I hope your gardens are growing great. I had over 3” of rain recently, but I know other areas hardly received any. If you were not on the receiving end of the needed moisture, you may want to water your tomatoes by hand. To help prevent cracked skins and blossom end rot tomatoes need to grow in evenly moist soil. Now would be a good time to mulch your tomato and other vegetable plants. Your plants will also appreciate some mulch during the hot steamy weather this weekend.
National Pollinator Week
“In 2006 the United States Senate designated the first National Pollinator Week as a way to recognize the importance of pollinators to agriculture and ecosystem health.” Check out the article about these wonderful creatures and how they help us. This is a great blog site to visit often!
Upcoming Seed Talk
Tuesday July 9, 6:30pm at the White Bear Lake library. The topic is growing fruit. This is a huge topic and we will not be able to cover all the different kinds of fruit, so bring your questions and tips. We will be joined by a Ramsey County Master Gardener who can help us learn how to grow these tasty morsels. Hope to see you there!
Bev and I will be at Market Fest on the last day, July 25, 6-9 pm. If you are attending that night, come say “Hi”. We will have a table at the area of the Annual WBL Environmental Advisory committee Expo, which is located on 4th Street just west of Banning Ave.
More Seed Talk Info:
I find my August is quite hectic, so there will not be a Seed Talk that month.
Also, starting in September, the Seed Talks will alternate between the 2nd Monday evenings and the 2nd Tuesday evenings. Some of you mentioned you cannot attend on Tuesday evenings due to other commitments. Though I am sure some cannot attend on Mondays, perhaps this will allow more people to come to the Seed Talks. If the month is an odd number the Seed Talk will be on a Monday evening. If the month is an even number the Seed Talk will be on Tuesday evening. Note the library is only open in the evenings on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. I will try this arrangement for the rest of 2019 and see how it goes, so let me know if this works better for you or not.
Future Seed Talks:
Monday, September 9, 6:30pm. Topic – How to Save Seeds
Tuesday, Oct 8th, 6:30pm. Topic – Putting Your Garden to Bed
Starting in September, I’ll be scheduling seed packaging events. Stay tuned for more info. Don’t forget—Save Your Seeds! We especially will need beans, peas, lettuce, tomato and native plant seeds for next season.
Contact info for the Seed Library:
Blog site: https://wblseedlibrary.blogspot.com/