Children’s Vegetable Garden (CVG): Week 6 (Sept 26, 2015)

Our gardens continue to flourish…gardening in the morning is a great way to take advantage of the cooler time of the day.

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When doing our maintenance chores we kept an eye out for cucumber beetles and cabbage loopers to squish, both of which were found in the gardens. Aphids too. We also pinched back any cucumber leaves that were touching the ground, to reduce the chances of a disease moving from the soil to the plant via those leaves.

We planted ‘Nelson’ Carrots this time, and we used pelleted seeds, meaning they are coated with a substance to make them more uniform in shape and easier to see. How many times have you tried to plant tiny, irregular seeds evenly in a row? Pelleted seeds make it easier to do that, both for the home and the commercial grower. One tip, though…they do get sticky if they get wet, so be sure to plant with your hands dry! Here’s a gardening team at work planting their carrots:

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We continued to harvest cucumbers from our plants…don’t they look great!

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Uh, oh…what’s going on with that second plant? Let’s take a closer look….click on the picture below and take a close look where I’ve marked some red lines. (Then use your ‘Back’ arrow in your browser (if you’re using Internet Explorer)  to come back to this blog and continue reading.)

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Yes, those red lines in the pic show where the vine was cut in two.  Unfortunately, when harvesting their cucumbers, the gardener snipped through the vine also, which is why part of the plant is wilted and dying. The good news is that not all of the plant was affected, so there will still be some cucumbers from this plant on other vine stems if it survives the major accidental pruning.

We also have some demonstration plots where plants are grown for seeds or research, and our gardeners, parents, and volunteers help with those two. Here is a group planting broccoli and kale. Many hands do make quick work of a task!

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The Junior Master Gardener (JMG) program is also under way at CVG, and today the activity involved making a ‘plant person’. Here’s the gardeners working on their projects:

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Let’s look at a finished one…in the first pic below, this gardener is showing us the troll he made, and will have fun trimming the grass ‘hair’ as it grows to adjust the hairstyle and make it trollish, The second pic is an example of what a finished plant person will look like when its hair grows in.

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As always, let’s have a look at our garden as we left it for the day

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For our extra pic of the week: a scarecrow. The San Antonio Botanical Garden has their annual display of scarecrows make by different groups. Just for all you Buddy Holly fans, here’s a scarecrow  that is near the CVG: Buddy Crow, made by HEB2 in New Braunfels. Love those glasses!

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Lyn

Lyn Komada, Bexar County Master Gardeners

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