Director of Operations of
the St. Charles Community Garden
Volunteer Director of the Dorothy Day Center, Marcus
Evans, and his daughter, use an electric roto-tiller
to prepare the organic garden. Right: The
first sunflower of the season
Ready to grow!
April 12, 2008
New compost bin
A group of volunteers
till the soil and prepare the beds for planting, St.
Charles Community Garden, April 2008. Right:
The Garden in mid June 2008
Amaranth, zucchini, and tomatoes
Right: Borage-an annual also known as starflower.
The blue/purple blooms are edible, good in salads
and taste like cucumber. Borage is a companion plant
for tomatoes and gives them a sweeter flavor when it
planting a pear tree
St. Charles Community Garden, mid-May
Cucumber vines climbing
The sunflowers have helped to create a microclimate
within our garden. We were still harvesting
leafy lettuce in late June due to the shade from the
sunflowers. Companion planting is highly
encouraged in our garden.
Left: A child
eating a tomato from the garden. We do not use
herbicides, pesticides or commercial fertilizers.
The food is safe to eat when we harvest it. Right:
Director of the Dorothy Day Center, Marcus Evans and
The Dorothy Day Center