We’re still struggling with the heat wave over here, but we can see the end! Any day now we’ll get cooler weather – we hope! 😉 This week we’re still meeting a bit early than the usual start time to stay as cool as possible.
We had a busy workday today! Today was the last day to replace many of the plants if they didn’t take or thrive – snapdragons, kale, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower – and reseed the area with yellow squash or green beans if needed.
Another thing to remember is that we need to be on the lookout for BAD BUGS. One way to keep the bugs in check is to keep your eyes open for any evidence of cucumber beetles or any caterpillar damage. This could appear as holes in the leaves of your plants. Gently lift up the leaves of your plants – do you see anything on the backside? Carefully brush off the backside of the leaves – this will help control the hatching and feeding of any caterpillars. Take a look at what that could look like:
This may look like dirt, but it’s probably aphids. Our awesome volunteers will be treating the plants with liquid spinosad.
Today our main goal is to get our cilantro and radish seeds measured and planted properly – we are seeding twenty cilantro seeds with 10 seeds each in 2 different areas as well as direct seeding ten radish seeds.
Pro tip – Don’t forget to tag your plants first!!
Cilantro Seeds: Plant seeds a minimum of six inches away from any other plants AND
six inches away from the edge of your beds. Water the area well before planting and gently push the seed barely below the soil surface. Boom, you’re done.
Plant seeds six to eight inches away from the base boards of the plot and plant ten radish seeds just below the soil surface every two or three inches apart. Make sure the area is weed free and loosened up and leveled before sowing the seeds.
That’s it! That’s all you have to do to plant seeds. Easy peasy, my friends.
Another fun thing about the CVG is that you get to harvest what you’ve grown! All your hard work pays off in the end. Check out this young gardener and his awesome cucumber. Well done.
That’s all for today friends, remember to check back next week for more pictures and planting instructions!