Plot 30

an urban co-op garden adventure

Mexican Bean Beetles

I went out to the garden today to pick all the yellow beans that had not been infested by our pesky bug.  Then I removed all the infested beans and all the bean plants.  Spoke to Susan and she said she had planted lettuce in the one bare spot and if they take we could plant some more or beets where the beans used to live.

The beets and the carrots need a bit of a thinning, other than that everything still looks great.

Here is some information on the mexican bean beetle that attacked our yellow beans, http://www.almanac.com/content/mexican-bean-beetles .  Here is what our beans looked like:

 

 

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A confession and a question

First the confession – I missed the meeting last weekend.  I thought it was on the 21nd, and realized my mistake a week too late.  Very sorry, fellow gardeners.

And now the question with preface: I noticed last week that it seems the beets and carrots are all pretty close to harvesting, or many of them could be harvested. When they are done do we want to maybe put in more beets, or some fast growing greens in their place? I have lots of lettuce seeds at home, the variety is “4 Seasons” meaning it tolerates cold well, so we could plant it for an early fall crop.

Just a thought…

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Water Out!

Linda and I went out to the garden to water today.  Thanks to Lauren, I was able to open the shed containing the hose as I turned the handle excitedly, no water came out.  I checked for kinks and still no water. Two ladies asked me if there was something wrong and I yelled out to them “no water”.  They yelled back, “did you check the board on the shed?”  Indeed, there was a note on the board saying that their was a construction accident and the water had been knocked out and should be restored tomorrow.  

Linda and I were going to fill the rain barrel up because it is extremely low after our water today.  We also noticed that the spigot on our rain barrel was dripping so please double check that you have closed this valve completely after it has been used.   Let’s hope the water is back up tomorrow so we can fill our barrel or use the hose after the heat today.  Everything looks great and there is one tomato ripening.      

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In peaceful co-existence

Planning to use the water hose? Best cultivate stillness. Open and close that door very, very gently. Between the door and the frame you will find a yellow jacket or hornet’s nest and they are known to defend their nests fiercely.  It is a small nest just now and the yellow jackets and I did not harm each other!!  Who can take care of this?

I watered the plants yesterday and today and pulled off the drying leaves and weeds. Missed our purple friends!!

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Last night I fell in love, and his name was “kale chips”…

Following the harvest schedule (thanks again, Lauren and Kumkum) I took the liberty to snag a few kale leaves yesterday at lunch. Lauren shared her kale chip recipe with me and I am now totally addicted to these nutritious who-knew-they-were-kale potato-like chips.

Kale Chips

  • Turn your oven to 350. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and put it aside.
  • Remove the leaves from the kale stock (which I’m told can be quite bitter.) I then chose to tear my leaves up into smaller bit size pieces.
  • Oil up your hands with olive oil (I used EVOO) and massage the kale pieces so they are well oiled (they don’t need to be dripping, just slick with oil.) Lay each piece on the parchment paper.
  • Our kale is quite salty on it’s own, so no need for added salt (although feel free to spice as you like!) I took Lauren’s advice and sprinkled on chili powder.
  • Pop your kale in the warm oven for 7 minutes (my oven cooks quickly so this was all I needed, but if you are doing more than one tray Lauren recommends rotating the pans from top to bottom and leaving them in for another few minutes… Let your oven guide you.)
  • Don’t let them overcook… They should be crispy when you remove them from the oven but not totally brown.

Cool and enjoy! I have a sample here for lunch if you want to try.

Thanks Lauren, and thank you garden.

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Purslane

Today, Dino went into our garden and picked this edible weed called Purslane and threw it in our salad.  For those of you that don’t know what purslane is watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tw8DcGAGmo&list=UULRDaR2ywG1APiwUzeTwrJw&index=6&feature=plcp .  If you see it in your or our garden, please pick it and add it to the harvest.  Just cut off the roots, wash it and put it in your salad.  This is native of India and is used all over the Mediterran in salads, soups and pickling.

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at plot 30 June 2012

at plot 30 June 2012

growing well

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Harvest lottery results

Hi everyone,

Here are the harvest lottery results. The calendar was split from July 1 to Sep 23 into tw0-week allotments. Except for the two allotments at the start and end of the growing season, the harvest will be shared four ways within each two-week period. This means we each get to enjoy two harvests! If you are going to be away during your allotted time, please swap with someone. Fingers crossed for a summer of bountiful harvest!

Please note that the current watering and weeding schedule will still be in effect—think of it as helping to keep the garden happy and healthy for *your* harvest!

July 1-15  ** Please harvest the cauliflower soonest so that the peppers can be planted **

1. Katie 2. Amanda 3. Susan

July 16-29

1. Belinda 2. Linda 3. Shelley 4. Lauren

 July 30-Aug 12

1. Ivars 2. Kumkum 3. Cecilia 4. Kathryn

Aug 13-26

1. Amanda 2. Katie 3. Linda 4. Lauren

Aug 27-Sep 9

1. Belinda 2. Kathryn 3. Kumkum 4. Susan

Sep 10-23

1. Cecilia 2. Shelley 3. Ivars

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Baby carrots and beet leaves

Susan and I lunched and did some harvesting in the garden today.  We thinned the carrots and beets and gave everything a good soaking. The wee baby carrots and beet leaves are in the fridge looking for a home! Have we/can we establish how we would like to divvy everything up? The cauliflower needs to be harvested too.

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First harvest!

Katie and I were at the patch this afternoon, giving it a drink. We removed a bunch of leaves from the base of the Brussels sprout plants (apparently this helps the baby sprouts to, well, sprout). So they’re look a bit top-heavy right now. We also harvested a bunch of kale leaves. They are wrapped in wet paper towels in the staff room fridge. Help yourselves! We’ll be picking more soon, along with the cabbage.

Hey, don’t know what to do with kale? Check out these easy recipes > http://www.canadianliving.com/food/menus_and_collections/cooking_with_kale__our_top_kale_recipes.php (you might have to cut & paste this URL into your search bar).

Cheers, Lauren

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