Yesterday was set up day and we are ready at Becky's Greenhouse now at the Franklin Co Fair. LOTS of color, lots of variety and all to help with your gardening needs. Here are the pictures of set up. I take what I could this year to decorate the fair grounds. I so enjoy seeing them around the fair. I have been doing this for 20 years.
Larry is involved with the Grandpa's farm at the fair. They had their annual tractor ride. For the day it was a good one for the tractor ride, and all had a good time. If you see Larry ask him about the break down. Here is a picture of one of the steam engines, that will be used in the demonstrations but they don't start till Thursday morning at 9:00 AM.
With the help of Wanda and Pam we got the booth area organized and up. Lots of things to do in there and look at. The carnival games and the Gardening You program will be happening when I get that finished up. It looks like Mason City will get rain this afternoon and tonight, so see if it gets to Hampton which is south of Mason City. Looks tonight will be a massive rain storm. Up to 1-2" of rain so see what happens. Just be safe, and the fair will go on.
Hints from the Men's Garden Club of America 1975
Because cucumbers are heaviest feeders, you'll increase production if you give the cucumber its only compost pile in the center. Fill with grass clippings, mature etc as compost decomposes it feeds the close planted cucumbers
Give cucumbers plenty of water during the growing season they're 96% water, keep mulched to retain moisture . Sink Large coffee or shortening can with nail holes punched in bottom at the time of planting for easy watering.
Pick regularly to keep plants producing. IF you over look a giant that's too big for salad or pickling peel it, slice in 1/2" slices, dip into eggplant type batter and fry. DELIICIOUS.
Spotted and striped cucumber beetles can cause bacterial wilt overnight and completely destroy the crop. Try covering young cucumber plants with hot caps or cheese cloth netting and plant radishes, onions and French marigold around plants.
So take time in the garden, work in the morning or later in the evening to keep cool. Till next time this is Becky Litterer, Becky's Greenhouse, Dougherty Iowa firstname.lastname@example.org