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.
The corn is 7’ tall, and made an ample feast for the raccoons that live in the storm drain across the street. They did not read the sign admonishing to pick only one and leave some for others. Fortunately, we are enjoying abundant harvests of the other crops. The pumpkins are ripening and should be harvestable next week.
We've also added a biodynamic compost stack, installed during the workshop with George Patton and Sheryl Spangler at the end of July.
Our olives are coming ripe about a month ahead of schedule. Our tree, on the Del Mar yard, is heavily laden with fruit. We plan to do an initial harvest this coming Wednesday, September 14, around 10 a.m. We also plan to workshop olive brining, at a date to be determined.
We are also looking into a workshop on kombucha and kimchi. Again, dates to be determined.
And last, but not least, we are developing a half hour earth-based garden meditation at Throop on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. beginning Sunday, September 25. The meditation will be non-denominational, but structured for a short, seated time, then a walking meditation. The focus will be deepening our connection to the earth.
— January Nordman