Thursday, May 28, 2015

Garden Update Thursday, May 28

Gardeners,

            Here are some updates on what is going on and the upcoming events: 

            CROP TEAMS:  The specific assignments for who does what in the South Beds and Open Area will be out soon.  A big thanks to those who have helped get the South Beds, including the long lettuce bed formed up.  Starts from the greenhouse are ready to go in the ground as soon as the teams are ready. 

            SEMINAR ON HERBS:  We are sponsoring a seminar on growing and using herbs on Monday, June 8, at 6:30 pm, presented by Master Gardener Gail Tesinsky from the Big Sky Nursery and Greenhouse.  This seminar will be in lieu of a June Garden Committee Meeting, that would have been held on the first Monday of June.  Here is a publicity announcement we are sending out.  You are invited to copy it and share with friends: 

Free Seminar June 8 on Growing and Using Herbs

Gail Tesinski is a life-long herbalist who will give a seminar on growing and using herbs June 8 at 6:30 p.m. She’ll teach gardeners how to choose which herbs to plant, where to plant them, and how to keep them healthy. She'll guide cooks in pairing herbs with food, preserving herbs, and taking advantage of their medicinal benefits.Those who attend can participate in a drawing for three planters of herbs, donated by Big Sky Nursery and Greenhouse in Laurel, where Tesinski works.
This free seminar is open to the public.
           St. Andrew Community Garden will host this event in the GardenRoom of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church located at 180 24th Street West, just opposite from West High School. 

            LABYRINTH TREES: Payton Schumaker, a local tree trimmer, saw our garden last week and volunteered to help trim out the dead branches from the silver poplars.  These trees really took a hit last winter.  We are really grateful to him – God does answer prayers.  We also lost three of the cherry trees from the orchard that we will need to remove and replace. 

            FLEA BEETLES:  I am spraying with both the Spinosid and Neem Oil twice a day trying to beat down the flea beetles.  It puzzles me that they will hit certain tomato, pepper and potato plants and have little effect on others.  The rain showers keep washing the treatments off, although the Neem oil has the benefit of staying on better.  Most of the affected plants will recover and grow out of the damage, but I am afraid some will need to be replaced.  I am going to look in to a long term solution of using nematodes to kill the beetle larva.  It may be a pretty expensive option.  In the meantime, we are doing the best we can. 

            THOUGHTS FOR PHIL:  Phil C. has been sidelined for the last several weeks with a pulled muscle or hernia.  It is now resolving and he is having more tests this week to get a diagnosis.  Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.  Phil did so much of the Mission Garden work, that I am very much missing him.  Would there be anyone who would like to step up to take his place until he is able to return to what he has done these last several years? 

All for now, 

Dave