Hello fellow gardeners,
The bounty has arrived at the Burke Mountain Community Garden! I for one have started eating salad for breakfast -- it seems like the only way to keep up with all those greens.
Here are a few garden updates for June:
I will be at the garden on Wednesday, June 10th, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, to do a little garden workshop on planting tomatoes. I'll bring some tomato starts, as well as cages, so that you can get growing one of summer's best fruits. Please let me know in an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you plan on attending!
We're entering the hot stretch of summer and that means the beds get dried out very quickly. There's no magic number, but your plants will probably appreciate a good soaking 3 times a week. Be sure to dig down a bit after watering to check just how much you've saturated the soil. I was speaking with a master gardener recently who said that pests (like aphids) target plants with weak root structures, which is often the result of insufficient watering. It's best to water in the cooler hours (early morning and evening) so you don't scald your plants.
If you'll be heading out of town, I recommend asking a friend or garden neighbour for a watering favour. You can also pin a handmade sign to your bed asking for it to be watered, and noting the dates you'll be away.
GROWING TIPS: APHIDS
As mentioned, the aphids are here. These little green buddies tend to set up shop in leafy plants like kale and cabbage and nibble away at a plant's new growth. There are many opinions and counter-opinions on how to get rid of aphids, but here are a few of the easier methods:
- Crush them with your fingers -- barbaric, but effective.
- Use the water pressure from the hose to spray them off your plants. Some gardeners swear by soapy water in a spray bottle.
- Encourage insects like ladybugs, which are sworn aphid-eaters.
- Plant garlic and onions and chives nearby. These are natural deterrents to the bug.
- Plant natural attractants like nasturtium, cosmos and zinnia, which will draw the pests away from your veggies. Enjoy the heat!
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