Two ideas that I would like you to cogitate upon -
First and most important – there are new ways to serve at Genesis Gardens (GG from now on in this post), which as all of you dedicated Christ Church Garden (CCG, I am a lazy typist) Blog readers know, is one of our two parents organizations.
Go to http://mlf.org/community-first/volunteersgg/ and see the opportunities.
This is how I see this working with our CCG efforts. Your group or family or self (whoever and however you decide to serve) comes to our CCG site and works there, the usual stuff – water, weed, fertilize and harvest (leaving the drip system on). Then, when done at CCG, head over to join Steven Hebbard at the main GG sites, of course, you had the good courtesy to sign up and let Steven know when you expect to be there, which he ask to be before 9:30 am -
- When you go to http://mlf.org/community-first/volunteersgg/, scroll down until you see “Farm Development”.
- You click “sign up” for your date and when the sign up page comes up, there is a comment box. In that box, put that you are coming from CCG and what time you expect to arrive. Give them your cell so they can contact you if anything changes.
- The address is 5800 Johnny Morris Austin, TX 78724
Then after working there, you gather for a community brunch with the main GG team and other volunteers.(then go turn the drip system off at CCG. This will solve the issue that we frequently don’t water long or deep enough for our plants)
This will provide more contact with GG and other churches / groups in our community that are cool enough to work with GG. It will also solve one of the issues that I think prevents people from serving at CCG – the idea that it is kind of insulating service and it is hard to grasp that you are serving God and His people when you are just out digging in the dirt by yourself, even though YOU ARE. So this will bridge that gap – you’ll see what we are doing in the bigger picture and break bread with those you serve and serve with, which is very Christ like indeed.
So chew on that, would you!
Second and of less importance -
Earlier this week I joked about what a 78704 hipster cool guy our scarecrow would be if we had one, and the response has been overwhelming – the people want a hipster scarecrow! Skinny jeans, ironic t-shirt, fedora, horn rim glasses, vintage pumas. What fun we could have.
If you or your group has a creative bent, or has outgrown your hipster clothes (either emotionally or physically), please volunteer to build us a scarecrow. I’ll get the post and hay, you bring the cool.
Fall has arrived! The kids are back in school and here in Austin it is … still 100 degrees. It will change eventually. In the mean time, whining failing to help anything, we, as a community of faith, prepared our beds for fall planting.
Irish Mike brought one of his young ones out to join me and one of our brood in the garden Saturday morning. The kids played in the mulch and on the play set while Mike and I tilled the beds, added compost and added fertilizer (organic! For the love, please calm down out there.) Mike noted that the hardwood mulch (locally sourced! Really, this garden is up to Austin standards – if we had a scarecrow, it would have skinny jeans, an ironic t-shirt and very tasteful tattoos) that we put out in spring is now nicely broken down, so we just tilled it into the soil with the other amendments. That will add organic matter, drainage and aeration to the soil. It is all about the good fluffy soil, so don’t walk on the beds, please.
All that goodness will hang out together in the earth and mellow for the next two weeks and then -
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH AT 9 AM
COME ONE, COME ALL!!! WE WILL PLANT LIKE WE MEAN IT, BECAUSE WE DO. WE REALLY MEAN IT.
SIGN UP NOW!!! BUILD COMMUNITY!!! SERVE THE LORD!!! MAKE ME STOP SCREAMING, IT IS MAKING MY HEAD HURT!!!
August 31st – Christ Church Men pre-College Football Work party. Are you a man? Prove it. Come out and spread some compost.
September 14th – Friesen Small Group / Fall Planting Extravaganza
September 21st – Chilton / McAlister
September 28th – Foulkrod Family (also this year’s winner for coolest last name at Christ Church, beating McCool 30-29)
October 5th – Coelho Groupo
October 12th – Christ Church Youth Group! On Sunday the 13th.
October 19th – Chilton / McAlister
October 26th -
November 2nd -
November 9th -
November 16th – Chilton / McAlister
Well, we’ve really let ourselves go this past month. If it wasn’t for Seth Henry harvesting the last of the tomatoes and watermelons, I don’t know what we would have done. Thanks again, Seth!
But, even though it is August and 98 degrees, we have faith that fall is coming. And fall in Texas is good for gardening (If not for leaf changes and not sweating). So, given that we believe fall to be approaching and know that fall is good times for vegetables, we will prepare to for this to occur.
First thing first – cleaning out the remnants of the summer garden. Everything must go! Saturday, Saturday, Saturday!!! 8 am until done! It is a clearance super sale!!!
Ok, nothing will actually be for sale. But we are going to clear everything out, veg or weed, and get the soil ready for fall. Please join me if you like stooping manual labor, sweating and general suffering.You know who you are.
My next post will be a fall gardening schedule, so be sure to sign up you, your people and your people’s people to work in the garden.
The summer marches on and has been a typical Texas one. Volunteerism at the garden is down, beer consumption at the whip in while watering is up. It didn’t rain in the May, but decided to in July. Here is what has been happening out there the past month or so -
- tomatoes are still going. They quit setting fruit when it gets to be over 95 because they, like most rational beings, think that is too hot to be productive. But maybe they set a new bunch during our July wet / cool spell. We’ll see soon enough.
- Green beans are gone. Venerunt, quae sunt infixa. They came, they produced, they fixed (nitrogen). (And to my Latin teacher, Mr. So and So – OK. you were right. I didn’t apply myself and I don’t understand Latin. But now, I have google! Ha!)
- The cucumbers keep producing, so they get to stay another week or two
- Watermelons and Musk Melon are going strong and producing. Talk about a blessing – cool, sweet, crisp watermelon on a hot summer day. That is Love for those in need. Now, Musk Melons are another story. See rant linked above.
- Bermuda grass continues to thrive. I dislike it. Strongly dislike it.
- Okra seedlings are doing OK- we should have a big crop of okra in late August / early September. Yes, okra!
- All this stuff will stay in until Septemberish, when we will put in our fall garden. So start motivating your small group, family, youth group, vestry, staff, and, my favorite fictional group, the men’s auxiliary to sign up to work in the garden this fall. Get to know your fellow Christ Churchonian by working side by side for good!
The Christ Church Garden owes a large debt of gratitude to the Sims family for coming out on Saturday morning! They saved the day just as I was explaining the difference between green and red tomatoes (and the importance of distinguishing between the two definitively prior to the removal of said tomato from the vine) for the eighteenth time to my short garden helper, and I was beginning to think that A) he is color blind or B) he likes to watch me make the sad face when he picks green tomatoes or C) he is three. (The correct answer is C, if you are wondering.) I had already decided that I would come back to the garden later in the weekend without Shorty McGrabberson, when the Sims came around the corner to the rescue!
The entire Sims family came – they brought their two children and Jenny’s parents and sister, visiting from Dallas. The whole crew got to work and I mean to tell you, look out garden. They were on fire. Harvesting, weeding, watering – they did it all. I showed our little helper the joys of mulch moving, which are many, and that kept him entertained while I wove the melon vines up on the fence. Afterward, we played on the playground and it was a glorious, community filled day serving the Lord.
You can get part of that, too, dear reader! Get you and yours out to the garden for service, love and fun. (Man, I make the garden sound like a good thing. I can’t wait to get out there!)