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Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator We’ve thoroughly enjoyed our ad hoc trials with companion plants here in the 2012 Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. Although we’re not yet capable of quantifying the companion plant benefits within our Integrated Pest Management strategy, the anecdotal experience has […]

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by Jonah Holland, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator  I just got an email from Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Brian Vick with some great news! As of this week, we’ve surpassed the amount of fresh vegetables that we’ve grown here at the Garden to donate to FeedMore  compared to the same time last year. […]

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Squashing a squash pest

by Laura Schumm, Community Kitchen Garden Research Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  So far this season here in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden, the squash vine borer has been one of our most destructive pests. These pesky insects can cause major damage in your garden before you realize what’s going on; and they are gradually […]

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Stocking Stuffers

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator We have a test bed for Sugar Baby watermelons in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. We haven’t tried melons before because melons are generally space hogs. The vines are sprawling and need elbow room to roam. Our test involves […]

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Twists & Turns

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator While erecting bamboo tripods to support Sugar Baby watermelon vines, a contrast of sturdy & delicate, coarse & smooth became apparent. Laura tightens the sisal twine at the top of the Sugar Baby trellis.

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The “Wow” Factor

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator This post is all about the photograph. Well, not really the photograph but the subjects. The photographer forgot to remove the fingerprint-smeared protective lens filter, but the strong spirit of the subjects shines through the haze. What a great group […]

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Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Sweet potatoes love the heat, but these slips will need to be kept very moist for the first couple of weeks. Actually it’s “batatas”, as in Ipomoea batatas. We’re making a go of trying a small crop of sweet potatoes […]

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Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator We’ve received several questions about the near-perfect beauty of our Gold Rush squash. In truth, it’s a hybridized zucchini (Cucurbita pepo). The color is wonderfully uniform & consistent, and frankly almost looks unreal. Reasons: 1) It’s a hybrid, designed to […]

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Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator More than 30 Genworth associates came to work in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden on June 13. That huge number of volunteers puts Genworth in first place so far this season in terms of the number of corporate associates […]

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Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator We’re having some fun with “weed identification” at the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. Our goal is to identify all of the prevalent volunteer plant varieties and learn about the generally unknown characteristics. So far we’ve covered Lambsquarters, Palmer Amaranth, […]

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