Thursday, June 6, 2013

News from the Edible Landscape Demonstration Garden

Chinese mustard and collard greens at their peak
Trellised nasturium in the annual herb bed
Lois Fischer

The past few days of unseasonably high temperatures has had its impact on the vegetable demonstration garden in Fairmount Park. Some of the cool weather crops have pushed miraculously and are at their full harvesting glory. Others are just at the brink of bolting and are waiting to be replaced by new plantings. It has been a challenge for our small crew of dedicated volunteers to remain on top of the changes. Many of the summer crops are well on their way. A variety of bush beans, shelling peas and runner beans have sprouted. The two rows of dwarf okra are visible. The bush cucumbers that will later be trellised to save space have poked their ways up through the soil. Tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers and two varieties of eggplant have been planted. The herb beds are a sight to behold. Our committee members have entered the garden in the PHS sponsored City Gardens Contest in the "small community garden" category. We will keep you updated on our progress.

Stop by the garden sometime soon should you be in the neighborhood. It is located behind the greenhouse at the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park.

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