Wednesday, February 3, 2016

How's it Growin'?

Here are some of the plants growing on Marais! 
ladybird meet cosmo, cosmo meet ladybird! 
we are happy to see lady bugs in the garden. they are beneficial insects and can eat of to 50 aphids a day 


this here is nasturtium. it's gorgeous, serves as a ground cover and is edible! a recent visitor to the garden described the bold flowers taste like this, " oh! it taste like apple. wait, it's so spicy, yum!" nasturtium is a great addition to salads. they're also an irresistible snack while working in the garden.

 we've got about 300 babies in the hoop house right now. above is a close up of spinach below you'll see some broccoli starts! 



this lil babe is calendula, another edible flower. it is commonly used in tea, skin care products, and to heal open wounds

Thanks for stopping by, just keep growing! 







Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Bump em up!

Hey ya'll. Kids club has been so much fun! During our last club meeting the kids learned how to bump up their baby plants into bigger pots. The last step with their plants will be when they learn to transplant them into the garden itself. Below you'll see a few photos of the kids in action.







Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Transition

Sometimes your garden yields fruit.
Sometimes your garden rests.
Sometimes your garden is in transition.
Garden on Marais is in transition.

We've got dill, parsley and calendula patiently waiting in the hoop house to settle into the field. The kids 4-H club started nasturtium and snow pea seeds and in about 4 weeks those too will be in the field! Below you'll see a few photos. One is current, the other is from the thick of summer. 

                                                                Currently 





Summer Time

Soon, our fall/winter garden will be booming just like this one. Stay tuned! 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Kids Club!



Hey ya'll! Our fall 4-H club has started up and we've been learning a lot about soil life! Club meetings are Sunday mornings from 9a-10a in the St. Roch Neighborhood for ages 3-13. If interested in registering or have questions regarding club contact Kayla via e-mail, gardenonmarais@elanministries.org. 

Below you'll see a series of photos from our Soil, Why do we Need it? lesson. The kids,aka soil detectives, had a great time analyzing the soil. They found live insects and we did hand texturing to understand differences in soil texture. 

We had soil up to our elbows, smiles on our faces and we cannot wait until next week. Hope to see you there!

Soil detective extraordinaires!

They found a grub!

Emma is holding a craft with the 4h pledge on it. HEAD, HEART, HANDS, HEALTH

Magnifying glasses are way too much fun! 



Monday, September 21, 2015

Summer Days

Hey ya'll! It's been a great summer and we are planning for fall. It's still humid these days, though I am fairly certain the dog days have passed. Phew! We're looking forward to radishes, beets, kale and carrots this season.  For now the garden in some places is resting and in others is booming with basil and okra. Below you'll see a recent picture of the garden along with an okra flower and the beginnings of our pumpkin crop. Stay tuned to the blog for updates on planning a fall garden.




Thursday, July 23, 2015

Squish, Squash, Splat!



A poem: 

No one likes him 
he's quite the horror
I want to squish him
He's the squash vine borer 
                                                                  - Bryon Reiger2015


Recently we discovered squash vine borers in our precious pumpkin vines. These little guys are sneaky and it's hard to see them coming. Also, once they are in your plants it's likely that they will overwinter in your soil and be ready to munch on your vines next season! Resilient little monsters. Here's how you get rid of them! 

Get your tools together (see below) gloves if you don't like their ooey gooey ick to get on your hands, a knife for gently opening the vine and scissors for cutting the leaves that have wilted. Naturally, iced coffee is always a tool for the early morning garden crew. 

Gently open the vine where you see a split or borer waste. GET IT! Pluck em right out of the vine and then squish! No vine borer left behind. It's important to be thorough.  
 Here's a picture of Suzanne finding the little monsters, she's the most thorough of them all. 

Lastly, bury the vine where the stem is split and top it with rich compost. Be sure to keep these areas moist as the plant heals. 

We do not use chemicals on our field at Garden on Marais so to avoid the same destruction next season we will not plant vining crops in these beds. 

 For you, a follow-up photo of our happy pumpkin vines 

Here's to pumpkin pies and jack o lanterns! 





Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Liberty Church March 2015


Liberty Church returned this year to help us prepare garden beds for spring and summer! This dynamic group of youth and adults worked hard to prep the 4-H garden club space as well as build out the right side of the field to be prepped for fall this year. Thanks so much, Liberty Church, for your encouragement, your child-like faith, and commitment to working with Garden on Marais.