Ted Hall
April 18, 2009 | Gardens | Ted Hall

Busy Day at LMR Rutherford Gardens

Courtney Delello held an audience at rapt attention today for her lecture, Starting Your Spring Garden, which is part of our ongoing Sustainable Student Series.

Courtney Delello LMR Rutherford Gardens ManagerThe seminar attracted more than 40 students, a number of whom were participants in previous sessions in the series. We are blessed to have a teacher as talented as Courtney as our farm production manager. She is a former a faculty member in the Agriculture/Natural Sciences Department at Santa Rosa Junior College where she continues to teach in the evening program. Not surprisingly, Courtney's lectures are well-prepared and delivered with enthusiasm and commitment.

Seedlings for sale

Courtney shared many tips on how and when to plant. While many were anxious and ready to plant tomatoes in anticipation of the wonderful bounty of the summer, Courtney cautioned that we can still expect frost until about May 7th here in the Napa Valley. As a result, we will not offer tomato plants for sale until our grand opening for the season on Saturday, May 2. We did have many different plants on offer, including strawberries, lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli, and parsley.  Many students and visitors were seen carting plants away for the backyard.

Organic eggs for sale We also offered our full marketplace array of olive oil, grass-fed beef, eggs, and fresh organic produce. We even had some of our "secret" olive oil cake to accompany a cup of coffee for the early arrivals.

The eggs continue to be a big draw.  Laddie's flocks are really starting to roll with the warmer days (and nights). And, with the introduction of many new hens, we have more "workers." We have even more on the way as Laddie nurtured a batch of new chicks in the brooder through cold nights during February and March.

At the moment we have three different sizes of eggs with Jumbos from the mature girls and "Pullet" eggs from the youngsters bracketing our Regular eggs in size.

Marilu planting broccoliAs the ground warms and the risk of frost subsides, we'll soon have much of the garden planted. At the moment the green house is bursting with new starts. But, we have already started putting plants in the ground. While Courtney was busy giving her lecture, just a few feet away Marilu Martinez was busy putting broccoli in the ground on a beautiful day.


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