A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.
Although shade would have been most welcome the cowpen daisies in the perimeter beds were happy to have plenty of sunshine and a long drink of water from the volunteers on Saturday, April 27th:
More information on Cowpen Daisies can be found on Garden Style San Antonio as well as Indian Blanket and Mystic Spire Salvia.
Fiesta streamers from last week added a another bright note of color among the verdant vegetables:
Errant tomato branches were gently tucked back into their cages.
While Master Gardener Jennifer Sierra taught the Junior Master Gardener class a recipe for Cheesy Broccoli and Ranch Smashed Potatoes, gardeners in the plots proactively patrolled the broccoli plants to destroy cucumber beetles and cabbage loopers:
Insects infesting the Green Magic Broccoli were destroyed by smashing them or throwing them in soapy water.
Pepper, eggplant and tomatillo plants were all fertilized with 1/2 c each of organic granulated fertilzer:
Fertilizer was carefully applied 4 inches from the base of each plant.
The research plot with U-157 asparagus was thriving on the south end of the garden along with the the Louisiana bunching shallots:
Woody ends of asparagus are an excellent base for soup.
A happy garden is a well-tended garden!