Sunday, September 30, 2012

Victory Garden 2012 Log - September 4th

MG Jane Krumpe on Edible Landscaping

Today was quite a day with 2 speakers and a lot of clean-up and harvesting.

Our first speaker was Jane Krumpe, a master gardener who offered an alternative to conventional ornamental landscaping, yet produces fruits and vegetables for home use. A plan can incorporate simple elements into a already existing landscape or install an entirely edible landscape.

The scope is only limited by your imagination, culinary desires and environmental conditions. Rosalind Creasy's books on this subject are a good source.

MG Bill Dorman with Egyptian Walking Onion Sets

The second presentation was by Bill Dorman, also a master gardener, who shared with us his knowledge of hard neck garlic, Multiplier onions, and Egyptian Walking onions

Since they can be planted in October, now was a good time to learn about them. Multiplier onions produces more than one bulb per plant, and these bulbs can be replanted or eaten (the plant does not produce seed). They are harvested in July, dried on racks, and stored. Egyptian Walking onions produce bulblets on top of stalks. The bulblets, stalks and below ground bulb are edible. The heavier top pulls the plant down and they seed in the nearby area. This process causes plants to "walk" further and further away from where they started. Hard neck garlic was also shown. Bill shared his harvest with all the participants.
Cold Frame Built from Scrap Window Frame
Bill also showed us the value of a cold frame, how to construct one, where to place it, and what to plant in it.

Hardneck Garlic Heads
Multiplier Onions
Bill also showed us how to save tomato seeds

Tomato Seeds Fermenting
Dorman Tennessee Oxhearts
Look for Dorman Tennessee Oxhearts at the Plant Sale next May.

Harvesting Potatoes

Harvesting Potatoes

In the garden we harvested potatoes, (Kennebec and Pontiacs) ...

MG Mary Crooks and Eggplants
Eggplants ...

Harvesting Turnips

Turnips ...

Harvesting Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash ...

Cleaning up Corn Stalks
Pretty Good Harvest

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