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Tillage Radish – Another Cover Crop

Tillage Radishes

Tillage radish is a  cover crop I had never heard of until this summer. One of the amazing things about the tillage radish is its rapid growth. After my neighbor Rol harvested his garlic he planted this bed to tillage radishes in mid-July. Already the wide row is completely covered with lush foliage that will die down once we have a killing frost.  The long daikon radish roots that have developed will also rot over the course of the winter. In spring the bed will be ready for planting. Very little weeding or tilling will be required and the soil will be well nourished with more organic matter.

Fall Planting

Rabbits don't like garlic

Spring planting did not go happily for me what with the rabbits coming along and eating  each little shoot as it came up. Since spring we have added new resources – a big fence around the vegetable garden, and row covers. Therefore I am going to try for a fall crop in ways that I have not before.

I took a look at the seeds I have leftover from the spring and realized that many of them can be harvested after a short season. Tango lettuce from High Mowing is ready as a baby lettuce in 28 days, and at full size in only 45 days. Renee’s Garden’s Wine Country Mesclun is ready in 40 days. Red Ace beet from Johnny’s Selected Seeds is mature in 50 days. Of course, if I don’t get mature beets, I’ll at least have a harvest of beet greens.

Champion radish from Agway is possibly ready in as little as 20 days, and the package says it can be planted as late  as September 30. Bloomsdale Long Standing spinach from Hart’s Seeds is ready for harvest in 45 days and is suitable for late summer planting. Cilantro is an herb that grows and ripens so fast that it is also a candidate for the late summer garden.

If I had thought ahead, I could have started broccoli seeds indoors and planted seedlings instead of seeds in this fall garden. If I had thought ahead I might be prepared with seeds of a whole variety of Asian greens like Tatsoi and Red Choi from Johnny’s. Both of these can be harvest as baby greens. Next year.

Encouraged by my review of my seeds I set to work. So far I have cleaned out one narrow weed infested bed. While other plants are struggling this droughty summer in Heath the weeds like it just fine. I have never seen so many weeds. But they are gone now. At least from that one bed. I added a load of compost and watered the bed.

The soil is so dry that I thought it wise to give it a good watering before I planted spinach, carrots, mesclun, and lettuce. Johnny’s Selected Seeds website (www.Johnnyseeds.com) has a great page that lists a good number of vegetables that can be planted in August and September. I don’t have all the specific varieties the page mentions, but all I need is a glance at my seed packages to tell how many days it will take for each variety to mature, or be ready to eat as a baby.

It is important to remember that the days are getting shorter and this means that vegetables will take a little longer to mature than listed.

Since I had such good luck using row covers to foil the rabbits, I am equipped to use them to protect this late planting from the frost. My row covers do not need hoops to hold them up. They float over the seedlings and vegetables as they grow and allow sun and rain to penetrate,  but not the frost.

Historically I have a long frost free season because the nearly constant breezes on our hill blow the early autumnal frost down the south slope and leave it on my neighbor’s garden.

No one will forget Irene on August 28 last year. After the storm unusually warm and rainy weather lasted until October 4 when we had our first frost here. Then the weather became mild again, with daytime temperatures in the 50s, until October 24 when I again noted a light frost in my garden journal. Then came the trick or treat snowstorm on October 29.

I think row covers will easily moderate fall weather long enough to get in a bonus harvest. Unless we have an even earlier snowstorm this year.

Not all the garden was over taken by weeds. We’ve been eating chard and various lettuces for weeks. I’m harvesting zucchini and summer squash. It would be a bad summer indeed if I didn’t get summer squash.  I have a beautiful garlic harvest drying on the piazza and I’m still harvesting two late plantings of lettuce. I picked my first cucumber this week.

Cherry tomatoes in a strawbale

The tomatoes in the vegetable garden are doing well, but are not nearly ripe. The cherry tomatoes I planted  in the straw bale are ripening, but the plants are not nearly as vigorous as the one in the garden. Leeks and onions are slowly coming along, but the bush beans should be ready any minute. You may think I am getting a very late summer harvest, but you have to remember all those hungry rabbits.

I am continuing to clean out weedy planting beds. Because weeds have been such a problem this year I am going to plant a green manure crop. I have never planted a cover crop before so this will be another experiment. Johnny’s has a fall green manure mix that will start growing now, but many of the plant varieties will winter kill. In the spring only the rye will revive. I’ll cut that down and then dig the winter rye and the other dead plants and roots into the soil. This will add nutrition and organic matter to the soil, and I hope it will also help control late summer and early spring weeds.

