Planting was a success!

There were about 12 enthusiastic people that helped with the garden planting, which was the most we ever had. We planted tomatoes (3 varieties), peppers (sweet banana and bells), broccoli, beans, carrots, cucumbers (new this year), zucchini, yellow squash, butternut squash, and acorn squash. The zucchini and yellow squash are considered summer squash and produce throughout the summer, while the butternut and acorn squash are considered winter squash and are harvested in the fall. Margi also plants corn at her garden and donates it to the food pantry.

The planting effort also included the installation of fencing to keep rabbits and other animals out of the garden. It took about 2 1/2 hours for the planting and fence installation.

The garden was tilled twice this year before the planting. Joe also used his small tiller during the planting. We were lucky to have a nice day to plant, but the soil was still a little wet in places.

Bill Saarie and Joe spend a lot of time throughout the summer doing work on the garden, like weeding, hoeing, installing tomato cages ,etc. Usually we start harvesting vegetables in late July or so. Anyone that would want to help with these maintenance tasks or harvesting during the summer and early fall would be welcome. Contact Joe McMullen if interested at

Our garden has been a great success over the years and provides a lot of welcome fresh vegetables for our food pantry.