Thursday, August 21, 2014

Summer Edible Garden

The summer vegetable harvest is in full swing! So far, more than 500 pounds have been donated to the Atlanta Food Bank including okra, tomatoes, peppers, edamame and eggplant.

The Edible Garden includes an impressive row crop of ‘Carolina Gold’ rice (an heirloom, long grain variety). Grains are showing beautifully now, and harvest will begin in mid September.

There are also colorful zinnias alternating with the rice rows that help attract beneficial pollinators to the Garden. The flower petals make a pretty garnish and are edible, though they tend to be bitter. Look for the apple crop with varieties such as ‘Gala’, ‘Liberty’ and ‘Golden Delicious’ which are trained as espaliers in the ‘three tier cordon’ shape.  The ‘Celeste’ fig trees across from the Outdoor Kitchen are producing heavily now, and the ‘LSU Purple’ and ‘LSU Gold’ should be ripening soon. Lastly, don't miss the fuzzy kiwis!

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