Community Garden Blog

We've Got Apples!

August 11, 2017

Hello all!

This week we harvested 67 lbs. of apples for donation to local food banks along with our other foods. Thank you to Nina Schueren for helping with the apple harvest!

Out of the apples we harvested, about 20 lbs. were not the quality needed to donate to the food banks. However, we were able to take the bad apples to Another Choice Animal Sanctuary for the animals to enjoy.  We went ahead and harvested the bad apples anyways because they can harbor bug eggs and diseases over the winter (especially if it doesn’t freeze long enough) and can become a menace to the new crop the next year.  This is an organic practice that we sometimes forget. There is also speculation that plowing in the fall turns the soil up so the grubs are exposed to the elements in winter and will die off.  I still like using chickens to pick out the grubs and keep a garden clean of pests.

The eggplant is starting to come in and we are having an abundance of lettuce and radishes for our salad bags that we donate. The north side of the culinary garden has been dug up and replanted with parsley, radishes  and cilantro.  

This week we met a milestone! We have harvested 4 tons of food to donate to local food banks since 2011!

Thanks to all who continue to help with our 2017 growing season!   

 Patti Keller, RD, LD, CDE

Weeding and harvesting is in full force!

July 27, 2017

Hello again,

I want to thank everyone for the wonderful job on keeping the gardens weeded and harvested this season.  We harvested some excellent lettuce, carrots, and onions.  Cat Valero helped with the pepper and bean harvest.  Jennie Kindler and Kelly Ried have done an awesome job with weeding and finally Bob Beck has kept everything tilled and clean looking. 

The rains have brought on continued food growth, and along with the fertilizer, mostly everything is growing well!  The cucumbers have plenty of blossoms on them and should be good producers.  The squash is struggling and I am hoping the fertilizer will keep mosaic at bay.  

When I planted the runner beans I started a system of planting with sunflowers to see if they would trail up the flower.  Attached is a picture of what happened.  I also picked two of the most beautiful cucumbers I have ever seen from the garden this week. The okra is flowering beautifully also. 
Our little chomper Chucky (our troublesome little woodchuck) is still going at it.  He sneaks in the cage, takes a few bites out of the apples and continues on  with the beans. 

To date we have harvested 104 lbs. of produce from the gardens. 

Thank you,

Patti Keller, RD, LD, CDE

Cucumber
Okra flower
Runner beans
Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head

July 13, 2017

The continuous rain this week means we will not have to water the gardens for a while – at least two weeks!

This week with we harvested over 55 lbs. of cabbages. Not bad for our first crop.  About 12 lbs. of lettuce was also harvested. 

The lowlands are starting to produce peppers and okra, all the beans are up, and so is the popcorn.  We are watching the popcorn to see if it can produce by harvest.  It got planted late and the season and there may not be enough time for it to produce.  If the ears develop and start to dry, we can harvest and let it finish drying out. It could probably even sit on the stalk in the garden until January if need be, but the critters might find it a tasty treat. And, by critters I mean Chucky (our pesky resident woodchuck) and his Canadian Geese friends. 

The Bellevue Hospital has also decided to display some of the harvest at the Open Air Farmer’s Markets in Bellevue in August. We have some free herbs to give out as well as a sample of a recipe using the herbs.  We are also looking at giving some cooking programs at The Bellevue Public Library in August or September.  Dates to be announced.   

Thanks,

Patti Keller, RD, LD, CDE

Cabbages
Here come the birds

June 23, 2017

Hello to all,

To-date, the popcorn that we planted has not come up yet. I checked for the seeds and they were gone -which means BIRDS! Especially cowbirds and grackles.  We might replant if we get the chance this weekend. 

We have harvested 12 ½ lbs. of radishes and next week, we will hopefully have lettuce, more radishes, spinach, and green onions to harvest. 

Some of the radishes and onions from our special culinary garden will be served on the salad bar at the hospital’s Main Station Café. The squash is making a comeback after an attack by Chucky – our resident woodchuck.

We have also decided to experiment with runner beans this year, and we are going to try to train them to climb up the sunflowers as support, doing away with fencing them.  Let’s hope it works!

If you have any questions or want to work in the garden at a certain time, call 419.484.5421

Thank you,

Patti Keller, RD, LD, CDE

Radishes
All planting is done

June 12, 2017

Planting is done!

All the boxes are planted, and the only thing left is a second planting of beans and onions in the lowlands.  Everything is looking good and I am hoping for a good harvest this year.  Thank you to all the volunteers who have helped to get the crops in! 

This is the first year for planting strawberries in the demo box, and so far – so good! We have harvested 4 lbs. of strawberries and I am speculating that next year, each of the three boxes of strawberries should produce a total of 100 lbs. strawberries or 300 lbs. total. 

