The garden has been heating up recently with lots of kids, produce and fun. Oh, and very high temperatures and humidity! :)
The Adventure Club and Spin kids finished Bobette the Scarecrow last week and felt it was important to make her wave to all who enter the garden. They kids learned how to thin the carrots and hunt for squash bug eggs with Master Gardeners Deb and Christi.
Misting was a must on Monday! No one was afraid of a little water while we worked to harvest the beans and peas.
We learned something new about our potato plants. We observed tomato-like growths on some of the plants near the flowers and wondered what they were! Potatoes and Tomatoes are in the same plant family. According to this article, this growth is a sign the plant has been pollinated (thank you bees!) though the growths should NOT be eaten as they contain a high concentration of solanine. Who knew? http://homeguides.sfgate.com/potato-vines-tomatolike-growth-97967.html
The Time For Me preschoolers came back for their July visit on Wednesday. While waiting for their arrival, Victoria and I sat in the back of my car and watched a sun shower pass through leaving us a faint rainbow of promise; a promise of the heat to come and the abundance of beans to pick!
The kids checked out their sunflower house which now is taller than they are! We also read a story called Bee Dance informing us about the importance of bees’ movements as a communication tool! Then we observed our beehives from afar and found honeybees collecting nectar and pollen from the flowers in the garden.
Before we ate watermelon, we picked cucumbers to take home! Thanks for visiting the garden!