Children’s Vegetable Garden Program (CVGP) Fall 2019 Orientation, August 17, 2019

The best fertilizer is the gardener’s shadow.

-Anonymous

Many thanks to all the long shadows of the Bexar County Master Gardeners who maintained the garden over the hottest part of the summer!  Upon arrival at 7:00 am Saturday morning for a final inspection prior to commencement of the fall session, the volunteers found the garden beds were weed-free, topped off with soil and tidy as a pin.

fall 2019 cvg bedsIrrigation lines were running free and clear.

Garden plots on the south side still flourished with an abundance of peppers and eggplant.

late peppers and eggplntTexas AgriLife has numerous links to information on pepper horticulture.

Besides peppers and eggplant, one of the few vegetables that thrives in the South Texas summer heat is okra.  A spectacular stand of Oscar okra was growing in the research plot.

okraOkra is especially delicious in gumbo

After a thorough cleaning of the Sunday house the volunteers regrouped for Orientation for the Fall 2019 session of the CVG.  County Extension Agent David Rodriguez was on hand to welcome the volunteers.  One of the oldest youth gardening programs in the nation, the Children’s Vegetable Garden Program is proudly hosted by the San Antonio Botanical Garden (SABOT).    As of Saturday morning, registration was still open for a few remaining plots.  More information regarding the details the program can be found on the SABOT website. The program will run Saturdays from September 7, 2019 through December 14th, 2019.

That only leaves a few more weeks for my garden at home to be revived after a rough summer.

Stay tuned,

Anne Marie S.