A NEW RECORD HAS BEEN SET
There has been a record amount of raspberries produced this year - over 40 cups so far!
The Ministry of Urban Agriculture is extremely happy with the results, and would like to send out a big thank you to all of the citizens of the PUTP who made sure that this overwhelming amount of berries were put to good use. Wastage (unpicked berries, smooshed berries, accidental droppage, uneaten berries, etc.) was unbelievably low, some estimates put it around three handfuls.
|3 of the many cups picked this year|
Stats revealed a majority of these berries were consumed raw by those under the age of 18.
The second highest user of the berries was the bakery. Resident baker Jen made two delicious pies.
|Many cups of berries are required to make a pie|
|Mmm, mmm, delicious.|
The small remaining amount have been used in yogurt, in home made popsicles, or frozen for future use in muffins.
Non-Raspberry NewsDuring this mid-summer period very little produce, other than raspberries, were harvested from the garden. A bowl of lettuce, half a dozen late strawberries, and fifteen yellow beans were the latest totals. However, a variety of other plants are still growing and thriving.
Container planting has sprung up with vigor. A late start to some dwarf sunflowers looks very promising.
|Photo circa mid July|
As does the green container of basil.
|Photobomber Oskie strikes again|
Zucchini production this year is extremely low. Last year's totals were in the high twenties, while this year there is only a single oddly shaped squash. Possibly with the help of the sacred hear-see-speak no evil owl idol to look over the plant many late blooming zucchini will grow.
|A birthday present for Dad is thought to hold some mystical growing powers.|
|As a reminder, do not get too close to the zucchini as they have small thorns.|
The Tomato plants have reached that point where they are much taller than the cages that are intended to keep them contained, and therefore, they have started their normal 'spreading'. The north-east quarter of the garden is now completely overwhelmed with the orange heirloom and the yellow grape plants. If you look closely in the picture below, behind the giggling baby, you will see an abundance of green tomatoes. A promising indicator of a grand harvest.
|A giggling baby is also thought to have mystical growing powers on plants.|