The garden is a Memorial Garden, a garden of benevolence, a garden of love. It is a gift to our community from the God of Love, Jesus the Christ. The first “seeds” for our garden have come from members of the congregation and a designation from the congregation’s memorial funds. These seeds have brought us to the beginning of a journey that will last for many years. Guided by the Holy Spirit we will plow forth until row upon row of our work is accomplished and our community is better nourished. The Lord invites you all to be part of His work on earth strengthening and feeding His children. The garden is made possible by generous donations from the community, and grants from the Alaska Food Policy Council through the Municipality of Anchorage, the Alaska Women's Giving Circle, generous support by the congregation of Lutheran Church of Hope, and support from the Alaska Synod of the ELCA.

Food from the garden in 2018 was sent to Lutheran Social Services Food Pantry, the Tudor Road Gospel Rescue Mission, and to Bean's Cafe.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Pepper Update 3/3

The peppers are doing quite well. Even though the plants are only about 6 inches tall some already have blossom buds on them. They seem to have liked the transplant to the 4 inch pots. Probably won't be long 'til I will have to redo them again. I will give it a couple of more weeks.

I did put some Osmocote on them. I just used a few pellets on each plant. The leaves on some of them were starting to a little yellow. The Osmocote seems to have fixed the problem. Osmocote is a pelleted fertilizer. Supposed to work for 6 months with each use. The granules or pellets dissolve slowly over time to feed the plants. It looks from the percentages of nutrients that it is 5-3-4. Probably too much nitrogen but we will see what happens. Generally flowering and fruiting plants like more potassium and phosphorus than nitrogen.

The plants look great. I am surprised by the blossoms but that's great as well. I will probably take one for a door prize at the next Master Gardener's meeting in three weeks. I think it will be well received.

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