I have to say that everyone’s gardens look great! Everything is in bloom from the tomatoes to the nasturtiums. Now is the time to check on your gardens more often while they are producing.
I need to tell everyone with squash plants they are setting fruit really fast. If you wait to pick the squash at its largest, most of the time it will be too seedy to be really good. I want everyone to have a great gardening experience. If your squash is as large as the ones you would find in the grocery store it is time to pick it.
Lettuce, the gardens with lettuce is very nice and ready to pick. If you will pick it from the underside of the plant leaving 3 to 4 leaves in the middle, your plants will reproduce and you can pick it again and again until it makes a stem and tries to make a flower at this time you need to cut the root out and replant a new lettuce plant. You could also seed in lettuce now to take the place of the bolting (flowering) lettuce plants. If all the lettuce was picked at one time the gardeners could fill 3 or 4 large ice chest (coolers) with lettuce.
You need to be aware it is time for the aphids to start appearing on your greens. They are a small patch of very small insects and can be easily removed with your finger; even though they are small they will multiply very fast and make your greens unusable to eat. Once the aphids get started it is time to remove all the greens you have and process them or give them away. This will stop or slow the spread of the aphids plus we will apply insecticidal soap to aid in the combating of the aphids. Please advise us if you see the aphids or any insect damaging the plants and if you are not sure what it is call one of the directors, if we do not know we will find someone that will.
The directors have applied BT that only kills caterpillars and insecticidal soaps, both products will not affect harvesting of your vegetables as long as you wash your vegetables as normal.
If for some reason you cannot pick your vegetables, please let one of the directors know so we can harvest and take it to Good Samaritans. Good Samaritans customers are unable to purchase fresh vegetables and really appreciate any thing we take.
My husband J.C. replaced the broken board in the first water box with a 2x4.
See you in the garden soon.