Time has come to think about fall crops

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In the Garden

By Norma Jean Worden-Rogers

 

 

It's time to begin thinking about fall crops!  I know that you don't want to think about the fall just yet, but the cold weather is coming.  Cold tolerant crops can be planted beginning in mid-August until early September.  If you are wondering about time commitments to these crops, fall veggies require less care due to the cooler conditions!

Even better, the weeds will be taking a break and the temperatures will be cool enough that insects won’t plague your leafy greens - something of which happens more often than not with the July and August crops.  Suitable veggies for fall planting can include spinach, kale, turnip, broccoli, mustard greens, swiss chard, and arugula.  Plant as you normally would and within a couple of weeks you'll have a fresh batch of greens.  Kale that had previously been small will flourish into the huge fronds that we see at the market and grocery stores.  Continuously harvest until frost begins to threaten the crops."

 

Upcoming events

– Sprouts – Tuesday – Sackville Community Garden, Charles St. – Thursday – Salem Elementary School – 9:30-11 a.m. – Come learn how to garden, recycle cans into crafts, identify bugs, and have fun two mornings a week!  This is a free program in partnership with the Tantramar Family Resource Center, RCE Tantramar, as well as the community garden.  Kids ages 6-13 are welcome, but those under 6 should have a guardian accompanying them.

– Kimchi fermentation – Wednesday, Aug. 20 – 2-4 p.m. at Open Sky Co-op – Come learn how to make kimchi in this short afternoon workshop! Bring a jar and a notebook to jot down the process and take some of this spicy treat home.

– Make your own rain barrel – Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 – 2-5 p.m. at the Sackville Community Garden – Cost is $10 and includes a plain barrel. Learn about different designs and uses for rain barrels with Macx MacNichol of Eco-Container Co.  Free childcare available onsite! This workshop is in partnership with EOS Eco-Energy, Eco-Container Co., Tantramar Family Resource Center and the Community Garden.

To register, contact EOS at 536-4487 or eos@nb.aibn.com (deadline is Aug. 14).

– Community Garden Tour – Monday, Aug. 25 – 2-4 p.m. – In partnership with the Town of Sackville, we are offering garden tours! Come visit the community garden, taste the jams and pickles that we've made during our weekly workshops and see what we're all about.  Tours will be given on the half hour, so come check out our gardens!

– Season finale potluck – Saturday, Aug. 30 – 6 p.m. – Let's celebrate our harvest and have a potluck to celebrate! Everyone is invited and welcome to come to the garden to enjoy our trials and turbulences.

 

 

Organizations: Family Resource Center, Salem Elementary School, Open Sky Co-op Sackville Community Garden Eco-Container Co.

Geographic location: Sackville Community

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