The arrival of our new greenhouse on Friday was very exciting! It came on a flat bed truck and only took two guys to move it onto the prepared gravel base. John did a great job preparing the gravel base with a little advise and direction from Dave.
The greenhouse also came with wood staging and a nice tray which is used for putting compost in for potting up seeds and small plants. What a difference this will make to our ability to prolong the growing season and to getting a head start in the spring. We will be planning some group greenhouse training, especially on how to start seeds early in the spring then potting them on into larger pots when big enough before planting out after the frosts have stopped.
Our Saturday workday was a very busy one with lots of strong guys who helped move the weighing counter into its new position then the deer fencing was replaced and more gravel raked around the sink and entrance areas. What a big difference lots of helping hands make to the garden. Thank you to everyone who helped today!! Our community garden is looking good and producing a lot. Over 2,000 lbs. of produce has been harvested for The Salvation Army Food Pantry so far this year. It's a good thing we have had an abundance of produce this year as the number of people needing to use the food pantry has increased a lot too.
The children had some fun in the garden today too as we moved the weighing counter two resident frogs hopped out and the kids chased them until they caught them in their bug box. Yes, I will confess that I caught one of the little froggies for the kids to inspect, but I also made them promise to release them back into the garden when they finished with them, which they did. Miranda loves playing with the garden wildlife but she is also very good about freeing them after a little while so they don't get too stressed out. A cute salamander slithered out from under the counter too and the kids tried to catch him but he wasn't having that so he was last seen burrowing into the ground to hide from them.
Speaking of wildlife it might be a good time to point out that Woody (aka Snowflake) the resident cat thought the greenhouse was a new home for him. However, he was promptly escorted out of the greenhouse and told he was never to set paw in it again. The reason the cat is not welcome in the greenhouse is that he would no doubt find it to be a useful toilet stop in all that gravel and we sure do not want to experience that. So please KEEP THE CAT out of the greenhouse. He needs to be reminded from time to time that his function in the garden is a mouser and that requires him to stay outside keeping a watchful eye at all times.
The sweetpeas having died back enough were pulled up today and composted. A couple of areas were also prepared for planting garlic next Tuesday. Also on Tuesday we shall pot on some self set little tomato plants and dill which we will over winter in the greenhouse. The dill should last all winter but the tomato plants will die off around December or January depending on how cold the winter gets. Speaking of weather -- it sure has suddenly cooled down this week which is a sure sign of fall arriving. Although it is sad to see the end of such a wonderful summer I think we can all look back with pride on the tremendous progress we have made in the garden. To help us in this reflection I plan to have a couple of posters filled with photos taken throughout the year to share with all the gardeners at our Harvest Supper pot luck. We've invited some special guests to the potluck and it should be a very enjoyable evening. I hope to see everyone there.