Happy summer rains, gardeners!

The marigolds along Main St. have petered out because the rains waited too long to come. Would any of you like to help pull them up? The new tree plantings have added to Tom’s workload, and he could use a hand.

Do you have a spot at your house where you’d like to plant some raspberries? Someone planted some in a garden bed last year, and the folks who rented it this year have been unable to care for the box due to the pandemic. These are later-bearing berries than those in the Pollinator Garden, and have a few berries ripening now–so they would need to be trimmed and transplanted a bit later on. Basically there’s a box full available. Please let us know if you’re interested.

The WCG committee has approved the purchase of enough Milky Spore powder to treat the whole garden. This affects only Japanese Beetles by killing their larvae, and should deter them for about 20 years. We’ll need to apply the powder in the fall before a good rain. We don’t want to put it in before people pull up their summer plants and have the powder carted off in the rootballs. So please be thinking about pulling out your spent plants and getting ready for fall plantings. Obviously some plants (like okra) will keep going until frost; but a lot of cucurbits, beans, and tomatoes have succumbed to the heat and need to be removed.

Some of y’all may have noticed that there was a shortage of seeds to buy after the pandemic hit in spring. That made me think about saving seeds. If you don’t know, hybrid plants don’t produce seeds that will be true to the parent–only heirloom varieties will do that. In order to save seeds, you have to plant so they won’t cross-pollinate with other varieties of the same plant. If you’ve ever planted sweet peppers too close to hot peppers, you know what I mean! Anyway, if any of y’all are interested in trading seeds or buying heirloom seeds in bulk, I invite you to come to talk about it at the next meeting of the steering committee, which will be Monday, September 21 at 6:00 p.m., most likely in the big pavilion in Pittard Park. We can celebrate the Fall equinox and think about next year’s garden!

Thanks,

Brenda

WCG committee chair