It’s a beautiful one here in Appleton as Sustainable Lawrence University Gardens enters July of our summer season. We have a lot to catch up on, so let’s get started.
The summer has been amazing so far- so many beautiful growing opportunities (both personal and agriculturally) for the garden. We have a full crew this summer-two managers, Aiden Campbell and Cate Bentley, (as well as the expertise of next year’s co-manager, Abigail Hindson before she jetted off to Argentina) and a few summer interns! Tracy Johnson, Will Gislason, and Jake Valente are all putting in 10+ hours a week helping the managers and leading summer garden hours, which are below. Hours occur daily from 6am-10am, as well as Tuesday/Thursday from 6pm-8pm. We’ve been inviting the campus staff, faculty, and student summer residents to come get dirty with us! Here is our poster:
In addition to garden hours, we also compost weekly, collecting compost from Bon Appetit Catering, Copper Rock cafe, Harmony Cafe, and Aspen Cafe. It’s a beautiful thing, staying connected to the Appleton community with a sustainable purpose. It’s so lovely!
So far, we’ve encountered a few tricksters, but have all of our beds planted! When you run a sustainable and organic garden, a lot of different factors are at play. The garden sees it’s far share of woodchucks (all named Buttons,) rabbits, weeds, voles, bugs, and turtles. We recently found a whole spattering of turtle eggs in our wood-chip pile! We do not use pesticides or herbicides, but instead use alternative methods (like planting certain greens in a line vs randomly seeding to trick bugs,) to combat the few, and totally normal, obstacles we encounter in our space. Cate calls it “Guerilla Gardening”. It’s very chic. :)
As of right now, we have many things growing and doing beautifully:
- Tomatoes, (green zebra, san marzano, brandywine, and suzanne varieties),
- pole beans
- greens (kale, mizuna, chard, tot soi, arugula)
- herbs (basil, thyme, parsley, oregano, mint, chocolate mint, terragon, catnip!)
- an ABUNDANCE OF CHIVES!
and introducing our new perennial food forest:
- berry bushes (buffalo berries, black berries, raspberries)
- trees (peach, apple, pears)
We will continue to post sporadically and keep the interwebs updated on what’s happening down in the garden. We are looking forward to giving staff tours, tours to Appleton businesses, harvesting herbs and peas for staff sales, continuing our relationship with Riverview Gardens, and breathing in the beautiful rain that we’ve gotten so much of! :)
Thank you for reading, and enjoy the summer! If you have any questions, email:
Vernon and Veronica, Resident Voles of SLUG
Babe Aiden getting ready for early morning garden hours!
A panorama of Tracy working in the sun.
The view from Memorial Hill.
The inside of our 90ft hoophouse!