Thursday, February 3, 2011

Year of the Garden

I know it's the year of the Rabbit but I'm calling it the year of the Garden. We have had lots of people interested in helping out in the Haven Garden this year and I'm more than excited to get this much help!

We are off to a great start getting the garden ready for Spring planting. Janice and Sam started working on the beds last week pulling weeds and harvesting the last of the lettuce, broccoli, and brussels sprouts from the Fall planting.

 I joined Janice last Saturday to continue weeding the beds.

We are experimenting with one of the beds to see if we can grow carrots from seeds. After I prepared the bed we sprinkled carrot seeds all over the bed and covered it with netting to keep the squirrels from digging up the bed . Wish us luck!

As for the new beds they are just begging to be planted in. So I did... well... only one bed and all I did was plant a hand full of sugar snap seeds. Janice is going to start some sugar snaps at home and we will plant them in a week or so.

As for the rest of the garden there is lots to do. The weeds are rapidly taking over the area around pumpkin hill and on the other side of the orchard. These areas will be great projects for some of the volunteer groups that will be coming out in the next few weeks. 

If you would like to join us in the garden check out our Calendar for drop in dates or contact Lynnelle Bilsey Volunteer Manager at 650-685-5880 x125 or email her at if you would like to schedule a group volunteer project.

We'll be in the Garden
Saturday Feb 5th 9:30 to 11:30am
Sunday Feb 13th  9:30 to Noon with Congregation Kol-Emeth
Monday Feb 14th 3:00 to 5:00pm with
Janice & Sam are in the garden Wednesdays 9:30 to 11:00

If you can't get out to join us consider donating vegetable seedlings. They can be dropped off at the front desk at 260 Van Buren Rd Menlo Park, CA 94025

The Winter Garden

Plum Trees in the Winter

A little bit of Spring
See you in the Garden!


  1. Love your vegie beds they look terrific! Why do you have trouble growing carrots from seed? It's the only way to get mine to grow. I would love a garden as big as yours to devote to vegies! Lovely.

  2. Mrs Bok - Thanks for stopping by! That does sound funny about the carrot seed. It's not so much the seeds that are the problem as it is the water. We only have drip lines at the Haven garden. I find in my own garden using an overhead watering system for starting seeds worked much better. Then once the seedling are big enough I change over to soaker hoses or drip lines. I wish my garden was as big as the Haven garden big too. My home garden is not even a 1/4 of the Haven garden. I'm only able to get out there on weekends that I am free or when we have a volunteer group coming out to help.

    You can check out my garden here...

  3. just found your blog! looking forward to watching the year of the garden grow!

  4. Bianca - Thanks for following!

  5. Love those garden beds! Much nicer than by cinderblock beds.

  6. Katrina _ Amy and her friends installed these bed back in 2005. They are holding up well. Thanks for stopping by. I really need to do an update to this blog.


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