June 23, 2017

New Season, New Garden!

Welcome to the 2017 season of the DuPont Community Garden!

After a spring of very hard work, we're excited to announce our new location in DuPont, WA, on the Power Line Road just north of Center Drive. Stop by and see what's going on, or stay tuned to this blog for a season of fun and sharing.

In this season's blog, we'll: 

  • talk about current happenings in the garden 
  • share lessons we've learned about growing in the challenging climate near the Puget Sound
  • learn about garden critters such as bees and chickens
  • find out why digging in the dirt is good for us (and fun, too!)
  • explore the "growing" culture of community gardening
  • figure out what to do about slugs (yuk!)
  • and much more.


Stop by and see what's new in the garden, or take a little virtual tour, below:


Yum...blueberries!


Basil growing in the greenhouse


Inside Greenhouse #1 at the DuPont Community Garden

Some of our outdoor garden beds

Each garden should have at least one gnome!


December 31, 2014

A Look Back At 2014

This has truly been a banner year for our garden.  We started the year with a lot of uncertainty about our future but have ended on a high note, thanks to all of you and others that have supported our efforts. 

This year we expanded our focus into new areas.  Thanks to Liz for starting the children’s program and to Bill for introducing us to bee keeping.  We now have our very own beehive that will help pollination in the garden. 

We held more work days and other events at the garden this year than before.  Thanks to all the gardeners who participated and made these days really useful and fun.

We set several new records this year.  A key highlight is that we increased our membership to 55.  Most importantly gardeners and gardening families from the Dupont community make up 70 percent of our membership – a new high.  We have 81 plots in cultivation this year and harvested 5951 pounds of produce – also a new record.  4800 pounds was donated to the two food banks we support (Lakes FISH: 1900 pounds and Thurston County FB: 2900 pounds).

 
Here are some of the other facts and figures for this year.   We grew over 1000 pounds of tomatoes – our highest grossing crop.  This is followed by zucchini, cucumbers and lettuce.  I have included a table with detailed breakdown by crop types.


The six top producing gardeners grew 1875 pounds of produce between them, making up 32% of the output of the garden.  The harvest output for the year from each bed in the garden is presented at the end of the article.

While thinking about our beehive and vegetables I am reminded of Ogden Nash’s words:

I eat my peas with honey
I’ve done it all my life
It makes the peas taste funny
But it keeps them on the knife

Happy New Year everyone.  Here is to 2015 - an even better year!!! 



Harvest (lbs.) by crops:


Crop
Harvest

Crop
Harvest
Arugula
2.3

Parsnips
12.3
Basil
66.6

Peas
140.5
Beets
146.7

Peppers
158.9
Bokchoi
26.1

Potato
163.7
Broccoli
65.3

Pumpkin
81.7
Cabbage
108.5

Radish
126.8
Carrots
320.4

Raspberries
1.2
Cauliflower
17.6

Rhubarb
14.1
Chive
10.8

Rutabaga
1
Collards
62.1

Salad greens
52.5
Corn
10.4

Spinach
51.6
Cucumber
421.1

Squash
587
Garlic
38.5

Strawberries
47.5
Grapes
0.3

Swiss chard
67.5
Green beans
329.3

Tomato
1083.6
Herbs
41.9

Turnip
41.7
Kale
326.3

Various
88.6
Kohlrabi
65.9

Zucchini
447.1
Leeks
11.1

Okra
0.7
Lettuce
399.6

Plums
125
Melon
25.4

Eggplant
3
Onion
110.4

Pears
24
Parsley
3.3

Tomatillo
1.7

 

Harvest (lbs.) from outdoor beds, by bed numbers:


Bed
Harvest

Bed
Harvest

Bed
Harvest

Bed
Harvest
A00
157.5

B01
190.9

C01
48.3

D01e
32.5
A01
159.2

B02


C02
24

D01w
22.8
A02
44.7

B03
15.9

C03
65.6

D02
5.7
A03c
144.5

B04
16.9

C04
9.9

D03
50.1
A03e
14.3

B05
145.2

C05
10.5

D04
42
A04
113

B06
20.8

C06
100

D05
49.8
A05
60.9

B07
5.3

C07
109.7

D06
87.4
A06
100

B08
22.2

C08
91.3

D07
15.7
A07
69.3

B09
74.4

C09
336.3

D08
15
A08
58.8

B10
5.2

C10
144.3

D09
9.8
A09
72

B11
176.1

C11
53

D10
50
A10
60.1







D11
57.4
A11
91.1







D12
160
A12
2









A13
37









A14
23.3









A15
92.8









A16
91.9









A17
166.9









A-gate
154.7










Harvest (lbs.) from greenhouse beds and other sources:


Bed
Harvest

Bed
Harvest

Source
Harvest
G101
41

G201
157.1

Home
43.7
G102
106.3

G202
94.7

Planter
31.5
G103
68.5

G203
125.4

Tires
11.5
G104
32.5

G204
40

Untagged
375
G105
30.1

G205
63.7



G106
58.3

G211
75



G107
35.8

G212
84.3



G108
4.4

G213
51.3



G109
62.2

G215
33.4



G110
18.9

G216
67



G111
14.9

G217
63.5



G112
1.9

G218
10.8



G113
5.7

G219
99.7



G114
4.5






G115
13.7






G116
3.2






G117
30.5






G118
13.4