Thank you for visiting the Potomac Heights Garden Blog.
I will be your tour guide this summer to keep you updated and inspired about gardening.
My name is Doni. I am a biology student at GMU. I will be a senior this fall. I have been president for the GMU Organic Garden Association since Fall 2011. I am very passionate about plants and I hope to get you involved!
If you would like to come volunteer, or have a real tour, please leave a comment on the GOGA facebook page to let me know that you plan to come out during my free days, so I can meet you there.
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Next, choose a time during the early morning or afternoon/evening (to escape hottest times) during one of these days:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday
To start off this virtual tour, I will show you what we are harvesting in the third week of May, 2013.
HARVEST OF ANNUALS
Onion (Egyptian Walking Type)
If you can see, the stalk of the onion of this species will bend over and the flower at the end re-sprouts another stalk. Cool, huh?
The flowers of Cilantro will dry up and be harvested for a sweet spice called Coriander.
Chives (no photo)
Mint (way too much, no photo)
Also, in the Greenhouse, we are currently in the process of hardening baby veggies so that they can get used to the cooler outdoor nights.
Tomatoes (Yellow Sophie’s Choice and Cherokee Purple)
Peppers (Sweet Hungarian)
Eggplant (Japanese Long Type)
Beans (Louisiana Purple)
ALSO GROWING, NOT READY TO HARVEST YET
We have to knock off many of the peaches so that there are one to two per branch. This assures that the peaches will be juicy and big.
Kiwis (shaped like grapes)
We are a bit concerned about the kiwis’ success this year. It is only their second season and we are delighted
to see its first blooms, but the two plants must fertilize each other, and it looks thus far as if only one of them are blooming.
Pomegranate (Just beginning to sprout leaves since its winter dormancy)
Raspberries (Only a couple more weeks before ripe!)
Strawberries (the flowers and the fruit)
We need to find a way to protect these from the deer. I see the stems chomped right off!
If we do, we will have a bountiful harvest of strawberries throughout the summer.
I found lots of fungus! Here is one example.
The Patriot Green Fund is still in the planning and designing process. Here is a photo of the latest design.
Entryway Path to an Edible Forest:
The “X’s” on the dully colored plants are a symbol to show perennials that are already there.
Which includes two Peach trees, two Kiwis, two Jostaberries, two decorate trees, two Pomegranate trees, and two Elderberry bushes. There are also blueberries currently in the garden which are on the map in blue.
These plants will be delivered in the next couple of weeks once the path is excavated.
We will need lots of help to get baby trees and shrubs planted permanently int he ground.
Also in the budget are mulch for all other pathways.
Tags (36 of them) are also being purchased so that the plants will be labeled with all the information a visitor will need to safely taste the goodies.
Well, that’s all! Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed the first Potomac Heights blog for Summer 2013.