This season's trends: The Pizza Garden is out. Cool veggies are in!
September23, 2016 - Out with the old, in with the new, so the old saw goes. With the first two meetings of Garden Club devoted to enjoying the bounty of last spring's pizza garden-and those pizzas were delicious, by the way-the gardeners turned their attention to the raised beds in preparation for cooler weather.
Step 1: Remove plants nearing the end of production, as well as all of those grasses and weeds!
Despite care and attention during the summer months, the pizza garden developed some tenacious tendrils and stalwart stalks of weeds during September! The gardeners worked diligently to remove pepper plants, weeds, and volunteer plants, in the process discovering that some of the onions planted last spring were still hiding just under the soil, their stems camouflaged by the similiary long and slumped over tufts of grass.
Step 2: Plant the cool weather vegetables, using just the right technique.
Master Gardener Mrs. Howell, a retired kindergarten teacher, explained to the gardeners that they would be planting cool season vegetables. Each gardener had the chance to read and understand the information on the back of his or her seed packet. Seeds were inspected and measured against thumbs and pinky fingers to determine planting depth.