We visited the Community Gardens at Bauer Park recently and found that the summer harvest is well on its way. We also learned a thing or two from the experienced gardeners we met there.
Bruce Joslyn told us that community gardeners had been donating their surplus crops to the Madison Food Panty and had donated more than 200 pounds of fresh vegetables in a recent week.
We also learned that Bruce had success by spraying a biological control called Bt or Bacillus thuringiensis on his crops to control leaf eating caterpillars while maintaining the all organic status of his garden.
We found Jerry Graminski pinching the tops off his basil. A technique he told us would stimulate the basil to continue to produce new leaves throughout its season.
Jerry Talyor was out making a good effort to stay ahead of the weeds and appeared to be winning the battle.
Tomatoes, squash, beets and other vegtables appeared to be well on the way to a successful harvest along with a variety of flowers grown just to be a treat for the eyes. Except of course for marigolds we found that also did the work of repelling insects.