Friday, May 11, 2012

Shirts!

We're always on the lookout for ways to raise funds and awareness - and we hope our new range of Sprouting Hope branded merchandise will do both. If you'd like to show your support for Sprouting Hope, please have a look at our shirts and other products featuring the Sprouting Hope "Heart Beet" logo - a portion of every purchase is contributed directly to the project.


As a special introductory offer, you can use the code AFF30 for 30% off all products in our store through June 1.


Also, a reminder that our next work day is tomorrow, May 12 - we'll be planting, fencing and hooking up the first zones of the irrigation system, come on down to the garden and join in the fun!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Veggie Survey: the results are in!

Thanks to the folks who voted in our survey about what veggies to grow in the garden!

We asked, "We're growing lots of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, green beans, zucchini & yellow squash. What other veggies do you like to eat?" Multiple answers were allowed.

And you said:


Beets
  60%
Lettuces
  80%
Sweet Potatoes
  60%
Carrots
  60%
Potatoes
  80%
Swiss Chard
    0%
Peas
  80%
Winter Squash (Butternut, Acorn, etc.)
  40%
Spinach
  40%

So we'll keep these answers in mind as we choose what to grow in the garden this year. There will definitely be lettuce and peas. Potatoes will need some more planning and space for a future year. We've found the soil to be too rocky for carrots (they prefer very fine soil and fork when they run into an obstruction in the ground) but we're working on ideas for how to make them work in our garden. And there will be some of as many of the other veggies as we can fit in!

Now, what about Swiss chard? Is it unloved, misunderstood or just unknown??

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Progress report

Our work day last Saturday went very well, we're 7/8ths of the way there for forming the beds and paths, the mulching is maybe half done, the high pressure lines for the water for the irrigation are in and tested and the main posts for the fence are up. Still lots of work to do - the main jobs for this Saturday are planting our first seeds on the site (we also have seedlings that are growing offsite which we'll be transplanting soon), getting the irrigation zones for those seeds complete so they can have water and finishing the fence so that the new growth will be protected once it starts.

If you want to see what we've been doing and help us to make this project a reality, come on down to the garden on Saturday 12th - we'll be there from 9am until we're too tired to keep going :)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Next work day - May 5

May 5 is not only Cinco de Mayo - it's also our next garden work day - more raking than you can shake a rake at... and hopefully we'll get some of the irrigation system hooked up and get the fence up too. Come down to the garden, bring something to eat and drink, wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty in and if you have a bow rake (the kind with solid teeth for moving dirt, not the kind for moving leaves) bring that too. Work starts at 9am and we'll be there until everyone has had enough.

If you can't make it this weekend, we'll start planting on May 12.