Central Library garden received a tidying up last Friday from a group of Plot Against Hunger volunteers. We weeded, tied sunflowers up against the tennis court fence, and watered. It has been very dry and our irrigation system was down for a time.
One of the plants we weeded out was purslane, which makes a nice addition to salads and is used in Middle Eastern cooking. We had thought it would be nice to let people know it was an edible wild plant, but ultimately, it spread so aggressively it had to come out. Nonetheless, if you see it in your garden, throw some in with your salad greens. It has a lemony flavor and is apparently full of omega fatty acids.
We harvested patty pan and summer squash, okra, eggplants and some tomatoes. Now that the rabbits have been shut out of the garden, we hope to be able to harvest beans soon. Kristin trained some of the beans up their poles and pulled a lot of honey vine, which also likes to grow up the bean tipi.
In preparation for fall, we planted some Malabar spinach and assorted lettuce seeds in the square foot garden and transplanted some okra there.
The Central Library Garden will be submitting a vegetable display in a basket to the County Fair, which starts Wednesday and runs through the weekend. Who knows? Maybe we’ll win a prize!
Even if we don’t, we have lots of new vegetables coming on and plans for fall gardening. Watch the white board for information on crops, talks, and more.