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New Gardeners’ Online Journals

Recipients of Edible Evanston New Gardens are required to journal their experience, their harvests, their successes, problems and solutions. They have the option of doing so online.

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May 30, 2016

Submitted by Jenkins Family on Mon, 05/30/2016 - 4:38pm

Some things you see on the internet are real!  A couple of weeks ago (Wednesday, May 18) I had a bok choy that I .cut off the bottom 3 inches.  I put the base in some water and voila!  It has been flourishing.  It's so inspiring that a couple of days ago, I repeated this with a celery base.  See the results below -

Does anyone have a recommendation as to whether or not the bok choy or celery should go into the garden?  Or should I leave them in the water since they're doing so well? 

May 19, 2016

Submitted by Jenkins Family on Mon, 05/30/2016 - 4:05pm

Spring came in with lots of rain.  For a couple of weeks it felt like we couldn't get a break from the wet and cold weather.  I watched carefully for frost and was lucky that it never got that cold.   

First Full Season of Our Garden - April 17, 2016

Submitted by Jenkins Family on Mon, 05/30/2016 - 3:57pm

Winter seemed to take forever to go into hibernation.  When the snow finally melted and it was warm enough to venture outside barefoot, it was only natural to want to dig in the dirt and get planting!  April 17 we planted seeds in the garden as well as a few in a seedling tray.  In the seedling tray: basil, tomatoes and wild flowers (the flowers were seeds I had received a while ago, too long ago to remember.)  As I suspected, the flowers were unsuccessful.  The seeds were probably too old which only reinforces the argument that I should stick to nursery visits for bedding plants.

Fighters, Survivors

Submitted by Rendalkar on Fri, 12/25/2015 - 12:26pm

After all the ups and downs in temperature, we weren't hoping for much. But, the cilantro, spinach and mixed greens are still going strong. Take a look for yourself.

Under the row covers

Submitted by Rendalkar on Wed, 12/09/2015 - 6:09pm

Pleasantly surprised and super thrilled to report that the row covers are working their magic. Cilantro, spinach and need greens are thriving under the heavier

cover. The other bed with broccoli, bets and dill would have

Last harvest?

Submitted by Rendalkar on Fri, 11/20/2015 - 5:24pm

Definitely for the tomatoes that I forgot to bring in until tonight! They look a little sad. Possibly because I let them freeze/thaw on the almost dead plants over the last few days/weeks? Should have brought them in sooner. :(

I have higher expectations from the garden beds that are covered. Thanks, Tim Sonder! I peeked under the row covers and dill, beets, broccolini, cilantro, mixed greens and spinach are till standing. I wonder if they will survive the rain/snow we are expecting.

I Love Autumn Leaves...

Submitted by Jenkins Family on Sat, 10/24/2015 - 12:36am

To be more specific , dark, leafy green leaves.  We planted the hon tsai seeds from Tim, thinking they would be the same greens that my grandmother used to plant.  I was in search of a short, dark green plant with red hues that add their color to the broth my grandmother made.  Sadly, they were not but instead discovered a new, tasty leafy green.  Hon Tsai grows much taller(over 12") and has a red hue in the stalk but not the leaves.  The leaves are more similar to Gai Lan but less overwhelming in flavor.  It's earthy yet mellow, flavorful and savory.

August 17, 2015 - The First Sprouts

Submitted by Jenkins Family on Wed, 08/19/2015 - 9:32pm

After days of diligent watering in the 90+ degree  weather, we are beginning to see signs of life from those little seeds.  The days have been excruciatingly hot and humid for about a week. we are making good use of the water from our rain barrel. 

Wednesday, August 12 - Seeds Planted!

Submitted by Jenkins Family on Wed, 08/19/2015 - 8:49pm

Our mentor, Ken came and helped us get our first seeds planted.  We've got cilantro, onion, carrots, beets, spinach, hon tsai, mixed greens, and pak choy! 

August 8, 2015 -Here Come the Gardens!

Submitted by Jenkins Family on Mon, 08/17/2015 - 9:54pm

Thanks to Tim, Laura and Ken for helping us to get our beds assembled and filled with all that beautiful soil.  Who knew each bed could hold so much?! 8 bags of organic soil, 2 bags of mushroom compost and a bag of top soil.  The kids had a great time helping to assemble the beds and then mixing up the soil.