Throop Learning Garden enjoyed a “super bloom” of wildflowers this spring, thanks to an abundance of winter rain. Our orchard also responded to the rains by producing an abundance of fruit. Our apricots, blackberries, and blueberries have all been harvested and enjoyed. Plum, apples, persimmons, pomegranates, and figs are still to come.
What a bounty our olive tree provides!
Our abundant olive crop began ripening in mid September, a full month from our projected harvest time. We were looking to set up workshop dates for late October, but quickly realized the crop would be diminished by then. So we got busy and started harvesting.
The harvest looked like an immense undertaking. Our olive tree bent with fruit. We began midweek with just two of us hand-picking. We picked about ½ gallon.
It has been a busy summer at Throop Learning Garden. Many thanks to all who have volunteered their energies and insights.
This summer George Patton and our crew built a hugelkultur/ waffle garden behind the Los Robles bus stop. We planted a Three Sisters-style garden, based on corn, beans, and squash. We also added peppers, sunflowers, pumpkins, tomatoes, and okra.
Throop Learning Garden Workshop, July 31, 2016What makes good compost?
George Patton and Sheryl Spangler led our gathered gardeners on a sultry Saturday morning in late July to explore all things compost. We began with a review of what had been constructed at Throop.
Sundays — 8:30 to 10:30 am
Throop Memorial Church
300 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena
Spring rains encouraged a riot of wildflowers. We revel in the beauty and bounty of the garden.
We planted blueberries with the “Kids Dig In’” children’s program at Throop. The shrubs were planted in large containers in late March. Already they have nearly doubled in size and are covered with tiny blueberries.