Spring is here, and the garden is growing! Thanks to a very special donor, Richard Rossi, The Landing has new greenhouse. We will be growing a wide variety of veggies over the next few months. As each comes into harvest, we’ll chop and freeze it for our future batches of mash. Not only does this save us with our fresh food expenses, but the birds that pass through The Landing adoption center will have a great boost in the freshest of nutrition. We’ll post updated photos throughout the year to show how the garden grows and how it brings joy and great value to the adoptable parrots of Phoenix Landing!!
We just had the first major harvest of several varieties of kale, chard and spinach. We chopped them into small pieces and put in the freezer for future use. Greens are one of the best sources of calcium and vitamin A – two essential nutritional needs of our parrots. We are already longing for an industrial food processor, because we are looking forward to an amazing harvest of fruits and veggies this year.
Thanks to Penny Coghe and Kathy Kocsan, we now have an orchard as well! It includes pear, peach, and apple trees, as well several blueberry bushes. Laura Ford topped it off with some gooseberry bushes for fruit and some butterfly bushes for extra parrot fun and foraging.
Stay tuned to learn more about the gardeners that made this wonderful resource possible!
what a great idea and such generous donors you have! I would also plant some nasturtiums along the perimeter of the beds. They would keep the pests away from the gorgeous kale and lettuces and are also a great edible flower and leaves to add to birds’ diet.
Thanks Irina. We do have lots of nasturtiums planned! You’re right, the birds enjoy these flowers and they are so healthy as well.
You inspire all of us! 🙂
Terrific garden!! Don’t forget to plan your fall crops, too. Broccoli, carrots, cauliflower and radishes do so well if you start them in late August for an October harvest. I do a spring and fall planting of them all, which keeps my guys going all year.
Oh!!! Before it slips my little mind… you can use the paper from the cages as well! That’s what I’m doing in my raised beds now. As it breaks down it’ll help feed the soil and blocks the weeds.
Plant Double French Marigolds along the outside of the fence to keep rabbits and deer away as well as bugs, too.