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Open garden (or, our beautiful, productive chaos)

2014 May 26
by Rachel Turiel

The two pound bok choi bomb

We’re hosting an Open Garden, June 1st 10am – 12pm.

* Stroll around at your leisure and/or get your questions answered.

* See what we’re already harvesting in quantity (arugula, lettuce, kale, spinach, chard, bok choi, radishes, parsley, cilantro, rhubarb) AKA every adult family member is required to eat a large salad daily.

* Check out the backyard chicken operation.

* See what we start from seed indoors and what we direct-sow.

* Compost tours.

* Learn how we have fruit already set on tomatoes (growing outside) without any grow lights or extra heat.

* Take a trip down into the root cellar.

* Learn which weeds we eat and which we pull.

* See how much fruit, vegetables and herbal medicine can be pumped out of 1/8 acre in town.

* See how we work with the challenges of this elevation (hot days, cold nights, quick season, general aridity).

* See how we take advantage of microclimates within one property.

* Enjoy the beautiful chaos.


Sunday, June 1st 10am-12pm (come anytime within these two hours)

Suggested donation: $5/family

E-mail me for directions sanjuandrive(at)frontier(dot)net

12 Responses leave one →
  1. Susan S permalink
    May 26, 2014

    Oh HOLY COW, would I love to accept your invitation! If I send you $10, would you consider making a video of the highlights and posting it to YouTube? If it goes well (how could it not?), you could expand into seasonal videos–this is how we put the garden to bed in the wintertime, this is how we store root veg, how to make and use a cold frame, how to save seeds, etc., etc. I would definitely subscribe! Regardless, I am SO excited for you and all the people who will be taking you up on your fantastic invitation! Have a wonderful time, won’t you?

    • Rachel Turiel permalink
      May 26, 2014

      Thanks for your encouragement and enthusiasm, and reminding me about the root cellar (just added it to the list of check-outables).
      I’m learning that it takes me about a year to put things into motion. I first had the idea for monthly garden tours last summer, and voila…here we are!

      (So, Youtube videos could be coming…in like, 2 more years) :)

  2. May 26, 2014

    I wholeheartedly agree with Susan here. And with your response ;o)

    Aside from that, I think Rose and the fantastic bok choi (this sounds just like a Roadl Dahl novel) come from the very same place.

    Wait a minute… they do :o)

  3. May 26, 2014

    I wish I could be there. You’ll just have to keep us posted with Summer planting and harvestign updates. Love you! Laura

  4. May 26, 2014

    would love to come and have some of your secrets revealed! Maybe in a year :)

  5. Michele permalink
    May 26, 2014

    OOOHHHHH!!! I wish I could come! Any thoughts on how to organically battle morning glories that insist on being glorious in the place we’d like to grow vegetables? They are so hard to get rid of and continue to take over our other plants :(.

    • Rachel Turiel permalink
      May 26, 2014

      Morning glories are very good at self-sowing, and are annuals (unless you’re talking about bindweed, same family, terrible perennial). Annuals typically have shallow root systems and are easy to pluck. The younger the easier. Soon as you see the little winged first leaves (“seed leaves”) of the morning glory, pull them!

  6. Andrea permalink
    May 27, 2014

    This has got to be the greatest tease of my life right now.

  7. May 27, 2014

    Darn! We’re going to miss this by a day. I’d love to see how you combat the wild spring temperature variations. I hope you have a great turnout!

  8. May 28, 2014

    Hi mates, its enormous post on the topic of teachingand fully explained, keep it up all the time.

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