Saturday, September 8, 2012

Victory Garden 2012 Log - August 27

MG Barb Petrucci

We were treated to a demonstration on herbs by Master Gardner, Barb Petrucci. She brought in a number of samples from her garden including dill, parsley, oregano, basil, salad burnet, rosemary, tarragon, thyme, etc. Handouts were available on herbs that attract beneficial insects, such as anise, borage, dill, fennel, feverfew, yarrow, etc., cooking with herbs, and a herb reference chart.

Harvesting and Pulling Bush Beans
We are now starting to put the garden to bed for the winter. Because we are not continuing the victory garden through the winter, some of our plants are being pulled and put into the compost pile, to support next year's plantings.

Harvesting and Removing Pole Beans
Harvesting Butternut Squash

We did pick off the last of our green beans and pole beans while we were removing the plants.

Because the class ends in a few weeks, some vegetables that normally would be harvested later, are being harvested now, such as the winter squash and turnips.

Buckwheat - A Summer Cover Crop

A cover crop of buckwheat is doing well.

More on cover crops here.

Cayenne Peppers
We are still harvesting tomatoes, basil, swiss chard, beets, and peppers.

Green Stink bug Nymph
Green Stink bug Nymph
 We did find an unwanted guest, a green stink bug (Acrosternum hilare) nymph.

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