Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Derwood Demo Garden: join us May 19!

Please join us on Saturday, May 19, 10 am-12 noon, at the Montgomery County Master Gardeners' Demonstration Garden in Derwood, for our Grow It Eat It: Veggies 101 event.  Beginning and experienced vegetable gardeners will find plenty to keep them busy between classes, demos, garden tours, and lots of opportunities to Ask a MG!  We have been planting and planning and creating in the garden and are looking forward to showing it off.

Here's a small sample of what's keeping us busy these days:

photo by Darlene Nicholson
Structures!  We like vertical gardening a lot, and MG Barbara Dunn (at right) and her team are building like crazy.  Here's a tall structure on which MG Sandy Occhipinti (at left) will be growing runner beans.  MG Intern Adele Fenwick braves the heights to fasten twine.

Photo by Darlene Nicholson

Planting!  Beans emerge from the soil.

Thinning!  This is our salad table last week...

... and this week MG Intern Robin Ritterhoff has a lot of seedlings to pick out.

Harvesting!  Southern Giant mustard...

Red Giant mustard...

... and spinach 'Space.'

Photo by Darlene Nicholson

 Finding friends!  (The more toads, the better!)

Photo by Darlene Nicholson

And... maybe friends.  Bumble flower beetles help process garden waste and only sometimes eat fresh fruit.  We'll worry more about other insects, which will be joining us soon.


  1. Whoa. That bumble flower beetle is way cool.

    1. Isn't it? And a great muse for our garden co-head and photographer Darlene.

  2. Wish I could have made it...are you having more events at the garden?

    1. We have none scheduled yet until the Harvest Festival in October, but stay tuned, and please visit the garden any time; it's always open when the park is. If you have a group who would like a tour, contact Montgomery County Master Gardeners.


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