The Grow A
Are you looking for a place downtown to donate your
extra greens, onions, beans, peas and other fresh vegetables? The Samaritan Centre houses the Elgin Street Mission,
the Blue Door Soup Kitchen, and the Corner Clinic.
These organizations serve over 300 meals per day, and need fresh veggies for
soups and salads. To donate, please bring your fresh, washed, produce to the receiving doors at
the back of the Samaritan Centre any time of the year - thank you!
Foodshed Project will continue to coordinate the Grow A Row program in 2013.
Contact Doreen Ojala, Grow A Row Volunteer Coordinator to register at GrowARowGreaterSudbury@gmail.com.
Grow peas, beans, carrots, onions and salad greens to donation to local food banks,
or for your own family. Please register for the program, and for food growing,
preserving and seed saving workshops.
Grow-A-Row Garden Calendar
Cut-And-Come-Again Lettuce - many types of lettuce
can be cut down and will regrow, be careful not to pull it out at the
Donate the following to your local food bank! Peas, Beans,
Onions, Carrots and Salad Greens!
Visit us on Facebook to view pictures of the Grow A Row program - cut
and paste this link into your browser! http://www.facebook.com/#!/growarowpeas
Beans - green beans are pole or bush varieties. Bush beans are easier to harvest, but take up more square footage in your garden. Indeterminate vine beans will grow upwards on trellises, but should be secured as they grow. Direct seed into well-drained warm soil. Beans have shallow roots, so be careful when weeding and walking near them. Beans are average feeders - avoid high nitrogen fertilizers. Amend soil with well composted manure. Avoid watering on the vines and leaves, as this could spread diseases. Mulch to cover roots.
- harvest in 50 - 70 days, pulling gently from the vine
- beans can become overgrown and tough in a short time
- harvest young tender beans continuously, or harvest seed in fall
Direct seed, and thin to one inch apart after germination. Carrots require a great deal of moisture. Add mature compost to amend heavy soil. Sow at three week intervals for a continuous harvest from mid-May to early July. Can use floating row covers to reduce moisture loss when first seeded. Carrots can grow in shade, but prefer full sun. Harvest some early as “baby carrots”. Keep your patch weed-free, and avoid walking near plants. Harvest mature carrots in late fall, and store indoors in a cool moist location.
- harvest in 55 -95 days, pick as “baby carrots” when young
- harvest when soil is moist, and use a garden fork
- late carrots are harvested in October for winter storage
Loosen the soil for at least six inches deep, and remove all clumps. There are many types of onions, including green, storage, sweet, red, white, yellow, bunching, pickling and more. Green onions can tolerate partial shade. All onions are day-length sensitive, and will need at least 12 hours of daily sunlight to set bulbs. Onions are difficult to grow from seed, use onion sets instead.
- bulb onions require 80-150 days to mature
- all onions can be harvested early as green onions
- harvest when leaves loose their colour and have stopped growing
There are three types of peas - Garden peas (eat the seed only), Sugar Snap peas (eat the pods and the seeds), and Snow peas (flat pods in Chinese food). Vining indeterminate varieties will produce over a longer period of time. Peas require full sun in the spring. Peas are climbing plants, and need to be secured. If peas die from ground up, it may mean a fungal disease - prevent by ensuring that soil drains well. Avoid heavy watering during flowering. Peas do best in cool weather.
- harvest 60 days after planting, two weeks after they flower
- start picking when pods fill out and they are bright green
- indeterminant vining will continue to produce pods until frost
Lettuce is categorized into
crisphead, butterhead, loose leaf and romaine. It likes well-drained soil with compost, and can grow in somewhat sandy soil. Lettuce can be direct seeded or transplanted. Space lettuce roughly 6 inches apart.
Mulch with organic material around the base of your plants to retain needed moisture. Leaf lettuce can
be picked continuously as a “cut-and-come-again” crop (the leaves will
regrow). Snap off mature outer leaves before they become bitter, and leave the rest to grow. Lettuce is a
shallow-rooted crop - be careful when harvesting. Please note that other greens, such as kale, radicchio, and swiss chard, are also great salad green donations.
- harvest as soon as the plant leaves are large enough
- harvest in the morning for maximum freshness
- be careful to not pull out the roots
Spinach is a cool weather crop, and likes fertile well drained soil. Spinach likes a neutral soil, and will turn yellowish brown if the pH drops below 6.0 - adding lime will prevent this. Direct seed and thin plants down to a three inch space. Spinach can be continuously harvested as a “cut-and-come-again” crop,
especially if planted in shaded areas to prevent bolting. Break outside leaves off cleanly. Spinach only
survives in late spring or fall. Like all vegetables, there are many different varieties of spinach available.
- matures quickly, within six weeks, then flowers and forms seeds
- harvest baby greens at 3-4 inches, leaves bruise easily
- break cleanly at base, picking outside leaves first