On a break from their trampoline activities, our resident fairies harvesting radishes for their afternoon snack...
|Juaquin and Giselle|
while the queen fairies get ready for their afternoon transplanting party (happy face brownie design by Amelie)
Empanadas made from purselane, mustard green and chard from the garden (courtesy of our hostess Giselle).
Young lettuce are "lifted" from the wooden flat where they grew from seeds, and carefully placed onto a wet rag. The rag is made into a bundle which is handed to the person who is transplanting.
Juaquin is seen here sprinkling Endo Maxima powder onto the soil before transplanting the young lettuce.
Amelie transplanting "Merveilles des Quatres Saisons" lettuce.
The lettuce are transplanted into a "nursery bed" and will stay there for another two weeks. After that they will be moved to other beds or other gardens (yours?). After transplanting the young lettuce, the fogger is used to "close" the soil around the plants, making sure there are no air gaps around the roots of the plants.
Dandelion Ranch is now two months old. We have created rich soil and planted a lot of plants.
The intention in initiating this project is severalfold:
- To inspire and support people to grow food in their backyard
- To foster the building of community through garden parties, discussions and workshops
- To develop a new style of community garden on private property
Now that we have created a beautiful garden…
• How do we figure out how to further activate community around it?
• How do we make decisions that serve both the hosts and the community of gardeners?
• How do we share the cost of water, seeds, tools, amendments, etc?
• How is the harvest shared and extra plants distributed?
• How far and wide do we promote the garden?
• How do we schedule our garden parties so they work?
• What kind of workshops do we organize to offset the cost of supplies?
Next week, Dan, Giselle (our hosts), Juaquin and Poki will be meeting to start reflecting on some of these questions. After that, we'll be scheduling regular community meetings to engage all interested parties to help co-create a formula for this fast-evolving urban farm.
If you wish to make suggestions, you can use the comment section below, or send your ideas to your devoted garden coordinator at: email@example.com
- We have a lot of salad starters. If you wish to take a few for your garden, please make an appointment with Poki.
- Next Garden Party
Wednesday August 24