How has your garden handled the drought this year? Have you found new ways to meet the challenges of the  weather? I’d love to hear from readers. You can send questions and comments to me at commonweeder@gmail.com. I will reply to all questions and comments. ###

Between the Rows    August 4, 2012

Rol’s Vegetable Garden – Productive and Beautiful

Eggplant, onion, aparagus

Rol’s vegetable garden is one of the wonders of Heath. His is one of two very different gardens that I visited last week. My neighbor Rol is the garlic and onion king. This spring he coordinated a group order of onions from Dixondale Farm. I  bought 60, and though we planted at the same time I can tell you that my onions look nothing like his. Weeding and watering seem to be  key elements to success.

Raised onion bed

Many of Rol’s vegetables are grown in slightly raised beds. Here is his tip. Use 2×4 pieces of wood (or slightly smaller) held in place by wooden stakes about 18 inches apart and pile up the soil inside. This is just enough to help drainage. At the end of the season pull up the wood and you’ll have no trouble tilling the soil. Rol is a gardener who believes in tilling and weeding and he has beautiful rich organic soil. At the end of the season he tills in all his mulch. You can see  that his onions have reached a splendid size.

Garlic - ready to harvest

Rol has been starting to harvest his prize winning garlic. The last of the harvest will be coming out soon.

Drying Garlic

As I looked at the garlic crop drying I realize there is no chance my garlic will give him much competition at the Heath Fair, even though he did start me off with good seed garlic.

Potatoes in hay bales

He thought he’d try an experiment and planted potatoes in hay bales. Very important to keep these watered.

Tomatillos

His first attempt at tomatillos is a great success. So beautiful. Just like little lanterns.

Tomato plants

Rol’s tomato plants are at least as tall as I am.

Acorn squash - not ripe yet

The acorn squash, like the baled potatoes, grows outside the vegetable garden fence. I wonder what will grow outside the fence next year. Or will the fence have to move?

Rol is a passionate and skilled gardener. And an inspiration!  I wish I liked to weed as much as he does. In 2010 I wrote about Rol and his garlic here.

Gardening in a Straw Bale

Tomatoes planted in a strawbale

When I visited Daniel Botkin of Laughing Dog Farm some time ago, he showed me how he did a lot of planting in goat manure-laced hay. I envied his access to so much bedding because it does provide plants with nutrition and eliminates weeds. No fertilizing. No weeding. He is a lucky man to have manured goat bedding from his barn, as well and old hay bales. He said he doesn’t use the hay bales for planting until they have aged and rotted for a year. Any weed seeds would have sprouted and then died before he used it for planting.

Lacking goat bedding, I thought I would try planting in a straw bale which seems to be one of the new trends this year. No fertilizing and no weeds. Actually I have to confess that I tried this project the summer of 2010, but failed miserably, so I know all the mistakes there are to make.

The first mistake I made was not locating my bale where I would see it and remember to water it every day, just as I would water any container planting.

The second mistake was not preparing the straw bale ahead of time, which is to say, not keeping it soaked for two weeks to start the rotting process.

This time I located the straw bale right at the end of my herb bed in front of the house, practically right next to the water spigot.  I set it on top of a couple of layers of plastic sheeting to prevent weeds from growing into it. Every day for two weeks I watered the bale, sometimes letting water drip slowly into it, and sometimes pushing the hose nozzle deeper into the bale  from different angles. Hay and straw are very firmly packed into their bales and they can absorb a lot of water.

You can plant anything you want in a straw bale, and this technique is useful if you have limited space, really poor soil, or even no soil. You can just set the bale on a cement walkway.

This week I bought a six pack of Sweet 100 cherry tomatoes, two of which will be planted in my bale. The mature plants can just rest on the bale and I won’t have to worry about the tomatoes rotting on wet soil.

So far things had been going well. No hard work at all. However, now I had to cut two planting holes into the bale. I pressed my husband Henry into service and gave him my Hori knife, a big, sharp serrated knife designed for use in the garden.

Once again, a reminder. A packed straw bale is very dense. Cutting into it is very difficult even with a Hori knife. It didn’t help that  it started to rain as he worked. The knife became slippery – and slipped. Blood everywhere, but no stitches required. First aid attended to with a necessarily absorbent bandage, he retired. I put the knife aside and pulled enough straw out of the holes he had hacked out to hold a couple of quarts (approximately) of compost for planting.

