Garden work day July 14

Hello all,

Our next garden work day will be Sunday July 14 from 9am-12pm. Tasks will include weeding and some greenhouse projects. What will we eat? Mostly a great diversity of delicious berries. We’ll get to check out cover crops 2 weeks, 1 month, and 2 months old and see how they look. Register here.

Photo: Daniel up in the mulberry tree enjoying some fresh fruit. unnamed.jpg

 

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Garden Work Day Sunday June 9, 9am-noon

Hello all,

We have a work day this coming Sunday. You can register here.

What will we do? Seasonal tasks like: digging up some old hazelnuts and cover cropping the bed to prepare for a great new polyculture next year; transplanting; and mulching. We’ll also be introducing our new system for keeping records on the design, history, and management of each garden bed, which can be tricky in food forest type systems.

What’s ready to eat? Trees with edible leaves like fragrant spring tree and edible-leaf goji, milkweed broccoli (outstanding), and lots of fresh-dug tubers of Chinese yam (see photo above), plus other spring perennial and self-seeding vegetables.

Hope to see you then.

Eric, Roxy, and the team

 

Garden work day Sunday May 19

Hello all,

Our next garden work day is Sunday, May 19. Free as always but space is limited, register here. Projects will include installing a yamberry trellis, opening up the greenhouse for spring, and planting, weeding and transplanting. Also we will be hand-pollinating pawpaws if you’d like to learn how to do that.

Foods to sample will likely include sea kale broccoli, perhaps asparagus and milkweed shoots, mioga ginger shoots, edible-leaf goji and more.

Here’s a photo of sea kale “broccolettas” coming in nicely. We eat the flowerbud, long tender stem, and accompanying young leaves. Quite delicious.IMG-1859.JPG

 

April work day this Sunday

We’ll have our second spring work day this Sunday the 25th from 9am-12pm. We’ll do some planting and transplanting, replace an edible hedge with an even better edible hedge, and sample the perennial vegetables of spring. Sign up here.

The tender delicious growth of Caucasian spinach (Hablitzia tamnoides, photo below) is one of the delights of spring in the forest garden.

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Final work day of the season

Hello everyone,

This Saturday we’ll have our final garden work day for 2018. Not so much fresh fruit to sample this time of year (citrus almost ready in the greenhouse, some ground cherries and persimmons outside), but lots to do and some seed and plants to share. And some of our perennial vegetables like Korean celery are coming back into tender, delicious growth.

Projects will include: kiwi trellis construction, compost management, greenhouse winterization, and lots of planting in the greenhouse to start fun new perennial crops for spring.

You can sign up here.

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Garden work day this Saturday October 6 9am-12pm

It’s peak tree fruit season. Pawpaws, American persimmons, Asian pears, boiled yamberries… our chestnuts will kick in any day as well. Come help out with seasonal tasks and sample some fall fruits and vegetables. Sign up here to let us know you’re coming. Getting to be a good time of year to send people home with seeds again, we have Korean celery, yamberry and more.

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Work day Saturday September 8th

Hi everyone, we’ll be having another work day from 9am-12pm this Saturday, September 8th, 2018. It will include weeding, harvesting, and pruning. We’ll also start seeds for winter greenhouse vegetables. Sign up here.

We’ll be tasting peaches, Asian pears, the last clove currants, and other seasonal delights.

A longer-term project we’ve started is to update the map and species list for our garden. Here’s the first installment: trees and shrubs over 12′ tall.

Woody plants which are or will grow to be over 25′ tall

  • Amelanchier serviceberry “autumn brilliance” edible fruit
  • Asimina triloba pawpaw “Shenandoah” and seedlings, edible fruit
  • Castanea mollissima Chinese chestnut,  edible nuts
  • Cudrania tricuspidata, che, edible fruit (has not yet fruited)
  • Diospyros virginiana, American persimmon, “Yates” and unknown male and female, edible fruit
  • Morus alba, mulberry, “white fruiting” edible fruit and leaves

Woody plants which are or will grow 12-25′ tall

  • Alnus cordata, Italian alder, coppiced, nitrogen fixer
  • Amorpha fruticosa, false indigo, nitrogen fixer, beneficial insects, living trellis
  • Corylus spp, hazelnut hybrids, edible nuts
  • Diospyros kaki, Asian persimmon, edible fruit (has not yet fruited)
  • Hamamelis virginiana, witch hazel, medicinal
  • Lindera benzoin, spicebush, fruit used like allspice
  • Morus macrura, Himalayan mulberry “Geraldi dwarf”, edible fruit
  • Morus alba, edible-leaf mulberry, coppiced, edible leaves
  • Phyllostachys aureosulcata, P. nidularia, P. nuda, bamboos, edible shoots, material for garden projects
  • Prunus persica, peach, edible fruit
  • Pyrus spp, Asian pear, edible fruit
  • Pyrus communis, European pear, edible fruit
  • Senna hebecarpa, native senna, nitrogen fixer
  • Tilia cordata, littleleaf linden, coppiced, edible leaves
  • Toona sinensis, Chinese toon, coppiced, edible leaves