Craig our Garden Manager has put together a newsletter for Spring 2019. Please be sure and take a look at it, as it contains important information such as watering tips, spring planting period, and above all preparation for the Bagrada Bug! More information about this warm weather pest will follow.
The garden has seen the reappearance of this very invasive plant. It is appearing in garden plots as well as all around the property. Please pull the plant out and dispose of it in the trash. Below is a photo for reference.
Below is Bob’s Compost Report. We now have compost available. Remember, the honor system of 2 bucket limit. In 2 weeks, there will be another bin ready to go. Please continue to put all HEALTHY greens that you clip onto the compost heap. It would be helpful if you clip them to small compostable pieces first then put on the heap……
One of our garden members reminded me that our Master Gardener, Yvonne Savio recommends that we DO NOT put tomato plants into the compost heap. So…put all tomato plants that you pull or trim into the trash bin.
Now that I’m on a roll…For those of you who’s beautiful bounty is spilling out onto the pathways, please trim and put cuttings into the compost.
For those of us that don’t know what to do with all of the veggies that are growing, you can place on the picnic table every Saturday morning and early Tuesday Mornings for our Abundance Committee Chairs, Rosamond Rodman and Dena Brummer to take to “Friends in Deed” food bank.
BOB’S COMPOST REPORT:
We accomplished a lot today. That is thanks to Rosamond, Wendy, Stella and Christina. A special thanks to all the garden members who came by and brought a variety of greens from their gardens to use for compost. That really helps.
We have a large amount of compost available (two buckets limit). In two weeks we will have another bin finished so all the additional greens will come in handy. We encourage garden members to bring more as they cut back their vegetation and remove plants that have run the course.
We are in the garden every Saturday morning beginning at 8 AM. Everyone is welcome. There is always much to do.
Some of us are having problems with “Powdery Mildew” on or squash, melons, and cucumber leaves. Here is a suggested treatment:
Treatment for Powdery Mildew:
You can treat as a pro-active strategy or when you first see signs of infected leaves.
Fill a quart size spray bottle with 1/2 quart of any milk i.e. skim, 1% or full milk, 3 teaspoons of baking soda and a drop of liquid blue dawn dish soap.
Mix well then spray the top and bottom sides of infected leaves.
You also may want to remove shriveled infected leaves. Put into a plastic bag, seal then dispose into the trash bin. Do not place in the compost heap
Water usage will be very important during the hot months. We are allowed by Pasadena Water and Power to water 3 times a week; Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. It is possible to get by with watering only twice a week if you water by hand deeply. Please pay special attention to using timer drip systems that they are not dripping or leaking. If the Garden Manager’s team notices that your system is leaking, your water will be shut off and you will be notified to fix the problem.
With the warmer weather, we can expect the dreaded Bagrada Bug to be looking for gardens to make a home out of. Let’s all be proactive and remove all mustard green plants, brassica, cruciferous plants from our plots no later than May 31st.