After half filling the holes with compost, I followed my usual tomato planting technique. I removed the bottom couple of branchlets from my two seedlings and put one in each hole deep enough to cover at least half the stem, and watering as I would any half planted seedling. I added more compost to fill the hole, and watered again.

The rain is continuing, on and off, as I write, but I will continue to water the straw bale and not depend only on rainfall. I will keep you posted on the progress of the tomatoes.

I already used the straw I pulled out of the bale to use as mulch in the vegetable garden. I am wondering if I can get two planting seasons out of the bale, or if it will be suitable only for mulch in the spring. More information gathering required.

I like this addition to the herb bed which runs along nearly two thirds of the front of our house. Part of the final third is the Early Garden where I planted greens under floating row covers this spring. The row covers have a dual purpose, to allow a jump on the growing season, and especially to foil the rabbits that ate most of my garden last year.

We have seen the rabbits, and seen the damage they did to ornamental alliums in the Lawn Beds, so I know they are around and hungry, but they have not been able to get my beautiful lettuces.

We have been eating delicious green salads out of the Early Garden for the past two weeks which is a record for us. Although I am no longer worried about frost, I am keeping the floating row covers on. They do actually float over the tops of the mature lettuces without constraining them in any way. The rabbits remain foiled.

Between the Rows  May 26, 2012

 

Seed Starting

Ready to start seeds March 6, 2012

It seemed a little early but on March 6th I started some seeds indoors. Now, three weeks later it seems like it might have been totally unnecessary. I have neighbors who tilled sections of their garden and have already planted a number of cold hardy plants: lettuces, spinach, snap peas, carrots and beets.

Who can gauge the risks in times like these? I might have been too cautious in starting my seeds, but my neighbors may have been too bold. Actually, I hope they have not been too bold because I am about ready to follow in their footsteps. I tilled what I am calling my Early Garden right in front of the house.  I planted Tango lettuce, radishes and golden beets. They are watered and now I wait.

At the same time I continue to hedge my bets and I am starting some other seeds, broccoli and parsley.

Whether or not it is a necessary step in getting a jump on the season, or an economic move – getting dozens if not hundreds of plants from a pack of seeds instead of six seedlings for the same price – starting your own seeds is fun.

I do use seed starting supplies. The little plastic six packs are cheap and disposable. The plastic trays that hold them and provide a good watering system can be used from year to year. Of course, you can use plastic containers that you get in the supermarket for grape tomatoes, mushrooms or salad mix just as well. I like to reuse before recycling and double my sense of thrift.

After assembling my equipment, six packs, trays, and label sticks, I dampened a bowl of seed starting mix, a light soiless mix, and filled the six packs very full and tamped it down. Then using seeds leftover from last year I planted a few seeds in each cell: Johnny’s Winterbor kale, High Mowing’s Waldman’s Dark Green lettuce and Rouge d’Hiver lettuce; Botanical Interests Sundance Red Gallardia; and Renee’s Garden Raggedy Ann Zinnias that I just noticed dated back to 2006. I really have to weed out old seeds better.

I also planted two kinds of lettuce in a plastic spring mix container, but forgot to label them. One type is doing well, the other has poorer germination. I might be able to figure out what they are when they get larger, but I am not counting on it.

I planted several seeds in each cell, covering them with a little more seed starting mix, because these are last year’s seeds. I figure the germination might be a little lower, but you get a lot of lettuce seeds in one packet and I can afford to be generous.

Seedlings March 16, 2012

I put the seed tray in a south window where it has to be turned every day to keep the plants from always leaning. Seeds will germinate on a windowsill, but a few years ago I splurged and bought a heat mat that provides just the little bit of heat that helps seeds germinate more quickly. Soil temperature is a key element in the germination of any plant. Some like cool temperatures, and others don’t thrive until the soil is relatively warm.

Watering is key. The best way I have found to keep these six packs watered is to put enough water to cover the bottom of the tray where it will be absorbed by osmosis. That way you don’t have to worry about knocking the tiny seedlings down with a stream of water from a watering can. I water almost every day in this manner.

Within a week I could see green pushing through. Two weeks later the first true leaves have appeared. Now it is time to think about “hardening off” the seedlings.

