Last year, I had moved up to a Grow Appalachia Coordinator at St. Vincent Mission. The past few years, I have been under three former Coordinators in the garden and learned a lot from them. I realized that I needed to research on how to stop the weeds that I have dealt with for years. I placed woodchips with black plastic on the walkways, it helped but not around the plants. Therefore, this year we laid black plastic over both of the gardens and burnt holes to place our plants. We put together the drip irrigation that is attached to a water container to water our plants. It is working out perfect.
At this time, my intern had moved on to a full time job elsewhere and I was on my own. One weekend I prayed for some help to arrive cause I had a lot to get done. God sent me garden angels on Monday morning. I was blessed with a group of volunteers from Lexington. They helped cut holes on the shady side garden and planted seeds, put up all the T-post and trellises, hauled woodchips and placed them in all the walkways of the garden. They helped for three days and I was so grateful. I may not have a intern at this time to help, but God is always sending help my way one way or another it all gets done.
UP! UP! & AWAY IT GROWS!!!
WOW! I can’t believe how much it has grown within a month after setting up the garden. We planted tomatoes, beans, tomatoes, beans, tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, peppers, corn, squash and zucchini. We will be trellising the tomato plants and if they grow taller then the t-post, we will place a bamboo stick and zip tie it to the t-post with extra trellis. We placed t-post every three plants. We will be using bamboo sticks to support them with the support of the trellis. This is another experiment of mine this year.
Greg has been a dedicated volunteer for years at the mission. He has been maintaining the Salsa high tunnel and helping in the garden outside too. He guided me on how to hookup the drip irrigation in the garden. We bought another water container to hookup another drip irrigation on our shady side garden. We are still in the process of getting it done. When Greg returned from the winter away, he was shocked to see much more blueberry plants in the ground. Here are pictures of how quick the high tunnel plants grew within a months time. There’s pictures of the fruit & nut trees we have planted to utilize the space at the mission.