Wonderful Harvest (and tiny visitors)

The harvest we are gathering at the Fritz Garden this summer is simply wonderful. We have been gathering boxes and boxes of beans, cucumbers, celery, aubergines, beets, cilantro, zucchini/courgettes etc and our expansive rows of tomatoes are starting to ripen. All of this goes to local food banks and is gathered and distributed by our dedicated volunteers.

Earlier this week one of our volunteers, Claudia, was delighted to welcome a visit by the young people from the Whiteside-Taylor Garderie. They learned about what we do, saw vegetables being grown and helped a bit with the harvesting. Later Claudia received a thank-you card from the children.

 

First Pickings 2017

This morning, our volunteer gardeners picked the first crop of vegetables of the year … at this stage mostly beans and beets. They are now on their way to one of the local food banks.

Signs of a Wonderful Season

The cooler than usual and moist weather we are enjoying this year is making the crops in the garden grow really well this year – everything is green and lush and we look forward to having a good harvest in the weeks ahead. The food banks and meals-on-wheels groups that we supply should be pleased at what we will have for them. Here are some pictures from this morning.

Please come and help – general gardening tasks at the moment will before long be supplemented by the excitement of harvesting and distributing. Every Wednesday from 16:00 to 18:00 and Saturday mornings from 09:00 to 11:00 are the regular “garden parties”.

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The Garden is Under Way

The garden is looking good – all the row covers and irrigation lines are in place and most of the crops have been planted … including the children’s entries for the annual pumpkin contest.

BUT there are still things to do and crops to be planted so if you can come to the garden between 9 and 11 am on Saturday we will welcome you and show you what to do. Rain or shine we will be gardening. Monsoon? Perhaps not

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Junior gardeners plant their competition pumpkins
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Fixing the weed-suppressing geotextile
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Planting tomatoes and aubergines in one half of the garden

Planting is well under way

Preparing the garden and planting is well under way … around 150 tomato plants plus aubergines, onions etc went in on Saturday. Please come and lend an hour to the garden on Wednesday between 4-6pm and next Saturday from 9-11am

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We’ve started

The Garden at Fritz has started it’s fourth season of growing food for food banks and meals on wheels … the ground has been opened up and the first rows have begun to take root.

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The 2017 Season is Beginning

Come and help please

The new season is starting and we invite you to come along and help us get the crops off to a good start once again … please come for as long or as little as you can manage.

The seedlings have germinated and will be ready for planting but first we have to get the ground ready, lay out the irrigation hoses and install the row covers. Work sessions have been arranged as follows (note If anyone wants to come at 8 or later than 11 just send us an email and someone will be there to supervise if possible):

Saturday 27 May from 9-11pm

Wed 31 May from 4-6pm

Saturday 3 June from 9-11 

and Saturday 10 June from  9-11am


*At the June 10 session we will be starting the childrens’ annual pumpkin planting contest. Bring your young gardeners along – special giant pumpkin seeds will be handed out, you choose your planting spot and keep an eye on your plants growth through the summer. There will be prizes in the fall for the largest/heaviest pumpkin grown.

We look forward to seeing you – please bring gardening tools if you can.  Remember that all our produce is donated to Meals on Wheels and local food banks.

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A Big Thankyou

At the end of 2016 The Garden at Fritz held a pot-luck evening to thank our volunteers for their work during the year.

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We also extend kind acknowledgements to Mike Bleho and J.P from the McGill University Horticultural Center for once again plowing the field for us during the fall…. Mike and McGill university have been a tremendous help and strong promoters of the Fritz Farm Youth Gardening Program since its inception in the spring of 2013.

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We will be starting soon on our plans for the 2017 season. Please look out for details of how you can once again help to help those who benefit from our fresh vegetables.