The garden plot, July 23. See other posts about the garden plot here
So, I'm still getting used to all the processes and protocols associated with community gardening and this week I was struck both positively and negatively (while hauling in a huge harvest of okra, carrots, and cherry tomatoes). On the positive side, I was awarded "most beautiful garden" at our "City Farm," which was nice. Other gardeners seemed to think it was a big deal, so I'd be lying if I said that I wasn't proud of myself and of my hard work this year. It's always nice to be recognized for your hard work! And for sure, if there was an award for "most bees," I would have won that as well (something I'm also proud of)!
On the negative end, someone came into my plot and cut off the heads of my Purple Majesty Millet, which I was growing for the birds at home. In the photo above, you can see the purple seed heads just in front of the sunflowers. I mean, stealing? From a community garden (the site is surrounded by a huge fence with a padlock, so another gardener was the thief)? That was pretty disappointing.
Some neighboring gardeners have allowed the whiteflies to overtake their broccoli and other crops, so as a result, I now have a whitefly problem as well, primarily on my tomatoes. Don't know what real options I have to deal with it effectively and safely this close to the harvest of so many veggies. Nonetheless, the garden continues to grow and apparently I'm firmly on the radar of the City administrators who run the program, which I suppose is a good thing. I tell you one thing, I won't be planting ornamental millet again. Damn you, millet thief! I hope your dried flower arrangement was full of scorpions!