Growers and Eaters by the Beach (Pod) New Jersey


Growers and Eaters by the Beach (Pod) New Jersey

We are a food, seed and information swap team. Trading what we have in abundance.

Location: Little Silver/Red Bank, NJ
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Latest Activity: May 23, 2011

There is room at the Fair Haven Fields

Hey Friends,
There is still room at Fair Haven Fields for anyone who does not have space to grow at home. Here is the down low;

There are still a few 20'x20' plots ($20.00/plot) available in the FHF Garden. The contact person is Judy Fuller, 36 Elmwood Lane, FH. 07704. -you don't have to be a FH resident.

How does your garden grow? For those of you who've put in seeds they should be making an appearance. Be aware that some things like lettuce, arugula and spinach will grow rapidly when its really warm out and if it gets hot they will want to bolt (go to seed), it all depends on how the season progresses. Just watch for this and pick often. You will have the opportunity to plant all these things again in the late summer for autumn harvest.

If you are growing anything in the brassica family; kale, broccoli, brussell sprouts, cauliflower, in order to fend off insect damage, you might want to cover them now with some agricultural fabric, aka; Agribon, which you can get from Johnny's or Peaceful Valley.

Peas need to have a trellis if you put them in, they can do without but they do better with some kind of fence to climb up on and it keeps order in the garden by them not sprawling into other territory. This is important especially if you have limited space and have something growing next door!

I'm seeing tomatoes and basil in all the stores and they are shivering. If you are tempted, be advised that IT IS TOO EARLY TO PLANT!!!!!!!!! Better you should do a mercy purchase by taking them home and bringing them indoors until there proper planting date which is May 15th. If its a nice day set them in a protected area outside but be sure to bring them in at night.
They are too tender to leave out in the cold nights!!!

Keep in mind as you are planning your gardens to plant extra for the hungry. The Lunch Break will take any of vegetables and turn it into something they can use. Their numbers are way up and they can use it. Last week I brought them Collard Greens and Russin Kale that was about to flower (they were wintered over and in beautiful shape, I needed the space and they had to go). So think ahead for what you can grow for people who need fresh local produce.

If you have any questions about any of this stuff, give me a shout.


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I am leading a class of students age 5-12 in planning and planting a garden at my school. I am wondering if any one knows of some great places to take a field trip in the Monmouth County area. We…Continue

Started by Kadi Cook. Last reply by Wendy Weiner May 5, 2010.

Lets Meet Again

We will be having our second gathering on the 17th, 6:30 at Diane Pekmezians house.  We'll gather to share food from our gardens or lawn and talk about our experiences, skill sets and future…Continue

Started by Wendy Weiner Apr 28, 2010.

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Comment by Pete Stajk on May 15, 2010 at 5:59pm
Hey Wendy,

Any details for the meeting on Tuesday night? What is Diane's address so I can google map it to get there :)

p.s. to the group ... I double dug 60 square feet of my 100 square foot garden so far. It is back breaking work! I decided to do it the hard way rather than lay down newspaper or cardboard over the grass and dump soil on top from Molzon's. I did end up buying a yard of his mushroom compost, laid that on top of the bed, and it mixed in while I dug. Worked pretty well ... pictures to come as soon as I finish tomorrow. Corn doing really well in greenhouse as are tomatoes, lettuce, and others. Grew bush beans but a little disappointed in the germination rate / look of the plants. Some of the leaves are very dried up and unhealthy looking. I grew the seeds in a seed starting mixture of milled sphagnum moss, perlite, and vermiculite. Most sprouted very well, but the problem with that mixture is that there are next to no nutrients, so I guess that explains the unhealthy appearance. I was not sure what kind of organic fertilizer I could have used to maybe nurse them along before transplanting them into the garden bed. Tricky stuff.

Also, my sweet and hot pepper seeds were a huge let down. None of them germinated for me. I guess the smaller the seed, the more it needs to be raised in a truly temperate and steady climate with constant attention. Corn and beans grew fine I guess because they were bigger and hardier. Small eggplant seeds did grow well though as did pumpkin and watermelon. Experimenting with starting seeds gives you a lot to learn.

See you guys Tuesday at Diane's!

Comment by Pete Stajk on May 4, 2010 at 12:06pm
Comment by Debbie Peterson on May 1, 2010 at 6:13am
I have copious amounts of oregano if anyone would like some--let me know! It's a powerful anti-bacterial herb and it's got super high levels of antioxidants. And it tastes great in tomato sauce and salad dressings!
Comment by Kimberly Roy on April 29, 2010 at 3:51am
Nice Greenhouse Pete! That's awesome. I have extras of various of seeds, if you want any let me know.
Comment by Wendy Weiner on April 28, 2010 at 10:36am
Growers and Eaters by the Beach
Change the date for our next gathering!
I mistakenly sent you the wrong date. Same place on Tuesday the 18th at 6:30. I'll send an e-mail with directions if you need them.
Comment by Wendy Weiner on April 27, 2010 at 4:57pm
Great job Pete!!!!!!!!!!! Looks good, dont worry about heat until next fall.
Comment by Pete Stajk on April 27, 2010 at 4:46pm
Here's the inside ... I've got tomato plants from Sickles waiting to be planted soon + corn and sweet and hot peppers started on the bench.

My only issue right now is heating this darn thing over night and getting an air-tight seal.

Comment by Pete Stajk on April 27, 2010 at 4:41pm
Hey guys, check out the new greenhouse! (I posted all of my pics on the Facebook page, but here are a few.)

Making strides finally - slowly but surely : )

Comment by Wendy Weiner on April 11, 2010 at 7:01pm
where did you find that air head video. How about slavery on the east coast... wtf?
Comment by Pete Stajk on April 11, 2010 at 10:10am
If you want a really good laugh, watch this ...

We need more solutions like this in New Jersey ; )

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