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Monthly Archive for August, 2011

Power of the Pharoahs

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Alumni from Richmond Community High School came out to the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden last Saturday. They helped propel the garden forward by weeding, feeding, and harvesting.  This was one of the happiest and most supportive groups of people I’ve ever been […]

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Up & Down

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Cukes are up and coming along nicely in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden, aiming for a late September harvest. I saw an adorable little white moth flitting about. It’s likely to forecast cabbage worms. I tried to use the brute force organic […]

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Patrick Dougherty: A Slide Show

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Have you seen Patrick Dougherty’s Meadowmorphosis — “Diamonds in the Rough” stick sculpture yet?  While we were building it, we gave you daily updates — with blog posts, photographs and video. But it’s been a while since we mentioned it — so I thought I’d remind […]

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Scoring Big, Then & Now

Note:  We already brought you the update on the tally or our deliveries last week, but Albert Brian Vick, our Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator has a special report for you about the details. I love how he always seems to get the inside scoop! by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden […]

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by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator We’ve allowed this Amaranth plant to mature – so far –  in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden, adjacent to the cucumber patch. We wanted to determine exactly which variety we had – a “grain” amaranth or just the “weedy” variety. In the U.S., […]

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Good Enough to Eat?

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator At the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden we’ve produced several stellar specimens of “weeds” so far this season. That’s one of the challenges to keep up with when you’re blessed with the good size of our garden. For example, one of our tomato […]

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Yellow Tomatoes, Anyone?

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator It almost seems counter-intuitive for the idea of growing tomatoes, but sunshine is a double-edged sword. Tomato fruits actually need to be shaded somewhat by foliage, otherwise the result is the yellowing shown here, or even outright sun-scald, which has a bruising, destructive […]

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Worth Their Weight in Gold

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator These three volunteers may have set a harvesting record yesterday in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. Within just three hours they collected ten cases of tomatoes and four cases of summer squash. We could go through the math of the retail value […]

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Top Ten

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Always a provocative title, but here’s the thing. You’ve seen the pie tins hung in gardens to keep birds away, right? Well, this is the modern version. It’s too long a story to describe where I first saw this idea, but it’s been […]

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Entomology 102: Leaf Bugs

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator This post is course number “102″, following the Entomology 101 course recently experienced in-depth with the Squash Bugs. After the Squash Bug assault, to put it mildly I’ve become more attuned to the presence of insects in the vegetable garden. Normally I completely […]

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