As June temperatures begin to rise, the lettuce and brassica harvest will start to wane, but the ritual of bug checking, weeding and watering will remain constant.
Two of our usual bug suspects made an appearance yesterday. We spotted a well fed Colorado potato beetle happily chewing a potato leaf and squash bugs were found on both our squash and potato plants. To ensure their populations remain low, it’s crucial to remain vigilant and continue investigating where these destructive fellows and their egg masses are.
On a sweeter note, Thomas harvested the first round of plump and juicy blueberries, along with snow peas, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, and carrots.
Make sure to come out this Saturday to hear Harriet Carter talk tomatoes! Our Saturday in the Garden program is 6/17/17 at 9 am – 12 noon – Small Space Gardening, Potted Posies and Cooks’ Garden Vegetable of the Month – the tomato! (with a recipe book) Interested? Let us know so we have enough handouts. Class is outside, at the Teaching Garden 9535 Linton Hall Rd. Bristow 20136 on the grounds of the Benedictine Monastery, and we need your registration just in case it is very rainy. 703-792-7747 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, yesterday from other parts of the Teaching Garden, submitted to the office for analysis: Hackberry (Celtis) from Teaching Garden- sample from Leslie and Colin. “White stuff on trunk.” Bracket fungus growing on mechanical wound (mower? Weed whacked?) and Pleasing fungus beetle feasting on fungus.
Mulch to drip line, away from trunk to keep machinery away from trees and shrubs