These new seedlings are very tender. They need to be acclimated to the harshness of direct sun and wind slowly and gently. On these warm days they can be put in the shade outside for a few hours and then brought back in the house. Depending on the weather they can be left outdoors for longer and longer stretches each day, until they are strong enough to be planted in the ground. This will take at least a week.

I put my seedlings outdoors for three hours on March 21 and will increase that time every day. I plan to plant them in my Early Garden under a row cover next week. The row cover is not to protect the seedlings from the weather as much as it is to protect them from rabbits! When they get a little bigger I’ll be able to spray them with Deer Off or some such.

I have also used a little cold frame to harden seedlings off. I keep it open during the warm part of the day, using an old sheet to throw shade when necessary, and closing it late in the afternoon so it will be protected from colder nighttime temperatures.

Whether you choose to start seed to begin gardening early in the season, for reasons of thrift, or to have fun, growing plants from seed gives its own satisfaction. It is a joy to watch every step of a plant’s growth.

First day of hardening off March 22, 2012

Of course, since that first day in the sun and air, I have had to bring the seedlings in again. Below freezing temperatures and even hail have kept the tender plants inside, protected from this strange weather.

Between the Rows   March 24, 2012

Timber Press and a Spring Giveaway

Jennifer Kujawski signing the book she wrote with her father, Week-by-Week Vegetable Gardener's Handbook

I spent today at a wonderful Spring Symposium organized by our local Master Gardeners who do so much to help us all improve our skills while offering us lots of inspiration. I bought a copy of the Week-by-Week Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook by Ron Kujawski and his daughter Jennifer, who live near by.
I know Ron from his days as a Cooperative Extension educator (and my days on the Extension Board). This sturdy spiral bound book published by Storey Publishing has all the down to earth information I expect from Ron, but it also has pages that make it operate as a three year garden journal. I am looking forward to putting the book and journal pages to good use.
Many Timber Press books were on sale too, and I have just started reading Ivette Soler’s book The Edible Front Yard which is part of a big Timber Press Giveaway.  If you click here and leave your email address on the Timber Press website you’ll be entered in a drawing with a basketful of prizes.

Beginner's Guide to Growing Heirloom Vegetables

First you will get 35 packets of organic heirloom vegetable seeds (worth $87) from Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply, and a bare root fruit tree, also from Peaceful Valley. In addition you’ll get a whole edible gardening library from Timber Press including:

Click here to leave your email address and be entered in a drawing.

Everyone is thinking about how they can take a little more control of the food they eat, and thinking how they can get more enjoyment out of the day. Timber Press is helping us all to do this with their excellent and beautiful books – and this chance to win them  Good luck!

The Contest ends March 23! Don’t wait another moment.

Maize Maze

Paul Hicks

Paul Hicks has been farming in Charlemont just about since the day he was born 54 years ago, following in his father’s and grandfather’s steps. Now grandsons Tucker and Brody (aged four and two) are out in the barn and advising their father on how to drive the oxen. Of course, the farm has changed over the years.

Paul’s father Richard and his uncle Walter had dairy herds. My husband and I got to know them because they brought their heifers up to our fields for summer pasture. We loved watching them checking on the heifers every week or so, calling out to them to give them a bit of grain so they would remain familiar. They’d laugh as the heifers ran toward them for their treat. “Why are you so wild? Why are you so wild?” they’d ask as they rubbed their faces and slapped their flanks.

Richard is gone now and so is most of the dairy herd, but Paul still has eight milkers and he raises bull calves for four months and then sells them throughout New England to be trained as oxen. Paul has also been selling vegetables at a small farm stand right on Route 2 for the past few years, but this year there is a new reason to stop at the Hicks farm – a corn maze.

“We have a family farm and it has to support the family,” Hicks said. “We drove past a corn maze in Vermont last year and started thinking that there was nothing like that out here on Route 2 and thought it was something we might try.”

After a little research, the cornfield was planted this spring, along with an extra big field of pumpkins. The experiment had begun with a lot of help from Paul’s sons, Ryan and Gary and their wives Jess and Shannon. Sister Joanne MacLean helped with set up; she and her husband Bob, in their hats as Friends of the Charlemont Fairgrounds, will be on hand at a concession selling hamburgers, hot dogs and soda.

In spite of Irene and all the rain the cornfield has not been damaged; the maze opened on Labor Day weekend as scheduled. Traffic to the maize started slow, but they were busy on Sunday. Hicks said that people have even begun buying pumpkins.

