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Kale has an eagerness to flourish known by many santa cruz gardeners. The fresh foggy air and mild central coast climate nourish kale plants throughout their lifecycle. As the plants grow, gardeners harvest the larger outside leaves and remove and wilted or damaged leaves periodically. This method allows the gardener to harvest a few leaves every week; each plant can live for several months with proper care. After harvesting, lightly steam the leaves with cooking oil and the sauce of your choice, lemon juice or soy sauce work great!
Emilio was taking care of the communal areas of the garden this morning. After irrigating his own parcel, he began the task of tending the gladiolas, corn, roses, and cilantro that line walkways of the garden. In the heat of the summer he starts watering early to conserve. By irrigating in the morning, Emilio gives the water more time to soak in before evaporating in the heat of the day.
One of the garden’s most prolific treats; any gardener knows that keeping up with the harvesting can be a challenge.
Every gardener deserves a space for flowers. They bring pollinators and beauty of the garden. Orange, red purple and pink are the colors of the day.
The Beach Flats garden is being threatened with closure again.
The City of Santa Cruz and The Santa Cruz Seaside Company, owner of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, are negotiating a deal for partial closure of the garden at the end of this year. We can not let this happen, our community relies on this space for access to healthy food and community space. Our elected officials need to work together to prioritize this public space, and create a permanent solution to it’s preservation and support.
More info coming soon!