Hope you are keeping up with the battle of the weeds. The crops are looking great with lots of carrots and beets and turnips being carried home and the peas still holding on. There are flowers on some of the beans and a few new potatoes. Spraying for potato beetles was done last week to knock back the population, but keep hand-picking if you see adults or larvae. Careful attention to the small larvae will mean much less damage.
On Wednesday evening, there will be a workday at Eagle Heights to do more weeding in the common areas from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Please email if you would like to work this opportunity and I'll get you more information. We are trying to do a few weekday evenings with the long days but can only do that for a few weeks.
This Wednesday, we will start the Share the Bounty program.
- Put your donated veggies in the containers by 8 a.m. Wednesday or by 10:00 a.m. Saturday. Keep in mind that if you leave something delicate like lettuce in the bins on Thursday, it will wilt long before bins are collected on Saturday.
- Volunteers take the vegetables to the pantry where they will be much appreciated by families in need of extra help to stock their pantries with fresh fruits and veggies.
- Pat yourself on the back for a job well done!
Remember that items meant for sharing with other gardeners at EHCG are placed on the share shelves, not in the Saint Vincent de Paul Share the Bounty bins. Please do not take produce out of the donation bins, as our gardeners have chosen to donate their fruits and vegetables to those in need.
The turtle has been sighted several places in the gardens and we think we have two mink in Eagle Heights. One of the mink was seen running by with a rodent in its mouth. The hawks have also been hunting (for their young?). We applaud the natural controls for our voles and chipmunks. Now just have our fingers crossed that the cranes have offspring too.
The flowers are looking great in the gardens with the daylilies and bee balm coming in now. Plant a few more bush beans or cilantro or carrots if you have an open space.
Gretel, Garden Registrar