When June arrived, we had a lot of challenges with the excessively hot and sunny days, which damaged or killed off some of our plants. However, in the Campus Community Garden, there have been lots of successes!
We appreciate all the volunteers who had laboured heavily in the garden during these dry periods, and watered constantly. One of the fruits of their labour is the collection of some of our harvest. In June, we've harvested at least 24lbs of mixed greens, including Spinach, Red Mustard, Arugala, and Red and Green Leaf Lettuces. However, when the volunteers have had their fair share of salad mixes, we donate the rest of our harvests to the Campus Food Bank. At least 10 lbs of the harvest was donated throughout June.
Half-way through June, we noticed our Spinach bolting. This is when the plant produces less leaves for consumption and more seeds for spreading. It results from the longer and hotter days in the summer, which means that the early spring is the best time to plant and early summer for harvest, or late summer for early autumn.
We're going to give planting spinach another shot in the shadier garden areas, and in between existing rows to see how they will turn up. We're also figuring out ways to reduce pests in our garden and what to plant in mid-summer. So check out our blog shortly for these updates!