Temperatures are finally starting to moderate…but the vote is in, It’s still too hot. We are starting our workday at 8:00 am this Saturday (September 14th) to beat the heat. We will have garlic and other fall crops to plant, seed swap, and more. Be cool..
Who says August can’t be a great time to harvest?! The Grow & Share gardeners best the heat and the odds and harvested 100 pounds of produce to donate — in one workday!
A big crowd turned out for an earlier/slightly less hot workday, and we accomplished so much! We even welcomed a new gardener, so all of our plots are full. Well done!
Ty showed off his new watering technique. DO keep watching regularly, but please be sure turn off the water when you leave! Even when it rains, we need to keep our plants watered if we’re going to get a fall crop.
Now is the time to think of fall! You must plant now in order to have a harvest when it is cooler. You can directly seed many crops like Pole or bush beans, kohlrabi, swiss chard, carrots, and “greens” like mustard, collard, and spinach. Winter, summer, or pan squash can be planted from seed or transplants. The “cole crops”: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and cauliflower are best from transplants.
Keep helping your neighbors harvest okra! All okra must be harvested every day– if you see okra longer than 2 inches, harvest it!
Make room in your bed by pulling up dead, diseased, or damaged plants, or those that are underproducing. Do not put diseased plants in the compost; use the trash can instead to avoid spreading disease.
Every time you add a plant or pull up a plant, add compost! Now is also the time to add some slow-release fertilizer to help give your crops a boost. And remember, keep watering!
Thanks to all who made it out! Our next workday will be 9-11 a.m., Saturday, September 14! See you there!
Join us this Saturday, August 10th…at an earlier time to beat the heat…8-10 am. We will harvest OKRA (and a few other things), and discuss fall crops! Don’t miss this HOT event.
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!
Join us for an EARLIER start to our garden workday, this Saturday, July 20th from 8am until 10am. We will discuss cover crops, warm season plants, and rogues!
To help build the float, meet in the Homestead Elementary parking lot around 8:30…if you just want to walk/ride in the parade, be there no later than 9:45. All are welcome…friends, family, and neighbors!
Join us this Saturday, June 8th, from 9-11 am for a predicted DRY garden workday. We will be harvesting potatoes, onions, and adding compost and replenishing mulch. We will also plan for the 4th of July Parade…We can’t wait to see you there!