August 2012 in the Garden
Planting Tips for August
By Gaye Stoner
Time now to make pesto from the basil you have grown in pots (it does better than directly in the soil, Gaye finds) and to eat lots of salads. In fact, she suggests going into the garden daily and planning your evening meal around what’s available.
- Fava beans and peas should still be plentiful and some tomatoes make their appearance in time for summer grilling.
- Beets make an excellent salad with mint leaves and feta cheese, while summer squash (the flat, yellow Florida variety) is delicious when grilled.
- With an abundance of tomatoes towards the end of the month make salsa and store for the winter. Potato lovers will also find the first, small, early potatoes.
- Harvest garlic, which was planted last October, and plant a cover crop such as phacelia, winter rye or vetch to enrich the soil.
Free Garden Workshops!! For Youth 5-15 and Educators!
We are thrilled to announce that we have recently received a grant from NASA's Summer of Innovation program. We will be using these funds to purchase a weatherstation; which will be housed at the garden for plot holder's use and community education. We will be running a series of workshops: September 8th from 10am-12pm (for 5-10 yr. olds); September 15th from 10am-12pm (for 10-15 yr. olds); and, September 20th for adult educators of children.
All workshops will be FREE, thanks to the grant funds. The workshops will include an hour of age appropriate gardening and plant knowledge and an hour of weatherstation specific knowledge. Call or email Erica if you're interested. Because the workshops are FREE, we will limiting class size to 10 participants per workshop. Come learn the science behind growing food and how our ecosystem affects harvest.
Interested? Contact Erica (801)657-1879;