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Hello, Garner Growers
We are looking forward to getting back in the garden tomorrow morning after being rained out (or mudded out) for the last two workdays. The usual start time is 9am, but I know I won’t be there until 10 due to an 8:15 soccer game. Can you believe that? 8:15 on a Saturday morning to watch 9 year olds run around a soccer field! This is the time of year that we usually change back to 10am anyway, although I wasn’t planning to make the change until next week. Anyway, if you want to come at 9, feel free. If you get there before I do, I’d suggest weeding the herb garden, picking corn, or if you’re not squemish, squashing corn rootworms on the mustard which is the large leafy stuff that’s in either the second or third row from the front (the adult corn rootworms – AKA spotted cucumber beetle – are beetles that look a little like yellow and black lady bugs but are more oval than round).
There is lots of good stuff – fruits of our labors! – ready to pick: the peppers are looking loads better than they had been, radishes, mustard, chard, carrots, watermelon, corn, squash, mizuna that needs thinning so we should all take home some baby greens to add to our salads next week. We should check the herbs, too. I haven’t walked down that far this week. You’ll see mushrooms, but don’t eat those!
I think some of this year’s chickens have begun laying so the rest shouldn’t be too far behind. Our two little chicks are getting bigger and fluffier. If you are going into the chicken pens, be aware that the two little roosters aren’t as afraid of us as we might want them to be. Let them know you are bigger than they are — and we’ll boot them from the flock before they get much more mature.
Hope to see you in the garden!