Children’s Vegetable Garden Program (CVGP): Week 14 (May 21 , 2016)

 

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Abundance. Harvest. Drizzly rain. Some Bugs and Weeds. That pretty much sums up our day. While we are heavily into harvesting, we continue to debug and remove weeds, dead leaves, and tomato leaves touching the soil.   Today’s post is about the harvest.

We harvested our remaining potatoes, and on some of them we saw white bumps (see picture below).  These are swollen lenticles. Lenticles are pretty much the pores of the potato, and during wet weather may swell up. The potato is still perfectly edible, but may not last as long as potatoes without swollen lenticles. To read more about them, click here for an article from the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension.

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The potato harvest was very good:

 

After we harvested the potatoes and removed the plants, our gardeners evened out the soil:

It looks neater and, more importantly, we don’t want water pooling in low spots where there are no plants to benefit from the water.

The tomatoes were also showing signs of getting a lot of water in a short amount of time: splitting. (This is also a sign of not enough water. Too.) The cherry tomatoes below are not smiling, they have split and healed.

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Can you eat a split tomato? Opinions are mixed. It does not affect the flavor any, so on a large tomato, you can just cut away the area that is split and use the rest. However, that split area, until it healed, was open to insects, mold, etc. It can be hard to cut away on a smaller tomato. To be safe, if you have a large harvest, you might want to compost the split cherry tomatoes. Having said that, I’ve eaten them and I’m still here. However, damaged tomatoes should not be used in canning.

Let’s enjoy some pictures of our gardeners harvesting and their harvest:

And let’s not forget the whopper begonias, which continue to look huge and amazing:

 

Stay dry,

Lyn

Lyn Komada, Bexar County Master Gardeners

Bonus Picture!

 

Need a lovely, quick growing vine that is covered in flowers? And that you can collect seed from and reseed in the spring? Consider the hyacinth bean, a long time favorite here in San Antonio. The only downside to it is the purple purple bean pods it produces are poisonous, so you’ll need to be careful if there are young children or pets who like to nibble on plants.

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