Author Archives: Alison Love '18

Peas and tomatoes

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The sugar snap peas are dying from this midsummer heat. We planted tomatoes in the middle of the pea bed in early summer and the two plants have been balancing each other ever since. Tomatoes take nitrogen from the soil and peas and beans give nitrogen back – a perfect pair.

Now that we’ve taken the peas out, we’ve seeded cilantro and basil alongside the tomatoe plants. These plants are also compatible in the soil and for pest control, as well as make a delicious combo for salad or salsa!

This is a picture of┬ápurslane – one of the weeds we’ve been finding in the garden while prepping beds for new planting and pulling out old crops. It’s edible! Purslane is high in omega 3s and doesn’t taste like much.

HCA Garden

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The Garden behind apartment 19 is in full bloom! As the weather warms up, we’re pulling out the early spring broccoli plants and planting late summer crops, like tomatoes and basil.

Everyone is welcome to pick peas, kale, lettuce, herbs, and flowers from HCA Garden right now while they are ready to harvest. Most of the kale came back from last year because it self-seeded! Kale is a hearty plant that can last all the way into the fall and even through the winter when we cover it with fabric.

Check out the whiteboard on the side of the shed in HCA Garden for updates on what, where, and how to harvest.

first CSA work hours

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We had our first work hours for the CSA work exchange members on Tuesday night. This is the first year we are trying out a summer CSA in addition to our weekly Friday farm stand.

Hurray for this upcoming summer of freshly picked snacks & sunsets.