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UUCB’s Triumphant Summer Garden by Sharon Belew

unnamedMay Sarton said ~ “A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself.”

This year’s UUCB garden committee is putting the garden to bed for the winter of 2015 with a lot of triumphs from the past season.

In May, Ed Self, with the help of John Taylor, Sharon Belew and others,  successfully installed a drip system for watering our vegetables. Thanks to UUCB’s endowment committee we received a $500 grant to buy the materials for our system. This way of watering is an investment in the future because it dramatically reduces water consumption while lowering  the chances of plant disease. Our more efficient use of water contributes to UUCB’s Green Sanctuary philosophy.

The purpose of our church garden is to bring people together to learn and practice sustainability while growing local produce.

In June, we began harvesting lettuce, kale, and  other cool weather crops.

By the middle of July we were producing the sweetest cucumbers as well as these zucchinis that inspired squash lovers Deborah and Janen at one Sunday morning market!

In August we were able to share our bounty with church members at our Sunday morning Coffee hour which was served outside.

In September we began harvesting tomatoes and peppers for all the garden workers to enjoy, while we continued to offer a farmer’s market outside on Sunday mornings.

October’s mild weather allowed us to harvest a newly planted crop of beans and nasturtiums and continue to ripen our tomatoes and peppers.

We have Nature to thank for a successful summer garden as well as the many hard working garden committee regulars who will gather in November to celebrate the bounty with our annual Harvest dinner at Mary Jean and Peter Ewing’s house.

Foreground: Ed Self, Beckett Coppola

You may want to join the fun of gardening at UUCB in 2016.

 

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