This Friday, September 16, between 5-8 PM and Saturday between 8-11 AM entries for the Scarecrow Contest are being accepted at the maze.

Friday, September 16 is also the date of the first Flashlight Friday. “The maze is a totally different experience at night,” Hicks said. Other Flashlight Fridays are scheduled for October 7 and 21.

In addition to maneuvering through the maze and maybe buying a pumpkin, families with young children will also have a chance to visit with the chickens, the goats, a baby calf, and a miniature donkey at the petting zoo. Tucker and Brody will be selling grain for the animals. Farmers start work young!

I have become quite fascinated by the whole idea of ‘agri-tourism’ and what it can mean to small farms, and to the tourists. I like to think children in our area know that eggs come from chickens, milk comes from cows and that potatoes grow under the ground while tomatoes grow out in the sun, but on his TV series the famous chef Jamie Oliver proved that many urban and suburban children do not know these things. Agri-tourism can be as much an educational event as a recreational treat.

About three years ago two of my daughters invited us to visit a big farm in their neighborhood in the eastern part of the state. The farm offered wagon rides, pick your own apples, pick your own flowers, choose your own pumpkin, and a barn store full of farm made jams and relishes, maple syrup and even bags of kettle corn. I passed on the kettle corn but the grandchildren had a great time even though they were too old for the hay bale maze set up for the very young set. However, as I recall, all the children really enjoyed walking on top of all those circling hay bales.

Farmers need to find new ways of making their farm pay, and we all need reminders of how important good farms are to our well-being and health. Agri-tourism benefits us all.

 

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Scarecrow Contest Rules. Entry fee is $5 for each entry. Only one entry per person in each of the three categories: traditional, scariest and funniest. Set up for the contest will be Friday, September 16 between 5-8 PM and Saturday morning between 8-11 AM. Judging will be done during the week by popular vote. Winners will be announced Saturday, September 24, and scarecrows must be taken away on Sunday the 25th and Monday the 26th.  There will be cash prizes! For more information call 625-2623.

Next Saturday, September 17 is also the date of the Sunflower Contest co-sponsored by The Recorder and the Greenfield Garden Club, held at the Energy Park on Miles Street in conjunction with the John Putnam Fiddlers Reunion. How did your sunflowers grow this year? Tall? Multiflowered? Bring your entry to the Energy Park on Miles Street between noon and 2 PM. The contest is divided into two groups:  15 and younger and 16 and older. The categories are tallest, most blooms on one plant, heaviest head, largest head and best arrangement, which must contain mostly sunflowers. Additionally, judges reserve the right to create a special category should that prove necessary. Winners will be announced from The Station in the park, once the judging is complete. Contest winners get bragging rights, a nifty ribbon and a bag of local apples. Everyone who enters gets their picture in the following week’s Life & Times section. ###

Between the Rows  September 10, 2011

My Second Garlic Harvest

Garlic

Last fall my neighbor gave me several of his famous garlic bulbs to use as seed so I could plant my second garlic crop in the vegetable garden.  My first crop was not very successful, mostly because I did not pay attention to cutting off all the scapes in the spring. My harvest in July was puny. This time I planted each clove in well tilled soil and mulched heavily with spoiled hay in mid-October. You can read about Rol Hesselbart and the advice he gave me here.

Drew with garlic and scape

Having heeded all of Rol’s advice planting the garlic, I also obeyed him by carefully removed all the garlic scapes in the spring. Well, almost all of the scapes. One escaped  (pun intented) my notice and grandson Drew found it as he helped with the harvest. It is just a little taller than he is, and we all marveled to see the seed head with its tiny tiny garlic bulbules. I just found a website that explains how those bulbules can be left to ripen and then planted. This is something I might have to try next year.

The garlic bulbs are now drying in the Great Room but I assured daughter Kate that I will not have to buy any garlic for several months. I will save out six of the biggest and best bulbs and use those cloves to plant in October.

Stop Thief!

Over the past couple of days three of my 6 fancy chrysanthemums and some morning glory seedlings in my  little circle garden (which guards our mower from a huge boulder) have been eaten or pulled out. At first I couldn’t figure out who would pull two of the mum babies out and hide them, but we have got bunnies around this year – for the first time.

