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SUMMER TIME!!
 
School's out, but all of your garden partners will be right here all summer! So reach out if you need help with your gardens or if you want to plan ahead!

Speaking of planning ahead, 
Plant orders for the fall are due June 22!
UGArden has to get them started in order to get them to you on----
August 28th  at the Fall School Garden Festival!



School Produce Markets- 
Clarke Middle School
Monday 4:15-6:00 PM

The School Garden Network can be accessed by calling KACCB at 706-613-3501 x309 or emailing stacy.smith@accgov.com.

See all menus and events for this month online.
PLANT!

Seeds: Arugula, Beans, Cantaloupe, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Kale and Greens, Okra, Field Peas, Summer and Winter Squash, Tomatoes, Watermelon; Starts: Cantaloupe, Cucumbers, Eggplants, Peppers, Pumpkin, Summer and Winter Squash, Tomatoes, Watermelon
 
May Tasks from the ACC Extension Office: 
  • Make third plantings of vegetables mentioned (snap beans, corn, squash, lima beans).
  • Control grass and weeds; they compete for moisture and fertilizer.
  • Locate mulching materials for such crops as tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, Irish potatoes, okra and lima beans.
  • Pole beans cling to the trellis or sticks more readily if attached by the time they start running.
  • Try a few tomato plants on stakes or trellises this year. Now is the time to start removing suckers and tying the plants up.
  • Watch out for the “10 most wanted culprits”: Mexican bean beetle, Colorado potato beetle, bean leaf beetle, Harlequin cabbage bug, blister beetle, cabbage worm, tomato hornworm, tomato fruit worm(and corn earworm), cucumber beetle and squashbug.
  • Keep a log book of problems and failures that occur so you can avoid or prevent them in the next planting season. Note successful techniques and varieties for consideration next season.
Find more information on garden care on the UGA Extension Publications Page.
 
TEACH!

It is International Compost Awareness Week! All of our Green Schools should now have a brand spanking new copy of The Great Compost Heap by Renaee Smith for their library! This book was purchased for the schools by the Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful Board of Directors.

Want to delve further into the issue of food waste with your students? Check out the Food Waste Warrior Toolkit from the World Wildlife Fund. Free for download. 

Find more lessons (searchable by grade level and subject) at the UGA School Garden Resources Website

Teachers can also pick up some gardening knowledge at the Free Gardening Classes at the Athens-Clarke County Library. There is a session on a different topic each month!

EAT!
 
Arugula, Asparagus, Basil, Beans, Beets, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Collards, Kale and Other Greens, Lettuce, Okra, Peaches, Field Peas, Plums, Irish Potatoes, Radish, Spinach, Summer Squash, Strawberries

Summer Snacks
From Sitter City

Homemade popsicles 

How to: Combine 1 cup of mixed berries (frozen or fresh both work) in a blender with 1/2 cup of vanilla yogurt and 2 tablespoons of water. Blend until smooth and pour into popsicle molds. Freeze for 8-10 hours. Carefully remove popsicles from molds and enjoy!

Get creative: Mix and match fruit and yogurt combinations that sound yummy. 

Rainbow fruit plate

How to: On a large platter, add the following fruit in arched rows: Strawberries (red), honeydew melon (orange), pineapple (yellow), kiwi fruit (green), blueberries (blue). Add a handful of marshmallows at the end of the rainbow for a sweet treat. 

Mix it up: Swap raspberries for strawberries; green grapes for kiwi fruit, mango for pineapple, and so on. 

Zucchini fries” 

How to: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut zucchini length-wise into fry-sized sticks. Scatter zucchini sticks onto a baking sheet. Spray with olive oil and sprinkle with bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes or until tender and slightly browned.

Shape up: Cut the zucchini into disks instead of sticks for a fun new shape. Add ranch dressing on the side for dipping.

Cucumber cups

How to: Trim the ends of a large cucumber. Cut the cucumber crosswise into one-and-a-half inch slices. Hallow out the middle of the cucumber with a teaspoon, being careful not to cut through the bottom.

Fill ‘em up: Cucumbers provide a perfect kid-sized cup for chicken salad, a mixture of grains and greens, or hummus.

Watermelon on a stick

How to: Cut your watermelon into triangular pieces — leave the rind on if you want. Slice your pieces about 3/4” – 1-inch thick. Insert a popsicle stick into the rind or base of the triangle, and voila! Watermelon on a stick. 

Cut above: Try using cookie cutters to create fun shapes with the watermelon. Watermelon stars are perfect for the Fourth of July!

Need materials to cook with in your classroom? Borrow the mobile cooking cart from the Office of Service Learning and/or contact a local chef to come cook with your class! Contact stacy.smith@accgov.com to learn more!

EVENTS!

Shades of Green Athens Extension Gardening Newsletter, April.
Herb Gardening Free monthly gardening class. May 23 from 6:00-7:30 at the Athens-Clarke County Public Library Auditorium.
Advanced Training in Environmental Education (ATEEG)
Core Course 3 (Assessment and Evaluation)-  June 8-10, 2018. Register by May 25, 2018.
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