Since 2009, I try to reserve one plot to grow produce for our Plant a Row Program, but some years we have more gardeners sign up than we have space. When gardeners quit or are expelled from the Garden (which happens every year), the produce in their plots is typically diverted to our food pantry donations. While we can’t keep up with communal gardens – many of which are larger than us, I think we keep up just fine with other plot gardens – particularly urban ones.
The "Everything Else" category includes broccoli, cauliflower, peas, eggplant, radishes and okra. The "other" pantries listed include the Fruit of the Vine pantry operated by Vineyard Church of Columbus and the Path Ministries on Seymour Avenue (across the street from the SACG).
Kids. Kristin (aka Shae) came by and harvested several pounds of large carrots from her plot. She said that she wanted to plant more crops in the vacant half of her plot, but decided to ride her bike instead. Miciya finally picked her beans and took them home. She's done a great job this summer of regularly watering her plot several times each week. Since J'anaya left for Mississippi, her bed has not been watered very often and it shows. The boys have essentially abandoned their plot. There were weeds past my waist, so I just gave to another set of girls -- particularly since the pole beans are about to pop and the tomatoes have been turning red. I helped her bag up a bag of lettuce to take home, but apparently her parents didn't want it. Sigh.
We planted melons and pumpkins in the back corner plot and, unsurprisingly, the pumpkins have swarmed it and are taking over a couple of the kids' beds, too. We have at least two pumpkins forming and we're just keeping our fingers crossed that they ripen before the squash bugs destroy the plants. In the meantime, Miciya is diligently watering her cantelope in the hopes that it survives being smothered by the pumpkins.