Children’s Vegetable Garden – April (Week 8)
It was a busy Saturday morning at the CVG. Our gardeners started out with their usual weeding and inspecting for bugs. We removed the wraps from both tomato cages and folded them up so they could be packed away for next year. Once uncovered, we snipped off any tomato leaves or stems with leaves that were on contact with the ground. This will reduce possible diseases. The picture below on the left is of a plant that has not been pruned up yet, and the picture on the right shows one that has. What a big difference!
We ‘hilled up’ the potatoes…they were originally planted with a bit of a hill between the two rows, and we used our hand cultivators to scratch 2-3” of soil from the hill to raise the level of soil around the potato plant stems on the back side of the plant about 3 inches. Some of the gardeners got more compost from the composting area to add to their hills.
We also planted a ‘Diva’ cucumber. First, we measured 2” from the middle of the trellis and dug the hole. Then we carefully removed the plant from the container, turning it upside down and cradling it, with a few taps to get it loose of the container if needed.
There was also a Junior Master Gardener activity in the area where the strawberry trials were going on. Our gardeners were asked to assist by picking three of the largest strawberries they could find. These were weighed and the information noted. Afterwards, they were each able to try a strawberry too!
We finished up with fertilizing (hope you are fertilizing your own gardens as well..just follow the directions on whatever fertilizer you are using) and a final check of the beds.
Here’s a few bonus pictures…there are a couple of purple martin birdhouses at the CVG—they help us keep the bug population under control—and we have a lot of residents! If you see the houses at the CVG, the entrances are not very visible so you may think that the birds are locked out of their nests, but this isn’t the case. These houses have small entrances to make it harder for other types of birds to take over the nesting areas.
As usual, let’s finish up with a view of the lovely vegetable garden