Children’s Vegetable Garden Week 8: October 27, 2018

Welcome to a Beautiful Sunny Day in our Garden

Fall Marigolds

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□ If your plants need it, hand water your plants really good before you leave today.

Head Cabbage Plants, ‘Green Magic’ broccoli and ‘Snow Crown’ cauliflower

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□ If the soil is not to wet to work this morning, carefully use a three tine cultivating claw to loosen the soil around the plants (Start from the outer leaves as not to damage the plants roots).

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Check the backside of ALL your leaves and destroy any caterpillars/moths and their eggs; we have noticed some plots have a lot of damage to their cabbage plants.

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Carefully remove no more than 20% of the plants leaves that are really bad looking and damage.

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These can go into the compost pile too.

Remember that these Organic pesticides only take care of small and not large caterpillars, so this step is very important. Drench your plants at the end of the day with a proper dilution of liquid Bt or Javeline with a couple of drops of Ivory detergent.

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Use any remaining product on your bean and tomato plants. 

 

‘Dwarf Cherry Surprise’ BHN 968 and ‘Ruby Crush’ Tomatoes

□ Are any tomatoes ready to be harvested today?

Remember to harvest them when they start showing any pink blushing as not to feed the mockingbirds.

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It’s probably too late to tuck most of your branches back into their cages as not to break or damage them.

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So, cut some small streamers from your plastic shopping bags and use them to tie the plants to the cage.  Check your plants really good for any caterpillars or other bad insects.

‘Sweet Slice’ Cucumber

□ Due to the unpredicted weather pattern, it’s best to under plant pea seeds (4×2) barely below the soil surface.

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Make sure your plants are not shading any of their neighbors. So, possibly cut some small streamers from your plastic shopping bags and use them to tie their trellises.

 

Check your plants several times throughout the day and destroy all cucumber beetles by tipping them out of the flower buds into your hand and smash them.

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Harvest all cucumbers that are ready today.

For the plots that seeded snow peas, they should all be up by today as today is the last day to reseed.

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Yellow Squash

□ Seek and destroy any cucumber beetles or caterpillars that might be on your plants.

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Drench your plants at the end of the day with a proper dilution of liquid Bt or Javeline with a couple of drops of Ivory detergent. Use any remaining product on your bean and tomato plants.

Bush Bean

□ Remove any insects or brown leaves off your plants.

Are any beans ready to be harvested today?

Are your beans ready to be tied up?

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Cilantro, Carrot, Leaf lettuce and Radishes

□ All your plants should be up by today. If not, ask why? Look at the other plots and Sections.

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Today is the last day to spot seed what is needed in your plot.

 

Today’s Junior Master Gardener Lesson was conducted by Bee Keeper James Bills on the

“The Importance of Honey Bees”.

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Remember our Compost Pile

Please don’t forget to feed our important lonesome Compost Pile!  Bring your used coffee grinds, used tea bag as well as green scraps from your kitchen.

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Thanks so much see you next Saturday

 

 

Children’s Vegetable Garden Program Week 6: October 13, 2018

What a wonderful morning for gardening, overcast sky with a hint of drizzle urged us to get busy checking our plants  and start our gardening tasks.

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How are your plants looking?

Fall Marigolds

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Make sure to carefully add any extra soil around this planting area if needed.  If your plant looks wilted or sickly looking, then it most likely didn’t get firmed in real well and its peat pot has been expose.

‘Dwarf Cherry Surprise’ BHN 968 and ‘Ruby Crush’ Tomatoes

Does your plant need some help straightening up?

Without breaking any branches carefully “tuck” your plants back inside their cages and pinch or cut off any leaves touching the soil.

 

 

‘Sweet Slice’ Cucumber

Are there any cucumbers ready to be harvested today?

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Oh my these are ready for our salad tonight!

Lady Bugs help find aphids on our plants. Lacewing eggs up on stilts help to eat plant destroying insects as well.

 

Green Magic’ broccoli, ‘Snow Crown’ cauliflower and Head Cabbage Plants

Check the backside of ALL your leaves and destroy any caterpillars and their eggs.
Pinch off any damage or yellow looking leaves off your plants.

