Cheryl has continued to visit our gardens at the Y with her friends Arlene and Terry and has observed that almost all of our gardens are very thirsty. As she pointed out, the primary ingredient of most vegetables is water and most plants need at least 1 – 2 inches of water per week. It’s best to soak them thoroughly. Sometimes that means watering the soil around a plant for a minute, moving to the next, then repeating the cycle until the bed is thoroughly soaked.
Cheryl also noticed one statement in my blog about her talk that wasn’t correct. I should have said that she found the White Queen tomato variety to be interesting, but not that it was a favorite. She probably won’t grow it again next year because it’s lycopene content is low due to its light color. She mentioned a Harvard study on Saturday that discussed the health benefits of lycopene and that pointed out that the highest values of lycopene are in the darkest red tomatoes.
She suggested a fall talk on soil preparation. What do you all think? I personally think it would be great. From talking to many of you at the gardens, it seems most of us did very little to amend our beds. While I knew it was important, I was so eager to get started that I added very little to my soil. Amending the soil over the winter is a typical task for fall gardening and action from which I think most of our beds would greatly benefit.