Week 10: April 21, 2017

Hey there, friends! Last week in the garden was wet and muddy, but FULL of fun surprises hiding in our garden beds. We found lots of brand new tomatoes on our plants, and most of our young gardeners had young cauliflower heads that needed to be tied up.

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Those tied up plants are our cauliflower plants! When the tiny cauliflower curd, or head, starts to emerge, it’s a good idea to tie up the leaves around it. This helps make sure that the cauliflower head is white (not yellow) and keeps all the growth snuggled up together so it grows in the nice, neat heads that we’re used to seeing at the store.

Although we didn’t have any planting on our agenda today, we *did* have lots of harvesting to do! Some lucky gardeners had broccoli, cauliflower AND tomatoes to take home. I know I’ve said this before, but there’s nothing better than fresh cauliflower and broccoli from the garden. My kiddos love to toss cauliflower and broccoli in olive oil, garlic and salt. We pop them in the oven to bake, and in no time we’ve got legit tasty roasted veggies.

If you’ve been to the Children’s Vegetable Garden recently, you’ve probably seen the gorgeous bed of ‘Mystic Spires Blue Salvia’.

These beauties are a more compact version of another salvia named ‘Indigo Spires’, but the ‘Mystic Spires’ are a bit shorter and they flower more freely during the growing season. This perennial is great because it’s tolerant of both heat and humidity, and it’s not bothered by pests or deer. These guys need full sun, and I’ve got pictures to prove it.

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The top pictures show the beds in full sun – gorgeous & full. The lower picture shows the ones planted under a big tree – skinny & sparse. They’ll be pretty either way, but put them in full sun and you’ll get the most for your money and (planting) labor. If you want to know more about this really cool plant, you can check them out on the Texas Superstar website.

Another fun sight to see was the Purple Martin house in all it’s glory. This little house has been bustling with activity the past few weekends. This particular Purple Martin house is impressive even without the birds. It’s so big, it’s got multiple floors and multiple wings (bird pun!). The actual Purple Martins are obviously the main attraction, and they’ve got a great set-up at the Children’s Vegetable Garden. IMG_7480 3

That’s all for this week, friends. Have a great Fiesta weekend, and make sure to check back in next week to see what other fun surprises we come across in the garden!

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