|Our squash bugs are back!!!!!|
Since my last post, I’ve also pruned raspberry brambles in my and the food pantry
plots. Rayna pruned them around the kids’ beds. My potatoes are looking poorly, which I’m blaming on the weather. In contrast, the food pantry potatoes look so much better than mine and I planted them from the same seed potatoes and at roughly the same time. Our onions are falling early this year and rotting in the ground, which is obviously also attributable to the weather. I’ll probably harvest all of them this Saturday so that they can dry out a bit. The leeks, on the other hand, love this rain and cloudiness. I finally put in my sweet potatoes (about a month late), but they have taken off with all of the rain and mildness. I spent the holiday helping with the Bexley parade instead of gardening, so I conducted our weekly food pantry harvest on Sunday afternoon and ran it down to Faith Mission (which is open on Sundays). Sadly, while I was at the Garden on Sunday, I discovered the squash borer moth on my zucchini. I couldn’t remember if it was the borer or the wasp which eat them, so I left it alone until I could check my computer pictures. It was the borer. Curses.
Neal continues to entertain us. He had a bumper zucchini crop last week and shared one with me. This week, he painted his giant rock bench (which he dug out of his plot this summer) a bright blue. Where does he find the time? Rayna has fabulous zinnias and mine are only three inches tall because I have failed to thin out our dill forest. I will bit the bullet on Saturday so that I can have cut flowers eventually this year.
|Stan's zucchini is not match for a squash borer|
was held at the Old First Presbyterian Church (at Ohio and Bryden), which is also the home of one of the oldest pantry community gardens in Columbus: Four Seasons City Farm, which broke ground in 2004. Earlier in the afternoon, Straders’ Garden Centers donated a hundred flats of begonias to the GCGC and they were waiting for us. They donated a similar amount of petunias and geraniums on Wednesday at New Life Church (off East Broad Street in Whitehall) and wave petunias and other flowers on Tuesday at Grace Church on Shady Lane.
OSU Extension is organizing a tour of local community gardens for Local Foods Week in August. Community gardens all over Columbus will be open for tourists on Sunday, August 9 from 1-4 and on Saturday, August 15 from 9-1. I signed us up for Saturday since I’ll be there anyway. Right now, the following gardens will tentatively be open for the Local Foods week tour on Sunday, August 9: Charles Madison Nabrit Memorial Garden in Linden; Redeemer Lutheran Community Garden on James Road; The Linden Garden Association; and the Fireman's Flower Garden in Linden. On the following Saturday, August 15, the following gardens are tentatively scheduled to be open: St. Vincent De Paul Family Life Garden off Livingston and Wellesley; Highland Youth Garden in the Hilltop; Peace & Plenty Comm. Garden off East Broad Street in Whitehall; the Arawak Garden, the Charles Madison Nabrit Memorial Garden in Linden and the SACG (here).
GCGC is still trying to hold a community garden tour in Cleveland on Saturday, August 1. The cost of $35 covers the round bus trip from Columbus to Cleveland to view several gardens there. Peggy wants us to see how much more money the City of Cleveland spends on its community gardens (compared to Columbus) and how this would improve the quality and number of our gardens here with a similar investment. They need 35 people to sign up immediately to proceed with the tour, but so far only have 12.