As mentioned previously, we have about 100 tomato plants in the ground, and Bill and his son planted several beds of sweet corn this past weekend. We are hoping that the Shepherd kids will finish planting the rest of the seeds and seedlings this week that they have been collecting. It has been too wet out at the garden to continue with the bed project, but check out the Garden Tasks page, if you have time to make it out to the garden this week. Broadripple Tree Company donated about 10 yards of mulch that needs to be transported from the north end of the parking lot to the garden to be used in the garden pathways. 

As the title suggests, we could also use your kitchen refuse! Because our garden is an organic one, we need your help in collecting organic matter to be used to feed (fertilize) the plants. Bill made about five of these:

We will be filling these cylinders with organic material, and then using the resulting compost to feed our garden. Check out this site for a listing of materials suitable for composting. Grace has agreed to save all of their used coffee grounds after every weekend for our use, so that will be a great start! I just keep a small grocery bag by my sink to collect kitchen refuse (broccoli stalks, potato skins, egg shells) and then take it down to my compost bin every few days. Now, I’ll just plan on taking it over to the garden every few days instead. Every little bit helps, so we appreciate any suitable trash you’re willing to share! 

Good items for composting include: melon rinds, carrot peelings, tea bags, apple cores, banana peels – almost everything that cycles through your kitchen. Grass clippings, leaves, and pine needles also make good additions. However, meat, meat products, dairy products, and high-fat foods like salad dressings and peanut butter, as well as pet droppings, are not suitable for the compost pile.

For more information on composting and its benefits, check out the following sites:

  • Benefits of Composting and How-To Resources
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Facts and Figures
  • Read this and this to get you thinking about how much food we waste – composting keeps that wasted food out of landfills where it contributes to climate issues and into our garden where it helps us grow bigger, better vegetables for our extended family down at Shepherd Community

Keep checking back on the Garden Tasks site for volunteer updates and garden jobs…thanks for all of your time and help!