We added a layer of hay to our community garden plot this weekend. The owners of the land the garden is on are kind enough to donate hay to the gardeners. Now, I have to be honest here - at first, I had no idea why one would add hay to the garden, I really didn't, we decided to add a layer of hay because - well, all the other garden plots had hay on them and they seemed to be doing a lot better than ours. I'm not afraid to admit that neither Brett or I truly know what we are doing, we are learning as we go. Anyways, after some basic thought about why one would put hay on the garden, it seemed obvious, it keeps weeds down and moisture in, it might do more than that, but this is my theory.
Here is the community garden:
The banana peppers at the community garden plot seem to be doing quite well. The one pictured above is pretty cute, a short stubby little pepper. :-)
Here is the container garden, I apologize that they are all shoved together like this, but this is how they have been weathering the strong winds this week. We lovingly call them the 'huddled masses':
The cayenne pepper has really grown this week. You should see all the little peppers growing on this thing! Last count was 8 peppers!
I love this picture. I hope you can see just how big this Hungarian Wax pepper has gotten in a week, I think it has tripled in size!
Banana pepper going strong.
The CSA and farmer's market are getting better each week. On a sad note, many stands at the market noted on Saturday that they were selling the last asparagus of the season. I love asparagus, and I suppose the short season helps keep it special.
Check out this week's CSA/Farmer's Market load:
We've got: onions, radishes, leaf lettuce, spinach, asparagus (from the farmer's market, not the CSA), collard greens, a large cucumber and two tomatoes (from the farmer's market, not the CSA).
We made bagel sandwiches with this lettuce, cucumber, tomato, with a little veganaise and spicy mustard, paired them with peaches and cherries, and had ourselves a fantastic lunch.
I thought I'd end this post with a picture of a funny looking strawberry Brett came across when slicing up a container full of strawberries.
'Til next time.