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  (Zebulon, North Carolina)
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Franklin County Farm in Today's News & Observer

Labor of love bears fruit - Food - NewsObserver.com: http://bit.ly/arrgZf - Heartwarming. Farm is built to be wheelchair accessible!
 
 

Gardens winding down but still productive

We were able to gather a lot of produce this week for the Saturday food giveaway. We even had enough food to give some to the Louisburg soup kitchen. Even though it is late in the growing season (August) the gardens are still kicking out peas, beans, tomatoes, and peppers like crazy.

Thanks to Serve.Gov, Bill G. found us and came out Thursday and helped us pick throughout the morning at three big gardens. Nadia also came and helped Frank and I pick.

We were sorry to see at one of the donated gardens where we pick that the cucumbers had overripened and been lost. Still, we had a full car full of food — and more gardeners dropped off boxes of more: cantaloupes, cucumbers, zucchinis, and more!

During the giveaway, many families and providers stopped by and picked up several bags each of produce. We were able to give away hundreds of tomatoes (everyone around here seems to still be getting tons of tomatoes).

 
 

Tomatoes on the vine and more news from Bunn NC

Well, things at the Bunn Sharing Garden are popping!  The flowers on the tomatoes and tomatillos have made way for tomatoes hanging on the plants.  We're hopeful tomatillos will soon follow. 

Tomatoes hanging despite the Colorado Potato Beetles that attacked!  We attacked back today with some Bonide chemicals (one of the better, hopefully less toxic ones) and hand-removal of the larva from the plants.

We also saw some flowers coming up on the Hatch's chile peppers.

Okra, cucumbers, watermelons, peas (many rows), beans (several types), cantaloupe, squash, and more are growing taller and taller in the garden.  We put some good fertilizer on the 2 acres today; a suggested 10-10-10 plus extra minerals including iron.

Mr. Groundhog continues snacking on plants, but a small percentage have been harmed... and the good news is that the plants he nibbled are growing new leaves.  We're hopeful that many of them will recover.

So.... anyway, with tomatoes on the plants and flowers spreading, we are hopeful we are on track to start giving food away (free to all comers and food banks) by the middle of June.

 
 
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