Garden Friends

Gardening can be tough, and in an organic operation, we rely on the help of friends.  A lot.  We even cultivate those relationships with almost as much caring and tenacity as we do our two-legged friends. Taking care of the bigger picture is what makes an organic garden so rewarding.

From in okra

Right now, our bigger picture includes making some important family time available.  So we won’t be at the Saturday market this week.  We hope to return on First Monday weekend, and after that – to borrow a good baseball term – we’ll have to punt.  Life is sometimes a little unpredictable.

However, not being at the market doesn’t mean you’ll be left without access to your veggies!  Dana is making an effort to provide space at Dana’s Health Foods, on Hwy 19 S in Athens – right down from the Save-A-Lot grocery.  We’ll keep her stocked as best we can.   This week we’ve had kale, chard, okra (all 3 varieties), Rosa Bianca and Fengyuan eggplant, San Marzano tomatoes, Red Ripper Peas, cantaloupe and even a beautiful Crimson Sweet watermelon.   I try to make it there with the morning’s fresh veggies by noon, but when the weather is good, I may be a little later than that.

We had a great event last night with the Henderson County Master Gardeners at their Fall Conference.   It was a good time.  If you were there, and missed out on the handouts, you’ll find my slide presentation here.  The handout with the Planting Dates chart is available from Aggie Horticulture at this link.

I’ll have extra copies on August 31 when I join Mike and Mandy at Athens Organic Supply on Hwy 31E in Athens for a morning workshop.  If you’d like to look at drip irrigation or row covers, talk about fall garden choices, or have other garden questions, I hope you’ll join us.  We’ll start about 9:00 AM and finish when we’re done.

Thank you for being such great garden friends!  We couldn’t do it without you!