Children’s Vegetable Garden Program Week 6: October 13, 2018

What a wonderful morning for gardening, overcast sky with a hint of drizzle urged us to get busy checking our plants  and start our gardening tasks.

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How are your plants looking?

Fall Marigolds

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Make sure to carefully add any extra soil around this planting area if needed.  If your plant looks wilted or sickly looking, then it most likely didn’t get firmed in real well and its peat pot has been expose.

‘Dwarf Cherry Surprise’ BHN 968 and ‘Ruby Crush’ Tomatoes

Does your plant need some help straightening up?

Without breaking any branches carefully “tuck” your plants back inside their cages and pinch or cut off any leaves touching the soil.

 

 

‘Sweet Slice’ Cucumber

Are there any cucumbers ready to be harvested today?

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Oh my these are ready for our salad tonight!

Lady Bugs help find aphids on our plants. Lacewing eggs up on stilts help to eat plant destroying insects as well.

 

Green Magic’ broccoli, ‘Snow Crown’ cauliflower and Head Cabbage Plants

Check the backside of ALL your leaves and destroy any caterpillars and their eggs.
Pinch off any damage or yellow looking leaves off your plants.

Here’s a Cabbage Looper trying to sneak away and an Army Worm Victim. Caught that varmit army worm!

“Leave my garden alone your rascal worm!”

 

Bush Beans

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Carrots, are your plants up yet? If a lot of other plots have come up already, then ask why?

 

Today’s Plantings

Leaf lettuce

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Today we are planting three rows of lettuce with 15 seeds per row (45 seeds total).

‘All Star Gourmet’ Lettuce mix will be direct seeded in mini-plot #2 in the empty area opposite the bean planting.

Before seeds are planted in this planting area, the soil should be worked up with a three tine long-handled claw. When doing this remove any rocks or coarse debris. Also, work in one cup of organic fertilizer as well. The area should be very fluffy, nice and leveled when finished. Hand water the area well before planting.

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Proceed 8” away from the inside center of the board into your plot. This is where your first role of leaf lettuce seeds will be planted. So, mark this area with some identification bamboo stakes.

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The other two rows should be spaced 8” apart from one another and planted the same as the first row.

Each seed should be planted 2-3” apart in each row and evenly spaced from one row to the next.

 

Seeds should be sown in a little furrow and barely tamped in with your finger as for the seed to touch the soil, but not planted into the soil.

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DO NOT water this area after the seeds are planted.

DO NOT forget your plant tag and its proper placing in your plot.

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Radishes

Today we are planting ‘Rover’ Red Round Radish will be direct seeded in mini-plot #4 in the empty area opposite the squash planting.

Before seeds are planted in this planting area, the soil should be worked up with a three tine long-handled claw. When doing this remove any rocks or coarse debris. Also, work in one cup of organic fertilizer as well.

IMG_0574.JPGThe area should be very fluffy, nice and leveled when finished. Hand water the area well before planting.

Each seed should be planted 2-3″apart. IMG_0718.JPGSeeds should be lightly tamped in just below the soil surface.

DO NOT water this area after the seeds are planted.

DO NOT forget your plant tag and its proper placing in your plot.

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Make sure your plants are properly fertilized

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Our first Junior Master Gardener Sunday House Lesson.

Thank you Master Gardner, Mr. Paul Bauml for the lesson about the importance of trees and thank you to Bartlett Tree Experts for donating a tree to each family.

 

Did you notice the Mystic Spires Blue Salvia?

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The Mystic Blue Spires is designated a Texas Superstar. To be a Texas superstar a plant must not only be beautiful but also perform well for consumers and growers throughout the state. Texas Superstars must be easy to propagate, which should ensure the plants are not only widely available throughout Texas but also reasonably priced.

Planting can be done in spring and summer from containers. While Mystic Spires adapts well to most soils, it needs good drainage. If needed, plants can be pruned during the growing season as reflowering occurs quickly. Shoots can be pruned to 12 inches or so in the fall after being killed by freeze, but refrain from pruning to the ground until growth is strong in the spring.

Look what else we found in the garden.

On the Mystic Blue Salvia we found a caterpillar that will become a                                  Gulf Fritilary Butterfly.

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A Wolf Spider.  SA Garden Style Magazine says that you will find more large spiders in your garden because of the abundant rains we have had.

Before you leave

Does everything look neat and clean (no weeds, trash, rocks)

Are all your plants watered?  Are all your tools cleaned? Placed neatly in the tool shed. Same type of tool with the same type of tool!

 

Ready for next week?

We will be constructing our scarecrows. 30-best-clip-artmy-style-scarecrows-images-on-pinterest-with-cute-scarecrow-clipart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One thought on “Children’s Vegetable Garden Program Week 6: October 13, 2018

  1. HELLO TO ALL! This is Ana Stubblefield. I am missing working with you guys during this season, but I am enjoying reading and looking at the photos in this bulletin! Also, from this bulletin, I got great information that help me and my students grow new vegetables in our school garden! LOVE WORKING IN THE GARDEN!

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