Here’s a Cabbage Looper trying to sneak away and an Army Worm Victim. Caught that varmit army worm!

“Leave my garden alone your rascal worm!”

 

Bush Beans

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Carrots, are your plants up yet? If a lot of other plots have come up already, then ask why?

 

Today’s Plantings

Leaf lettuce

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Today we are planting three rows of lettuce with 15 seeds per row (45 seeds total).

‘All Star Gourmet’ Lettuce mix will be direct seeded in mini-plot #2 in the empty area opposite the bean planting.

Before seeds are planted in this planting area, the soil should be worked up with a three tine long-handled claw. When doing this remove any rocks or coarse debris. Also, work in one cup of organic fertilizer as well. The area should be very fluffy, nice and leveled when finished. Hand water the area well before planting.

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Proceed 8” away from the inside center of the board into your plot. This is where your first role of leaf lettuce seeds will be planted. So, mark this area with some identification bamboo stakes.

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The other two rows should be spaced 8” apart from one another and planted the same as the first row.

Each seed should be planted 2-3” apart in each row and evenly spaced from one row to the next.

 

Seeds should be sown in a little furrow and barely tamped in with your finger as for the seed to touch the soil, but not planted into the soil.

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DO NOT water this area after the seeds are planted.

DO NOT forget your plant tag and its proper placing in your plot.

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Radishes

Today we are planting ‘Rover’ Red Round Radish will be direct seeded in mini-plot #4 in the empty area opposite the squash planting.

Before seeds are planted in this planting area, the soil should be worked up with a three tine long-handled claw. When doing this remove any rocks or coarse debris. Also, work in one cup of organic fertilizer as well.

IMG_0574.JPGThe area should be very fluffy, nice and leveled when finished. Hand water the area well before planting.

Each seed should be planted 2-3″apart. IMG_0718.JPGSeeds should be lightly tamped in just below the soil surface.

DO NOT water this area after the seeds are planted.

DO NOT forget your plant tag and its proper placing in your plot.

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Make sure your plants are properly fertilized

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Our first Junior Master Gardener Sunday House Lesson.

Thank you Master Gardner, Mr. Paul Bauml for the lesson about the importance of trees and thank you to Bartlett Tree Experts for donating a tree to each family.

 

Did you notice the Mystic Spires Blue Salvia?

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The Mystic Blue Spires is designated a Texas Superstar. To be a Texas superstar a plant must not only be beautiful but also perform well for consumers and growers throughout the state. Texas Superstars must be easy to propagate, which should ensure the plants are not only widely available throughout Texas but also reasonably priced.

Planting can be done in spring and summer from containers. While Mystic Spires adapts well to most soils, it needs good drainage. If needed, plants can be pruned during the growing season as reflowering occurs quickly. Shoots can be pruned to 12 inches or so in the fall after being killed by freeze, but refrain from pruning to the ground until growth is strong in the spring.

Look what else we found in the garden.

On the Mystic Blue Salvia we found a caterpillar that will become a                                  Gulf Fritilary Butterfly.

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A Wolf Spider.  SA Garden Style Magazine says that you will find more large spiders in your garden because of the abundant rains we have had.

Before you leave

Does everything look neat and clean (no weeds, trash, rocks)

Are all your plants watered?  Are all your tools cleaned? Placed neatly in the tool shed. Same type of tool with the same type of tool!

 

Ready for next week?

We will be constructing our scarecrows. 30-best-clip-artmy-style-scarecrows-images-on-pinterest-with-cute-scarecrow-clipart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children’s Vegetable Garden Program i(CVGP) Week 2, September 15, 2018

Our garden classes were cancelled due to the fact that we have been blessed with an over abundance of RAIN!

On Saturday the ground was too wet to plant our “Ruby Crush”Tomato, Fall Marigolds, Yellow Squash and Bush Beans.

Many thanks go out to our friends of the Bexar County Master Gardeners for hosting a work party to plant the “Ruby Crush” Tomatoes so that we stay in the race to harvest before ol’ Jack Frost comes to town.

We plan to be in the Garden on Saturday, September 22. Continue reading