California grows about 60% of the vegetables eaten in the US each year and they are dependent on irrigation. Both the State and Federal Governments have cut off water to farming because of severe shortages and so it is estimated that vegetable costs will double as a result.
There will be a one hour class every Saturday 8.00 – 9.00 am, usually in the garden of Judy Box. As class members make progress, the class may move to different homes.
The basic class will focus on what can be grown in two beds 4×8 ft each. A lot of food can come from 64 sq ft of garden. Using intensive planting, you can plant vegetables close enough that weeding is not a huge chore.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to start very soon as planting season starts very soon. Experienced gardeners are urged to be involved and if interested – please email Judy.
Here’s an update on the cold frames we built. In late November, we transplanted a few kale plants, one chard plant, and planted some spinach and kale seeds before the weather got really cold.
We got consistent numbers where the outside low was 25*F while inside the cold frames, it only went down to 40*F. We didn’t do any measurements over the bitter cold, but seeing these plants survive proves it didn’t get too cold.
It seems the limiting factor for growth is currently the amount of daylight. If we had supplemental lighting, these plants would be growing even better. As the temperatures begin to warm, we should see explosive growth of these established plants.
Our only regret is that we didn’t transplant more into the cold frames.
Here’s a link to the original post from November 2013.
20+ VISTA volunteers, Representative Michael Stinziano, and 2 representatives from Senator Sherrod Brown‘s office (Joe Gilligan and Chadd Smith) came out today to help clean, peel, chop, blanch, and Freezer-Vac hundreds of pounds of carrots and onions for community soup meals we are hosing January 25th and 26th. Service in honor of of the great MLK. Photos by Jessica Phelps.