Monday, July 22, 2013

Master Gardeners, July 28

The UC/Cooperative Extension LA County Master Gardeners return to the Green Tent with seeds and plants on Sunday July 28. Find out more about theirr Grow LA Victory Garden classes, a series of four Saturdays teaching you the basics of gardening -- and, hopefully, helping to create new friends and community in the bargain (which these classes are)! Take one or all.

Our cooler weather has impacted the germination rates of some of the seeds the Master Gardeners planted, so they'll bring along those that have come up as well as some additional veggies from Merrihew's  Sunset Gardens Nursery. Here's what they succeeded in growing:

Heirloom Lemon Cucumber.
Great fresh or pickled. Easy to grow. A true heirloom whose vigorous vines bear abundant crunchy cukes the size and shape of lemons. Flavor is mild and sweet.

Sugar Baby Watermelon. Big yields in less space.  Harvest in 73 days. Compact vines bear extra sweet 6-8 inch melons up to 10 lbs. Very early. Incredibly sweet! Small seeds.

Delicata Honey Boat Winter Squash. Sweet as honey. Perfect size for 1 or 2 servings. Rich, dark orange flesh.  Winter squash stores well for several months.  What better way to enjoy summer sunshine in the depths of winter.

Quinoa (pronounced “keen-wa”). An ancient, nutritious food native to the mountains of South America. Seeds have a nutty flavor and can be cooked, roasted or ground into flour.  Young leaves are edible too. Grows best in climates with warm days and cool nights.  That’s us!

Remember to bring your empty six-packs if you have any you don't  need. Master Gardeners will use them to grow seedlings for us.  A great way to recycle/reuse/reduce!

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