Mark of Bed 39 spoke on "How to increase your harvest" by utilizing the square foot gardening method. The gardeners received information on beginning square foot gardening and a handout on companion crops.
Judy spoke on bulb and multiplying onion harvesting and storage. Bulb onions are ready to be taken out of the soil when the tops start to die and/or fall over. Multiplying onions are to be separated as you use the onion bunches saving a few with a good root attached to be dried for the next planting. Drying or curing of onions needs to be where air flows completely around them. You can utilize either a gunny sack or a net bag that purchased fruit comes in and keep the onions in an open air area that will stay dry; such as a carport or covered patio.
Richard spoke on how you can stabilize your tomato cages with the white pipe over your beds by crossing the pipe and tying the cages to it & the necessity of keeping the leaves off the ground. He also reminded everyone the necessity of re-mulching our beds to at least one inch depth. This is the best way maintain our moisture availability to our plants. Mulch helps us use less water during our current drought. He also has Ginger Easton-Smith from the extension office investigating our tomato plants with yellowing leaves.
We discussed harvesting our tomatoes as they turn pink or just some color showing. You may finish them ripening at home in a window sill or a cool dry location with the stem side down in a cardboard flat. Try to harvest before they turn red on the plant or the birds will eat them and we all work too hard for this to happen!
*Safety Note* Do not use anything that protrudes from the garden beds. It is best to use a round headed screw or closed cup hook that can be screwed into the upper or inside edge of our beds.
*Sanitation Note* In order to not transfer diseases and or mold unintentionally don't touch other plants as we walk through the garden. Another way to help is to bag plants being removed immediately.
A big thanks to Mark and Terri for donating produce to Good Samaritans in ACCG name. Please keep in mind if you have any extra produce Good Samaritans is happy to receive it. If you need help harvesting and getting it to Good Samaritans just call a director for assistance.
See you all next month!