Eden's Organic Garden Center

Organic Today - For a Better Tomorrow! - Since 2006

Home of DFW's first All-Clean, All Farmers - Market Day!

(no GMO's - EVER)

&

Eden's Garden CSA Farm

                                REAL FOOD, GROWN with INTEGRITY!

                    4710 Pioneer Rd., Balch Springs, TX 75180

                    GARDEN SHOP / FARMERS MARKET  Open 1st, 3rd & 5th Saturdays only  April - December 6th 9am - noon

                214-348-3336

                    Just 15 mins southeast of downtown Dallas 1 block north I20 @ Seagoville Rd.

 

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(yes, we REALLY have to put this on here.)

 

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Farmer Marie profiled in Green Source DFW June 29th, 2015

Growing Urban Roots -        Acres USA Dec. 2014 Issue

 

 

 

 

 

Voted Best CSA 2013!

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Here Comes the Sun!

I was so happy last night when I checked the forecast for the rest of the week and saw lots of yellow suns on the chart! Wow have we had some long stretches of cloudy and wet weather this spring. The potato field where the clover had grown over the winter barely got mowed before all of the rains started. Needless to say, perhaps, we will not have many potatoes this year from our gardens. The field is still too wet to do anything in with the tractor and it needs to be mowed again after all of this rain. The clover is trying to rebound!

 

But that is part of farming. Itís a bit of a gamble sometimes. Iím kind of bummed because I love spring potatoes, but , instead of planting potatoes, Iíll put in more melon varieties, try a few new ones, and more of the ones I know grow well here. Weíll add another row of cucumbers and try our hand at some soybeans, organic ones of course. They not only add nitrogen to the soil, they make good snacks as edamame.

 

The other thing to look out for now that the soil is saturated, the sun has been hiding for weeks, and the plants are stressed out, is pests. Spring is already prime time for reproduction. But theyíre on the lookout for plants that are not doing very well to take out, so they do not reproduce. So in your gardens, be watchful for the small moths, that lay eggs on your brassica; the reddish wasp-like female squash vine borer who will be spying your zucchini and other squash plants about now; and of course at night, youíll see the beautiful, but egg laying, tobacco horn worm moth Ė looking lovingly at your growing tomato plants for a place to lay her eggs. Thereís a product we can use as organic growers to control all of these pests very effectively. Itís called BT for short. Bacillus thuringiensis is itís long name. It controls insects of the Lepidoptera type. Those would be caterpillars. Now this is not going to spare those of the butterfly type, so take care where you use it. Dill, fennel and parsely are all among favorites of some of

 

 

 

the beautiful Swallowtails that come through. So be sure to keep your BT away from those plants and just put in some extra ones to share. I generally pick off a few of the larvae and condense them to one or two areas, to leave the rest of the plants for harvest.

 

Well, itís catch up time now that the sun is back out and thereís a market this weekend. I hope you all have a chance to get your hands in the dirt, too. As they say, itís cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes! Speaking of tomatoes, there are going to be some extra plants available at market this weekend Ė come get a few!

Eat Your Food - Naturally!

 Marie

 

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