The Impact Garden Grows

Yesterday I visited the Impact Community Garden to help with the harvest and answer any questions. The new gardeners there have done a great job with planting, nurturing and weeding, and now it is time to start reaping the bounties of the garden. This is the first year for the garden, and I am serving as the gardening advisor for this project, helping with the growing and planning.

beans at the Impact Community Garden (click on any image to enlarge)

We are growing quite a few different kinds of vegetables. The record rains we have received this year have made for lush growth of all the plants. We have 3 rows of green beans planted, and they are now blooming and loaded with beans.

Linda harvesting a Blue Lake green bean

We have three varieties planted: Contender, Bush Blue Lake, and a French filet bean. The Contenders were ready first, but the other two were not far behind.

newly dug Kennebec potatoes

One thing on our to-do list was digging the first potatoes. We had over 3 inches of rain the night before, so it was pretty easy to get them out of the ground! We dug enough of the Kennebecs so that all the families could get a good portion of them. We have 6 families sharing in the output of the garden this year. Some of the potatoes were large enough to bake. I bet they would taste good with some of those green beans!

Mary harvests basil

We planted a nice assortment of herbs, including parsley, dill, rosemary, cilantro, sage and a lot of basil. There’s enough basil to make pesto with, if anyone is so inclined. We have several types of green basil, as well as the dark purple basil Amethyst.

first tomato this year was an Early Girl

And what goes good with basil? Tomatoes, of course, and yesterday we found our first ripe one. It was an Early Girl. The vines are loaded with green tomatoes of every size and shape. We have 20 varieties planted, including slicers, cherry and pear types, and paste tomatoes.

this eggplant is almost ready

Eggplants are also setting on now, and should be ready for harvest in a few days. We have Dusky and Nadia planted, both are large purple Italian types.

cabbage ready for harvest

Lately the harvests have also included cucumbers, peppers, yellow squash and zucchini, Swiss Chard and cabbage. We also have sweet potatoes, winter squashes and watermelon planted.

cucumbers are trellised

We’re trying to utilize our garden space more efficiently by going vertical with the tomatoes and cucumbers. We’re using tomato cages made from concrete remesh, and we made trellises for the cucumbers made with fencing and some of the leftover remesh. We’ve also got a Tromboncino squash vining up on the fence that surrounds the garden spot.

Sugar Baby watermelon peeking out of the foliage

We planted several hills of Sugar Baby watermelon. The melons are setting on, and sizing up like little bowling balls. They should make for a cool summer treat!

butternut squash

Winter squashes are setting on too. They won’t be ready for harvest for another month or so. We have butternut, acorn and Delicata types planted.

some of the green bean harvest

It’s been a real treat for me to work on this project. The enthusiasm of these gardeners is contagious. And yes, you all are now gardeners! We’ve got more work ahead, harvesting, weeding and planting the fall garden. But now they’re into what I consider the real fun of gardening: eating the great tasting veggies!

That’s a look at how the Impact garden is growing here in early July. I’ll be back with more updates later in the season.

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9 Responses to The Impact Garden Grows

  1. Robin says:

    The Impact Garden is doing great! It must be a great feeling to help out with such a worth while project.

  2. Shawn Ann says:

    Looking great! Glad it is doing so well!

  3. johanna says:

    Great harvest so far. What a great project.

  4. Daphne says:

    What a nice harvest of beans and potatoes.

  5. Ali says:

    Those potatoes were named for the Kennebec River, which flows right through my town. They look terrific, as does the rest of the garden.

    • Villager says:

      The Ohio River flows through our town, but the Kennebec potato has been a favorite of mine for years. It always seems to perform well here. I’m happy it did well for them too!

  6. Julie says:

    So much abundance, Fabulous!

  7. kitsapFG says:

    Great project and so worthwhile for you to participate in. I am sure those gardeners are growing and learning and will be launching on their own before long. I am involved with a Giving Garden project in my local area (just blogged about it again as a matter of fact!) and it has been the highlight of my summer to be a part of that project. The Impact Garden is really growing well and your produce coming from it looks really great!

  8. It sounds like such a terrific project and you sure are getting some great results from this garden! How great people can share in the work and the harvest and not only have delicious and healthy food to bring home, but to be so connected to their food and where it comes from. Bravo and congratulations!

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