Look East Community Garden Looks to Harvest Bumper Crop

Each year the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issues a planting intentions report of what crops farmers will plant. At Look East, we took a similar poll of our employee owners, asking what they are planting in their Community Garden plots. Below are the answers our team gave on what to expect growing from the Community Garden or their personal garden plots.

 Susan Mires

My one rule of gardening is to always plant a chili pepper – because it will grow even if nothing else does. Besides peppers, I planted tomatoes, Strike green beans, cucumbers and cantaloupe. Making its debut in my garden this year is Sugar Baby watermelon. I’m also rooting for my co-workers’ sweet corn to do really well so they will share.


Jennie Nguyen

I’m still in the planning stages of my garden but I want to plant all the ingredients for salsa – tomatoes, onions, garlic, chili peppers and cilantro. I’ve also heard that bell peppers, zucchini and kale are pretty easy so I might attempt those as well. My hope is to be able to craft a full meal of sorts from my garden.

Missy Shost

I am going to plant cantaloupe, honey dew, watermelon, grape and regular tomatoes, zucchini and green peppers. I also planted a lavender plant for cutting and Gerber Daisy and poppy seeds for flowers on my desk. I’m hoping to make pickles out of the zucchini-yes, not from cucumbers. I have no expectations for a huge crop, just enough to have some fresh stuff to eat. And I’ll be happy to share.  I find it therapeutic to dig around in the dirt.


Jim Fallon

 I’m planting sweet corn, tomatoes, green beans and some herbs. This is my first time with a garden, so I’m dipping my toe in and am just hoping to have a crop.


These planting intentions give a forecast for a summer of gardeners hard at work, followed by a delicious harvest.