What an amazing run for the Iowa State Fair!
It is really dry out there.
It's time to think about lawn care, especially core aeration. Just like last year, it's very dry over much of Iowa. Core aeration is not usualy successful when the soil is dry. This guide from The Homeowners Lawn Care Water Quality Almanac from Cornell Univeristy is a good guide to stadard practices.
This Week at Reiman Gardens
Children’s Garden ‘Blue Ribbon Garden’
Everyone needs to investigate the usual, yet unusual, plants in the Children’s Garden, the Blue Ribbon Garden! If you lift a few leaves, you will discover a world of cucumbers, squash, and various melons. The mouse melons, resembling green grapes, hang delicately from a mound of leaves. The West Indian Gherkins with their spiny coat dangle above them. With a little pickling, those cucumbers will become a very tasty treat! In addition, you will see ‘Jack b Little’, the tiny orange pumpkins.
As for the gourds, the ‘Snake’ will be very difficult to miss! Your biggest challenge will be finding the largest one! The snakes hang from above, and they, also, “snake” along the ground, quite versatile!
Don’t forget to look upward at ‘Sunzilla’, the VERY LARGE, VERY TALL sunflowers just waiting to burst with color.
A list of the plants in the Blue Ribbon Garden is listed below. However reading about this garden is not enough. You need to see this area to really understand its impact. Enjoy the adventure!
Cucumis anguria var. anguria --- West Indian gherkin
Cucumis melo --- Fuzzy White --- Italian cucumber melon
Cucumis melo ssp. melo var. flexuosus --- Armenian cucumber melon
Cucurbita --- Jack b Little --- tiny pumpkin
Cucurbita maxima ssp. Maxima --- Zapallito de Tronco --- summer squash
Lagenaria siceraria --- Giant Bottle, Snake, Cucuzzi, Bushel, Long Handle Dipper --- gourd
Melothria scabra --- mouse melon
The best-looking tomato was Caiman F1.
Squash borer resistant "zucchini": Zucchetta rampicante