Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator
We made our first 2012 deliveries this week from the Community Kitchen Garden to FeedMore’s Community Kitchen. The current crop is Red Pontiac new potatoes & red beets. Total pounds delivered: red potatoes – 230, red beets – 108. We don’t have an exact ID on the beets yet, because the seedlings were donated to us by a local organic commercial grower, but as you can see they are red. Wow, that’s kind of continuing a “red is the color” theme from earlier this year, and soon we’ll be seeing red tomatoes and red California Wonder bell peppers. Never fear, we won’t be monochromatic, because we also expect to have yellow & purple heirloom tomatoes in addition to the green & yellow summer squash.
All is not golden in Camelot however. We’ve seen large numbers of squash bug eggs on the cucurbita leaves. Inspect your plants carefully – on the surface and underside of the leaves – rub off & squash the eggs with your fingers.