October, 2013:

Halloween in the Garden

Hey Green Thumber’s

It has been a great week of weather, some rain, some sun, and seeds are in the ground!  On Sunday thanks to Stephanie Gentile, Katie Campbell, Mairi Miller, and others, the community plots have been planted with fava beans, garlic chives, peas, and leeks.

Also, thanks to the stupendous efforts of Matt Shipley, the keyhole ring plot in the back has been reworked and has transplants of broccoli, lettuce, and some garlic!  We also successfully sifted and used compost from our very own garden.


In other news, I had a great friend from Oregon who is a master gardener come and check out the garden.  He gave us some excellent garlic cloves to plant, reworked our worm boxes, and began to clear space for our native plant garden.


Don’t forget to get your tickets for the Chili Cook Off at Samson today and tomorrow for the party in the garden on Friday from 5-7 PM.  Next week, we will begin to look at how to establish our native plant garden as well as put some new starts to seed.  Come out on Sunday for a relaxing and enjoyable gardening day.

Till next week,

Trent and Kayla

Garden Update 10/21

Welcome everybody to the weekly OGT blog.  On this page every Monday, you can see what was accomplished on Sunday workday, what is to be done this week in the garden, as well as some helpful tips, inspiring agricultural literature, and future plans.

The withering of our sunflowers, tomato plants, squash, and tomatillo signal a shift in the climate in our cozy garden.  Yes, fall is here as the nights get chilly, the leaves rustle, and pumpkins and decorative gourds come out in full force.  This is arguably one of the most beautiful times of the year in Monterey and and awesome time to be outside in the garden.

Sunday Recap

Thanks to Jenifer, Kayla, Kate, Andrew and Katie for coming out!

We need more of you to come join us on Sunday’s.  It is really important to come out at least once during the semester to learn about how to turn compost and get engaged on projects in the garden.

1.  Compost was turned.  It looks great, and there should be some ready to sift for your plots if you haven’t planted yet.

2. Compost station has been moved down by the fence on the street to make it easier to move to compost.  Please tell anyone else you see coming to compost about this change

3.  The community plots by the shed have been turned and mixed with compost to get ready for planting!  We should be planting some fava beans and beets in this area so come by on Sunday to help out.

In the Garden this Week

  • There will be a meeting this Thursday at 8 am about a seed saving library project that will take place in the Monterey Public Library.  If you are interested in attending and want to hear more about this project, let us know.
  • Friday is International Education Day and we will be in the garden showing some high schoolers how to turn compost, plant some native plants, and take home a succulent.  If you are interested in volunteering for this event, call us up.
  • Thanks to Cypress Gardens and Nursery who donated 4 bags of soil amendment, we have two of the community plots ready to plant.  Hopefully this week, we will have some beets, fava beans, and other goodies in the ground.  If you want to help come plant, stop by on Wednesday afternoon or let us know when you can come by.

Other News

If your seeds haven’t sprouted, we recommend turning your soil with some compost and trying again.  We have plenty of new seeds in the shed and some compost that will be ready by the weekend.

If you see Professor McGinnis around, tell him thanks for donating the five native plants we have by the pluot trees.  We have milkweed, cyanothus, and a couple native grasses.  We hope to put them in the ground this week.

Don’t know what to plant?  Check out the book Golden Gate Gardening  in the shed for some ideas but until then, here is a list of some good plants to seed in the fall.


Fava Beans








Have a great week and here is some wisdom from a man who truly knows the importance of the land.

“Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.”
― Wendell Berry


Trent and Kayla


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