Children’s Vegetable Garden Program (CVGP) Week 1, March 2, 2019

A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.                                                                                                                               

Doug Larson

The first morning of the 2019 Session of the Children’s Vegetable Garden Program opened with an Orientation meeting led by Master Gardeners Mary Fernandez and John Mayer:

Mary and JohnThe only stupid question is the one that goes unasked.

Following the meeting Master Gardener Sandra Woodall led the way to the dormant but expectant garden plots:

SandraHope springs eternal. Alexander Pope

Eager gardeners were standing at attention and ready for action!southside

The early bird gets the worm……

Some lucky new gardeners on the South end of the Children’s Vegetable Garden were greeted with an abundance of “weeds” in their plots in the form of lettuce and cilantro.

lettuce weedA beautiful mixed lettuce spray and Cruiser Cilantro in Section 1.

I was fortunate enough to rescue a large bunch of  Crawford lettuce  which found it’s way into a delicious salad that evening.

The weekly work party crew had maintained an impressive variety of plant material in the perimeter plots.  This included  several spectacular beds of Louisiana Bunching Shallots.  Saturday morning two volunteers were busy pinching blooms from the sprouting shallots.

Louisianna shallotsThe blooms are especially tasty when quickly sautéed in a little olive oil and used as a garnish in place of onions or garlic in your favorite dish.  Some growing tips from our neighbors in Louisiana:  Alliums

Junior Volunteers harvested an abundance of Ashley Spinach.

Ashley Spinach -2 Best of all in a quiche….. Ashley growing tips.

Despite the cold and the (mostly) barren plots the spring session started with joy and enthusiasm!

Best wishes,

Anne Marie S.




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