We met inside due to rain and flash flood warnings, so it was a damp informational meeting instead.
Three things to do when you check in during the month:
- Weed- weeds are starting to get out of control. While you water, weed your plot and the area surrounding. This is important!
- Harvest- Thanks to a bumper crop of peppers by Elric and eggplant and okra in the garden, we eclipsed last year’s donations in the month of August! But that doesn’t mean we can rest easy; keep harvesting and don’t forget to weigh what you donate.
- Add compost- our plots are productive, but that means our compost level in the plot has plummeted! So we have bought Texas Pure compost (the dark-colored pile), so please add enough compost to your plot to replenish up to the top of your wood barrier. This helps feed your plants, makes watering last longer, and protects against the cold.
Sweet Potato Special
It isn’t yet time to harvest our sweet potato crop, but in the meantime, you can harvest the sweet potato leaves! The crop will tend to overgrow plot boundaries, so it’s great that you can harvest the leaves. They can be cooked and eaten like spinach or collared greens.
Swiss Chard Recipe
Mike encouraged everyone to grow Swiss chard. It’s a long-growing plant that is a great healthy green! Mike recommends the following recipe:
- Harvest the leaves and stems
- Grease a pan with bacon grease or similar.
- Chop the stems into one- to two-inch pieces and sauté in the grease for about ten minutes or until soft
- Meanwhile, roughly chop the greens, then toss into the pan.
- When the greens are partway withered, create a small hole in the nest of greens. Crack an egg into the space and top with crumpled bacon.
- Put the lid on the pan and wait for the egg to cook. Serve the greens on the side and enjoy!
It’s okra season, and as such we need new rules!
Though we generally encourage you to not harvest other people’s plots, this rule DOES NOT apply to okra season!
Please, please help your neighbors! Harvest okra when it is about two inches long. However, Al conducted a science experiment comparing okra from many different plots and found even the larger spears are edible or even delicious! So if in doubt, harvest and donate!
It’s time to make choices about your crops. If your warm season crops aren’t producing or look unwell, pull them up. Pull up or till under any “placeholder” crops such as basil or black-eyed peas. Look to plant cold season crops such as Swiss chard, kale, carrots, radishes, turnips, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, or Brussels sprouts. Check your best bets list to see if you should plant from seed or transplants. If you wait until it gets cold to plant cold season crops, you have waited too long.
Thank you Christina for sharing the jujubes (also known as “Asian apples”)!