Children’s Vegetable Garden Program (CVGP) Week 2, February 25th, 2017

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BRRRRRR! Week 2 started out with an invigoratingly chilly, brisk morning and we had SO MUCH FUN getting our hands dirty again!

Before we got to planting the new veggies, we checked up on our work from last week. Even after the rough weather from San Antonio’s tornado week, we only had to replace ONE ‘GREEN MAGIC’ BROCCOLI PLANT because our gardener’s did such a good job. Pat yourselves on the back ya’ll!

We checked for any weeds or holes in our plots and then made sure none of the tubers from our potatoes were sticking out of the ground. We covered any of these with compost.

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ON TO THE NEW VEGGIES! We planted 2 ‘Cheers’ Head cabbage transplants and 2 ‘Snow Crown’ cauliflower transplants.

Along with brussel sprouts, kale and broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower are commonly known as ‘cole crop’ plants. They are in the Brassicaceae family (formerly the Cruciferae family) and are known for having GREAT NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS. They are known as an antioxidant family of veggies because they are JAM-PACKED with vitamin A carotenoids, vitamin C, folic acid, and fiber!

 Click here to learn a little a little more about cole crops from Agrilife Extension.

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We started with our ‘Cheers’ cabbages! As always, we have to measure out where to plant so we can allow the veggies enough room to grow in the soil without overcrowding each other. We measured 2 feet in from the end of the bed (where our irrigation spigot is) and then measured 1 foot in from the side of the bed. The two placed bamboo markers should have measured with 18 inches between each other.

Of course, we made sure to water the holes we dug so that our already watered transplant cabbages would have a moist environemt to thrive! Want to learn more about cabbage? Check here to see A&M’s Agrilife cabbage facts!

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We then measured 18 inches further into the bed from the cabbage to locate where to plant our ‘Snow Crown’cauliflower. This Pikachu above carefully plants his first Cauliflower transplant into wet soil.

Back in September 2007, the Snow Crown’ Cauliflower was awarded ‘Plant of the Week!” Click here to read Master Gardener David Rodriquez’s article about it!

After getting both cabbages and cauliflowers in the ground and watered, we mixed  1 oz. of Hasta-Gro , an organic fertilizer, with half of the water can, about 1 gallon of water . Each plot only needed a quarter bucket of mixed liquid fertilizer for their cabbage, cauliflower and last week’s broccoli. We made sure NOT to let any of the fertilizer get on the leaves, just on the soil around the plants.

The instructors then applied Spinosad, an organic pesticide, to the leaves of all the green, leafy plants. We diluted it at 2 oz. per 1 gallon of water and applied about 1 quart to all the veggies in each bed.

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Special thanks to our volunteers representing the Alpha Phi Omega co-ed service organization at Trinity University! Not only did they help distribute compost and apply Hasta-grow to the plants but they also helped out in the experimental onion trial garden!

Stay tuned next week to see more of our veggies and how we’re using this onion patch to learn and become better gardeners! Remember we start journaling next week!

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