If a garden require it, now trench it ye may,
one trench not a yard, from another go lay;
Which being well filled with muck by and by,
to cover with mould, for a season to lie.
-Thomas Tusser, 1557
The task for the last two sessions of the garden season required some demanding but essential work. Although there is a certain amount of regret when it’s time to “put the garden to sleep” for the summer, knowing that the next season will reap the rewards of these efforts is a silver lining on the last days of the session.
Even our ancestors understood COMPOST HAPPENS but properly managed compost demands some physical exertion:
Volunteers and parents trundled loads of plant material to perpetuate the compost pile.
Composting reduces the amount of waste in the city landfills but even more benefits are derived from a well tended compost pile. When used as a soil amendment, finished compost (or humus) enhances soil structure and improves the soil’s capacity to hold water.
An abundance of produce was still to be found before relinquishing the last of the vegetable plants:
Grande Jalapenos were thoroughly harvested. A few of the plants were left for the SABOT summer camps as well as banana peppers, eggplant and tomatillos. Sweet and hot pepper varieties thrive equally well over the hot south Texas summers.
As usual, the purple martins were on hand to keep a vigilant eye on the young gardeners:
Mid-January through early February is the typical arrival time for purple martins in south Texas.
One weary gardener took a well-deserved break on the sidelines:
Clearing the paths of weeds, particularly palm seedlings was a top priority. This link is useful for identification of other pernicious garden weeds.
Evidence of a promising fall session was already in place with the appearance of newly constructed gardening beds and containers:
This handsome vegetable trug is a perfect container for tender lettuces.
New raised beds with an undisclosed purpose sprouted in front of the Sunday House.
The day finally wrapped up without a hitch. Many eager families were ready to re-enroll for the upcoming fall session. Anyone interested can register via SABOT (San Antonio Botanical Garden).
Many more adventures await us in the garden…….
Until the fall,