The Lewisburg Community Garden finished up all of its operations on Thursday, December 3rd. After two straight days of rain, our volunteers came out in good numbers and pulled out all the remaining plants left for the year. A few of our friends from Lambda Chi Alpha at Bucknell were instrumental in helping us haul away all the excess green matter for composting. Two of our volunteers helped us end our season extension efforts by harvesting all the remaining spinach, kale, lettuce, and carrots. In total, we harvested 17 pounds of carrots and another 14 pounds of kale to add to our astonishing 113.25 pounds of kale grown or gleaned this year. We also dug up our horseradish, which was much smaller than I was expecting (but still made my eyes water a little from that aroma). A few of our plot renters left behind carrots, brussel sprouts, and kale which we happily gleaned.
With our season extension efforts over, now all that is left at the garden are empty raised beds, a couple of stray weeds, and our garlic and onions to overwinter. After a tough summer out in the sun, I think there’s a few of us who wouldn’t mind sitting down in the garden with a big cup of hot chocolate and watch the cover crop sway gently in the breeze.
In total, the Lewisburg Community Garden narrowly surpassed our goal of growing 2,500 pounds of produce. We grew and/or gleaned 2,507.6 pounds of produce this year, 100% of which was donated and used locally. The varmints got to some of our favorite crops and never gave them much of a chance. Next year, we’re going to win the battle with the groundhogs.
Just kidding little buddy. We wouldn’t hurt you.