Week 11: April 28, 2018

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Hi friends! Last week in the garden was another beautiful Saturday morning. There was no planting to do, but there were A LOT of garden chores to take care of. The first thing we had to address was all the BUGS.

Harlequin bugs.

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One of the first things our young gardeners had to do was make sure the broccoli plants were removed from the garden after harvesting. This is super important in our fight against the insect offenders. If unnecessary plants stems are left to grow in our beds, it simply provides a to breeding ground for the bad guys and makes it more difficult to control their population.

You can see in these beds where our gardeners took out what was left of their already harvested broccoli plants.

We took a look at our green and growing plants, too – we made sure to pinch off any tomato leaves that were touching the ground and attached our cucumber’s vining tendrils to the trellis.

Has anyone been harvesting their spearmint? Our ‘Yerba Buena’ spearmint is especially tasty in fresh tea, lemonade or even salads.

Bonus – the kiddos got to participate in a Junior Master Gardener exercise in team building: “Over and Under” TEAM building.

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Another important task we do each week is ensure each bed is weed free. I know, I know…weeding is boring, tedious and annoying – but essential. Weeds will gobble up all the fertilizer and leave your plants without proper nourishment. You can see a volunteer helping to tidy up a plot below – take a look at the other plots – all weed free.

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That’s all for now, friends. Be sure to check back next week to see how our young gardeners being prepping for the CVG Picnic and the veggie competition.

**Thank you to Dana Drury for sharing her photographs for this post**

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