Delightful Update from Amye and Jean from the Teaching Garden Cooks' Garden Team
Here's Amye's report
The vegetable garden is a seesaw of positives and negatives. This teetering showed up in our soil today. Let’s start with the positive; while cutting back the snow peas, Thomas discovered nitrogen nodules on the roots of the plants. This happy find is due to the symbiotic relationship between the legume and the bacteria Rhizobium. This bacterium takes the nitrogen gas from the air in the soil and converts it into a form that the legume can use, while the legume provides all the nutrients and energy the bacteria needs. This is a huge benefit, as it also leaves nitrogen in the soil that other types of plants can later benefit from.
Now for the negative; there is a big concern that the soil where the potatoes are growing might be infected with Verticillium wilt. This is not good news. This soil-borne fungus causes early death to the vine and can remain in the soil for years. To make matters worse, some of the potatoes dug up from Harriet’s beautiful bed were complete mush and foul smelling. This prompted an early harvest of all the potatoes in that bed, and removal of the infected vines. None of this plant material came in contact with the compost pile. This action was necessary to help prevent spread into the neighboring tomato plants; however, all was not lost, as a good number of healthy potatoes were harvested.
Other happy and positive finds above the soil include the zephyr squash and pattypan setting fruit and Jannell continuing to wow us with her blue ribbon worthy carrots and beets.
Cheers to teetering towards the positive.
pdf (156 KB) Nitrogen nodules
A Better Potato Harvest
Jannell and Collin Miller (Intern)
Action items for Thursday, June 22, and Tuesday, June 27, 2017:
Water (if no rain):
Water – all Raised Beds, Bed A, Bed D and all areas inside the fence
Water – pots in fenced area with newly planted pepper plants
Water pot with salvia in far right corner of fenced area
Water pot with salvia next to raised bed 1
Buckwheat seeds planted where potatoes were
Rhubarb showing signs of disease
Check for signs of disease on tomato plants
Bed B & C:
Monitor sweet potatoes starts, two new slips planted and will need watering
Raised Bed 1:
Jannell is away; please make sure her bed is water. Two tomato plants were planted on 6/17. Collin Miller has offered to help care for this bed
Raised Bed 3:
Raised Bed 4:
Raised Bed 5:
Weed and harvest lettuce
Stake tomatillo plants
Cut back any buckwheat that might be blocking the squash from the sun
Eggs found on stems and leaves - Check for squash bugs & more egg masses
Continue to tie butternut and spaghetti squash to structure as needed
Weed outside fence
Thin carrots and parsley as needed
Harvest Baby Romaine lettuce
Cage Early Girl tomato plant
Check for bugs on potato plants
Three new pepper plants were planted on 6/20 – please make sure to water
Continue to watch for more signs of disease on potato plants
Buckwheat seeds planted – please water
Row cover is drying over fence – please fold and store for the fall (Thurs)
Late July plant Brussels sprouts, cabbage and kale. Interplant shallots and onions
Can the office start Brussels sprouts?
Bean seeds planted on 6/20 (two rows) – please water
What to do?
Please send Charlene your favorite squash recipes for July SIG
Can office start Brussels sprouts for fall planting?
Extra peppers potted up to be planted after potato harvest in Bed G
Fence repair from rabbit damage
Bring harvest to monastery kitchen
Make sure to check yourselves for ticks and drink plenty of water