Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Visitors Revisited

I want to revisit some of the many people who have visited our garden over the past year. I don't remember all of the names, and I didn't always remember to take pictures. Just please know that having the chance to meet you and the opportunity to share my experience with you has been a blessing in itself. Thanks. 

LiPo Ching, San Jose Mercury News, Taking pictures for the 2012 Wishbook
Not really a visitor since this is their yard, but always a joy and a sense of hope!
Volunteers from Church of the Chimes on planting day 2012

Church of the Chimes.

Sophia and Master Gardener Karen.
The very first group of people to visit the garden before it was even planted. They installed the drip irrigation system in no time at all just because they could. The only name that I know is Yonara from Veggielution.

Sylvia Romero, myself and Malin Ramirez on delivery day, 2012.

Jay Pecot, photographer and really good digger.

Guadalupe Perez (and hummingbird)

Carolyn Kamaya, Master Gardner and mentor.

Laura, Sylvia, myself and Patty. Learning to preserve from Sylvia.

Red Tail (or Cooper's?) Hawk. I'm not an expert and he's not exactly a visitor as he rules the area, but isn't he amazing???

Anne read about our program in the SJ Mercury News Holiday Wishbook 2012 and came to see one of the gardens.

Anne and Dennis from the President's staff at Santa Clara University.

Hector and Tawna from La Mesa Verde, harvesting the peas.

Ladies from the San Jose Garden Club.
Gabriel Valle-University of Washington, Sociocultural Anthropology Phd program

Tim and Helen from AG Innovations

I know that this is Katie from the Health Trust on the left and Evelyn from Americorp (at the time) on the right.

Thanks to all of the people who took the time to visit our program and again I apologize if I forgot to take pictures or didn't remember your name. As always, it's a work in progress, and a joy.

Friday, March 29, 2013

San Jose Garden Club

 I had the pleasure of attending a meeting of the San Jose Garden Club( last month with Malin Ramirez. They are supporters of the La Mesa Verde program and some members have visited my garden.This was an opportunity to share with the whole group what we've been doing and our vision going forward. We also took advantage of their knowledge and got their advice on amending the soil this season, where to get soil and compost in bulk and anything else we could think of while we had the chance! Thanks for the continued support!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Saving Seeds

Saving seeds from the spring garden. I just dried them for a few months. Now that I'm sure that they are dry,  I'll put them away until later, although I think that I could plant the marigolds, lettuce and cilantro now. I also saved and dried grean beans, but I can't remember where!!!



Morning Glory


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Santa Clara University Visitors

Earlier in the season Anne and Dennis from the President's Staff at Santa Clara University came to visit a La Mesa Verde Garden. They are visiting programs in the area and ours was one of them!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

It's Broccoli!

This is what I have been most excited about. How broccoli grows seemed like such a mystery, but there it is! I had thought that without all the leaves on the trees we would have much more sun in the winter, but I forgot that the sun is in a different position in the winter. (Forgot or never knew!) Let's just say the beds are sun-challenged. The broccoli was planted September 30 so it's been just about 4 months. It was under attack by cabbage worms at first. Once my gardening mentor, Carolyn Kameya, showed me how to spot and remove them, the plants have done well.
Cabbage Worm

Thursday, November 15, 2012

First Snap Peas!

This is the first flower of the first snap peas this season. So pretty!

Unwelcome Garden Pests!

 Imported Cabbage Worm!! These are on the red cabbage, I also found them on the bottom of the broccoli leaves. You may have to look really hard to find them but if your leaves have holes and/or are chewed up, this is probably the problem. Look for the white moth/butterfly with a black dot on the wings in your garden and get rid of it and any of it's green velvet worms!