Even though the rain clouds keep rolling in, the Bounty Garden is alive with activity!  In April, it wasn’t normal for us to be fretting about when the soil would be warm enough to plant our tender Warm Season seedlings, but we were.  But we also knew there was plenty of work to be done to prepare the soil in our beds before a seed could be planted.

So with our beanies instead of our sun hats on, we went to our beds and were we pleasantly surprised!  The double-cut red clover crop planted last Fall by our 2018 volunteers flourished in our unseasonably wet Spring.  The ample nitrogen-rich roots and carbon-filled clover were met by gardeners keen to get their hands in the soil. After tilling in the chopped clover and waiting a few weeks for it to “cool,” this year’s energetic group of volunteers …

 (2019 Bounty Gardeners)

… added worm castings, compost and leaf mold to their beds’ soil and were ready to plant.  But the temperatures were not and so we waited. And waited a bit more…until the soil thermometer finally read 60 degrees (the very minimal temp for our Warm Season crops)!

And then planting began… bean, squash and cucumber seeds… tomato, eggplant and pepper seedlings …

We weren’t the only ones excited for the beds to be brimming with young and tender seedlings, though.  Quickly, all kinds of Park critters made their presence known. And so, it was time to “cage” our seedlings …

Hive Members Making Cages

(Hive members, Sandra, Mike and Kathy, making cages)


With our cover crops sewn in, the beds amended and planted, and our most vulnerable seedlings protected, we look forward to the addition of SUNSHINE!  Then, it will be only a matter of months before our tiny, vulnerable seedlings are but a memory and our beds will be overflowing with harvests, like these from last year…

While the cool temps and the rains have made this a very unusual start to our growing season, it has been a wonderfully inspirational one.  We are so impressed with the patience and vision of our volunteers. The attention they have given to the soil may well be rewarded with one of our most abundant harvest seasons yet! We’ll see!

We hope you will pop in to the Garden and share stories of how your garden is faring so far this unusual Spring!

With warm regards,  The Hive