For the lowlands, I’m still experimenting with crops, and at the end of this year hope to have a continuous rotation of favorite crops that are not abundantly given by the community like cabbage, beans, and peppers.

Thank you again to all TBH employees and Volunteers who have helped with the garden so far!

Patti Keller, RD, LD, CDE

Thank you students!

May 15, 2017

On May 15, members of the Teen Leadership Corps at Bellevue High School (BHS) completed a day of prepping and planting the Community Garden at The Bellevue Hospital (TBH). In its seventh growing season, the garden has yielded over three tons of produce and herbs, all of which has been donated to the Bellevue Fish & Loaves and Clyde Backdoor Food Pantries to help feed local and area families in need.

A total of 26 students at BHS helped fill the raised garden boxes with compost and soil. Along with filling the raised gardens, the kids planted cabbage, radishes, lettuce, spinach and strawberries. In addition, they planted marigolds and helped plant the hospital’s herb garden. Over the next few weeks we will be planting the sweet potatoes, cucumbers and more onions and green beans.

A huge thank you to the members of the Teen Leadership Corps! Their help was greatly appreciated!

TBH is always looking for volunteers to help weed and harvest the gardens to help them maintain health and growth. If you are interested in volunteering, call 419.484.5421 for more information.

Patti Keller, RD, LD, CDE

We Have Strawberries and Asparagus!

May 6, 2017

The soil has arrived.  Thank you to Sharon Barnes for helping with the delivery and development of the right kind of soil for our garden boxes.  Due to the rain, we did not do much with the gardens this week.  However, it looks like we have strawberries and asparagus! 

We plan on harvesting and bagging some herbs (thyme, oregano and chives).  

One of the pictures is of a dead furrow - we might retain this furrow throughout the summer to help with the drainage of the garden this year!  

 

Hopefully the rain will stay away this coming week!

Patti Keller, RD, LD, CDE

Strawberry
Oregano
Herb Garden
Furrow used for drainage
First Food Donation of the Season

April 28, 2017

The garden has been plowed thanks to Tom Meacham.  

Recent herbs are: cilantro, oregano and chives.  Thanks to Donna Allen for harvesting thyme, cilantro and chives for the herb board.  We had our first food donation of the season, herbs, to Fish and Loaves.  To date we have harvested 100 bags of herbs.  At an estimate of 50 cents per bag, we have earned $50 so far this year. 

Monday we hope to get a delivery from Barnes for the soil and Steve Arp is going to fill the boxes with the loader.  The TLC class will hopefully transfer the soil from the outside boxes to the center 4 boxes.  

We have a full schedule for gardening planned the 15th! 

 

Here's to more gardening and future food bank donations! 

Patti Keller, RD, LD, CDE

Community Garden is coming along
Herb board outside of TBH's specialty coffee station
Garden is Making Progress

April 20, 2017

Another week has flown by and we are making great progress in the garden for this year.  The garden is in full swing with every spot being planted.  Soil will be delivered shortly and our first "big plant" is scheduled with the help of Bellevue High School's Teen Leadership class.  

The City of Bellevue will be delivering mulch soon.  A big thank you to Kevin Strecker and Mike Lantz.  The Bellevue Schools third graders are planting green beans for our garden this year.  Our garden would be a lot harder to manage without these organizations and we are very thankful for the help.  We would also like to thank Perry's Plantation, who supplies excellent plants which produce bumper crops like eggplant and sweet potatoes; staff members, Steve Arp, Chris Norris and Mandi Artino; and our true gardeners Cat Valero, Donna Allen, Bob Beck and Huron County Master Gardeners, who hoe, weed, and put down fertilizer.

We have asparagus up and a small harvest is planned for next Tuesday.  Chives will be harvested and bagged that day too.  The strawberries are blooming as well.

We are looking forward to working with everyone in the garden and the upcoming harvests.  Bellevue Fish and Loaves and Clyde Food Bank benefit from our great work.  We are able to provide fresh, delicious and locally grown produce to enhance the lives of our community.

 

Until next time! 

Patti Keller, RD, LD, CDE

Herb garden
Blooming strawberries
cilantro
2017 Growing Season is Here!

April 11, 2017

The 2017 growing season is here.  This year marks our first asparagus harvest.  Some of the herbs (chives, garlic and oregano) are already up along with one stalk of asparagus!  Hopefully there will be more to join them soon.  Our new crop in the garden is okra.  We are expecting a good production of it this year. With this years plan, we are hoping to dodge some challenges with the weather.  

We are off to a great start of the growing season and are excited to be back working in the garden this year! 

 

Stay tuned for more garden updates and follow our growing journey this season! 

Patti Keller, RD, LD, CDE

Chives
Oregano
Tending the Garden