Desperate for a dinner idea tonight I experimented with a new recipe. It's so easy and you can use any veggies you happen to have in your garden. Simply slice all veggies then toss in a bowl with olive oil, salt and pepper. I used a sweet onion, two garlic cloves, summer squash, green beans, diced tomatoes and some cherry tomatoes, fresh thyme & oregano. Roast at 450 for about 25 minutes, then toss with pasta, a little butter, and grated parmesan. It was surprisingly flavorful. My two year old son gobbled it down. I will be making this dish many more times experimenting with other veggies.
If you're a gardener in Colorado, you know it's not for the faint of heart. So far this year our Pere-Green Wildcat gardeners have faced gale force winds, record-setting temperatures, and an infestation of flea beetles. None of us would have guessed that our nascent community garden's next challenge would be wildfire.
I'm sure most Peregrine residents had a sleepless night on Tuesday, the first day of the evacuation. Seeing flames on the hill above us as we left our home, I thought there was no way it could be standing in the morning. At 2 a.m., when my racing thoughts turned to the community garden, it was almost too much to bear. This garden had been a testament to the power of community - our successful building day, our learning to build hoop tunnels to insulate our raised beds, attending gardening classes together, helping each other out with watering duties.
The next morning I was stunned to look through binoculars from the Best Buy parking lot and see Peregrine homes still standing - miraculous indeed. As our evacuation days mounted, however, I thought there was no way the garden could survive such intense temperatures without water. Finally on Monday I was able to visit the garden to survey the damage. I expected to find beds of browned, half-grown veggies. As I pulled into the south parking lot at Woodmen-Roberts Elementary it was full of disaster relief vehicles, and helicopters were still dumping water on a stubborn blaze on Blodgett. Walking up the steps from the parking lot I saw green! Upon closer inspection I found almost everything was still alive, the only damage being a few wilted plants. I was witnessing another miracle - this garden survived 6 days without water.
We are so grateful for our garden but more importantly for our friends and neighbors in Peregrine who weathered the storm together and came through unharmed.
Over 30 adults and lots of kids turned out to help build our garden on St. Patrick's Day. The 70 degree weather and spirit of cooperation led to a great day of community building. Thanks to everyone who came out to help!
The Pere-Green Wildcat Garden members will be selling baked goods this Saturday, February 18th, to help finance the garden's building materials. Stop by the Mount St. Francis Flea Market between 9 AM and 3 PM to support the efforts and take home some tasty treats. Most items will be priced at $1.
We’re official! The newly formed Pere-Green Wildcat Community Garden is located on the northeast corner of Woodmen Roberts Elementary School. We held our inaugural meeting on January 30th with over 20 future members in attendance. The enthusiasm was high.
This has truly been a community partnership with the school donating the land and the Peregrine HOA donating the fence. We’ll be building raised beds on Saturday, March 17th (weather permitting) so feel free to drop by to help or just provide encouragement.