Ahwatukee Community Garden Fall Happenings
The African Blue and Purple Basils are buzzing with bees and producing delicious flavored leaves and flower bouquets for our tables. The Gulf Fritillary Caterpillar is enjoying our Blue Passion Flower Vine, but the vine is so big and robust it should be fine, and we should see an orange butterfly in a couple months. We bought several healthy vining plants from Singh Farms for $8 each. Singh Farms is a wonderful organic garden in South Scottsdale open on Saturdays to the public.
Eggplants, peppers, squash, and melons are producing. The Jamaican Hibiscus is waist high, full of tart leaves that taste good in salads or green drinks. Soon they will be producing their shiny red fruit which makes "Red Zinger" tea. The "three sisters" are growing--corn, beans, and squash we planted in July. We are planting flower seeds as it cools down in September.
Late September is perfect for planting greens, greens, greens!! Malabar Spinach will grow from a sprig off our bushes--red or green varieties. Delicious, succulent spinach to steam or eat in salads. My personal favorite! A close second is the Swiss Chard, which has been producing in my garden for 11 months now, along with beet greens. The other lettuces cannot weather the scorching summers. See Planting Guides for info on what to plant now in your garden! Join us on Sundays to learn, chat, and help out in the garden: Sunday Get Togethers.
Hope to see you soon!
Kelly Athena, and all the garden regulars
Ahwatukee Community Garden Beauty
I started coming to the Sunday gardening group in the fall of 2013. I've learned a lot and have forged new friendships with other earth lovers. Master Gardeners Linda and Bob have so much knowledge they freely give the rest of us! Bill and I became Master Gardeners as well in 2014 ~ Kelly Athena