Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator
The summer harvest season has definitely been in full swing here in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden, and we’re still swinging for the fences. The photos below illustrate a natural progression, with our harvest weighted toward squash/zucchini in June and then swinging toward a heavy –- and that’s a literal meaning of the word “heavy” -– weighting toward tomatoes as the summer progresses. We made a secondary planting of squash in early July (yellow crookneck & patty pan) to provide a continuation of the squash harvest (if we can survive the vine borers). The current 2012 total yield from the garden is 5,223 lbs., the result of more than 700 hours of volunteer labor year-to-date. Just wait ’til you see the next post from the August 4 work session.
The close-knit volunteer team from Capital One’s Benchmark Hospitality International division on July 2, with their morning harvest of yellow & green zucchini – with only a few ripe tomatoes at that point.
The July 12 delivery – a balance of zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers and green beans.
By this delivery July 26 the proportion of tomatoes has increased substantially.
The race is on. How many patty pans can we harvest before the vine borers win?
Slow motion sculpture. The beautiful beginning of the yellow crooknecks.