At last the much awaited day of the Vegetable Contest has arrived. Mother Nature smiled on us, the day remained nice and dry.
Our Little Gardeners arrived 30 minutes early to harvest their vegetables with the help of their parents. We have to make sure their entries will pass Quality Control. 3 onions of uniform size were washed thoroughly to remove the soil, root hair must be trimmed and the green part trimmed 3-4 inches.Uniform size and shape and color is important. Tycoon or BHN 968 tomatoes can be entered, 3 potatoes either Red La Soda or White Kennebec can be entered making sure the entries are clean and as close to same size as possible, the same for the 3-5 green beans entry. Cabbage entry must have all outer leaves removed, 1-2 zucchini squash must be uniform in size and shape and must be free from insect or physical damage.A silly vegetable of any variety misshapen or irregular in size that may look like a face, pants, corkscrew etc may also be entered. Each contestant is allowed to enter one entry per vegetable category for a total of 4 entries.
Note: Bigger is not necessarily better.
Individual entry forms must be filled out for each vegetable entered in the contest and must pass through Quality Control to make sure we can take the entries to the Sunday House for the judging. The judging will take place between 10:30 and 11:30.
While the judging is taking place parents and volunteers are busy preparing for the picnic. Parents and volunteers brought a dish to share. One parent brought these wonderful dessert for everybody to share, perfect for this occasion. Such talent cannot remain unnoticed.
The appreciation ceremony and recognition ceremony took place after the judging. All of our gardeners received their participation certificates and the grand prize winner for the Spring Vegetable Contest is Joseph Williams.
Sad to say we are still waging our battle against the pesky bugs as evidenced by these pictures. I could not find the nasty little creatures, I am sure they knew I was looking for them so they went into hiding. Holes in leaves might be from cucumber beetles or cabbage loopers which we hand pick and squish when we find them.
Catface is another tomato problem which we encountered. It is severe scarring on the end of the fruits, usually found in large varieties. The most common cause is temperatures below 50 degrees during flowering & fruit set. Low temperature inhibit pollination and cause the blossom to stick to the developing fruit thus preventing certain parts of the fruit from developing & scarring & indentation will take place. The unaffected part will continue to grow. The taste is not affected, I have fried my green catfaced tomatoes – delicious as ever!
Bexar County Master Gardener