Jack Espinoza with the support of his mother and grandmother, decided he would mix his summer Botanic Garden Community Garden plot with his upcoming 4th grade science fair assignment. Jack meticulously recorded the input costs of his community garden and the value of his harvest to determine if the output (vegetable harvest) would be worth the cost.
His conclusion was that gardening was indeed profitable. On top of that he received a blue ribbon at his school’s (Jessup) science fair. Now he moves onto the district science fair. Congrats and good luck Jack!
What are those shrubs with the bright red twigs? These are red-twig dogwoods. The newer wood takes on a bright red cast each winter. Older stems turn grayish and need regular winter pruning. In late spring, red twig dogwoods provide white blooms followed by small white fruits in summer. The red twig dogwood provides great year-round interest for the Wyoming landscape!
This is a good time of year to read garden books. Some of our favorites include “How Carrots Won the Trojan War– Curious (but True) Stories of Common Vegetables,” by Rebecca Rupp, “Don’t Throw It, Grow It!: 68 windowsill plants from kitchen scraps,” by Deborah Peterson; “Organic Gardener’s Companion: Growing Vegetables in the West,” By Jane Shellenberger and last but not least: “Any Size, Anywhere Edible Gardening,” by William Moss.