Hi friends! Man oh man, the harvesting that was done last week was incredible! All the hard work of planting, fertilizing, pest removal and watering has paid off BIG TIME. The amount of tomatoes, potatoes and beans I saw kids harvesting was seriously impressive.
^^LOOK AT THOSE POTATOES^^
One young gardener told me that digging for those was just like digging for treasure – and I’d definitely agree.
Y’all, for real, these gardeners have done a fantastic job this season and have the harvests to prove it. The squash was really coming in last week, and some people were able to take some home!
The garden pests are always sneaking around though. It’s important to always continue to the on the look out for detrimental insects. I know my garden had a lot of harlequin bugs this past week, and even though the Children’s Vegetable Garden does a great job of hand picking and treating organically, the bad bugs always find a way to show up here and there. Take a look at the cucumber beetles photobombing my picture of a beautiful squash blossom…
We’ve touched only a bit on our Junior Master Gardener lessons here on the blog. Basically, each week we have a local expert on various topics come talk to the group or give a demonstration. Last week we had a local Purple Martin expert, Mr. John Henry, come to the garden and talk about the local Purple Martin population. This was especially cool for the kids because he lowered their houses and showed us THE BABY BIRDS THAT JUST HATCHED. They were adorable and looked like tiny bald aliens and the kids went nuts over them. It was truly very cool to see.
Overall, the progress the gardeners have made and the amount they’ve learned is honestly very impressive, and they’ve really earned all the fresh veggies they get to take home.
That’s all we’ve got for now, friends. Make sure to check back next week to see who won the veggie contests at our CVG picnic and party!