I never thought bunnies liked mums.  Or morning glories. When I saw that all the beets in my Front Garden were eaten, that was understandable, but a surprise. I didn’t think bunnies would come so near the house.  We are setting to work on traps, net fences, cayenne and Deer Off. I hope we can stop this thief from further depredations.

Plant a Row for the Hungry

Many farmers donate extra produce at the end of the Farmer's Market Day

The old joke goes that if you don’t lock your car doors in August you’ll  return and find the back seat filled with zucchini.  You might be happy about this if you don’t have a vegetable garden, after all zucchini is a versatile vegetable that can be used in a number of delicious ways, is nutritious supplying protein, vitamins A and C and numerous other good elements but no cholesterol, and contains only 20 calories per one cup serving.  All free, thanks to the gardener who left the zucchini in your car.

Of course, if  you have a vegetable garden and a substantial zucchini harvest of your own you might feel overwhelmed.  There is an answer to the zucchini problem, and indeed the problem of too much produce of any sort.  Many gardeners enjoy an overabundance of summer produce. The beans or tomatoes or broccoli can ripen so fast and furiously all at the same moment that we find ourselves unable to do all the freezing or canning we resolved to do in the days of early summer.

For every gardener who has extra produce, there is a person who is in need of healthy food.  It is not hard to get the two together. One in ten families in the U.S. including 13 million children suffer from food insecurity, never knowing if their food supply will last out the week.

Our Franklin County area has its share of hungry families, but it also has a number of food pantries and meal sites that serve hundreds of families who do not have enough to eat. Each organization is happy to accept a head of broccoli, a bag of green beans, a bunch of beets or whatever excess harvest a gardener might have

For years I have talked about the Plant a Row for the Hungry program that was launched by the Garden Writers Association in 1995. Over the years gardeners have donated over 14 million pounds of their surplus produce to food pantries and soup kitchens in their neighborhoods. This is not a government program, it is all about people helping their neighbors.

While Plant A Row (PAR) is the official title of this project not everyone literally plants a row of vegetables that is specifically intended for a food pantry.  Many people just know that they will have extra and plan to give that extra to the nearest food site. Sometimes a group of people will work together to plant vegetables.  For the third year the Charlemont Federated Church is planting a squash patch where lawn used to grow. That harvest ends up in the autumn Good Neighbors Food Distribution.

Dino Schnelle, Director of the Center for Self Reliance on Osgood Street in Greenfield, says that he knows of more than 700 pounds of produce that was donated last summer. “Our center got a lot of celeriac last year. I don’t know why. It was very unfamiliar to most of us, but we gave people recipes, some as simple as a slaw, and it just flew out of here,” he said.

Celeriac is one of those root vegetables that doesn’t look like much. It is all knobby and needs a fair amount of peeling, but it is prized for its subtle celery taste, both in cooked dishes or raw. “Whatever people bring in, we’ll find a home for,” Schnelle added.

Ev Hatch didn’t stop at Planting a Row last spring. Along with a crew from the First Congregational Church of Greenfield, he planted half an acre with tomatoes, summer and winter squash, cucumbers and peppers. When the harvest started coming in volunteers arrived early in the morning on scheduled harvest days and the different food pantries like the Survival Center in Turners Falls and others took their turn at pick up. When the last winter squash was picked Schnelle calculates that over 10 tons of vegetables were distributed around the county.

I always have seeds left over after I finish planting my vegetable garden, even allowing for the succession planting I hope to do.  I can use them in my own Row for the Center for Self Reliance. I’ve already paid for the seeds, and I always have a little extra space.  What about you? How many children can you help feed this summer?

I’ll be talking about the Plant a Row project as the growing season progresses.

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No one lives by zucchini or green bean alone. The Deerfield Summer Craft Festival scheduled for June 18 and 19 is holding a Vintage Container Contest. Whether you choose a handsome traditional container or a shabby chic container, possibly an unusual container never intended to hold plants, you have a chance to win a prize. Call Marcia at 772-7476 extension 17 for an entry form.

Containers must be brought to the old Deerfield Teacher’s Center on Memorial Street on Thursday, June 17 between 4 and 6 PM. Judging will be done on Saturday and winners announced on Sunday morning. Prizes include gift certificates from Megan’s Valley Garden and Landscaping, Annie’s Garden Center and Five Acre Farm. Greenhouses. Entries can be picked up the week after the Festival.

What plants would you include in a container that will be on display all weekend in the historic town of Deerfield?     ###