The few, the brave, the heat-resistant!
Our workday was earlier than usual to beat the heat, which only worked somewhat, but we didn’t let the heat defeat us!
We have hit the “survival mode” months, when a harvest would be nice but we all just have to focus on keeping our plots alive through the summer. Water often and consider adding cover crops like basil or black-eyed peas. You can also add a layer of mulch to absorb water and reflect back some of the heat. If you can keep your plot alive until fall, you’ll have a good harvest!
The Young Men’s Service League helped us turn the compost and we expanded our donation of cardboard (thank you, USPS!) with a layer of mulch in the overgrown paths. We worked hard to keep the garden in good shape!
Many thanks to Aaron for being our compost champion! He helped break up and move the heavy and thick compost at the bottom of the first bin.
Gardeners, when you visit the garden, please consider turning the compost! If we don’t introduce oxygen and water, the compost breaks down poorly and we end up with a muddy sludge. We appreciate your help!
There are new sprayers in the shed. If your plot needs one, feel free to try them out.
Squash bug season is upon us: if your plant is infested, it may be time to pull it out! Topical sprays of soap+water help, but any leaves with squashbug eggs must be removed and thrown into the trash to slow the incursion.
It’s a good time to “rogue” or remove plants that are dead, damaged, or diseased. Please do not put diseased plants in the compost; trash them!
Our next workday will be August 11, with another early start. See you from 8-10!