December and January gardening can be a challenge - the birds have been hungry at the Little Red Hen garden and ate up my new lettuces very quickly a few weeks ago. But we did have a lovely small New Year's harvest at St. Mark's which I shared with our friends at Western Park Apartments. New kale is planted at Little Red Hen (hopefully less appealing to the birds....) so more on progress there soon! Sending Happy New Year greetings to everyone in the meantime.
We've had lovely little harvests this fall from the St. Mark's garden - herbs (especially rosemary!), onions, lettuce, potatoes, a few carrots. And we even have lettuces growing in a bed that formerly seemed too shady. With thanks and gratitude to the people of St. Mark's for hosting us and loving the garden.
Saturday was a gorgeous slightly chilly SF day.....It was great to spend time both at the St. Mark's garden and at Little Red Hen. Just a few photos of the lettuces, an eggplant, and the herbs and rosemary we've tended. Amazing to be gardening veggies in the late fall - one of the many things I love about California.....
Spent a lovely Saturday morning at the St. Marks's garden with Kris, and with Susannah, a wonderful former student who is in town and who had worked with us at the Free Farm. It was a morning of weeding (no shortage of those!), catching up, remembering the Free Farm days, and reflecting. We had a sweet little harvest, also, that went to the Free Farm Stand. A blessed time.
On walks in Cleveland, while visiting my folks, I've been enjoying the pretty flowers. I always forget how green it is here in the summer. (And sorry to say this in front of the Californians who have been weathering the heat wave - the temperatures have been lovely.) A few examples of the flowers before I head west (tomorrow)....
This week there was a small but lovely harvest to bring to the altar at St. Aidan's - and then on to the Free Farm Stand in the Mission. I was struck by the beauty and diversity of what came from our gardens this week....It made me smile and give thanks to creation and beauty all around us.
This week's harvest - a mix of radishes, greens, beets, cucumbers and potatoes - is going to my friends at Western Park Apartments. Tree and I are pruning the little orchard we planted there this morning, which will be a joy. This harvest reminds me that new radishes and beets out of the ground really define the range of the color red!
I returned from vacation to find wonderful new treasures in the gardens, thanks to gardening partners Kris and Betsy who kept watering and tending in both garden sites. New entries - radishes, the first cucumbers, and potatoes! Also lovely lavender......It's summer for sure, even in San Francisco!
We have SO much mint at the St. Mark's garden - we call it our "mint mound" and it includes chocolate mint --- yumm......And the greens at Little Red Hen just keep coming. A few poppies are still around as well. Beauty from the garden on a pretty Pride Saturday....
When I was at Little Red Hen garden on Saturday, one of my generous fellow gardeners invited me to harvest as much of his beautiful Chard as I might be able to use. I give away everything that I grow at the garden, so I readily took him up on his kind offer. I brought the chard to the Free Farm Stand in the Mission. So today I offer gratitude and thanks for my gardening friends, for generosity, and for deep green chard!
Deacon at St. Aidan's