Sunday, September 9, 2012
Clearing the Weeds, Planting the Crops
The Sanderlin Peace Patch Garden got underway this Saturday with our first volunteer day of the season. We arrived at 9:00 a.m. to a garden that had been (mostly) neglected except for a few visits from staff at Sanderlin and a few from the staff at the Peace Patch during the summer. Click on the picture for a larger image:
Torpedo grass and bermuda grass found our soils yummy and comfortable all summer long and the recent rains gave them confidence to thrive.
But we dug and we pulled and we cleared in the hot humid sun of September in St. Pete. In some of the beds, a few plants had survived the summer, basil and watermelon and sweet potato.
Volunteers young and old, mom's of teachers, teachers from Sanderlin, Sanderlin parents, Sanderlin students, Eckerd College professors, Eckerd College students, and students from USF St. Petersburg, all toiled and tended on Saturday.
We planted starters, putting seeds in pots to begin their growth before they are transplanted out into the beds. More than two dozen varieties of vegetables whose green sprouts will be showing themselves in the next seven days, and our fall crop will begin is slow growth into food.
By 2:00 p.m., we had planted eggplants and peppers in the middle bed, another volunteer had brought some lemon grass to add to our spices, and the garden itself was cleaned and ready to go.
The Edible Peace Patch Project has only found its successes by the generous hard work of so many dedicated volunteers here in St. Petersburg. We are so grateful for your help, and our gardens reflect your caring attention and commitment to community.
We begin the Fall season mindful of the blessings we receive. Thank you all!