Thursday, June 21, 2012

Summer arrives at the Ginsberg Garden

The Ginsberg Garden gets a make-over with straw rows and tomato trellises.

Jen and Liz install a fence around our hoophouse plot.

The sweet potatoes-in-a-box experiment is rocking out!

Tomato Staking

We experimented with a few tomato staking methods this year. One A-frame trellis, a teepee, a stake and weave system, and some sturdy individual stakes. The entire time we were drilling holes and pounding in the stakes, our mouths were watering with thoughts of fresh salsa, bruschetta, and tomato sandwiches! 

To construct this A frame trellis, we drilled holes in bamboo poles and then used zip ties and twine to secure the structure. Then, we then looped twine from the bottom of each plant, weaved it around the stem, and tied the twine to the top bar. 

Check out these tomatoes, loving the support from their new trellis!

Pest Control 

To ward off the aphids, earwigs, flea beetles, and cabbage worms that have been munching on our veggies, we have been experimenting with some natural pest control methods. We concocted a spray of water, Dr. Bronner's castile soap, and cayenne pepper; both soap and cayenne are toxic to insects. We also installed some earwig traps: yogurt containers with soy sauce and oil. The soy sauce attracts the bugs, and the oil traps them.

A damaged pac choi,with earwig trap behind it

Recent Harvests

We harvested from our renegade chamomile plant. All of these flowers are now drying in my closet. Once dried we will have a tea-making workshop! Chamomile tea has been used for thousands of years to help with sleeplessness, anxiety, and upset stomachs.

If you are strolling down Hill Street make sure to stop by the Ginsberg Garden for a delicious raspberry snack! 

No comments:

Post a Comment