Children’s Vegetable Garden Program (CVGP) Week 2, March 9, 2019

Gardening is a matter of  your enthusiasm holding up until your back gets used to it.                                                                                                                               


Week Two was actually the groundbreaking (back breaking) day with plant material.  Every plot was provided with one of this year’s Rodeo Tomatoes “Harris-Moran 8849”.

rodeo tomatoHarris-Moran-8849 Rodeo Tomato.

Prior to planting each plot was fertilized with 8 cups of Espoma Garden-Tone fertilizer plus one cup inside each tomato cage.  The plots were also thoroughly trolled for invasive/destructive insects:

grubbingGrubbing was unfortunately productive for this novice gardener. TX Spring Grubs

Planting demonstrations took place throughout the garden to insure the tomatoes were deep enough, level and well-watered:

tomato demoAfter planting the tomatoes were watered in with Hasta-Gro fertilizer Hasta-Gro video.

Finally the plants were caged and blanketed with N-Sulate wrap to protect them from early spring winds and cold temperatures.  The Children’s Vegetable Garden Program at Phil Hardberger Park took similar protective measures the following Tuesday:

Hardberger tomatoesGardeners at the Hardberger Park CVG consult over recently planted tomatoes. 

Elsewhere in the garden an abundance of Tango Celery was harvested from the example plots:

celery Celery leaves make an especially good salad when tossed with black olives, lemon juice, olive oil and salt….. Tango Celery

As always, some of the youngest gardeners found amusement with action on the sidelines:

cvg sidelineClosed toed shoes are a must!

Best wishes,

Anne Marie S.



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