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Join our contest: send me a photo and list of 10 edibles growing in your garden.

Introducing Martha Galvan, first qualifier for tea and cookies up at Greystone! Following are photographs of her home vegetable garden. Here is the list she has submitted: sage, thyme, peppermint, sorrel, spinach, chard, carrots, curry, lemons, mandarins, chives, Greek oregano, oregano, rosemary, chamomile, leeks, chilies.

Martha and the scout troop she mentors, Troop 10885, will be coming up to the garden in late winter/early spring to help turn over the beds for spring planting. I hope other readers will submit their lists of home garden edibles, remember there's tea and cookies in it! 

Now back to the Greystone garden...

This is the time to start thinking about pruning. If you are planning to be in the demonstration garden this coming Saturday, and you know something about pruning, please get the clippers out of our shed (combination is 0070) and shape the bigger shrubs in the butterfly garden. Watch out for the broken glass in the little pond area.

Other chores: please give the compost barrel a "turn." Feel free to harvest and keep kale and radishes.

I worked in the garden Wednesday, Jan. 2, and everything looks really good. I harvested kale and radishes to take to the All Saints Food Program on Monday. The peas are just starting to bloom, so we can look forward to peas later this month. I gave the new beds a nitrogen feed (greens need a lot of nitrogen) and weeded. It looked as though some grass seed had blown in with the high winds we had. 

Our mint hyssop (agastache) had gone to seed, so I scattered some along the edges of the new beds. It is very good for keeping deer and rodents away. I took some home to germinate so that we will know the seedlings from weeds.

The worms looked healthy; I fed them and misted them. Please email me or comment in the blog if you notice anything in the garden you want to tell me about. <blinder01@roadrunner.com>


To visit the Greystone community demonstration garden blog, click here

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Tom Pease January 04, 2013 at 04:56 AM
If we prune, can we leave the prunings in the compost or is that a no-no?
Barbara Linder January 04, 2013 at 05:45 AM
Tom, cut up your prunings into small pieces, and put them in the composter!! I have asked the City staff to clean away some greenhouse glass that fell into the butterfly garden. If that hasn't been done yet, exercise extreme caution!
Barbara Linder January 04, 2013 at 05:46 AM
Also, I want all to know that I saw my mystery butterfly again today: he was just leaving to go to the neighbor's yard.
Marie Cunningham January 04, 2013 at 05:49 AM
Hi Barb, Is there any way to attract butterflies to one's garden? Or do they just migrate through? Loving the garden blog! Marie


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