Monthly Archives: June 2009
I will be away from the office (and hence away from the Demo Garden) all week. I have prepared a couple of posts for the week, but there will not be regular updating. I will try to post a Friday PhotoEssay if I am back. Have a great week!
Things are looking lush and green!
Have a great weekend!
Today we are hosting some kids from McConnell Air Force Base for a day-long Junior Master Gardener camp. The Master Gardeners work hard every year to plan a fun day of gardening activities for the kids. I will be leading the “Garden Time” part of the camp, and we have lots of things to harvest with the kids today!
The first planting of beans from late April are ready to be picked. We have ‘Rocdor’ wax beans and ‘Tavera’ green filet beans. Of course, we also have the orange cauliflower to harvest. I think the kids will enjoy that! We also have lots of lettuce around the garden, especially in the salad garden. We could harvest some arugula and beet greens, but that probably would be less to their taste.
We also have a few banana peppers that are rapidly reaching the harvestable stage in the heat we’ve had this week. They were planted in containers early this spring for display at one of our garden tour gardens. Now they are in the Demo Garden!
After harvesting, the kids will have the chance to do some planting. We have some cucumber seeds that will be planted in the Salad Garden. (We were planning to keep planting more lettuce, but I think the cucumbers will be more fun for the kids to plant.)
The zinnias we planted from seed in the garden are starting to bloom! We planted them the first week of May, which means they went from seed to flower in 5 weeks! Pretty impressive. It is also much cheaper, as we filled a 100 sq. ft. area for about $8. You just need to be able to delay gratification in order to wait a few more weeks to have blooming flowers, rather than buying them from the garden center already blooming!
Today was a pretty quiet workday in the Demo Garden. The rain gauge measured 2.8 inches of rain, although I haven’t emptied it for a couple days, so that might not all be from last night. I would believe it if it was all from last night, though. Luckily we didn’t get any hail – or at least not enough or large enough hail to cause damage.
The few things we did do in the garden were largely cleanup tasks. We weeded where needed, trimmed back the herbs, and tied up some plants.
The tomatoes were ready for their 4th level of Florida Weave tying. These cherry tomatoes have really taken off and grown in the last week! There is nothing as enjoyable as the miasma of a walking near a jungle of tomato vines. Just don’t get too close or your clothes will turn green! There are lots of green tomatoes and blooms on these plants, so I think we will be overrun with tomatoes in another month. To give you an idea how many cherry tomatoes we’re talking about, my plant at home that I’ve been pruning (removing the suckers) has about 18 tomatoes on it. Imagine how many more will be on these plants that are unpruned!
We also pruned and tied up the black raspberries, which have grown too tall and are starting to fall over. I trimmed them back to about 3 1/2 feet tall, and we tied them to stakes.