In 2017 the Community Garden Club of Duxbury is starting a new project - a display organic vegetable garden on the Stewart Family property on Bayridge Ln in Duxbury. There is already a communal garden on the property, we have rented one of the 23 plots. Each plot is 12' x 12'. Check back often for updates and photos on our progress.
We decided to build raised beds for several reasons:
- With multiple members helping to plant and tend the garden, a raised bed would define where you could step and where you can't
- We can add nice loose soil and won't need to fight the existing soil (although the existing soil is pretty good)
- A slightly higher work area will be easier for people to reach
- No digging! No turning of soil, no disturbing the earthworms and soil microbiome
- Excellent drainage and soil temps will warm up sooner
- Easier to construct season extending hoops over the top of them.
We're going to use Mel Bartholomew's recipe in the boxes - 1/3 peat, 1/3 vermiculite, 1/3 compost (or in our case a mixture of compost and manure, since we have manure on site).
August 25, 2017
July 24, 2017
Raining today, but we quickly picked more green and yellow beans and a nice crop of new lettuce. Thanks to speed weeder Tammy and today's delivery gal, Sherry, we got it done in no time. Here are some photos of one of our neighbors, Jane's plot in the community garden. Very nice to enjoy while we are at the garden.
July 21, 2017
Some of the junior gardeners met us at the garden to pick the beans they planted back in May. We harvested several pounds of yellow and green beans, 2 dozen carrots and 2 cucumbers
July 18, 2017
We cut down the peas, leaving the roots in the ground to help add nitrogen in the soil. We think the manure we added to the raised beds in April has really helped our crops. There's been no other fertilizer put down all summer and everything is growing really well. Regular watering by the whole community garden group has certainly helped as well. Now that the peas are gone, our tomatoes that we planted on the same trellis posts and cucumbers that have been growing up a diagonal string will get more air and sun.
We harvested green and yellow beans, which will be delivered to the food pantry on Friday.
tomatoes and cucumbers
lots of zucchini blossoms, no fruit yet
our cucamelons (Mexican cucumbers) are starting to fruit
July 14, 2017
The last of the peas, our first green beans and beets and carrots were delivered to the food pantry today
This lettuce in the foreground is almost ready, beets above the lettuce
Our zucchini is starting to sprawl. There's a tomato plant tucked into both corners in the foreground.
July 7, 2017
More peas and some huge heads of red lettuce were picked today and delivered to the Food Pantry. Beets might be next.
Our peas have reached the top of the trellis - 6 ft
beans are looking healthy and flowering. That lettuce behind them will be the next to be harvested on Monday
This is our third planting of lettuce, coming along nicely, not bothered yet by the warmer weather
Zucchini has some buds
and we have beets! They are doing really well in our nice, healthy raised bed soil
July 3, 2017
The first picking of peas was delivered to the Food Pantry today as well as several nice sized heads of lettuce, our broccoli, and the last of the radishes
July 1, 2017
We have broccoli! Look at our beautiful garden today:
Note the huge heads of red lettuce
These broccoli heads were picked today. Not very large, but they are just starting to flower, which we don't want.
What a difference a couple weeks makes, look at our green beans now.
another picking of radishes. We found these do better in the ground, as opposed to the raised bed. Soil is too fertile in the raised bed and we got tops but no bottoms.
June 11, 2017
We finally have heads forming on our broccoli.
Green beans, lettuce and carrots.
Small heads of red lettuce and kale in the foreground. Yellow beans and beets behind the lettuce.
June 4, 2017
A couple of us met today for some weeding, thinning and harvesting. We also planted some zucchini seeds, another sowing of lettuce seeds, some nasturtium seeds to hopefully deter the squash bugs, and we filled in a couple yellow bean vacancies with more seeds. We thinned the lettuce and kale, picked more radishes. Below is a photo of today's harvest which will be dropped off tomorrow at the food pantry.
May 23, 2017
Tomato transplant day. A couple of us met today to weed and transplant tomato, cucumber and winter squash starts. And the beans are up! Thanks Jr Gardeners!
Tomatoes were planted with some crushed eggs shells in each hole (for calcium) and a scoop of compost in each hole. We wrapped newspaper collars around the tomatoes to try to keep cutworms from cutting off their stems at ground level. If you ever come out to your garden and find your seedling lying on the ground, wilted, chances are it was a cutworm during the night.
May 19, 2017
Our first harvest - about a dozen radishes picked today and delivered to the Lion's Club Food Pantry where they were heartily received.
row of sugar snap peas, with a few remaining radishes on their immediate right
bright green lettuce, arugula to its right, carrots above the lettuce
What's under those floating row covers? Kale and red lettuce, with a few weeds
broccoli under the other row cover. Why are they covered? Broccoli and kale do not need to be polinated, but they are attractive to cabbage moths, so the row covers are an attempt to protect them from the moths laying eggs.
May 11, 2017
The junior gardeners met at the Stewart property today and did some weeding and planted green and yellow bush beans. They learned a little about photosysthesis and chlorophyll when they helped plant some strawberry roots for our plant sale that were sprouting but had not had any sunlight, so they were white. The temperatures have been cool all week, but just a few more days of this awful weather and we are supposed to get some sun and warm temperatures, so the beans should be happy,
April 27, 2017
A group met to install trellises for peas and later cucumbers and squash.
We also planted a few broccoli transplants and thinned the radishes.
April 20, 2017
The radishes and arugula have been up for several days, and the kale, peas, spinach are just poking through!
a row of kale
Peas on the left, more radishes on the right
April 11, 2017
It was setting up to be an unusually warm April day when a group of us met at the garden around 9 am. We got to work leveling the raised beds, then filling the bottom half with composted horse manure (thanks to the horses across the street) and the top half of the beds with a mixture of 1/3 peat, 1/3 vermiculite, and 1/3 very well aged manure. A lot of wheelbarrows later, we had 2 nice, level raised beds filled with well draining soil. We then planted radishes, carrots, spinach, some leaf lettuce, arugula and kale. Then we found some compost at the bottom of the compost pile, and spread that on the ground on the north end of our plot. Into that we planted a row of sugar snap peas, with some inoculent sprinkled in the planting row. A good sprinkling of water and we were finished for the day. We did each take a day to come back and water, because we must keep the seeds moist until they germinate. Here are some photos from our roving photographer, Pam.
planting pea seeds
April 8, 2017
Today was the opening work day at the Stewart Community Garden. Many of the plot holders came and did some overall care of the garden, like raking and adding woodchips to the paths, as well as starting their own plots. 9 garden club members plus 2 family helpers pitched in. We got our 2 raised beds built, brought some manure over to our plot to try to increase the elevation (we started with a plot down in a bit of a gully), and rebuilt some of the paths with fresh woodchips.
Our next planned visit is Tuesday, April 11 around 9 in the morning, when we will level the beds, fill with soil and get some seeds in the ground!