Today’s workday was buzzing! Thanks to those who came out on an unusual date and despite the heat. We had a good crowd–and even gained a new gardener!
Today’s workday focused on harvesting for the Sack Summer Hunger program, weeding, and adding mulch to our paths.
Notice: It is the beginning of OKRAPALOOZA! Though we typically ask that gardeners only pick from their own plots, okra is an exception! Okra grows so fast that it needs to be picked EVERY DAY, so help out your garden companions and harvest okra when you visit.
Any okra longer than 2 inches is ready to be harvested! We estimate there are 40 okra plants in the garden, so that is a LOT of okra!
We also talked about the importance of watering, and planting cover crops. Black eyed peas and black beans are recommended to try; they like the heat and may help distract critters from your tomatoes. You can harvest the beans or mulch them under as green compost.
Basil is also a great cover crop that is very popular with the pollinators!
Keep tending your plots (check out the amazing long squash!!) and start to think about your fall crops. It’s nearly time to plant!
See you next month, Aug. 10 from 8-10 to beat the heat!