|Back Row L to R: Jeanne, Ben, Edna, Wyatt, Mathias|
Front Row L to R: Alydia, Leigh, Molly, Katie
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The projects for the day were to build tomato cages around the tomato plants and to pinch the bottom branches and suckers of the plants. Pruning tomato suckers is sometimes recommended because the resulting new stem is competing for nutrients with the original plant. You may be getting more fruits if you leave the suckers to grow, but the fruits will be smaller and the plant will be more cumbersome. Pruning tomato suckers is really just thinning the plants.
Click the link below to read more about this process: What is a Tomato Sucker?
About ¾ of the way through the project we ran out of stakes for the cages. This great group of young adults weeded the lettuce before the weeds overtook them, cleared weeds in other sections and gave the garden a good drink of water. This group was led by Jeanne and Edna who did a great job in sharing gardening information. In a conversation with Edna, she shared some of her many years of gardening experience and knowledge. We look forward to even more conversations with Edna where we can learn and grow from someone with so much experience!
“If you want to touch the past, touch a rock. If you want to touch the present, touch a flower. If you want to touch the future, touch a life.” ~Author Unknown
The laugher and smiles have returned to the Giving Garden. “Summer Stretch Youth; your contributions to this Giving Garden this summer will have an important impact in your community through the food you are helping to grow and donate.”
“Thank you” Summer Stretch, and we look forward to seeing you back in the garden this next Wednesday!