Children’s Vegetable Garden (CVG): Week 11 (Oct 31, 2015)

Children’s Vegetable Garden (CVG): Week 11 (Oct 31, 2015)

There wasn’t much weeding or plant maintenance, but we did check for weeds and bugs, and removed yellow/brown leaves or leaves that had overgrown their boundaries and were shading other plants too much. Then…we harvested. And harvested!

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And the harvesting was wonderful. Our gardeners harvested in a variety of containers…baskets…paper bags…boxes (lovely neatly wrapped tomatoes!)…even a (well cleaned out) kitty litter container. Having a LARGE maine coon cat myself, I can agree that those are very handy to reuse for all sorts of things!

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Our gardeners continued to weigh their produce.  A note here…the gardener who was weighing her cherry tomatoes in the picture below…that was her SECOND load…they would not all fit on the scale…she had over 13 pounds of tomatoes this week!

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Here’s a peek at some of the plants…kohlrabi, kale, cherry tomatoes, and cabbage. Don’t forget you can click on any of these pictures to enlarge them, then use the back arrow on your browser to return to this post. As we harvested the kohlrabi, we planted 3 radish seeds, in a triangle, in place of each kohlrabi that was removed.

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And let’s not forget the flowers…the zinnias looked especially cheerful at the ends of the beds:

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A few more pics of some of the harvest from just one of the beds…

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Our gardeners should be proud of the work they did here during this season…showing up for 11 weeks to garden has really paid off!

For my usual final pic of the garden, I experimented with a panoramic pic from my iPhone (most of these pics are taken with a Canon SX700HS–small enough to clip on a backpack or belt, but takes fantastic pics.)

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My bonus picture myself is of one of the experimental plots in the CVG…this one has kale in it this season. This particular garden area is one of my favorites…the neat rows of plants, good walking areas between the rows. Each season it changes depending on what is being tested out, but it reminds me of the old potagers, or kitchen gardens, which I have been reading about lately. Go ahead and google either of those terms and enjoy reading about them yourself.  Oh, and while I’m on the topic of reading–I’d like to point you to the Bexar County Extension website.  As Master Gardeners in Bexar County, we are certified horticultural volunteers for the Texas Agri-Life A&M Extension Service, and our local county extension website is a fantastic resource for information about a variety of topics including gardening, food science, pest management, and 4-H.

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Lyn

Lyn Komada, Bexar County Master Gardeners

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