I’ve been working in the garden for more than a month nonstop. And, If it wasn’t pouring rain I’d be out today!
There is still so much to be done at the Moreau Community Garden. But there’s a lot that has been done and it is looking lovely. When I look at the raised beds, I smile. The promise of the season lies before us and it is full of carrots, cabbage, kale, tomatoes, peas, beans, potatoes, onions, sunflowers, zinnias, salvias, nasturtiums and more … much more.
A huge, heartfelt thank you to Lena’s Greenhouses, Hewitt’s Garden Center and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs for their donations of plants. What a different it makes….and it is very much appreciated by the gardeners. Right now, there are tomato plants waiting for adoption in the wheelbarrow nearest the bulletin board. Gardeners, they are free.
We have already seen cutworms and grubs in the beds. The grubs are likely Japanese beetles. There are many in the park and later in the season we will likely put out traps. If you find a grub…small whitish, curls into a C when touched — squish it. If you aren’t sure what it is, leave a sample in the bug jars under the bulletin board and drop me a note. I will identify it for you. Cutworms can often be found in the soil. If the tops of your beans are chopped off, they are likely the problem. Dig around the plant they have just devoured. See if you can find it. If you do, you know what to do. (Hint: Squish.)
We had a little frost damage in the garden. Frost turned the tips of tomato leaves black. Lets hope that cold temperatures are behind us now.
In years past, we have had trouble with squash bugs in the garden. If you are growing cucurbits, keep an eye on your plants and use Neem if you spot these insects in your bed. The Neem is in the shed and can be mixed in the container left alongside it and sprayed on the plants. Sprayer is there as well.
Remember ours is an organic garden and all methods of controlling insects must be organic. If you aren’t sure, get in touch before you spray any chemicals.
Every Monday through mid-August, gardeners are invited to gather around noon under the pines and talk about the garden (or anything else), share experiences, seeds and just get to know one another. I will also be available anytime to answer your garden, insects, plant disease questions. You can reach me here, through the blog, or on Facebook or you can leave a note for me on the bulletin board.
The bulletin board is also the place to ask for help from other gardeners. For example, if you are going on vacation, you might post a note asking for a volunteer to water your beds while you are away.
Thanks. I hope to see you in the garden, Natalie