Yesterday I gave a presentation to about 20 Greene Acres gardeners about vegetable gardening in all four seasons. You were a great audience….lots of good questions and information sharing. Here are the slides – I’ll be watching to see how many of you explore gardening not only in the warm summer months, but in the spring, fall, and yes…even overwintering.
As always, if you have questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to ask or comment below.
Jo Ann Bartsch, OSU Master Gardener, Cuyahoga County
Greene Acres Mentor
Felt great to clean out my plots today. My anemic tomatoes still have some potential, there are a few fruits and flowers that will save me a few bucks at the grocery store over the next month or two. I set aside a few dried out Romano beans (thanks Dad!) to dry out to plant next year.
About those Cucamelons! aka “Mouse melons”, “Mexican gherkins”. This spring at work, a few ladies and I decided to buy some seeds and go for it. They have a cucumber taste, but it’s….different. I think that doing a “pickling” prep would be great for them. There are a lot of recipes on Pinterest and Allrecipes. Who knew??
I’m so grateful for my plot-neighbor, Maryann. I’ve known her since I started gardening Greene Acres around 4 years ago! She gifted me with a sweet potato plant and it’s coming along! I finally raised up my “wild” cherry tomato plants to get them out of the way of my beet seedlings and carrots. I have a few cute basil plants who peek out from the carrot foliage. Yes, this year, was totally wild gardening. It’s been a wild year, and in the beginning, I was late to get started.
In July, I stopped by Denigris’ Garden Center and rescued a few vegetable plants that were sad and ready to go to the compost pile. I have several pepper plants which are giving me a few little peppers and a few tomatoes, including a beefsteak, which are coming along.
I weeded and removed dead branches and plants. I ran the rake around and turned the soil, exposing soft dark soil that would be great for…….lettuce. Planted some lettuce.
Using my cherry tomatoes, bunch onions, cucamelons and carrots, today I made couscous salad and a pasta salad.
We can keep our gardening going till December. Soon it’s time to get some garlic in. And I promise myself to get going in March next year, like I know I should!