The gardens are looking great and its getting hard to find a space where there isn't something planted. The weeds are filling in that trend and keeping us busy, but overall we're very excited about how well the season is running. We're very excited to announce that our U-Pick program is open three weeks earlier than last year (we didn't open until the 24th in 2014!) and it has been more busy than ever. Our Garden volunteers definitely have their hands full and would love to share the U-Pick experience with interested volunteers. We also now have a fantastic bike rack so you can reach us without using a car!
Many of our crops are well on their way and we're really excited to see them coming along so well. Our eggplants have started to put out fruit and this is especially happy as last year we could barely get them to flower! We think they're enjoying the heat of the seedling greenhouse and the new garden bed we've recently put in. Our peppers are also pretty happy and we expect that soon we'll be seeing some peppers coming along! Tomatoes, carrots, beets, peas, and broccoli are on their way as well. Our zucchinis are having a hard start to the season as the striped cucumber beetle has made them their home, but we're optimistic that they'll survive and be producing in time for the season.
Our Monarch program is moving along as well! Our first habitat has been
built by the Sunrise Rotary Club and we couldn't be happier with it. It was finished just in time for our batch of monarch caterpillars from Ontario to test it out! We ordered 50 caterpillars from an Ontario group for educational purposes (so that people can see them ahead of the New Brunswick schedule) but we're also still eagerly anticipating the monarch's arrival in Fredericton. We'll be sure to post as soon as we see them coming! There are videos of the caterpillars on our instagram account at greener_village!