Things To Do This Month
- Watch for scarecrows to appear in the garden.
- Early morning is the best time to to water vegetables and flower gardens to reduce evaperation. Water deeply and infrequently.
- Cover blueberry bushes with netting to keep birds from eating all the crop.
- Weed and fertilize rhubarb and asparagus beds, water deeply to develop crowns for next year.
- Stake tomatoes and other plants that need support. We get strong winds on top of this knoll.
- Keep a close eye out for pests and other problems.
- Dig up spring bulbs you want to move after the tops have died down and store in a dry place.
July's Work Party
Saturday, July 14, 10a-12p at Luscher Farm
Classes at Luscher Farm
Old Fashioned Cutting Annuals
Learn how to select, plant, cut, and condition flowers you remember from Grandma's garden. Master Gardener Kathy Whitman shows you how. To register, click here.
Saturday, July 21 at 9:30-11a
Herbaceous Perennial and Clematis Propagation
FRCC Curator Linda Beutler shares how to literally make more of your garden with techniques for starting new plants from cuttings, divisions, and seed. To register, click here.
Wednesday, July 11 at 6:30-8p
Worm Bin Troubleshooting
This class is for anyone thinking of starting a worm bin or having questions about their own bin. We'll cover what you need for a successful, healthy and simple bin. To register, click here.
Saturday, July 28 at 1:30-3p
Healthy Foods for Babies- Summer Garden
Make and preserve food for your baby or toddler using fresh and organic produce. Learn easy recipes to please the pickiest eater and encourage life-long healthy eating habits. After completing food preparation class, enjoy lunch at the Farm. To register, click here
Saturday, July 14 at 9a-1p
Class # 3325420
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Eat Fresh Lettuce All Season Long
If you have been treating lettuce as a minor vegetable, perhaps it's time to take another look. By selecting and planting heat tolerant varieties for your garden you can enjoy many months of one of your favorite vegetables. Plants from the field tested group below have been bred to resist bolting*.
Types of lettuce include: Leaf lettuce, which is the easiest to grow. The leaves of the heads do not close tightly but form an open rosette. You can pick the outer leaves without harvesting the whole plant or plant very closely for clipping small, young leaves. Romaine, has long, broad, upright leaves that bunch as they mature. Butterhead, which is crisp and juicy with a sweetness unmatched by other lettuce types another option. this type forms large, ruffly outer leaves surrounding a soft, folded heart which is the most prized variety in Europe. Heat tolerant varieties to try are: Jericho; Slobolt; Tropicana; New Red Fire; Oakleaf; Helvius; Valmaine; Coastal Star; Cherokee and Nevada.
*Bolting-Producing seed or flowering prematurely, usually due to a change in conditions such as heat. Leaf crops are discouraged from bolting by removal of flower heads.