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Garden Update, Saturday, May 28
5/28/2011 | Sheryl McGlochlin

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We started at 12:30 pm and the last one finished (me) at 5:30 pm.  If anyone thinks I'm getting rich off this gig, think again!  But I love it or I wouldn't be doing it.  If anyone is afraid of hard, physical work, they will hate gardening and farming.  With that said, it's one of the most rewarding things I do in my life.  It's right up there with hiking 3 times a week.  That's hard too.

We had an AMAZING crew today AND yesterday!  I can't THANK YOU all enough for your contribution.  I would be trying to do all of this myself if it weren't for you and it would be impossible and very back breaking!

Sorry to those who wanted to work in the South Jordan or Riverton Gardens today.  It didn't happen.  We had over 20 people working very hard and it took everyone's full effort just to get the West Jordan A garden planted.

I apologize for not including the address for the West Jordan A garden today but I don't want to include exact garden addresses in a public blog.  I'll update all of the garden locations in the "garden member's area" on my website.  When I see you next, I will give you a Garden flyer, which includes all of the names and addresses of each of our gardens.

What we accomplished today:

West Jordan A Garden has 2 good size plots - a north and south plot.  I call it a front and back plot.  Front is closest to the house.

In the front plot, everyone got all the furrows dug.  This is serious clay soil!!!  If you don't know what real clay soil feels like, come to this garden.  We got 33 plants in today in this plot:  Yellow Crook Neck Squash, Cucumbers and Eggplant.

In the back plot, we got all the furrows dug, and a LOT of corn planted!  Three kinds of corn will be harvested at 3 different times this summer.  Six rows will be ready in 60 days, 6 rows in 70 days and 6 rows in 90 days.  I didn't have any 80 day corn to plant today.  I soaked the corn for the last 24 hours before planting it today so it should germinate faster.

Next week we will finish planting the front garden which will be mostly cucumbers, squash and other heat loving plants.

Everyone who came was treated to a BBQ Chicken lunch and some harvest distribution.

Three of us then drove to West Jordan B, close to West Jordan A Garden, and loaded all of the heavy buckets of chicken manure and took them to West Jordan C garden.  Jeff, is the owner of that garden.  He got that garden tilled once the manure was on there.

A VERY productive day!!!