce there, and the organic bush beans should all be visible by Sunday. The “Perfect”beds are splendifiorous; I can not say how cool it is to see the grid style from “Square Foot Gardening” planted, I look forward to seeing the results. There is plenty of bed space left to plant.

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  1. May 30, 2009 7:40 am

    The tires were assembled in a spiral, but can be put in any design anywhere. MS

  2. May 30, 2009 7:42 am

    Also, a local kid tried to walk off with my bike while I was there. I stopped him though from riding away right in front of me…always interesting. I am always going to lock up my bike when I am there. LOL. MS

  3. June 1, 2009 6:38 pm

    Monday June 1st, It is 230 PM and the weather has been clear although there are calls for storms.

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    June 3, 2009 3:07 am

    Recent additions to OTR Homegrown include two log benches squaring off a soon to be “patio” space at the center point of the site. This patio includes a fire pit / grill for community gatherings. In the works are a tire bed for use in growing potatoes (?), a structure to collect rainwater, and a compost pile.

    Kelly, Quentin, Chelsea, Aaron

  5. June 4, 2009 3:29 am

    Hi all. Tonight at the garden I made sure the start’s leaves were not stuck in the dirt, as some were, this causes them to wither instead of drying. I mulched the eggplant bed. Robert the runner came by and another walkby said he would come on Friday. The garden looks good.

    We still have room in the garden to plant, the tomatoes will need staking before we know it and they are easier to get the stakes in, or fence, before they grow large; keep the mulching thick, 4-6 inches, in some places the mulch is so lite it wont stop the weeds and grass form growing through it.

    Looks great! I love the patio pattern. Great job everyone! (This theme is burning my eyeballs)

  6. June 10, 2009 3:06 am

    A garden Update: Spring is heating up and we are moving quickly toward summer.

    It is Tuesday June 9th. The garden was watered on Sunday; we have not had any rain since then but are expecting some. Before watering check the moisture of the beds by using two fingers to make a small hole in the soil, inspect the moisture level several inches down in the bed; the tops of the beds will always look dry and even cracked. If you are very dry several inches down then it is definitely time to water.

    I love the look of the blog! Great job to whoever put the B+W in the header!

  7. June 13, 2009 4:05 pm

    Garden Update:

    The garden looks beautiful! Everything that we planted has began to sprout. I harvested 3 ounces of baby lettuce yesterday which I had weighed at Iris Book cafe on Main St; Van from Civic Garden suggested that we talk to Peter from Civic garden about getting a scale for weighing and recording the garden’s output.

    We have had a tomato bug that attacks the lower leaves on the tomato plants. Van has seen this bug before and said that we should be ok by removing the infested and damaged leaves as they appear. Simply removing infested or infected leaves is a popular organic control.

    I believe we have powder mildew on the broad leaves of our eggplants, this tends to spread quickly and I have tried in the past to control this by removing infected leaves but the mildew spread to fast. I have used baking soda and water to control the spread of this white substance on the leaves with some success.

    I hope your garden is growing wise and ripe.

  8. June 19, 2009 9:36 pm

    Hey everyone! The garden looks beauty full. I had somewhat of a near disaster and almost killed the eggplants. I identified the white on the leaves of the eggplant as powder mildew, a common and rapid spreading enemy in the garden, so I sprayed a baking soda and water solution. Only, I used to much baking soda and combined with spraying the leaves in the afternoon heat burned the leaves yellow. Fortunately only about 50 percent of the leaves burnt and the eggplants should be OK. Lessons learned: make accurate solutions when spraying for anything and error on the light side, and do not spray the leaves in the afternoon heat!

    We are supposed to get rain on Saturday morning, if we do not we will need to water tomorrow.

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